INDIA: Union Minister of Tourism, Culture, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, and Chief Minister of Assam Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma will address the inaugural session of two days conference of the Tourism and Culture Ministers of the states of North Eastern Region on 13 September 2021 in Guwahati. Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is organising this two-day conference on 13 &14 September 2021 under the Chairmanship of Minister of Tourism, Culture, and DONER, to discuss the development of tourism and issues related to connectivity in the North Eastern Region.
The Conference will also be attended by senior officials from various Central Ministries, State Governments in the region as well as industry representatives. The participants will be apprised of the several projects and initiatives being undertaken by the Central Government for the development of the region.
The states of the North Eastern Region (NER) are endowed with immense natural beauty, diverse tourist attractions, distinct ethnic traditions with each State having its own distinct features. The development and promotion of tourism in the NER is one of the prime focus areas of the Ministry of Tourism. The Ministry of Tourism is continuously working on different verticals like infrastructure development, promotion, and publicity, skill development, etc. to promote tourism in the region.
During its presentation in the Plenary Session on 13 September, the Ministry of Tourism will brief the participants about the several projects and initiatives for the creation of tourism infrastructure, promotion and skill development programs in the North East. Presentations will also be given by the Ministry of Culture on the promotion of the local art and culture for the growth of tourism. Other Central Government ministries like those of Civil Aviation, Railways, Road Transport & Highways, and the Department of Telecommunications will also be giving presentations on various initiatives taken by them for the development and enhancement of infrastructure and connectivity in the region.
Ministry of Tourism under its infrastructure development schemes, ‘Swadesh Darshan’ and ‘PRASHAD’ (National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive) provides financial assistance to the States to develop tourism infrastructure at various tourist destinations. Under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme tourism development is undertaken at Tier II and Tier III destinations under different themes. Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned 16 projects under Swadesh Darshan Scheme for more than Rs 1300 crores in North East region such as North East, Heritage, Eco Circuit, Spiritual, Tribal, etc.
The technical sessions on 14 September will review the progress of the various projects sanctioned under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes.
For promoting tourism to the North Eastern Region more aggressively, the Ministry of Tourism has constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of the Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, and stakeholders active in NER with focus on identifying new destinations, developing itineraries around them, identifying the places where events can be organised to create awareness and organising workshops/ seminars for the local stakeholders in terms of providing the necessary skills.