New Delhi, June 4 -- Prahlad Singh Patel assumed charge as the Minister of State for Tourism on Tuesday and said he will work for strengthening the cultural roots of the country and promoting the tourism sector.

''The Ministry will work to fulfill the Prime Minister's vision of 'New India' by simultaneously investing in strengthening our cultural roots and promoting the tourism sector,'' the minister said while addressing reporters after taking charge.

Mr Patel stated that ''India is a large country and its cultural might is no less''.

This vast cultural diversity of the country itself is main cause of attraction for tourists, he said, adding that the works which were done in the last five years shall be taken forward at a much greater...