21st January, 2023 Polity and Governance
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- A citizens’ Group in Chamundi Hills, Mysore, and Karnataka has decided to press for clearance from the heritage committee for the implementation of development works at Chamundi Hills under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD).
- The main concern raised by them;
- The details of the scheme remain opaque.
- Absence of any credible information.
- Environmental Concern.
- The Government of India launched the PRASAD scheme in the year 2014-2015 under the Ministry of Tourism. The full form of the PRASAD scheme is the ‘Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive’.
- 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 prioritized, planned and sustainable manner to provide a complete religious tourism experience.
- The growth of domestic tourism hugely depends on pilgrimage tourism.
- For tapping the potential of pilgrimage tourism, there is a need for holistic development of the selected pilgrimage destinations by the government along with the cooperation of other stakeholders.
- The PRASAD scheme aims at paving the way for the development and promotion of religious tourism in India.