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PRASAD Scheme of Ministry of Tourism -2015 -UPSC

PRASAD Scheme by Ministry of Tourism is Introduced in 2015, the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) is a central government scheme which focuses on identifying and developing the pilgrim sites across the country to enrich the religious tourism experience. It was launched by the Union Ministry of Tourism. Its objectives are ● Harness pilgrimage tourism for its direct and multiplier effect upon employment generation and economic development. ● Enhance tourist attractiveness in a sustainable manner by developing world-class infrastructure in religious destinations. ● It also seeks to promote local art, culture, handicraft, cuisine, etc.

Twelve cities namely Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), Gaya(Bihar), Dwaraka(Gujarat), Amritsar(Punjab), Ajmer(Rajasthan), Kanchipuram(Tamil Nadu), Vellankani(Tamil Nadu), Puri(Odisha), Varanasi(Uttar Pradesh), Mathura(Uttar Pradesh), Kedarnath (Uttarakhand) and Kamakhya (Assam) have been identified for development under Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) by the Ministry of Tourism.

The Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) scheme aimed at preserving and revitalizing the soul and unique character of the heritage cities in India, has been approved by the Ministry of Urban Development for the Twelve cities under the scheme in the first phase, namely; Amaravati(Andhra Pradesh); Gaya (Bihar); Dwarka (Gujarat), Badami(Karnataka); Puri (Odisha), Amritsar (Punjab); Ajmer(Rajasthan); Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu); Vellankani(Tamil Nadu); Warangal (Telangana); Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh); and Mathura (Uttar Pradesh).

The criterion for the selection of these cities is their rich heritage and cultural history.

To implement the PRASAD scheme a Mission Directorate has been set up in the Ministry of Tourism. The Budget provision of Rs.15.60 crore has been made in Revised Estimate (RE) 2014-15. For Development of basic facilities at Vishnupad Temple, Gaya in Bihar under this Scheme first installment of Rs.85.78 lakh has been released.

For the HRIDAY scheme[[ The National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) ]] under the Ministry of Urban Development, an amount of Rs.453.90 crores has been allocated to the HRIDAY scheme for implementation and development works.

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to an unstarred question to the Lok Sabha on (27-April, 2015 )

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(Release ID :119771) ( Source:- https://pib.gov.in/newsite/mbErel.aspx?relid=119771 )

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