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In the year 2009-10, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) launched a special initiative called “Hunar Se RozgarTak” (HSRT) for creation of employable skills amongst youth specific to Hospitality and Tourism Sector. The objectives underlying this initiative are primarily to reduce the skill gap that afflicts the Sector and to work towards the dispersal of the economic benefits of growing tourism to the poor.

The implementation of this initiative relating to the hospitality trades was earlier in the hands of an assorted Institutional base comprising the MoT sponsored Institutes of Hotel Management and Food Craft Institutes, the Institutes under the aegis of the State Governments and the Union Territory Administrations and the State Tourism Development Corporations. However, keeping in view the fact that this initiative allows convergence of two important thrust areas of the Government namely skilling India and promotion of tourism, a decision was taken to expand the out-reach and output of the programme by allowing its implementation by industrial units, associations of industries and professional/skill developing agencies with proven credentials and hospitality institutes approved by AICTE/NSDA/State & UT Governments.

The applications received from the private implementing agencies in the Ministry for empanelment as a training provider for HSRT received by the Ministry of Tourism were placed before a Screening Committee which examines the documents submitted and arrives at its conclusion about the suitability of each private institute for further physical inspection of the institutional infrastructure for the desired hospitality trades.

Recognizing the importance of e-governance as a strategic tool for transforming the very process of governance, the Govt. of India initiated its e-governance plans with a view to provide more efficient and transparent quality of services to the people. This initiative has been successful in reducing the time and cost of delivery of services, enhancing accessibility and reducing corruption. At this point of time when computer based applications have taken over practically all facets of operations, be that in the government or private sector, the Ministry of Tourism has developed this portal for Empanelment of Private Implementing Agency (tourismhsrtempanelment.nic.in) in collaboration with the NIC to leverage the full potential of I.T. & I.C.T.