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U’khand steps up efforts to tap tourism potential; declares 2015 as tourism year

Uttarakhand government has stepped up efforts to fully showcase the tourism potential of the state before the nation and the world and declared 2015 as the tourism year. Finance Minister Indira Hridayesh on Monday also announced a slew of measures, including bread and butter scheme to give boost to employment in rural areas, while presenting the budget for 2015-16 in the state Assembly.    
“There are ample opportunities for tourism in Uttarakhand which can enhance economic development and create innumerable opportunities for local employment,” Hridayesh said. “In spite of restricted resources, we are keen to develop tourist spots. Dyara Bugyal in Uttarkashi and Kahilya top in Munsyari will be developed as skiing centre. Bread and butter scheme will be launched on the outskirts of tourist spots to promote rural livelihood. Tea-sellers and kiosks along the major national and state highways will be encouraged. The year 2015 has been declared as the year for tourism,” Hridayesh said. Total expenditure for 2015-16 is estimated to be Rs 32,693.94 crore as against Rs 30,353.78 crore in 2014-15.   

“Nanda Devi Rajjat Yatra and winter pilgrimage was successfully conducted by the state government. To spread the message of ‘Safe and Secure Uttarakhand’ far and wide, we conducted press meet including travel & tour operators meet in major cities like Mumbai, Ahmadabad and Bangalore,” she said.

Moreover, she also pointed of promoting tourist activities by connecting Dehradun-Rishikesh-Haridwar (Garhwal region.
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