On November 30, in a board meeting of RTDC, recent initiatives were reviewed, and new and proposed activities were discussed including net profit, and palace on wheels, among other things. The Board Members present in the meeting were the Chairman of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation Shri Dharmendra Rathore, Smt Dr Gayatri Rathore (IAS) Principal Secretary Tourism, Shri Vijaypal Singh (IAS) MD RTDC, Shri Nathmal Didel (IAS), MD Roadways and Shri Jitendra Upadhyay (IAS) Secretary GAD.
A press conference was organised subsequent to the board meeting where Shri Dharmendra Rathore, Chairman Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) interacted with the media and highlighted that RTDC has made a net profit of Rs. 1.25 crores from Palace On Wheels, and it is the only royal train in the world that has resumed services post-Covid and yet managed to make a profit. “Honourable Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot wants to boost tourism in the state and RTDC will play a major role in furthering this interest. We have jointly decided and agreed in today’s meeting to start RTDC taxi services that will offer tour packages to tourists looking to go around Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur and other places.”
He also shared that RTDC is also going to start helicopter services for places like Khatu Shyam ji, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, and Sariska among other locations. He went on to add that discussions have been initiated with the Principal Secretary to begin these services from locations that already have an existing helipad, and then keep adding other locations from thereon.
In addition to the business initiatives, employee-friendly decisions have also been taken in today’s board meeting. It has been decided to clear pending promotions of engineers, hotel management staff and even minister cadre staff.
Appreciating the rule to regulate contractual workers, he added that RTDC will also try to make permanent contractual workers. Shri Rathore ended the press interaction with a vision and affirmation to set new benchmarks by Rajasthan in world tourism.