SWADESH DARSHAN 2.0 (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Govt Scheme)

News-CRUX-10     5th January 2024        
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Context: The tourism ministry has included Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary in the Swadesh Darshan 2.0 scheme.

Swadesh Darshan Scheme

  • About: The scheme was envisioned to synergize with other government schemes such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Skill India, and Make in India with the idea of positioning the tourism sector as a major engine for job creation, the driving force for economic growth, building synergy with various sectors to enable tourism to realize its potential.
  • Aim: To promote, develop and harness the potential of tourism in India.
  • Launched: In 2014-15 for the integrated development of theme-based tourist circuits.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Tourism and Culture
  • Some of the prominent circuits:  Buddhist Tourist Circle, Ambedkar Tourist Circle, and the North-East Tourist Circle.

Swadesh Darshan 2.0

  • About: The program has been revitalized with the "vocal for local" philosophy and aims to offer financial assistance for enhancing tourist infrastructure.
  • Prominent places identified are: Jhansi and Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, Gwalior, Chitrakoot and Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh and Ajanta and Ellora in Maharashtra.

Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Location: Situated near the Hirakud Dam in the Bargarh district of Odisha.
  • Wildlife Sanctuary Designation: In 1985, it was officially designated as a wildlife sanctuary to preserve its ecological and historical importance.
  • Vegetation: Characterized by dry deciduous mixed forests, the sanctuary boasts a diverse range of plant life.
  • Flora: Sal, Asana, Bija, Aanla, Dhaura, among others, contributing to the rich botanical diversity.
  • Fauna: Tiger, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Hyena, Spotted Deer, Antelopes, Sambar, Gaur, Nilgai, Bison, Langur Monkeys, and more, thriving within the dense forest environment.