HP State Cabinet approves new Eco tourism policy

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    The HP State Cabinet in its meeting held in Shimla today, approved the revised Eco-Tourism Policy-2016 so as to make Himachal Pradesh a leading eco-tourism destination.

    The Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh today decided to adopt new Eco-tourism policy attracting additional 10 percent tourists in the State by the year 2030.

    Cabinet decided to not allow the new project under this scheme without seeking environment clearance. Cabinet said that before bidding, it should obtain Forest Clearance (FCA).

    The policy is based on the understanding that the involvement of local communities in eco-tourism would support their livelihood needs and consequently create a stake for them in the conservation of local culture, ecology and environment.

    The State also decided to strengthen the health care system keeping the prospects of health tourism in mind. The Cabinet approved adoption of recommendations of State Health Commission which calls for creation of HP State Health Fund to generate resources and recommends Sirmour and Kangra districts to be developed in to model health care districts.

    Over the next five years all Zonal and District hospitals to be upgraded to IPHS standards so that they may be able to offer comprehensive care including ability to provide emergency services, level 2 trauma care, special new born care, surgeries, psychiatric care as well as diagnosis, treatment and long term follow up of treatable chronic diseases.

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