GMR, ITC show interest to adopt Taj Mahal, Cement company to adopt Red Fort

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI) GMR Sports, a part of infrastructure conglomerate GMR Group, and consumer products and cigarette company ITC Ltd have expressed interest in adopting the Taj Mahal under the Tourism Ministrys Adopt a Heritage scheme started last year.The scheme invites government and private parties to operate and maintain heritage sites.The ministry today awarded the Letters of Intent to nine agencies for 22 monuments of Phase-IV of the scheme, including the Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh, Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan, Mehrauli Archeological Park and Gol Gumbad in Delhi.Union Minister for Tourism K J Alphons asked the stakeholders to “protect, preserve and market” the heritage of India. He emphasised on creating awareness among corporates and citizens to adopt the heritage sites under the scheme for maintenance of amenities at tourist destinations.The ministry also signed an MoU with Dalmia Bharat and the Archaeological Survey of India under the project to adopt the iconic Red Fort monument in New Delhi and Gandikota Fort in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, it said in a statement.The Adopt a Heritage scheme was launched by President Ram Nath Kovind on World Tourism Day in September last year.With a budget of more than Rs 5 crore per year, the cement manufacturing company joins “monument mitras” including other private sector companies, which will look after the operations and maintenance of the site for five years, it said.Under the project, it will construct, landscape, illuminate and maintain activities related to provision and development of tourist amenities. This includes basic and advanced amenities such as public conveniences, clean drinking water, cleanliness of the monument, accessibility for all, signage, cloakroom facilities, illumination and night viewing, surveillance system, tourist facilitation-cum-interpretation centre.advertisementKeeping in mind the easy accessibility to the differently-abled visitors, there will be ramps and toilet facilities for the differently-abled. Facilities like wheelchairs, battery-operated vehicles, braille signages are some of the key additions, which will make the Red Fort a barrier-free monument.The company said in a statement that advanced surveillance system like pan-tilt-zoom CCTV cameras will be installed. Dalmia Bharat will also assist in controlling the advanced tourist flow management system linked with carrying capacity of the monuments, including light and sound shows with regular cultural shows and facilitation of night visits to the monuments. PTI ASG ASG ABH ABHlast_img read more

NHF Drug List Being Revamped

first_img Additionally, the Minister said the NHF has been instructed to expand its pharmacy outlets to further boost client service delivery. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the National Health Fund’s (NHF) Vital, Essential and Necessary (VEN) drug list is being revamped as part of cost saving measures. The Minister noted that the NHF currently has over 1,000 categories of drugs on its VEN list, equating to approximately 60 that treat each ailment for which clients source medication. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the National Health Fund’s (NHF) Vital, Essential and Necessary (VEN) drug list is being revamped as part of cost saving measures.He said the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will assist the agency, which falls under his portfolio, to develop a benchmark that guides the purchasing of the requisite quantity of medications to treat ailments.The Minister noted that the NHF currently has over 1,000 categories of drugs on its VEN list, equating to approximately 60 that treat each ailment for which clients source medication.Dr. Tufton said that with the benchmark, this number is expected to be reduced to between six and eight categories per ailment, pointing out that “we could save as much as 25 per cent on the cost of drugs.”Additionally, the Minister said the NHF has been instructed to expand its pharmacy outlets to further boost client service delivery.He was speaking at the NHF’s inaugural open day at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Friday, July 28.Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton announced that a national health insurance policy is to be introduced next year.He indicated that the NHF will play a pivotal role in the policy’s development, adding that details are expected to be unveiled by the 2018/19 fiscal year.The NHF’s open day was used to acknowledge top performing employees and showcase the agency’s achievements. Story Highlightslast_img read more