Bhubaneswar: Odisha Tourism & Culture minister Ashok Chandra Panda Friday urged the union tourism minister  Alphons Kannanthanam to provide fund under ‘Swadesh Darshan’ scheme.

Ashok,  who met the union tourism minister at Delhi in his office chamber in Transport Bhawan,  requested for sanction of funds for development of rural circuit and spiritual circuit in the state, keeping in view infrastructure development in tourism sector. He drew the attention of Alphons towards the state government letters in October 2015 and January 2016 to the Centre for sanctions under ‘Swadesh Darshan’ scheme.

The Odisha tourism minister also drew attention of the union minister to implement Light & Sound Show at Khandagiri which has been pending for long. He also emphasized on promotion of Diamond Quadrangle of Buddhist Sites of Odisha in India Tourism Publicity Campaign.