PRASAD and Swadesh darshan schemes of the union ministry were launched in November 2015 along with Zonal Cultural Centres to achieve 1% share of international tourist arrivals by 2016-17 from the present 0.68 percent. It is aimed at developing world-class tourism-related infrastructure.
To appliance the Scheme PRASAD, the Ministry of Tourism has set up the Mission Directorate for the appliance menu of the scheme. There is a provision in the Budget under the Revised Estimate 2014 and 15 of Rs. 15.60. For the evolution of the Primary competence at the Vishnupad Temple, Gaya in Bihar for the installment will be given for the scheme of Rs. .85.78 lakh.
Considering the Scheme HRIDAY the Ministry of Urban Development has set aside an amount of Rs.453.90 crores. The data was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation.
In the initial phase, 12 cities were identified for development and now there are 13.
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Aim of Prasad Scheme
- To improve the appearance of India in the international travel market Incredible India 2.0 Campaign will be disclosed to the world in the 2017-18.
- The Integrated Development of Tourist Circuits has been provided with 959.91 crores for the particular theme under the Swadesh Darshan scheme.
- For the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD), the amount allotted is 100 crore.
- To promote and Publicise the scheme or the programmes under the scheme the Amount issued is Rs. 412 crore.
- And also the Railway department has also been asked to start the committed trains for tourism and pilgrimage purposes.
Swadesh Darshan Scheme
As under the Swadesh Darshan scheme the circuits build would be on the basis of the themes for the advancement of the circuits. The circuits to be included in the Swadesh Darshan Scheme are listed as follows:
- Ramayana Circuit
- Buddhist Circuit
- Krishna Circuit
- Heritage Circuit
- Spiritual Circuit
- Rural Circuit
- Tribal Circuit
- Desert Circuit
- Himalayan Circuit
- Eco Circuit
- Coastal Circuit
- North-East India Circuit
- Wildlife Circuit
• 13 cities have been included under the PRASAD scheme:
– Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh),
– Kanchipuram(Tamil Nadu),
– Vellankani(Tamil Nadu),
– Varanasi(Uttar Pradesh),
– Mathura(Uttar Pradesh),
– Kedarnath (Uttarakhand) and
– Kamakhya (Assam)
• A Mission Directorate has been established to implement the PRASAD scheme in the Ministry of Tourism
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About Mission Directorate
To implement the PRASAD scheme, a mission directorate has been set up by the Ministry of Tourism. Also, an assortment in the Budget has been made for the Improvement of the vital facilities at the Vishnupad temple at Gaya in Bihar as mentioned earlier in the article above.
• A budget provision of INR 15.60 crore has been made in Revised Estimates 2014-2015
• PRASAD scheme aims to create spiritual centers for tourism development within the nation.
The Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY)
- This scheme is focused to conserve the heritage of the country.
- Around INR 453.90 crore has been allocated under the HRIDAY scheme for implementation as well as development works
- HRIDAY aims to bring together the following elements:
– Urban Planning
– Economic Growth
– Heritage Conservation
• The focus of HRIDAY is on:
– Faster Service Delivery
- Heritage cities will become growth engines under the scheme
- It will improve the quality of life of locals as well
- New technologies will be added such as Wi-FI and CCTV surveillance
- There will also be a provision for heritage walks
- Facilities for women and senior citizens, accessibility and last mile connectivity, conservation of areas and documentation of heritage sites are some of the focus areas of HRIDAY and PRASAD more at:
India is a land of many religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Sufism having their major pilgrimage centers in different parts of the country. The growth of domestic tourism largely depends on pilgrimage tourism which is motivated partly or wholly by religious sentiments so it becomes mandatory to support religious circuits covering nearly all major tourist destinations.
Objectives of Prasad Scheme
- Unified advancement of the pilgrimage destinations is to be done in a focused manner for the sustainable development of the places.
- Follow community-based development and pro-poor tourism concept in the improvement of pilgrimage destinations.
- Creating awareness among the local communities about the importance of tourism for them in terms of increase in sources of income, improved living standards and overall development of the area.
- Promote local arts, culture, handicrafts, cuisine, etc to generate employment and basic livelihood in the identified regions.
- Harness tourism potential for its direct and multiplier effects in employment generation and economic development.
- Enhancing the tourist charisma in a sustainable manner by developing world-class infrastructure in the religious destinations.
Features of Prasad Scheme
- The scheme is to be achieved as the guidelines of the Central sector scheme as per the 12th Five-year plan.
- A National Steering Committee (NSC) will be constituted with Minister in charge of M/O Tourism as Chairman, with the responsibility of overall supervision, guidance, review, and monitoring of the scheme.
- The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee control the working of the projects and will monitor the achievement of the Program under the scheme.
- The nodal officer and the Mission Directorate which will be headed by the Member Secretary, NSC for the testimony of the states and UT government under the scheme
- The National Level Consultant will be selected for the Project Management Consultant by the Mission Directorate to the authority of Projects.
Challenges for Pilgrimage tourism in India
The challenges to pilgrimage tourism are a lack of infrastructure like budget hotels, roads, last mile connectivity, sewage, hygiene and cleanliness, solid waste management, lack of awareness, developing a code of religious etiquette to be observed by the religious tourists, etc.
The scheme has a clear objective of improving the state of various tourist destinations in an effective manner with huge budgets. There may be many limitations to it but the ultimately it is going to increase the charisma of tourist places making travel also easy.
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