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Tourism sector caused around 2 crore jobs loss:Govt. to parliamentary committee

Officials of the Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry met with a parliamentary standing committee on transport, tourism and culture on August 17, and discussed about the two sectors dismal situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to members of the panel, Tourism Secretary Yogendra Tripathi told them that their projections suggest the pandemic has led to revenue losses to the tune of Rs 1.58 lakh crore. It is also believed, an estimated 2 crore to 5.5 crore people employed (directly or indirectly) in the tourism sector in India have lost their job in the face of the pandemic.

The COVID 19 situation has taken a heavy toll on the aviation sector too. In his presentation, Aviation Secretary P.S. Kharola said there will be up to 50 per cent-60 per cent reduction in international traffic and up to 50 per cent reduction in domestic traffic. He, however, did not offer estimates on projected revenue loss.

Without giving any estimates, the secretary said airlines and airport revenues have been badly hit. Because of COVIDs impact, there is a possibility that some aircrafts may have to be grounded, one of the members who attended the meeting said.

Kharola also informed that the aviation sector, will also see significant but temporary job losses, both direct and indirect along with a significant reduction in the international air cargo handled at airports across the country.