Published on : Thursday, August 7, 2014
The Indian Minister of State for Culture & Tourism Shri Shripad Yesso Naik has said that the development and promotion of tourism is primarily the responsibility of the respective State Government/Union Territory (UT) Administration including the State of Himachal Pradesh.
However, the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) under Centrally Sponsored Scheme viz. Project Infrastructure Development for Destination and Circuits (PIDDC) to various State Governments and Union Territory Administrations prioritized in consultation with them, as per the Scheme Guidelines, inter-se priority and subject to availability of funds.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Naik said, besides, MOT also provides financial assistance to the States/Union Territory Administrations for the following activities for promotion of tourism in the country including hilly and rural areas:
Name of the Scheme
Type of CFA
Domestic Promotion and Publicity including Hospitality (DPPH) Central Financial Assistance (CFA) is provided for the conduct of Fairs, Festivals and Tourism related Events, upto a maximum of Rs.50.00 lakh to State Governments and upto Rs.30.00 lakh to U.T. Administrations, in a financial year.
Assistance to IHMs/FCIs etc. To set up and Central/States Institute of Hotel Management and State Food Craft Institutes to meet the requirements of trained manpower in the tourism industry.
Capacity Building for Service Providers Central Financial Assistance (CFA) is provided to States/UT Governments for skill development and capacity building.
Computerization and Information Technology Financial Assistance is provided under this Scheme to State Governments to upgrade their tourism related computer facilities.
Innovative IT projects of the State Governments relating to tourism are also supported under this scheme.
At present, there is no proposal pending for offering special LTC scheme for the State of Himachal Pradesh, the Minister added.