Centre sanctions rural tourism tasks for Bihar and Kerala


New Delhi: The tourism ministry has sanctioned two tasks in Bihar and Kerala at a price of Rs 125 crore beneath the Rural Circuit as a part of its endeavour to take tourism to villages of the nation.

In a written reply to a query from BJP MP Rakesh Sinha in Rajya Sabha, Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel stated the ministry has launched the Swadesh Darshan Scheme for Integrated Development of theme-based vacationer circuits for growth of tourism infrastructure, together with last-mile connectivity.

He stated that recognising the potential of rural tourism within the nation, the ministry has recognized Rural Circuit as one of many 15 thematic circuits for growth beneath this scheme.

“The objectives of the Swadesh Darshan scheme include creating employment through active involvement of local communities and promoting community-based development and pro-poor tourism approach,” Patel stated.

“Based on the above criteria, the ministry has sanctioned two projects total amounting to Rs 125.02 crore for development of Rural Circuits under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme which are under different stages of implementation,” he stated.

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Patel stated one of many tasks was sanctioned in Bihar throughout monetary yr 2017-18 and this was growth of Bhitiharwa -Chandrahia -Turkaulia circuit, amounting to Rs 44.65 crore.

The different was sanctioned in Kerala, throughout 2018-19 and this was growth of Malanad Malabar Cruise Tourism, amounting to Rs 80.37 crore, he stated.

The ministry has additionally instituted a National Tourism Award within the class of ‘Best Rural/Agri/Plantation Tourism Projects’ to encourage the stakeholders within the tourism sector for implementing such tasks.

“The Ministry of Rural Development has informed us that their Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) follows the vision of development of a cluster of villages that preserve and nurture the essence of rural community life with focus on equity and inclusiveness without compromising with facilities perceived to be essentially urban in nature, thus creating a cluster of ‘Rurban Villages’,” he stated.

Under the mission, 300 clusters are being developed throughout 28 states and eight union territories. Tourism is without doubt one of the themes of Rurban cluster growth.

Tourism associated actions and tasks are among the many 21 element classes beneath the SPMRM.

Patel stated the ministry of rural growth has knowledgeable {that a} whole 67 Rurban clusters have proposed tourism-related actions in gram panchayats throughout 26 states and union territories.

The main goal of the Rural Tourism Circuit is to showcase rural life, artwork, tradition and heritage in villages, which have core competence in artwork and craft, handloom, textiles, pure atmosphere and different specialities.