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Rajasthan CM wants tourism policy by August 31, plans to revive RTDC | Jaipur News

CM Ashok Gehlot during review meeting on Wednesday

JAIPUR: Chairing the review meeting of tourism department, chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday directed officials to finalise the tourism policy by August 31, prepare a plan for the revival of the loss-making Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC), create new landmarks in Jaipur for attracting tourists and reboot the fairs and festivals.
After principal secretary tourism Alok Gupta apprised the government on various activities of the department, Gehlot said the pending tourism policy, which is currently at the draft stage, should be announced before August 31.
He also said the department should assess the impact of the current fairs and festivals sponsored by it and revamp them. Gehlot said Pushkar fair, Desert festival in Jaisalmer and the world music festival in Udaipur need to be relooked at and revamped for better tourist interest. He said these festivals are going on the old model for a quite some time and time has come to revitalize them.
The chief minister wanted the department to identify possibilities of creating new attractions in Jaipur. Gehlot said tourists need new places to visit besides the City Palace, Amber Fort, and Nahargarh so that they can stay longer in the state and contribute to the economy. The department can also rope in private players if needed.
The revival of RTDC also came up for discussion. Many hotels of the corporation has been closed and the ones running are also making huge losses. Gehlot directed the department to prepare a plan for its revival. He also drew attention to the plight of the employees of RTDC who are not being paid salaries in time and have not been give the 7th Pay Commission benefits.
After a long time, the chief minister was taking the review meeting of the tourism department in the presence of tourism minister Govind Singh Dotasra. Vishvendra Singh, cabinet minister for tourism was recently suspended.

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