The tourism ministry got 70 per cent hike in the Union budget with an allocation of ₹1,590 crore, to focus on infrastructure development and promotion and publicity initiatives.
The Budget 2016-17, presented by finance minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament, earmarked ₹1,500 crore under plan and Rs 90 crore under non-plan heads, reports The Times of India.
As per the revised estimates, ₹932 crore was given to the ministry in 2015-16.
For 2016-17, the government allocated ₹900 crore for infrastructure development with over ₹700 crore for Swadesh Darshan scheme and ₹100 crore for PRASAD scheme.
Under Swadesh Darshan scheme, theme-based tourism circuits have been identified for infrastructure development across the country, while PRASAD’s (national mission on pilgrimage rejuvenation and spiritual augmentation drive) objective is to augment religious and spiritual tourism in the country.