Dr Lalit K Panwars Homecoming

Posted On Nov 14, 2014

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Dr. Lalit K Panwar’s Homecoming

Dr. Lalit. K. Panwar, 1979-batch IAS officer from Rajasthan cadre, has been appointed as Union tourism secretary on 29th October. It is said PM Modi was impressed with Panwar at a meeting. Upon assessment PM Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh learnt that Dr. Panwar’s impressive credentials made him the perfect fit for the job of tourism secretary. Dr. Panwar is respected and admired in tourism circles. He was the Rajasthan government’s secretary in charge of tourism from 1991-1995 and 2000-2002. He also served as the Vice Chairman and MD of ITDC from 2010-2013. Dr. Panwar is an MSc in zoology and has a Ph.D in tourism from the USA.This move by the government shows their dedication in taking tourism seriously. Dr. Panwar is the brain behind Palace On Wheels and was also pivotal in launching the concept of Heritage Hotels. Additionally, he had initiated many enterprising initiatives during his stint at ITDC. It was under his leadership that ITDC announced its foray into travel and hospitality education by setting up a global tourism and hospitality university in Haryana. Further, the corporation had also signed a MoU with Hindustan Salts to develop theme destination around salt lakes in Rajasthan. As a marketing initiative he had commissioned a Coffee Table Book documenting the history of The Ashok Hotel in New Delhi which had proved to be a great hit. He is the right person and the right time for the department and the trade is hopeful that his appointment will mark the official start of “Ache Din” for the sector.

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