The Union Minister for Tourism, on 30 January 2019 inaugurated the 1st project under the Swadesh Darshan Project of the Union Ministry of Tourism at the Zero Point, Gangtok, Sikkim. This project was sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism in June 2015 for Rs. 98.05 crores and is the first ever project in Sikkim under the scheme.
The development of Tourism in North Eastern Region has been the prime area of focus for the Ministry of Tourism. In recent times, several initiatives for the growth of domestic and international tourism in the region has been taken by the Ministry. ‘
The Ministry sanctioned 16 projects for Rs. 1349.04 crores covering all North Eastern States under its schemes of Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD.
Swadesh Darshan Scheme Key Highlights:-
1. Under the scheme. the Government is focussing on the development of quality infrastructure in the country with the objective of providing better experience and facilities to the visitors and on fostering the economic growth.
2. The scheme was launched in 2014 -15 when the Ministry sanctioned 77 projects worth projects for Rs. 6121.69 crore to 30 States and UTs.
3. Swadesh Darshan Scheme is one of the flagship scheme of Ministry of tourism for development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned manner.
4. These 30 projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2019. 11 projects have already been inaugurated.