Jharkhand shall no more be known for extractions but it’s attractions that are set to mesmerize the country and the world.
The launch of Jharkhand Tourism Policy 2021 by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Hemant Soren on July 23rd 2022, contours a roadmap for tourism to thrive in the state
The Chief Minister remarked- Jharkhand has always been viewed from the point of view of Extraction. Our goal with this policy is to enable the world to view it from the point of view of Attraction. The presence of pristine water, forests, mountains, and rivers make the state have limitless possibilities in regards to tourism. The New Tourism Policy reflects the same goal.
The state has a plethora of surprises for all the travellers, it is sure to enchant them with what it has to offer at every nook and corner. For the investors we will have special packages on a first-cum-first basis.
Pandemic has been a challenge for people across the globe. It has been the same for us too. Tourism sector has had the hardest hit. We have tried to figure out the deterrents in the path of development and aim to do the best that we can for the betterment of our state and its residents.
Under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Shri Hemant Soren, Jharkhand Tourism Policy 2021 was launched on July 23 in New Delhi.
The policy aims to revive, renew and revamp the tourism sector of the state, to provide a different dimension and perspective as to how the world views the state of Jharkhand. It targets to bring out the marvels of the state that has an enchanting mix of old-world charms and new age excitements. Jubilant Jharkhand embarks on a journey to register its place as one of the most sought after tourist destinations by 2025.
Hemant Soren unveils the tourism policy
The Policy offers Tourism Galore to Globetrotters
The key aspects of the policy focus on providing civic amenities and adopting ways of beautification for sites like Deoghar, Parasnath, Madhuban and Itkhori. With its aim to elevate the potentials of religious tourism in the state, religious tourist units will also be set up. Further, with its ambitions to embrace eco-tourism and make tourist activities more responsible in nature, provisions are also being made to provide accommodations to tourists in forest rest houses and tree plantations along with development of eco-circuits like the Latehar-Netarhat-Betla-Chandil-Dalma-Mirchaiya-Getelsud circuit. To help tourists experience the regal and resplendent culture of Jharkhand, there is a push to organise food festivals, inter state cultural exchange programmes 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 renovation of identified villages, promoting local cuisines, showcasing rural life, while publicizing and promoting tourist-specific villages to enhance the potential of rural tourism. Village Tourism Committees( VTC) and Rural Tourism Subcommittee to be formed in this regard.
Dignitaries light the inaugural lamp
The Policy also strives to cater to the modern travellers by making ample room for their tastes and likings. Promotion of adventure tourism activities such as paragliding, water sports, rock climbing, gliding etc have been proposed. Further, Annual Adventure Sports Events are to be organised and regulatory frameworks for ensuring safety standards are to be set up. 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 brand Jharkhand as a haven to “Rest and Recuperate” by means of expanding tourist units under the ambit of wellness tourism. Exciting getaway options for those looking for a break from the mundane and fast paced city life have been incorporated by the virtue of Weekend Getaway Tourism. Mining Tourism, which is a new concept gaining traction nationally and internationally across will be explored under the policy to exhibit the mineral strength of the state.
Guests in the midst of a discussion
The Policy has host of measures and incentives to attract influx of investors
The New Tourism Policy seeks to attract an influx of investors to the state. Attractive provisions have been proposed for prospective investors which include: direct purchases of land of tourism enterprises, road permits, subsidy limit of of 20-25% upto Rs.10 Crores for new tourist units, new tourism units shall be entitled to reimbursement of 75% of net SGST paid for 5 years since commencement of commercial operation, no holding tax to be charged to new tourism units and reimbursement of electricity duty for the first 5 years.
Other measures include benefits for the Municipal Corporation Area and Jamshedpur NAC area with subsidy limits of Rs. 7.5 Crores and Rs. 10 Crores respectively, and additional 5% incentive over and above a cap of Rs 5 lakhs for SC/ ST, women entrepreneurs, handicapped persons and Ex-Servicemen shall also be admissible. Special packages will be provided to investors on a first-cum-first serve basis.
Attendees at the event
The unveiling of Jharkhand Tourism Policy 2021, reinstates the state's vows to offer a vibrant voyage !