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J’khand launches new policy to revive state’s tourism sector

New Delhi, July 24 (SocialNews.XYZ) Launching the Jharkhand Tourism Policy 2021 on Saturday, Chief Minister Hemant Soren said the policy aims to revive, renew and revamp the state’s tourism sector, and provide a different dimension and perspective on the how the world perceives the state.

“It aims to bring out the wonders of the state which offers an enchanting blend of old world charms and new age excitements. Jubilant Jharkhand is embarking on a journey to save its place as one of the hottest tourist destinations wanted by 2025.”

Addressing the launch, organized by FICCI, jointly with the Government of Jharkhand, the Chief Minister said, “The pandemic has been a challenge for people all over the world. The tourism sector has been the hardest hit. We have tried to understand the deterrents in the path of development and aim to do our best for the good of our state and its people.”

Key aspects of the policy focus on providing civic amenities and adopting means of beautification for sites like Deoghar, Parasnath, Madhuban and Itkhori, and providing accommodation for tourists in forest rest houses and tree plantations as well as the development of eco-circuits such as the Latehar-Netarhat-Betla-Chandil-Dalma-Mirchaiya-Getelsud circuit.

To help tourists experience the majestic and resplendent culture of Jharkhand, efforts are being made to organize food festivals, interstate cultural exchange programs and conferences to showcase the vibrant and diverse culture of the state.

Efforts are also being made to bridge the gap between rural and urban areas and, at the same time, boost the local rural economy. Activities include renovating identified villages, promoting local cuisines, enhancing rural life, while publicizing and promoting specific tourist villages to enhance the potential of rural tourism. Village Tourism Committees (VTC) and a Rural Tourism Sub-Committee will be set up for this purpose.

Within this policy, the promotion of adventure tourism activities such as paragliding, water sports, rock climbing, gliding, etc. has been proposed. In addition, annual adventure sports events should be organized and regulatory frameworks ensuring safety standards should be put in place.

Water sports activities would be developed and extended to various water bodies in the state like Tilaiya, Massanjore, Chandil, Pataratu, Getalsud, Kelaghagh, Kanke Dam, Hatia Dam, etc. through the expansion of tourist units within the framework of wellness tourism.

Likewise, the policy also envisions exciting getaway options for those seeking a break from the mundane and hectic city life have been incorporated through weekend getaway tourism. Mineral tourism, which is a new concept that is gaining traction nationally and internationally, will be explored as part of the policy to expose the mineral strength of the state.

The policy aims to attract an influx of investors into the state.

Attractive provisions have been proposed for potential investors including: direct land purchases from tourism enterprises, road permits, subsidy limit of 20-25% up to 10,000,000 rupees for new tourism units, new tourist units will be entitled to a refund of 75% cent of the net SGST paid for 5 years since the start of commercial operation, no tourist tax to be charged to new tourist units and refund of the electricity tax during the 5 first years.

Source: IANS

J'khand launches new policy to revive state's tourism sector

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