Low Budget Domestic Tourism in India

Low Budget Domestic Tourism in India
Low Budget Domestic Tourism in India

The Union Ministry of Tourism has launched following two new schemes pursuant to the Budget 2014-15 announcements:


1)         Swadesh Darshan for Integrated Development of Tourist Circuits around Specific Themes.

2)         National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive(PRASAD) to beautify and improve the amenities and infrastructure at pilgrimage centres of all faiths.


Under Swadesh Darshan, integrated development of theme based circuits has been taken up for holistic and inclusive development which can provide engaging and complete tourism experience to both domestic including low budget tourists and foreign tourists. The Scheme envisages enhancement of tourist attractiveness in a sustainable manner by developing world class infrastructure in the circuit destination.


The PRASAD Scheme guidelines envisage the integrated development of pilgrimage destinations in a planned, prioritized and sustainable manner to provide complete religious tourism experience to both domestic tourists including low budget segment and foreign tourists.


The Ministry of Tourism has a scheme namely “Product/Infrastructure Development for Destinations and Circuits (PIDDC)”. Under this Scheme, Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance to State Governments/Union Territory Administrations for various tourism projects which are prioritized in consultation with them subject to availability of funds, inter-se priority, liquidation of pending utilization certificates against the funds released earlier and adherence to the scheme guidelines. Under PIDDC Scheme 20% of the sanctioned amount is released as 1st installment, 60% of the sanctioned amount as 2nd installment on receipt of Utilization Certificate of 1st installment  and the balance/final installment of  20% is released on receipt of Utilisation Certificate, Completion Certificate and other documents required as per scheme guidelines.


This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma in reply to an unstarred question today in Rajya Sabha.

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