Tourism can be game-changer in NE: Centre

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Infrastructural development in North East will enhance the tourism potential: Arjun Ram Meghwal
HT Bureau
GUWAHATI, Sept 13:
“Tourism can be a game changer that can bring socio-economic change in the nation especially in NE region” said G. Kishan Reddy, Union minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNER while addressing the inaugural session of a conference here on Monday.
The two-day conference of Tourism and Culture ministers of North Eastern states is being organised under the chairmanship of minister of Tourism, Culture and DONER, to discuss development of tourism and issues related to connectivity in the North Eastern region.
Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union minister of state for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs, Ajay Bhatt, Union minister of state for tourism and defence also graced the inaugural session of the conference.
Reddy said that under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, which focuses on integrated development of theme based tourist circuits, the ministry has sanctioned 16 projects in the North Eastern region.
He further added that his ministry is giving special emphasis on developing infrastructure, on ground capacity and skills in Northeast region.
He said that the tourism ministry is also providing branding and marketing assistance to the northeast region through its various schemes and flagship initiatives.
Reddy informed that under the PRASHAD schemes the ministry has sanctioned number of projects in the region. Approximately Rs 200 crore has been sanctioned for these projects, he added.
Talking about the initiatives under DoNER ministry the minister informed that in the budget of 2021-22, the budget allocation to North eastern states is Rs 68,020 crore.
He urged all the state governments of the region to submit viable proposal so that the full amount allocated across various ministries can be successfully utilised.
Meghwal in his address said that tourism development is the core subject of this conference and North East has all the potential for it. North Eastern states has made their own identity in various sectors and each state has unique talent and potential, he said.
Asserting that the infrastructural development in North East will enhance the tourism development the minister said that the development in the tourism sector will automatically help the other allied sectors to develop and it will help the nation to grow.
Bhatt said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership the country is seeing development in every sector.

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