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MoT Sanctions Rs 121.17 Crore In Five Years To Odisha

11 May 2012

Mumbai: The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has sanctioned Rs 121.17 crore (upto 31.12.2011) during the last five years to the Government of Odisha, for various tourism related projects. This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism Sultan Ahmed in a written reply to Rama Chandra Khuntia in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, informed a PIB release.

Promotion and development of tourism projects including those pertaining to forest, wild life, hills, coastal area are primarily the responsibility of the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. MoT provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for tourism projects based on proposals received that are complete in all respects as per the scheme guidelines, inter-se-priority and subject to availability of funds.

Ahmed, in a written reply to Baishnab Parida in the Rajya Sabha said that Medical Tourism is one of the growing segments of travel in India. The percentage of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) visiting India for Medical Treatment increased from 2.2 per cent in 2009 to 2.7 per cent in 2010. No study has been commissioned to assess the impact of super-bug report on this sector. There are no specific inputs which suggest that immigration rules are discouraging foreign patients from coming to India for medical treatment, added the release.