(The Gist of PIB) K J Alphons to inaugurate first Swadesh
Darshan Project in Sikkim
K J Alphons to inaugurate first Swadesh
Darshan Project in Sikkim
Shri. K.J. Alphons, Union Minister for Tourism will be inaugurating the
project “Development of North East Circuit: Rangpo– Rorathang- Aritar-
Thangu-Gurudongmar-ManganGangtok-Tumin Lingee-Singtam” implemented under
Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in the
presence of Shri Ugen T. Gyatso, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation,
Government of Sikkim in Zero Point, Gangtok on 30th January 2019.
This project was sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism in June 2015 for
Rs. 98.05 Crores.
The development of Tourism in North Eastern Region being prime area of
focus for the Ministry of Tourism, several initiatives for growth of
domestic and international tourism in the region has been taken by the
One of the many challenges region faces in development of tourism is the
absence of quality infrastructure, services and awareness about the array of
tourism products region has to offer.
The Ministry is carrying out number of activities to handle the issues
on above fronts.
On one hand the Ministry has given great impetus to the tourism
infrastructure in the region under its flagship schemes of Swadesh Darshan
For development of Tourism infrastructure, the Ministry has sanctioned
16 projects for Rs. 1349.04 crores covering all North Eastern States under
its schemes of Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD.
The Ministry is actively working with other Central Ministries like
Mo/Culture, M/o DONER, M/o Road Transport and Highways, M /o Civil Aviation
etc. for development of Tourism in the region.
About Swadesh Darshan scheme
Swadesh Darshan scheme is one of the flagship scheme of Ministry of
tourism for development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and
Under this scheme the Government is focussing on development of quality
infrastructure in the country with objective of providing better experience
and facilities to the visitors on one hand and on other hand fostering the
The scheme was launched in 2014 -15 and as on date the Ministry has
sanctioned 77 projects worth projects for Rs. 6121.69 Crore to 30 States and
30 projects / major components of these projects are expected to be
completed this year. 11 projects have been inaugurated as on date under the
The Ministry of Tourism has also set up Hotel Managements and Food Craft
Institutes for creating skilled manpower in tourism and hospitality sector
in the North Eastern Region.
The efforts of Ministry have shown positive results and the Foreign
tourist arrivals in the region has shown an upward trend over the years.
The region received a total of 1.69 lakh foreign tourist visits during
2017 as against 1.45 lakh in 2016 registering a growth of 16.7% over 2016.
The Domestic Tourist Visits reached to 95.47 lakhs in the year 2017
against 77.71 lakhs registering impressive double digit growth of 22.8% over
The increased number of tourists in turn has created better employment
opportunity for the local population in the region.