The state government aims to promote the local economy and rural tourism with the help of groups of young people formed at the village level and aptly named Yuvak and Mahila Mangal Dals, who will be trained as “Paryatan Mitra “.
During his first term, Yogi Adityanath Government Tourism Policy-2018 made special mention of the village, agro-tourism and Mangal Dals.
During its second term, the state government has set up an Ecological and Rural Tourism Council and will identify 75 villages for the promotion of rural tourism. The government has also decided to make these Mangal Dals more proactive.
The government has decided to provide special training to members of the Yuvak and Mahila Mangal Dals as part of the promotion of rural tourism and economic policy.
They will be trained to promote local tourism by showcasing indigenous and specialty products, handicrafts, processed foods, clothing and other traditional products made by local artisans, especially in villages and rural areas.
“The progress of the villages is essential if the whole state wants to progress. Each village has its own identity which needs to be recognized and promoted,” said Mukesh Kumar Meshram, Principal Secretary, Tourism and Culture.
“The government is trying to develop the villages as ‘tourist hubs’ and expand facilities for the convenience of tourists,” Meshram added.
“This initiative will not only highlight the tourism potential of remote and neglected areas, but will also help create job opportunities for locals,” he said.
According to the tourism department, there are 78,000 registered Mangal Dals in the state.
Of this total, 42,000 are Yuvak Dals and 36,000 are Mahila Dals. These groups, formed by the Department of Youth Protection, include members in the 15-35 age group.
These dals have contributed effectively during initiatives like Fit India, Namami Gange, tree planting, blood donation camps and also during the Covid-19 pandemic.