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DoNER ministry recommends special tourism package for NE

Union minister of state for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh on Friday informed that the DoNER ministry has recommended to the Finance ministry for higher allocation of funds and special package for development of tourism in the North Eastern states.
After a meeting the with the Union minister of state for Tourism, KJ Alphons, Dr. Singh said they had discussed proposals for identifying new projects on priority basis for the North Eastern states. 
The meeting is part of ongoing inter-ministerial discussions for development of the region.
He said under the North East Special Infrastructure Scheme (NESIDS), the DoNER ministry is providing financial assistance for projects of physical infrastructure relating to water supply, power and connectivity for promoting tourism in the region. 
This will be over and above the existing schemes of the Central and State governments of the region, he added. 
Dr. Singh said under the North Eastern Council (NEC), work is also underway for promotion of theme-based regional tourism circuits.
He further claimed that improved connectivity has already seen growth in tourism in the region, which has immense potential to generate employment.
Alphons asserted that development of tourism and identifying new tourist hubs in the Northeast is a priority for his ministry, adding funds will be made available for the task. 
He said the region has great locations, which could be ideal as film shooting destinations, besides potentially becoming great attraction for tourists from South East Asian countries. 
The tourism ministry will provide support for boosting tourism avenues in the region, he added.
DoNER secretary Naveen Verma and other senior officials of both the ministries were present at the meeting.

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