‘Govt to set up medical tourism council soon’
Posted by rtiact2005 on October 12, 2006
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Vadodara, October 11: A MEDICAL tourism council as well as a comprehensive medical tourism policy is in the offing, according to RM Patel, state principal secretary for tourism. Meanwhile, state information commissioner R N Das expressed satisfaction with the manner in which the Right to Information (RTI) Act was used in its one year of existence in the state. They were speaking at an international workshop organised by the All India Association of Urban Local Bodies which began on Wednesday. The two-day workshop has representatives from the Asia Pacific region deliberating on good governance as a tourism asset and right to information.
Patel said Gujarat was focussing on developing its tourism potential at par with other tourist-friendly states like Kerala, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. While underlining the importance of improving governance of local bodies, Patel said it was necessary to promote tourism. Also, Patel said that Gujarat was keen to exploit its medical tourism potential to the fullest, with a medical tourism council also to be formed shortly.
Later in the day, state information commissioner R N Das explained how the Indian version of the Right to Information (RTI) Act was more expansive than the freedom of speech and expression, as it made it possible for an ordinary man to seek information from government and public bodies at large. With the RTI Act, completing one year, Das expressed satisfaction with the way in which the act was being exercised in Gujarat.