Pilgrimage Rejuvenation And Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) Project

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  • December 29, 2022
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Context: Recently, the President of India inaugurated PRASAD project at the tourism facilitation centre in the pilgrim town of Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh.

About PRASAD Project:

  • The scheme was launched in the year 2014-2015.
  • It comes under the Ministry of Tourism.
  • This scheme focuses on developing and identifying pilgrimage sites across India for enriching the religious tourism experience.
  • It aims to integrate pilgrimage destinations in a prioritised, planned and sustainable manner to provide a complete religious tourism experience.
  • The Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to state governments under the Prasad scheme to promote tourism at pilgrim sites.
  • The Central Government will cover 100% of the costs under this program.
  • For improved sustainability, it also includes a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
  • Cities Identified Under PRASAD Scheme:
    • Amritsar (Punjab).
    • Kedarnath (Uttarakhand).
    • Mathura (Uttar Pradesh).
    • Ajmer (Rajasthan).
    • Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh).
    • Gaya (Bihar).
    • Kamakhya (Assam).
    • Dwaraka (Gujarat).
    • Puri (Odisha).
    • Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh).
    • Kanchipuram(Tamil Nadu).
    • Velankanni (Tamil Nadu).

Source:  The Hindu


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