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[ZESTCaste] 27 SC/ST youth get tourist taxis, Udupi

27 SC/ST youth get tourist taxis, Udupi
May 30, 2011

UDUPI: State government has allotted Rs 250 crore for tourism
programmes in the budget for the year 2011-12 including Rs 10 crore
for Udupi district as against the less budgetary allocation ranging
from Rs 15 to Rs 20 crore during previous years, said Higher Education
Minister Dr V S Acharya.

Speaking after distributing tourist taxis to 27 youth belonging to
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in a programme organised by
District Administration and District Tourism Department on Saturday,
he said government has decided to give more thrust on the promotion of
tourism in the State. Of the allocated fund of Rs 250 crore, Rs 150
crore will be spent on development of infrastructure facilities and
development of other facilities in various tourist spots in the State.
The remaining Rs 100 crore will be used as first installment for the
special project at famous historical place Hampi. This includes
development of a theme park to present the glory of the kingdom of Sri

The project is built at the cost of Rs 300 crore, he added. He said
government has plans to install a life-size statue of Sri
Madhwacharya, proponent of Madhwa philosophy carrying the idol of Lord
Sri Krishna in his hand at Malpe beach. Statue of Kalingamardhana Sri
Krishna will be installed at St Mary's Island. Measures are taken to
develop Maravanthe beach under PPP model (public private partnership).
Plans have been chalked out to develop Kaup Light House, he said.

Acharya said government has plans to introduce 'Tanga' service in the
city between Udupi and Manipal to facilitate large number pilgrims and
tourists every year. Such service has already been introduced in
Mysore, he said.

Stating that distribution of tourist taxis to unemployed SC and ST
youths is part of tourism promotional activities, Acharya said that
out of total value of the taxi of Rs 3.60 lakh, 50 per cent will be
given by government as subsidy, while 45 per cent will be given as
loan from State Bank of Mysore. The remaining five per cent will be
the seed money by the beneficiary. Tourism department earlier has
distributed auto rickshaws to 34 beneficiaries belonging to Scheduled
Tribe, he said.

Of the 27 beneficiaries, 20 belong to Scheduled Caste. .

Endowment Act

Later replying to queries regarding the amendments incorporated in
Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowment Act , Acharya who is also
the Minister for Endowment said the amended Hindu Religious
Institutions and Endowment Act that has been signed by the Governor is
aimed at lessening political interference in the management of the
temples. The selection of the members to the temple committee would
be made by State and district religious council. Mutts and temples
attached to mutts, hereditary and denomination temples have been
exempted from the purview of the act. However, he clarified that the
government will not interfere in the administration of these temples.


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