The Hampi Tour Guides have long suffered due to the economic and financial downfall due to the nationwide and statewide lockdown caused by the COVID imposed lockdown. The Government has now finally come forward to provide financial aid to the Hampi tour guides.
By responding to the hardship of the tour guides, the government has transferred Rs 5,000 to each of the tour guides’ bank accounts. The Ministry of Tourism has already credited the aid to over 100 accredited tour guides in Hampi.
Hampi has many tour guides whose livelihood entirely depends on only touring the visitors and any amount of financial aid would be a greater help. It has helped them to manage the family expenditures as well.
There are over 40 amateur guides in Hampi, who have not received any form of financial aid since the first wave of Covid-19. Because of the Covid imposed lockdown in our country, the tourism department has faced losses and unhealthy status.
To sustain a living and to manage the expenditures of their family, they started taking up the work allotted by the Gram Panchayats under the MNREGA scheme. The status of the local hotels and handicraftsmen is no exception. But the situation now has gotten better as the current tourism sector is recovering and trading has begun.
Sudha Murthy, the chairperson at Infosys Foundation had also come forward to help the tour guides financially by transferring Rs 10,000 to 100 guides from Hampi. This had been a great aid for the guides during the second lockdown and thankfully, that has passed too.
The monuments coming under the jurisdiction of the Archaeological Survey of India will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Because of this, there has been an increase in tourist numbers during weekdays. The tourists are coming from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana as well.