Staff Reporter

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurating a country boat service at the Deepor Beel, in Guwahati on Tuesday. – UB Photos

GUWAHATI, Feb 16: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today handed over sanction letters to 34 beneficiaries under the ‘Amar Alohi’ scheme. He also distributed electronic gadgets to beneficiaries under the ‘Parjyatan Sarothi’ scheme at a programme held at a location adjacent to the Deepor Beel.

The ‘Amar Alohi’ village homestay scheme was launched to infuse self-sufficiency among educated unemployed youths of the State. The main objective of the scheme is to facilitate accommodation and food to tourists in the rural areas. Under this scheme, stilt houses are to be built in sync with the natural milieu of the State with a financial outlay of Rs 10 lakh, of which 80 per cent will be borne by the State government as subsidy.

Moreover, under the ‘Parjyatan Sarothi’ scheme, around 5000 people engaged in tourism will be given electronic gadgets with an app ‘Awe Assam’ for facilitating online booking, etc.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal said that considered as a hotbed of eco-tourism and bio-diversity, Assam has immense potential for tourism. Hence, in a bid to utilise the potential of this sector science and technology have to be used. He also said that to attract the attention of 700 crore people across the globe, the tourist sites of Assam will have to be developed maintaining the sanctity of their peripheries.

The Chief Minister also said that the State government, under the scheme called ‘Uttaran’,  sanctioned Rs 10 crore and asked the forest and environment and tourism departments to unitedly build a roadmap for promotion of tourism surrounding Deepor Beel.

Considering the people living in the peripheral areas of Deepor Beel fortunate, Chief Minister Sonowal asked them to extend all possible help to the steps of the government for promotion of tourism in Deepor Beel. He also said that the State government has formed the Deepor Beel Development Authority for development of the water-body.

At the same programme Sonowal also inaugurated a service of country boats in Deepor Beel.