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EXAMINING THE PROSPECT OF SUSTAINABLE ECO AND RURAL TOURISM IN PURULIA DISTRICT OF WEST BENGAL

Abstract: The effort of community empowerment is treated as an effective tool for backward area development schemes leading to restraining the magnitude of disparity. The present essay discusses the importance and potentiality of introducing eco and rural tourism towards attaining greater community empowerment in the context of retrospective observations on the process of transformation of rural livelihood in the ‘Jangal Mahal’ (i.e. the forestland) of the western part of West Bengal – particularly the district of Purulia, the core of present decentralized schemes and the exclusion of the local communities in decision making processes.

Keywords: Eco Tourism, Rural Tourism, Community Empowerment, Rural Development, Livelihood, Public Participation

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