Claiming that previous governments never cared to explore the country’s vast ocean resources, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said for the first time a serious effort is being made to explore and harness the ocean resources and give priority to the ”Blue Economy” and provide tremendous value addition to the Indian economy over the next 25 years.
He was talking to a high-level official delegation led by Union Minister, Shripad Yesso Naik and Goa Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte which called on him to discuss the various potential projects to promote tourism and ocean-related economy in Goa.
He pointed out that only last year, the government of India, through the Ministry of Earth Sciences, undertook the largest ever coastal clean-up campaign in the world lasting 75 days culminating on 17 September 2022 when the entire coast and 75 beaches particularly earmarked for the campaign were cleaned.
Jitendra Singh also mentioned the need for creating an Ocean Aquarium for which the Tourism Ministry might be taken into cognisance.
The Union minister said the objective of the ”Blue Economy” has been to promote smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth and opportunities within the Indian Ocean region’s maritime economic activities and initiate appropriate programmes for the sustainable harnessing of ocean resources, research, and development.