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[pib] First project under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme the ‘North East Circuit to be inaugurated


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: North-East Circuit and Swadesh Darshan Scheme

Mains level: Expanding tourism in NE India

  1. “Development of North East Circuit: Imphal & Khongjom” implemented under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism was inaugurated
  2. It is the first project under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme being inaugurated in the country

About Imphal & Khongjom

  1. The project covers two sites i.e. Kangla Fort and Khongjom
  2. Kangla Fort is one of the most important historic and archaeological sites of Manipur located in the heart of the Imphal city
  3. It served as the seat of Manipur’s power till 1891
  4. Kangla has a special place in the hearts and minds of the people of Manipur
  5. The old Govindajee Temple, outer and inner moat and other relics are perfect reflections of the rich art and architectural heritage of Manipur
  6. Khongjom is the place where the last war of resistance of Anglo Manipur War of 1891 was fought


Swadesh Darshan

  1. India’s rich cultural, historical, religious and natural heritage provides a huge potential for development of tourism and job creation in the country
  2. This can be achieved only through an integrated approach by providing engaging experiences for distinct categories of tourists i.e. Domestic and International
  3. In due recognition to this the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism (MoT) launched the Swadesh Darshan Scheme (Central Sector Scheme) for integrated development of theme-based tourist circuits in the country in 2014-15
  4. Various themes which are unique and specific to the area can include beaches, culture, heritage, wildlife etc.
  5. Such theme based tourist circuits are developed in a manner that supports communities, provides employment and fosters social integration without comprising upon the environmental concerns and provides unique experiences to the tourists
  6. This scheme is envisioned to synergise with other Government of India schemes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Skill India, Make in India etc. with the idea of positioning the tourism sector as a major engine for job creation and economic growth.
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