SRINAGAR — The government of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has identified 181 villages including 13 in Pulwama district, having picturesque beauty and cultural significance, for transformation into tourist destinations and this step will go a long way in strengthening the rural economy and empowering the youth and women by direct and indirect employment opportunities.
In Pulwama, the villages identified are Samboora, Shaar Shaali, Kakapora, Awantipora, Litter, Bagh-Sangerwani, Barsoo, Qaimoh, Aripal, Shikargah, Paneer Jagir, Naristan and Sangerwani.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha launched the ‘Tourist Villages Development Programme’ on September 3 with the objective of identifying the best villages of Jammu and Kashmir which have historical, aesthetic and cultural significance, reported IANS.
The programme is aimed to provide employment opportunities to the youth and self-help groups who have registered under the special employment programme ‘Mission Youth’ launched by the government.
In these villages, film shooting will also be encouraged along with showing the culture, local values and traditions. The work will be done under the supervision of the task force already constituted by the government to establish the required infrastructure in these villages.