To promote eco-tourism, and bring into the picture the famous tourist spots, Assam Government has decided to come up with a homestay scheme – ‘Aamaar Aalohi (Our Guest)-Rural Homestay. As per the scheme, home stay facilities will be made available to tourists in the rural tourist destinations. The scheme will be implemented by the state government’s tourism department through Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) at an estimated cost of Rs 16.29 crore. In the first phase (2017-18), only 200 homestays will be set up – 40 in Golaghat district; 25 in Barpeta; 20 each in Majuli, Morigaon, and Haflong-Umrangshu; 15 in Sonitpur and 10 each in Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Hajo-Sualkuchi, and Darrang.
This scheme will be beneficial not only for the tourists but it would also empower local community by creating tourism-related employment and will encourage the sustainable and responsible development of eco and rural tourism. All the homestays, which are already in business, will get recognition through online registration. They will get recognized as an authorized tourist establishment; also professional advice will be offered for improvement. For the new home stays, 80% assistance will be provided as per the scheme, and rest 20% can be arranged from the banks. Be it old or new homestay, it’s compulsory to register and obtain a license from ATDC and shall follow the guidelines framed under the Aamaar Aalohi Rural Home-stay Scheme 2017-18.
Tour My India News Desk.