New tourism policy aims to revive Jharkhand’s rural economy

Introducing the revival of the tourism sector in the state, Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Hemant Soren launched the “Jharkhand Tourism Policy 2021”.

Unveiling the policy, organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (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 hardest hit. We have tried to understand the disincentives in the way of development and aim to do our best for the good of our state and its residents.

The policy is aimed at reviving, renewing and revamping the tourism sector of the state, to provide a different dimension and perspective on how the world perceives the state of Jharkhand.

It aims to bring out the wonders of the state which has an enchanting blend of old world charms and new age excitements. Jubilant Jharkhand is embarking on a journey to enlist itself as one of the most sought-after tourist destinations by 2025.

Key aspects of the policy focus on providing civic amenities and adopting means of beautification for sites like Deoghar, Parasnath, Madhuban and Itkhori.

In a bid to elevate the potential of religious tourism in the state, religious tourism units will also be set up. Additionally, with its ambitions to embrace eco-tourism and make tourism activities more responsible in nature, arrangements are also being made to provide accommodation for tourists in forest rest houses and tree plantations. as well as the development of eco-tours like the Latehar-Netarhat-Betla. -Circuit Chandil-Dalma-Mirchaiya-Getelsud.

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 and a rural tourism sub-committee should be formed in this regard.

The policy also strives to meet the needs of modern travelers by making ample room for their tastes and tastes. The promotion of adventure tourism activities such as paragliding, water sports, rock climbing, gliding, etc. is 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.

The policy aims to make Jharkhand a haven of ‘rest and recuperation’ through expanding tourism units under wellness tourism. Exciting getaway options for those seeking a break from the mundane and hectic life of the city have been incorporated through weekend getaway tourism.

Mineral tourism, which is a new concept that is gaining momentum nationally and internationally, will be explored as part of the policy to show the mineral strength of the state.

The new 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% cents of the State Net Goods and Services Tax (SGST) paid for five years since the start of commercial operation, no detention tax to be charged to new units tourism and electricity tax refund for the first five years.

Other measures include benefits for Municipal Corporation area and Jamshedpur NAC area with grant limits of Rs 7.5 crore and Rs 10 crore respectively, and an additional incentive of 5% beyond a ceiling of Rs 5 lakh for SC/ST, female entrepreneurs, disabled are also eligible natural persons and veterans. Special packages will be offered to investors on a first-served basis.

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