In the presence of Dr Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Tourism and Culture and Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, 111 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with a total value of Rs 40,550.99 crore were signed in Jaipur with an aim to foster direct employment for 82,840 persons in Rajasthan. The ceremony was organised in the run up to the Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit 2015, scheduled for November.Dr Sharma drew attention to the state’s tourism potential in terms of its history, culture, hospitality as well as law and order, a lot of which is yet to be exploited. The air connectivity within the state needs to be improved for which appropriate steps will be taken, he said.The Minister further announced that the Union Tourism Ministry will extend all help for the development of the sector in the state. For the Sambhar Project, Rs 63.97 crore, Rs 13 crore have already been disbursed. Similarly for the Pushkar-Ajmer project worth Rs 41 crore, Rs 8 crore have already been disbursed. The Krishna Project worth Rs 100 crore is also on the anvil. The Union Minister has also sanctioned Hotel Management Institutes for Sawai Madhopur and Jhalawar. The Food Craft Institute in Udaipur has been upgraded to Hotel Management Institute. The Food Craft Institute at Dholpur and Baran have been sanctioned Rs 20 crore.