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Tuesday, 03 March, 2015, 10 : 30 AM [IST]

MoT comes up with Swadesh Darshan scheme for theme-based circuit development

50 circuits have been identified across the country for development of tourism
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has formulated a plan scheme Swadesh Darshan for integrated development of tourist circuits around specific themes. The five circuits identified under this Scheme are Buddhist Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Krishna Circuit, and North-East Circuit, informed Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism and Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, in Lok Sabha yesterday.

Also, the Ministry has identified 50 circuits for development of tourism. These circuits/destinations cover major and relevant tourist places and attractions and have a mix of culture, heritage, spiritualism, and Ecotourism to give a holistic perspective of the country.

Port Blair-Neil Havelock-Little Andaman (Andaman & Nicobar Islands), Kashmir Circuit (Jammu & Kashmir), Desert Circuit (Rajasthan), Nature Tourism Circuit (West Bengal), Braj-Agra Circuit (Uttar Pradesh), and Gangtok (Sikkim) are the circuits identified, among others, as per a PIB release.

MoT provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to various state governments/union territory administrations for tourism projects prioritised every year in consultation with them. In 2014-15 (till December) 53 projects were sanctioned to states and a sum of Rs 333 crore was sanctioned to them for these projects. In 2013-14, the number of projects sanctioned to states was 261 and an amount of Rs 1,801 crore was sanctioned to them. In 2012-13, 136 projects were sanctioned to states and an amount of Rs 929 crore was sanctioned for the same.
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