Swadesh Darshan and Prasad Schemes of M/O Tourism



Swadesh Darshan and Prasad Schemes of M/O Tourism
                                                                       

Under the plan scheme ‘Swadesh Darshan’ and ‘PRASAD’ the Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to State Governments/Union Territory Administrations, for various tourism projects subject to availability of funds, liquidation of pending utilization certificates and adherence to the scheme guidelines.


            Under the Swadesh Darshan scheme, thirteen thematic circuits have been identified, for development namely: North-East India Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage Circuit.

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.

            In pursuance to the Budget Announcements of 2014-15, both the schemes were launched in January 2015. The projects sanctioned under the schemes are generally commissioned in 18 to 36 months. The details of State/UT-wise, circuit-wise and city-wise funds sanctioned and released under the above schemes are given below.

Details of projects sanctioned under Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD schemes from 2014-15 till date.

SWADESH DARSHAN SCHEME

Sr. No
Name of Theme
State
Name of Project

Sanction Amount
(Rs. crore)
Release Amount (Rs. Crore)
Year 2014-15

1
Coastal Circuit
Andhra Pradesh
Development of Kakinada Hope Island Konaseema as World class coastal & Eco Tourism Circuit in Andhra Pradesh
69.83
13.96
2
North East India Circuit
Arunachal Pradesh
Development of Bhalukpong-Bomdila-Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh
49.77
10.00
3
Buddhist Circuit
Bihar
Construction of Cultural Centre adjacent to Maya Sarovar on the western side at Bodhgaya, Bihar.
33.17
6.63
Year 2015-16

1
North East
India Circuit
Manipur
Development of Tourist Circuit in Manipur: Imphal-Moirang-Khongjom-Moreh
89.66
17.93
2
North East
India Circuit
Sikkim
Development of Tourist  Circuit linking - Rangpo     (entry) - Rorathang -  Aritar -  Phadamchen - Nathang - Sherathang - Tsongmo - Gangtok - Phodong - Mangan - Lachung  - Yumthang - Lachen - Thangu -   Gurudongmer - Mangan - Gangtok - Tumin Lingee - Singtam (exit) in Sikkim
98.05
19.61
3
Eco Circuit
Uttarakhand
Integrated Development of Eco-Tourism, Adventure Sports, Associated Tourism related Infrastructure for Development of Tehri Lake & Surroundings as New Destination-District Tehri, Uttarakhand
80.37
16.07
4
Coastal Circuit
Andhra Pradesh
Development of Coastal Tourism Circuit in Sri Potti Sriramalu Nellore in Andhra Pradesh
60.38
12.08

5
North East India Circuit
Arunachal Pradesh
Integrated Development of New Adventure Tourism  in Arunachal Pradesh  under North East Circuit of Swadesh Darshan
97.14
19.43
6
Eco Tourism Circuit
Kerala
Development of Pathanamthitta- Gavi-Vagamon-Thekkady as Eco Tourism Circuit in Idduki and Pahanamthitta Districts in Kerala under Swadesh Darshan scheme.
99.22
19.84
7
Desert Circuit
Rajasthan
Development of Sambhar Lake Town and Other Destinations in Jaipur District, Rajasthan under Desert Circuit in Swadesh Darshan scheme.
63.96
12.79
8
Tribal Circuit
Nagaland
Development of Tribal Circuit Peren –Kohima-Wokha, Nagaland
97.36
19.47
9
Eco Circuit
Telangana
Integrated Development of Eco Tourism Circuit in Mahaboobnagar district, Telangana under Swadesh Darshan scheme.
91.62
18.32
10
Wild Life Circuit
Madhya Pradesh
Development of Wildlife Circuit at Panna – Mukundpur-Sanjay-Dubri-Bandhavgarh-Kanha-Mukki-Pench in Madhya Pradesh under Swadesh Darshan scheme.
92.22
18.44
11
Wildlife Circuit
Assam
Manas– Pobitora- Nameri- Kaziranga- Dibru Saikhowa as Wild Life Circuit in Assam.
95.67
19.13
12
North East India Circuit
Tripura
Development of North East Circuit : Agartala - Sipahijala - Melaghar - Udaipur - Amarpur - Tirthamukh - Mandirghat – Dumboor- NarikelKunja - Gandachara – Ambassa in Tripura.
99.59
19.92
13
Eco Tourism Circuit
Mizoram
Integrated Development of New Eco-Tourism under Swadesh Darshan-North East Circuit at Thenzawl & South Zote, District Serchhip and Reiek, Mizoram.
94.91
18.98
14
Coastal Circuit
West Bengal
Development of Beach Circuit  in West Bengal  – Udaipur - Digha – Shankarpur – Tajpur – Mandarmani – Fraserganj – Bakkhlai -Henry Island.
85.39
17.08
15
Coastal Circuit
Puducherry
Development of Union Territory of Puducherry as Tourist Circuit under “Swadesh Darshan” Scheme
85.28
17.06

PRASAD SCHEME

Sl. No
State
Name of the project
Sanction Amount
(Rs.crore)
Release Amount (Rs. Crore)
Year- 2014-15

1.
Bihar
Development of basic facilities at Vishnupad temple, Gaya, Bihar
4.29
0.86
2.
Uttar Pradesh
Development of Mathura-Vrindavan as Mega Tourist Circuit (Ph-II)
14.93
2.99
3.
Uttar Pradesh
Construction of Tourist Facilitation Centre at Vrindavan, Distt. Mathura
9.36
1.75
4.
Odisha
Infrastructure Development at Puri, Shree Jagannath Dham- Ramachandi-Prachi River front at Deuli under Mega Circuit
50.00
10.00
Year – 2015-16

1
Punjab
Development of Karuna Sagar Valmiki Sthal at Amritsar
6.45
1.29
2
Rajasthan
Integrated Development of Pushkar/Ajmer
40.44
8.09
3
Andhra Pradesh
Development of amaravati Town, Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh as Tourist Destination
28.36
5.67
4
Assam
Development of Kamakhya Temple and Pilgrimage Destination in and around Guwahati
33.98
6.80
5
Bihar
Development at Patna Sahib
41.54
8.31


This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
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Funds Allocated to States for Development of tourism
                                                                       

The Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to State Governments/Union Territory Administrations for various tourism projects subject to availability of funds, liquidation of pending utilization certificates against the funds released earlier and adherence to the relevant scheme guidelines.

The State-wise details of number of projects, amount sanctioned and amount released by Ministry of Tourism under various plan schemes during last three years is given below :

12th Plan (2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15)
(Rs. in lakh)
Sl. No.
Name of the State
No. of Projects
Amt. Sanctioned
Amt. Released





1.
Andhra Pradesh
31
25075.23
6425.83
2.
Arunachal Pradesh
35
22571.49
5888.89
3.
Assam
3
3568.11
255.12
4.
Bihar
21
19738.83
5110.28
5.
Chhattisgarh
3
990.13
238.02
6.
Daman & Diu
1
775.54
155.11
7.
Delhi
4
8230.89
1939.60
8.
Goa
3
929.04
225.81
9.
Gujarat
1
486.75
389.40
10.
Haryana
11
1608.91
464.11
11
Himachal  Pradesh
12
6401.40
2438.89
12
Jammu and Kashmir
42
19611.04
6136.28
13
Jharkhand
3
5385.71
2242.35
14
Kerala
15
11294.16
3316.66
15
Karnataka
10
8353.50
1790.53
16
Maharashtra
11
14709.97
3450.09
17
Manipur
24
32530.51
5010.50
18
Meghalaya
16
64.84
64.84
19
Mizoram
16
9690.00
1364.85
20
Madhya Pradesh
35
34720.58
12365.69
21
Nagaland
32
15758.87
4301.76
22.
Odisha
17
13092.72
2591.23
23.
Puducherry
1
4945.54
979.74
24.
Punjab
6
5915.84
1242.25
25.
Rajasthan
12
5324.64
1184.78
26.
Sikkim
35
22749.18
5140.85
27.
Tamil Nadu
2
2041.97
1116.17
28.
Telangana
16
8158.01
4259.78
29.
Uttar Pradesh
44
22354.52
5127.71
30.
Uttarakhand
31
23070.14
7251.08
31.
West Bengal
3
4694.46
2360.23

Total
496
354842.52
94828.43

The figures indicated above include the projects sectioned under the plan schemes of ‘Swadesh Darshan’ and ‘PRASAD’ in 2014-15.
                       
This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
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Foreign Tourist Arrivals in the Country
                                                                       

Ministry of Tourism compiles the data of foreign exchange earned through foreign tourists. The Ministry does not compile the data of earnings through domestic tourists. The Foreign Exchange Earnings (provisional) through Tourism in India during 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 were Rs.94,487 Crore, Rs.1,07,671 Crore, Rs.1,23,320 Crore, and Rs.1,35,193 Crore, respectively.

The State/Union Territory - wise number of Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs) during 2012, 2013 and 2014 are below. This information is not available for the year 2015.

The State/ UT-wise number of Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs) during 2012, 2013 and 2014 are as below:

S. No.
State/ UT
2012
2013
2014
1
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
17538
14742
17235
2
Andhra Pradesh
292822
69552
66333
3
Arunachal Pradesh
5135
10846
5204
4
Assam
17543
17638
21537
5
Bihar
1096933
765835
829508
6
Chandigarh
34130
40124
28365
7
Chhattisgarh
4172
3886
7777
8
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
1234
1582
1799
9
Daman & Diu
4607
4814
4620
10
Delhi
2345980
2301395
2319046
11
Goa
450530
492322
513592
12
Gujarat
174150
198773
235524
13
Haryana
233002
228200
547367
14
Himachal Pradesh
500284
414249
389699
15
Jammu & Kashmir
78802
60845
86477
16
Jharkhand
31909
45995
154731
17
Karnataka
595359
636378
561870
18
Kerala
793696
858143
923366
19
Lakshadweep
580
371
514
20
Madhya Pradesh
275930
280333
316195
21
Maharashtra
2651889
4156343
4389098
22
Manipur
749
1908
2769
23
Meghalaya
5313
6773
8664
24
Mizoram
744
800
836
25
Nagaland
2489
3304
3679
26
Odisha
64719
66675
71426
27
Puducherry
52931
42624
83291
28
Punjab
143805
204074
255449
29
Rajasthan
1451370
1437162
1525574
30
Sikkim
26489
31698
49175
31
Tamil Nadu
3561740
3990490
4657630
32
Tripura
7840
11853
26688
33
Telangana
NA
153966
75171
34
Uttar Pradesh
1994495
2054420
2909735
35
Uttarakhand
124555
97683
101966
36
West Bengal
1219610
1245230
1375740

Total
18263074
19951026
22567650

                       
This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
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Formation of Himalayan Tourist Circuit
For the integrated development of theme based tourist circuits in the country, the Ministry of Tourism has launched the ‘Swadesh Darshan Scheme’ in the year 2014-15. The Himalayan circuit has been identified as one of the thematic circuits for development under the scheme.

The Himalayan Circuit covers States of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the North-East region.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


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