M Venkaiah Naidu Current Affairs

Swadesh Darshan Scheme: Two coastal tourism circuit projects inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated two coastal tourism circuit projects in Andhra Pradesh taken up under Swadesh Darshan Scheme. These projects are aimed at boosting beach and coastal tourism by leveraging bountiful coastlines along the state.

Two coastal tourism projects are

First coastal circuit: It includes beautification of Nellore tank and Pulicat Lake, facelift to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, construction of restaurant and development of Kotha Koduru, Ubbala Madugu, Mypadu, Rama Theertham, and Isukapalli project.

Second coastal circuit:  It is aimed at developing Kakinada port, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Hope Island, construction of cottages and wooden huts at Aduru, Passarlapudi and S Yanam and development of Kotipalli project.

Swadesh Darshan scheme

It was launched by Union Tourism Ministry with objective to develop theme-based tourist circuits in the country. These tourist circuits will be developed on principles of high tourist value, competitiveness and sustainability in an integrated manner.

Under this scheme, 13 thematic circuits have been identified for development. They are Buddhist Circuit, North-East India Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage Circuit.

It is 100% centrally funded scheme for project components undertaken for public funding. It also has provision for leveraging voluntary funding under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Central Public Sector Undertakings and corporate sector.

The funding of projects under this scheme varies from state to state. It is finalised on basis of detailed project reports prepared by Programme Management Consultant (PMC) which is national level consultant for implementing the scheme. So far, Tourism Ministry has sanctioned 74 projects worth Rs. 5997.47 crore to 31 states and Union Territories under this scheme.

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India, Peru signs agreement in field of Renewable Energy

India and Peru signed agreement in field of Renewable Energy. The pact was signed after bilateral meeting between Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister of Peru Cesar Villanueva Arevalo in Lima. Vice President’s visited Peru was last leg of his first state visit to three Central American nations Guatemala, Panama and Peru. This was very important visit as it will help to enhance and strengthen India’s bilateral relations with these nations and will increase trade, investments and cooperation among these countries.

Key Facts

During the meeting, India and Peru discussed various bilateral and international issues of mutual interest. The discussions were held in field of pharmaceuticals, space, defence, supply of LPG, clean energy, agriculture and science & technology.

They also discussed possibility of collaboration in Quinoa cultivation and processing with Peru. Peru is important country for multilateral issues for India and it supported India’s candidature for permanent seat in United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Both countries agreed to work together to combat menace of terrorism.

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