New Delhi is exploring new projects on priority basis for development of tourism in the North Eastern states. As a part of continuing inter-ministerial discussions for development of North Eastern states, DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on Friday had a detailed discussion with Tourism and Electronics and Information Technology Minister KJ Alphons to identify new projects on priority basis.
“The Ministry of DoNER has recommended to the Finance Ministry for higher fund allocation and special package for such projects in the NE region,” Dr Singh said after the meeting.
The Minister said under the North East Special Infrastructure Scheme (NESIDS), the DoNER Ministry is providing financial assistance for projects of physical infrastructure relating to water supply, power and connectivity for promoting tourism in the region.
He said this will be over and above the existing schemes of the Central and State governments of the NE region. “Under the North Eastern Council (NEC), work is underway for promotion of theme-based regional tourism circuits,” he said.
Pointing out some new initiatives under Ministry of DoNER funded works Dr Singh said amenities have been created at Nathu La in Sikkim for acclimatisation of pilgrims undertaking Mansarover Yatra through this route. He added that such tourist facilities are being developed at the popular tourist hub Majuli island in Assam too.
“Improved connectivity has already seen growth in tourism in the NE region, which has immense potential to generate employment,” he said.
Tourism Minister Alphons said his ministry has prioritized development of tourism and identifying new tourist hubs in the NE. He said funds will be made available for this task. He said North East region has great locations which could be ideal destinations for shooting films. He further said that the region could be great attraction for tourists from South East Asian countries.
“The Ministry of Tourism will provide support for boosting tourism avenues in the North East region,” he added. DoNER Secretary Naveen Verma and other senior officials of both ministries were also present in the meeting.