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Posted on : 22 Feb 2020

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  • Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) is a central sector scheme that focuses on identifying and developing the pilgrim sites across the country to enrich the religious tourism experience.
  • It was launched by the Ministry of Tourism.
  • The scheme shall be 100% centrally funded for the project components undertaken for public funding. Efforts will be made to achieve convergence with other schemes of Central and State governments and also to leverage the voluntary funding available for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
  • It aims at integrated development of pilgrimage destinations in a planned, prioritized and sustainable manner to provide complete religious tourism experience.
  • 12 cities namely Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), Gaya(Bihar), Dwarka(Gujarat), Amritsar(Punjab), Ajmer(Rajasthan), Kanchipuram(Tamil Nadu), Velankanni(Tamil Nadu), Puri(Odisha), Varanasi(Uttar Pradesh), Mathura(Uttar Pradesh), Kedarnath (Uttarakhand) and Kamakhya (Assam) have been identified for development under the scheme.
  • The scheme has the following objectives:
    • 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.
    • Promote local art, culture, handicraft, cuisine, etc. to generate livelihood in identified places.

Article Related Questions

  1. With reference to PRASAD scheme, consider the following statements
    1.It is a central sector scheme aiming at integrated development of selected pilgrimage destinations in a sustainable manner.
    2.The scheme was launched by the Ministry of Tourism.
    Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : Both 1 and 2

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