Union minister KJ Alphons on Tuesday called upon the young generation to make the country a better place by keeping the surroundings clean and thus promote tourism.
While talking about the cleanliness, Tourism minister Alphons said “India, with 5,000 years old civilisation, amazing culture, beaches, back waters, hill stations and philosophical school of thoughts, is lagging behind in tourism.”
The entire nation is a “garbage dump” and it is the people only who are dumping garbage so they themselves have to take the responsibility of keeping their neighbourhood clean, the minister said during a function.
“If everyone takes the onus, the country would become clean; civilisation is within us and if we don’t demonstrate it then there is no civilisation,” the minister said.
The tourism minister called upon youths to carry in their hearts a mission to make India a better place and to take steps to ensure that in the next five years, over 25 million come to the country every year.
(With PTI inputs)