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Swadesh Darshan Scheme 2.0

Swadesh Darshan Scheme 2.0:

Ministry of Tourism (MOT) revamps Swadesh Darshan Scheme

Key features of the revamped scheme:

  • Develop sustainable and responsible tourism
  • Development of benchmark and standards
  • Promote domestic tourism mainly in tier-II and tier-III cities
  • State government will designate implementing agencies for the projects (earlier ministry of tourism used to do that)
    100% centrally funded

About Swadesh Darshan Scheme

  • Tourism Ministry launched the Swadesh Darshan Scheme in 2014 to develop theme-based tourist circuits in the country using 100% central funds and CSR funding.
  • Funding of individual projects will vary from state to state and will be finalised on the basis of detailed project reports prepared by PMC (Programme Management Consultant).
  • India’s Tourism is ranked in 10th position (World Travel and Tourism Council’s report in 2019 in terms of contribution to GDP). It contributed 6.8% to India’s GDP and 8% of the total employment created.
  • India has 40 sites listed under World Heritage List (32 cultural, 7 natural and 1 mixed site)
  • India recently came up with Draft National Tourism Policyfocusing on Green, and digital tourism. Its main points were-
  • Industry status of the tourism sector focus on green, digital, destination management, skilling and tourism-related support to MSMEs