BJP MP from Tezpur, Ram Prasad Sarmah, who was recently in the news for his controversial statements have stirred up the hornet’s nest once again by pointing out the poor infrastructure in government guest houses and also giving the example of Chief Minister to emphasize on his point. Sarmah said that while it is a welcome step that the state government has decided to industrialize tourism, it is also important for them to build up the tourism infrastructure.
In a lengthy facebook post, the veteran legislator wrote, ‘It is a very welcome step by the government of Assam to industrilise tourism in the state. Thanks to Honourable Minister, Tourism. But I want add that before sending the Ministers to foreign land for advertisement, the government must ensure their interest and knowledge on tourism sector, types of tourism in Assam, their power of expression to make the foreigners, including people from other states, understand the potentiality of tourism in Assam. Further, before inviting tourists, Government should build up tourism infrastructure in the state. Imagine a situation:: a chief minister stays overnigh in a government guest house in Kaziranga, next morning goes to washroom for a bath, after smearing soap all over his body finds there is no water in the tap, calls his PA over cell phone and waits for ten minutes before the water flows to his washroom. If such is the condition of our government guest house, who would come to Assam!? We should learn from Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and other states. Tourists want good facilities, quick quality service and secure and comfortable stay. The employees in government guest houses should be given hard core training and enforce strict discipline for running a guest house.’
It may be mentioned that earlier Sarmah created controversy by alleging that while many ministers take commission, irrigation minister Ranjit Dutta always demands for a fixed 10% commission. Later, Sarmah had said that his statements were distorted.