Under the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India launched the PRASAD Scheme in the year 2014-2015. The full form of PRASAD Scheme is Pilgrimage Rejuvenation And Spirituality Augmentation Drive. 

For detailed information on PRASAD Scheme candidates can check the official website (

The highlights of this scheme have been mentioned in the table below:

Name of the scheme PRASAD Scheme
Full-Form Pilgrimage Rejuvenation And Spirituality Augmentation Drive
Year of launch 2015
Government Ministry Ministry of Tourism

Like the PRASAD Scheme, there are various other schemes launched by the Government of India in order to address the social and economic welfare of the citizens and the nation. 

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This article will read details regarding PRASAD Scheme, Its aims and objectives and more. Candidates can also download the PRASAD Scheme PDF in the article. 

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For aspirants of UPSC, PRASAD Scheme is an important topic as questions related to this can be asked in Preliminary examination as well as in GS II and GS III of Mains exam.  

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The Ministry of Tourism launched the PRASAD scheme that aims at integrated development of pilgrimage destinations in a prioritised, planned, and sustainable manner in order to provide a complete religious tourism experience. 

The focus of Pilgrimage Rejuvenation And Spirituality Augmentation Drive- PRASAD is on the development and beautification of the identified pilgrimage destinations under HRIDAY Scheme.

Candidates often get confused between the PRASAD scheme and HRIDAY scheme which are run by two different ministries. To read about the HRIDAY scheme, check the link provided. 

Earlier, the scheme identified 12 cities for the development of pilgrimage and heritage destinations. The criterion for the selection of these cities is their rich heritage and cultural history.

The 12 cities identified under the scheme at first are as mentioned below:

  1. Kamakhya (Assam)
  2. Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh)
  3. Dwaraka (Gujarat), 
  4. Gaya (Bihar),
  5. Amritsar (Punjab),
  6. Ajmer (Rajasthan)
  7. Puri (Odisha), 
  8. Kedarnath (Uttarakhand)
  9. Kanchipuram(Tamil Nadu)
  10. Velankanni (Tamil Nadu),
  11. Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), 
  12. Mathura (Uttar Pradesh)

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Objectives of PRASAD Scheme

PRASAD Scheme is launched with the following objectives:

  • To enhance tourism attractiveness in a sustainable manner
  • To harness pilgrimage tourism so that it directly affects and multiplies the employment generation and economic development.
  • To promote local art and culture, handicraft and cuisines etc.
  • To develop world-class infrastructure in religious destinations

The development of infrastructure under PRASAD Scheme includes the development of lighting and illumination with renewable energy sources, eco-friendly modes of transport, first aid centres, drinking water, waiting rooms, toilets, parking, craft bazaars/souvenir shops / haats / cafeteria, rain shelters, telecom facilities, internet connectivity etc.

Development of basic tourism facilities like road, rail and water transport, last-mile connectivity, like Information and interpretation centers, Money exchanges and ATMs.

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Funding of PRASAD Scheme

To implement the PRASAD scheme a Mission Directorate is set up in the Ministry of Tourism. The Ministry provides Central Financial Assistance to State Governments for the promotion of tourism at identified destinations. 

For components within public funding, the Central Government provides 100% funds and for the improvement in the sustainability of the project the scheme seeks to involve Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) as well.

The Budget provision of rupees.15.60 crore was made in revised estimates 2014 – 2015. The first instalment of rupees.85.78 lakh was released under this scheme for the development of basic facilities at Vishnupad Temple, Gaya in Bihar.

Candidates for further details on PRASAD Scheme can download the PRASAD Scheme PDF given below:

PRASAD Scheme PDF:-Download PDF Here

Candidates appearing for any competitive exams must keep up to date with information on PRASAD schemes. Candidates can check Previous Year Question Papers with solution PDF to understand the type of questions asked in examinations related to such topics.

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