UP plans pro-poor tourism programme

State tourism department is mulling a pro-poor tourism development programme by focusing on Buddhist Circuit and Agra-Braj Corridor. In a bid to use tourism as an anti-poverty tool, the department is planning to seek a loan of $ 410 million from the World Bank for the programme.

On Friday, a team of officials led by principal secretary (tourism) Sanjiv Saran would give a presentation on the plan in the 31{+s}{+t} steering committee meeting of the department of economic affairs (DEA) under the Union finance ministry in New Delhi. District magistrate Pranjal Yadav too is a member of the team.

Before leaving for New Delhi, Yadav on Thursday, July 18 said that the programme aimed at creating an ideal infrastructure and atmosphere to encourage tourists into stretching their stay period. This would have lead to an increase in revenue generation.

Full report here Times of India


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