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Assam to roll out ‘Paryatan Sanjeevani’ to rehabilitate COVID-hit tourism industry

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GUWAHATI: The state government of Assam on Saturday announced its plan to roll out a niche scheme – ‘Paryatan Sanjeevani’ to partially rehabilitate the COVID-hit tourism industry of the state.

Assam Tourism Development Corporation Chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah said, “We have decided to introduce the ‘Paryatan Sanjeevani’, a scheme that will benefit the registered stakeholders of the state engaged in the tourism industry. Under this scheme, the stakeholders will get loans as their working capital ranging from one lakh up to 20 lakh.”

According to the Chairman, the scheme will benefit the registered stakeholders like the hoteliers, resort owners, tour operators, tourist guide, jeep safari, elephant safari and others engaged in the sector.

Baruah said that the application process for availing the scheme will start from November 1 and will continue till December 31. “The loan will be disbursed to the beneficiaries at 8 to 9 per cent interest rate. The beneficiaries shall not need to repay the principal and interest amount in the initial year. The interest levied on the first year will be borne by the state government,” the Chairman said.

He stressed that the ‘Paryatan Sanjeevani’ scheme will help the tourism entrepreneurs of the state in regaining their business. “The working capital to be provided under this scheme will economically rehabilitate the tourism entrepreneurs of the state,” Baruah added.