Topic- Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
6) Rural tourism provides many opportunities for rural development in India, but at the same times poses several challenges which need to be taken care of. Comment.(250 words)
Why this question
Rural development is a necessity for India and any strategy/ policy in this direction s a welcome step. There is a lot of scope of rural tourism, given the vast rural hinterland of India and growing connectivity between urban and rural centres. Although it provides various opportunities for rural development it also faces several challenges, which need to be discussed.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to express our opinion on whether there are significant opportunities in exploring rural tourism as a means to rural development in India. It also wants us to discuss the challenges associated therein and then form an overall opinion on the issue.
Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer
Introduction- write a few lines about the vast rural hinterland with diverse geography, culture, history and mention that this provides great opportunity for rural tourism in India.
- Discuss the opportunities in rural tourism and also discuss what benefits it could provide. E.g Desire for escape from the monoculture of city living. Increasing Interest in Outdoor Recreation, Eco-Tourism and Special Interest Tourism. Rural locations are ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation. Over-familiarity and Congestion with traditional tourist resorts Increased Interest in alternative and off-beat attractions Curiosity for rural India and its culture, customs and heritages Accessibility of Rural Areas. Growing number of special interest tourists etc.
- Discuss the challenges involved therein. E.g Deprivation, Improper Communication Facilities and Embryonic Stage of Rural Market; Communication Skill; Insufficient Financial Support; lack of trained human resources; lack of proper physical connectivity etc.
Conclusion– mention the govt initiatives in this direction e.g Swadesh Darshan, PRASAD, and form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the issue.