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Swadesh and Prasad Scheme

Swadesh and Prasad Scheme

SWADESH DARSHAN Swadesh Darshan has been launched for Integrated Development of Tourist Circuits around Specific Themes. The objectives are: a. Develop circuits having tourist potential in a planned and prioritized manner; b. Integrated development of infrastructure in the identified theme-based circuits; c. Promote cultural and heritage value of the country; d. Provide complete tourism experience with varied thematic circuits; e. Enhancing the tourist attractiveness in a sustainable manner by developing world-class infrastructure in the circuit destination; f. Follow community-based development and pro-poor tourism approach; g. 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; h. Promote local arts, culture, handicrafts, cuisine, etc., to generate livelihood in the identi-fied regions; i. Harness tourism potential for its direct and multiplier effects in employment generation and economic development; j. Leverage public capital and expertise. Under Swadesh Darshan, the following five circuits have been identified for development:- a) North East Circuit b) Buddhist Circuit c) Himalayan Circuit d) Coastal Circuit e) Krishna Circuit PRASAD SCHEME National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) to beautify and improve the amenities and infrastructure at pilgrimage centres of all faiths. The objectives are: • Integrated development of pilgrimage destinations in a planned, prioritized and sustainable manner to provide complete religious tourism experience. • Harness pilgrimage tourism for its direct and multiplier effects on employment generation and economic development. • Follow community-based development and pro-poor tourism concept in development of the pilgrimage destinations. • Leveraging public capital and expertise. • Enhancing the tourist attractiveness in a sustainable manner by developing world-class infrastructure in the religious destination. • 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 livelihood in the identified places. Under the PRASAD scheme thirteen sites have been identified for development, namely: Amritsar, Ajmer, Dwaraka, Mathura, Varanasi, Gaya, Puri, Amaravati, Kanchipuram, Vellankanni, Kedarnath, Kamakhya and Patna. Under the ‘PRASAD’ scheme the focus is on development and beautification of the identified pilgrimage destinations. Whereas, in the ‘Spiritual Circuit’ identified under the Swadesh Darshan scheme, the thrust is on development of particular thematic circuit consisting of various religious/spiritual destination in a State and Union Territory.

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