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  • The first Nagaland Swadesh Darshan ‘Peren-Kohima-Wokha Project’ will be inaugurated by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, in the presence of Union Minister of State for Tourism at Kisama Heritage Village in Nagaland on Wednesday.
  • This is the first project to be implemented in the state under Swadesh Darshan scheme of the Union Ministry of Tourism.

Peren-Kohima-Wokha Project:

  • The project “Development of Tribal Circuit: Peren-Kohima-Wokha” was sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism in November 2015.
  • Under the project the Ministry has developed facilities like Tribal Tourist Village, Eco Log Huts, Open Air Theatre, Tribal Rejuvenation Centre, Cafeteria, Helipad, Tourist Interpretation Centre, Wayside Amenities, Last Mile Connectivity etc.
  • In addition to this, the Ministry has also sanctioned another project in Nagaland “Development of Tribal circuit: Mokokchung–Tuensang-Mon” which is under progress.

Swadesh Darshan scheme:

  • India’s rich cultural, historical, religious and natural heritage provides a huge potential for development of tourism and job creation in the country
  • This can be achieved only through an integrated approach by providing engaging experiences for distinct categories of tourists i.e. Domestic and International
  • In due recognition to this the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism (MoT) launched the Swadesh Darshan Scheme (Central Sector Scheme) for integrated development of theme-based tourist circuits in the country in 2014-15
  • Various themes which are unique and specific to the area can include beaches, culture, heritage, wildlife etc.
  • Such theme based tourist circuits are developed in a manner that supports communities, provides employment and fosters social integration without comprising upon the environmental concerns and provides unique experiences to the tourists.
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