Govt plans subsidised train tours to popularise Northeast

By Avishek G Dastidar  indianexpress.com

To popularise the Northeast among the country’s students, the government has a mega-tourism plan on the anvil, using the rail network as the primary mode of travel.

Starting December, a number of trains that ply to the region will have coaches dedicated for taking school students from across India on tours at highly subsidised rates.

With the implementation of the programme pursued by the Prime Minister’s Office regularly, the Railway Ministry has already had talks with the Tourism Ministry and states concerned to try set the ball rolling. It has given the job of organising the tours to its Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

The IRCTC has already had a similar experience a year ago when it collaborated with the Assam chapter of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan to take 2900 students to visit Delhi and Agra. More info

 

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