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13 December 2011

Inspired by the famous saying, “Failure is a road to success”, the Meghalaya government has decided to revive the Centrally-sponsored ‘Bed and Breakfast scheme’ to promote the concept of providing affordable and qualitative accommodation and breakfast to tourists visiting smaller towns and villages.

Initiated five years ago, the Bed and Breakfast scheme had little takers even in the so-called friendly small town of Sohra (Cherrapunjee). There were multiple reasons including dissimilarity of lifestyles of the guest. The scheme flopped miserably in a place like Sohra that has no proper hotel and guest house, leave aside the basic aspects related to hospitality sector.

Those interested were supposed to get financial aid from the government to build a two-three room house for night halt and breakfast of tourists but it never reaped the benefits, due to unwanted raking of issues by some disinterested groups. People’s mentality and attitude stalled the efforts to boost tourism in the State. Truly, the Parliamentary Secretary of the department of Tourism and Sohra MLA P W Khongjee admitted that there was a lack of awareness among the people and lack of the right approach from officials concerned to enlighten the people who could be another stakeholders in the tourism industry.

“We have learnt from the past and this time the orientation programmes will multiply in the days to come to bring about a collateral impact in our endeavour to promote tourism in the state, stated Khongjee, besides admitting that the government will have to take an extra yard in convincing the interested local entrepreneurs and tourism promoters. He acceded that the first initiative failed to draw interested parties from the entire State.

The revived “Bed and Breakfast scheme” is now open to all and each will get a subsidy of 30 per cent of Rs 16 lakhs earmarked by the government. Rs 5 crores has been sanctioned under the mentioned scheme for the revival period. The interested entrepreneur needs to deposit only 5-10 per cent of the fees in the financial institutions to avail the loan, informed Khongjee.