Bhopal: In a bid to boost tourism in the state, the Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday announced a slew of measures including providing assistance for converting privately-owned properties into heritage hotels.

The decision in this regard was taken by the state Cabinet which approved amendments in the 'Tourism Policy - 2010' at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here, official sources said.

Besides giving tourism an industrial status and providing subsidy for refurbishing private properties, the government also decided to offer assistance for setting up budget hotels at important religious places.

The Cabinet decided to construct large convention centres at Bhopal and Indore and medium-sized such centres at Jabalpur and Gwalior, sources said.

The policy envisages uninterrupted power supply at prominent tourist places and promotion of weekend tourism.

Among other decisions, the Cabinet approved new 'Warehousing and Logistics Policy 2012' which is aimed at raising the storage capacity by 20 lakh MT in next two years by attracting private investment in the sector.

The current storage capacity of the state is 91 lakh MT, sources said.

The Cabinet also raised the honorarium of Gurujis (teachers) by Rs 1100 per month to Rs 3600 with effect from April 1, 2013.

For implementation of Narmada river water project scheme in Bhopal, the Cabinet will levy a fixed amount on persons constructing houses on a plot of the sizes ranging from 500 sq ft to 4000 sq ft and above at different rates.

The Cabinet also took a number of decisions including approving amendments in the Technical Education and Skill Development Policy-2012.


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