In order to provide employment opportunities to the local people of the Himalayan state, tourism department of Uttarakhand would organise awareness camps. These camps will be set up to promote the Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Swarrojgar scheme and the Deendayal Homestay scheme.
Tourism Secretary, Dilip Javalkar, said that these camps, organised by department officers will help local people to gather complete information about the schemes.
He said that the state’s government’s aim is that no person should be left in order to receive the benefit of these schemes.
Javalkar said that under both the self-employment schemes, a provision of attractive subsidy and loans has been made. Any type of tourism related enterprises will be provided 25 percent subsidy in the plains and 33 percent in the mountainous regions. While in the case of buying vehicles for ferrying tourists, a subsidy of 25 percent will be given in both the areas, he added.
Jawalkar said that this scheme is a solution to the problem of unemployment and migration in the state. “If the locals register their homes as homestays or utilise their land for building new homestays or even if they renovate their old houses and run it as homestays, it will compensate for local tourism infrastructure in remote areas.In this way mountainous regions can be developed as tourist hubs,’’ he said.
The secretary informed that if six or more homestays are registered from a particular area then the government will develop it as a cluster by providing road, electricity and water.
Provision of a rebate of 25 percent or Rs 7.5 lakh in plains and up to 33 percent or Rs 10 lakhs in the mountainous regions has been made under the homestay scheme.
He further informed that the representatives of the tourist departments and banks will provide detailed information about the formalities related to the scheme to the beneficiaries in these camps.
Jawalkar also appealed to the people who had left their villages to return and take advantage of the scheme. He asked them to renovate their ancestral properties and run them as homestays. He said that villages will once again revive its economy this way.
Sunday, 24 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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