After receiving a lot of tourists in Jammu and Kashmir, the J & K administration is trying to engage village youth with the tourism industry so that they are empowered on the ground.
Government is also trying to provide them with financial incentives so that they can start their own earnings by the tourist industry.
Mission Youth is working in collaboration with the Tourism Department for utilizing the available resources in the development of these villages as tourist villages. Government will also develop basic infrastructure in these villages under the close supervision of the Task Force which has already been constituted and any group willing to be part of the Government’s initiative will be given Rs 10 lakh as financial assistance for self employment activities in the tourism sector.
An amount of Rs one lakh will be given for creation of home-stay facility and there will be a subsidy of Rs 50,000. This step will go a long way in attracting the tourists to those areas which remained unexplored till date.
Up to Rs 8-10 lakh incentive will be provided for movie/song shootings in these villages, also aimed at promotion of these rural tourist destinations. Preference will be given to local registered artists having sufficient experience in grant of assistance for shootings in the identified villages.
Similarly, a dedicated portal – AVSAR-‘Connect to Opportunities Initiative’- has been provisioned to facilitate our youth with real-time information flow notifying students about pre-placement activities and job opportunities. All ITIs and other technical institutions in the UT were on-boarded in the program for achieving the best outcomes for our youth.