Uttarakhand News

Homestay Scheme in Uttarakhand to encourage rural tourism

In order to improve the rural economy in the state and provide livelihood to the people, Uttarakhand government has given green signal to the ambitious homestay scheme in the state. The nod to the scheme was given in the recent cabinet meeting. According to this scheme, the government hopes to develop around 5000 homestays in the state by 2020. The government will also offer subsidies and concession to the people who will be covered under this scheme.

Eligibility for Homestay Scheme

  1. The homestay scheme will be applicable all over the state, except at areas under municipal corporation.
  2. The applicant’s house should be a purely residential premises.
  3. The proposal homestay should have owners or leaseholder as its permanent residents living with family.
  4.  The arrangement of food for the guests will be a responsibility of the homestay owner.
  5. Minimum of one room and maximum of six rooms are allowed in a homestay for guests.
  6. The registration of the proposed homestay would be mandatory.

Concession and Discounts for Homestay Scheme

  1. For the first three years, state GST on the income generated from the homestay under the scheme will be bore by the government.
  2. The water, electricity bill incurred for the homestay will be charged at non-commercial rates by the respective department.
  3. There would be no requirement for land development in order to start a homestay.

Guidelines to avail subsidies for homestay scheme

  1. The applicant should be a native of Uttarakhand.
  2. The applicant should have own house in which he/she currently resides.
  3. The applicant should not a defaulter to banks or any other financial institution.
  4. The benefit of reservation will also be given.
  5. Priority will be given to the houses already developed in the hills.
  6. For construction of homestays in hills, 33% of the total amount or 10 lakh, which ever is less, will be given by the government.
  7. For construction of homestays in plains, 25% of the total amount or 7.5 lakh, which ever is less, will be bore by the government.
  8. In addition to that, the loans taken by the homestay owners under this scheme, 50% of the total loan amount or Rs. 1.5 lakh, whichever is more, will be bore by the government.

Inputs from Amar Ujala