New Delhi: Days after being elected as the Union Tourism Minister, KJ Alphons has sent out his first message to foreigners visiting India. In a clear message, he requested people coming from across the border to “eat beef in their own country” and then visit India.
He said, “They (tourists) can eat beef in their own country and come here.”
The answer was in reply to a question which revolved around the impact of beef ban in several states and its subsequent effect on India’s hospitality sector.
This comment from the minister comes is surprising, considering his earlier statement where he said people in Kerala would continue to consume beef.
“As Goa chief minister, Manohar Parrikar, has said that beef will be consumed in the state. Similarly, it will be consumed in Kerala,” the former bureaucrat said after taking charge as tourism minister.
Concerning the beef ban, Alphons said, “I am not the food minister to decide on it.”
Expressing his views on the tourism sector, Alphons said his ministry had sought innovative ideas to promote tourism across India.
“We are getting people to come and give us ideas and within a month we will have a plan for action soon,” the minister said.