July 2017 Issue Indian Ministry of Shipping draws up Cruise Tourism Reforms

The greatest event of our age is the meeting of cultures, of civilizations, meeting of differentpoints of view, making us understand that we should not adhere to any one kind of singlefaith, but respect diversity of belief. – Dr S adhakrishnan Never believe in anyone who says, “We cannot change”.
VISION is one of the secrets of personal transformation. We are all artists, our mind is the arena of creation, and vision is what we are constantly creating. What is your vision of yourself today – patient, relaxed, positive or tense, tight and negative? What do you prefer? So, be creative. What does patience looks like, feel like? What are you doing is different when you are patient and you are expressing your power to wait. Always start with vision, not action. See it and you will be it. Be it and you will do it. We don’t ‘get a life’ as some would cynically tell us this. Actually, we create our own life. In fact, we are the architects of our life and destiny. The vision is a sensation in the form of ‘image’ in the mind resulting from the light intercepted by the eye tissue, called retina, and converting into electronic and chemical signals in the nerve fiber and the brain respectively. The light energy is converted to chemical energy and stored as the memory in the brain. When one recalls particular scene through the process of thinking, the image appears in the brain; or the functional part called ‘mind’. Most animal systems have well evolved eyes that are capable of intercepting light, or even other wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, and produce mental images for their preying and protective functions. The visual memory in human beings constitutes the major fraction of the total memory available for storage and retrieval. The memories of sound, smell, touch and taste are normally complementary to the visual memory in humans and most other mammals. In other animals, the vision may be complementary to other forms of memory. Some may have predominance of sonic memory while others may have touch, smell or taste as the dominant ones, depending upon the evolutionary relative strengths of their respective sensory organs. The eyes in the humans are normally well protected, rugged and last for life time. There are few cases of blindness by birth or inherited low vision. Some cases of low vision and blindness could be seen in the people that are acquired during one’s life time due to many reasons. These become serious handicaps for the performance of the concerned individual. The visually challenged persons have to depend more on the other senses than their eyes. They have to manage with reduced choices of their vocations and compromise with their quality and content of performance. Here again tremendous differences exist between the blinds by birth and those acquiring later in the life as also among the persons having different degrees of ‘low vision’.

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The Ministry of Shipping, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, has announced reforms to the regulatory processes governing the cruise tourism industry in the country. The objective is to revolutionize this industry which has a high employment generation potential, by simplifying the rules and procedures pertaining to various aspects of cruise port operations like security, immigration, and customs. According to Special Secretary, Shipping, Shri Alok Srivastava, the promotion of cruise tourism requires not just improvement in infrastructure but also uniformity, transparency and predictability in the procedures followed by multiple government organizations . In other words, Ease of Doing Business is critical for the success of cruise tourism.”

The reforms are based on the recommendations of a global consultant engaged by the Ministry to draw up an Action Plan for providing a customer friendly and hassle free logistics process for the cruise tourism industry and develop an enabling ecosystem necessary to promote and sustain cruise shipping in India.
Key recommendations given by the consultant which can be immediately implemented are:-
1. Single window system for all pre cruise requirements for cruise operators like entry of vehicles, personnel and guides electronically doing away with checking of registration, license papers of vehicle at each time.
2. Create a separate dedicated approach road and entrance to the cruise terminals.
3. A uniform and consistent security procedures by CISF at all ports.

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