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Swadesh Darshan 2.0 Scheme


The tourism ministry has included Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary in the Swadesh Darshan 2.0 scheme.


GS II: Government policies and Interventions

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Swadesh Darshan Scheme: Nurturing Sustainable Tourism
  2. Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary

Swadesh Darshan Scheme: Nurturing Sustainable Tourism


  • Launched in 2015 by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
  • Aims to foster sustainable and responsible tourism destinations across India.

Funding Mechanism:

  • A 100% centrally funded scheme.
  • Financial assistance provided to State governments, Union Territory Administrations, or Central Agencies for tourism infrastructure development.
  • Operation and Maintenance (O&M) responsibility lies with the respective State Government/UT Administration.
Swadesh Darshan 2.0 (SD2.0):
  • Recently revamped version focusing on comprehensive development:
    • Tourism and allied infrastructure.
    • Tourism services.
    • Human capital development.
    • Destination management and promotion.
    • Backed by policy and institutional reforms.
  • Objectives:
    • Encourage increased private sector investment in tourism and hospitality.
    • Promote Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in tourism and facilitate operation and maintenance of created assets.

Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Location:
    • Situated in the Bargarh district of Odisha, near the Hirakud dam on the Mahanadi River.
  • Significance:
    • Special mention due to its association with freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai.
    • Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1985.
  • Vegetation:
    • Encompasses dry deciduous mixed forests.
  • Flora:
    • Abundance of trees including Sal, Asana, Bija, Aanla, Dhaura, etc.
  • Fauna:
    • Rich biodiversity with inhabitants like Tiger, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Hyena, Spotted Deer, Antelopes, Sambar, Gaur, Nilgai, Bison, Langur Monkeys, etc.

-Source: The Times of India

February 2024