DoNER suggests Finance Ministry to allocate higher funds for development of tourism in NE


For the development of the tourism sector, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has suggested the Finance Ministry to allocate higher funds and special package in the northeastern region.
According to an official statement, DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh held a meeting with Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons in New Delhi on Friday during which the two ministers discussed proposals for identifying new projects on priority basis for development of tourism in the states.
Speaking after the meeting, Singh said that under the North East Special Infrastructure Scheme, the DoNER Ministry is providing financial assistance for infrastructure projects relating to water supply, power and connectivity for promoting tourism in the region.
Singh said, this will be over and above the existing schemes of the Central and State governments of the NE region. Under the North Eastern Council (NEC), work is underway for promotion of theme-based regional tourism circuits, he added.
Union minister Alphons said that development of tourism and identifying new tourist hubs in the NE region is a priority for his ministry and added that funds will be made available for the same. He also stated that the region has great locations which could be ideal as film shooting destinations. Adding further, he said that the region could be great attraction for tourists from South East Asian countries.

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