DISPUR: Assam Congress leader Debabrata Saikia today reminded the BJP-led government of its promise to offset damages to the tourism industry with its 'Paryatan Sanjeevani Scheme' under the former regime led by Sarbananda Sonowal.
Saikia today releasing a video stated that giving relief measures to the tourism sector that has been hit hard by the pandemic would be a most welcome move.
"However, this scheme is yet to be implemented. As a result, the people associated with the tourism sector who have families are in a pathetic condition" Saikia lamented.
Saikia also requested the government to waive the interest on loans of the people associated with the sector.
Now, for a jog down memory lane.
Last year, Assam's then chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced a new scheme under which loan up to Rs 20 lakh with interest subsidy would be provided to entrepreneurs to revive the tourism industry.
Under the 'Paryatan Sanjeevani Scheme,' loan between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 20 lakh will be extended to interested local youths to take up new initiatives so that the tourism sector gets a fresh lease of life amid the coronavirus crisis, he said.
As part of the scheme, the advances will be provided for five years, while the state government will give first year's interest, he said, adding there will be a one-year moratorium on repayment.
Speaking at the 'Tourism Conclave,' Sonowal also inaugurated another scheme — 'Paryatan Sarathi' — which will provide information about Assam tourism, facilities for bookings, tour packages, and hotels along with online payment gateway options.
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