The North Eastern Council (NEC) has received 6 project proposals with an estimated cost of Rs. 132.43 crore from Assam government under tourism sector during 2020-21, said DoNER minister Dr JItendra Singh told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
In his written reply to a question, the DoNER minister said in the last five years, Rs 769.51 crore has been released under various projects of physical infrastructure including power, connectivity and water supply to enhance tourism in Northeast.
“NEC has also released Rs 195.63 crore under various projects to the Northeast states during the last five years,” Dr Singh said.
“Ministry of tourism has released Rs 980.15 crore under Swadesh Darshan Scheme to 8 NE states, Rs 38.63 crore under PRASHAD Scheme to Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya and Rs 1221.22 crore under Fairs & Festivals under Domestic Promotion and Publicity including Hospitality (DPPH) to 8 NE States,” he added.
The DoNER ministry under its North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) provides 100% financial assistance to the Northeastern states including Assam for taking up various projects of physical infrastructure relating to water supply, power, connectivity to enhance tourism.
For the North Eastern Council (NEC), regional tourism is one of the focussed sectors for Northeastern states.
Projects for promotion of tourism in the region are sanctioned by NEC in consultation with eight Northeastern states and other stakeholders, he said.
The tourism ministry provides special emphasis on the development and promotion of tourism for Northeast states.
The tourism ministry implements Swadesh Darshan Scheme, Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) and Fairs & Festival under Domestic Promotion and Publicity including Hospitality (DPPH) Scheme in the Northeastern region.