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Mumbai: The Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) government yesterday asked people in the state to maintain peace to boost the tourism sector, which is a major contributor to the state's economy, the PTI reported. "Peace is nerve for tourism boom and the people should contribute at their end as tourism is main stay of our economy," Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Minister for Tourism, Government of Jammu & Kashmir said. He was addressing a function at Awantipora in Pulwama district of the state organised by Islamic University Technology of Science as part of celebration of Spring festival.

Mir said that a peaceful atmosphere in the state is pivotal not only for tourism boom but is also beneficial in conveying a good message at global level, and he invited tourists to visit Kashmir. "Kashmir valley has its own charm in all the seasons of the year... Among all four seasons, spring has its own importance with mesmerising and pleasant scenes of nature, with blooming tulips gardens and the orchards of almond, cherry, apple, pears and pansies," he said.

"We are going to organise several events here to popularise and explore the immense of tourism potential during this year," he said, adding that an international Saffron festival would be organised in October this year.

Mir informed that tourist infrastructure is being upgraded besides promotion of adventure, sports, Pilgrim and Heritage Tourism receives focused attention of the government. "Nature has bestowed our state with scenic beauty, natural resources and we all have to play our role for its preservation, sustenance and safeguard," he stated.

He stated that the state government has taken various steps for boosting tourism sector so that goal of improving socio-economic condition of people related with this sector can be improved besides ensuring prosperity and development in the state.