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Rs 200 cr for NE tourism, culture – [FOR 487 CIC’s what ? First stabilize employment by funding 487 CIC’s]

Posted by egovindia on July 4, 2006

Rs 200 cr for NE tourism, culture

Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Ambika Soni addressing the conference at Guwhati on Monday. — AT Photo

GUWAHATI, July 3 – The budget allocation for tourism in the Northeast can be increased to Rs 100 crore from the existing Rs 83 crore if viable projects are submitted by the State governments of the region, Union Minister of Tourism and Culture Ambika Soni said today, reports PTI. “The budget allocation for Northeast comes to Rs 83 crore but this can be hiked if viable project proposals are received as the UPA government has laid special emphasis on tourism for employment generation”, Soni said while addressing a review meeting of Northeast tourism and cultural ministers, including Sikkim, here.

The Northeast has a lot of scope for development in adventure sports, wildlife, tea and eco-tourism and the Centre plans to launch projects worth Rs 200 crore in the region to promote it as a key destination for tourists.

“The Centre will not hesitate to release at the earliest Rs 20 to Rs 25 crore if project proposals submitted by the eight states justify the budget allocation”, she said.

The minister lamented that none of the eight states have come forward to implement the scheme wherein the Centre provides 10 per cent of the total cost of construction of three state hotels in the region.

She said that there was a proposal for constituting a Northeast Tourism Development Fund and discussions in this regard were on.

Soni further said that the Centre has given impetus to increase the flow of domestic tourist to the Northeast and has taken several initiatives in this regard.

The Northeast Cultural Festivals, which were celebrated only in the region, will henceforth be taken to other parts of the country in a bid to increase domestic tourism.

The Centre also provides Rs 30 lakh for the celebration of local cultural festivals to give them a boost and encourage tourists to visit the region during the festivals.

She said that the 2558th anniversary of Lord Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana will be celebrated in a grand manner and a committee has been constituted with the Prime Minister as its chairman.

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