Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren launched the state’s new tourism policy on Saturday in Delhi. The policy aims to revive, renew and revamp the tourism sector of the state to provide a different dimension and perspective on how the world views the state.
KEY ASPECTS OF THE POLICY
The policy focuses on providing civic amenities and adopting ways of beautification for sites like Deoghar, Parasnath, Madhuban and Itkhori. Religious tourist units will also be set up to increase religious tourism in the state.
With an aim to embrace eco-tourism and provide more tourist activities in nature, the policy includes provisions to provide accommodation in forest rest houses and tree plantations. It also has plans to develop eco-circuits like the Latehar-Netarhat-Betla-Chandil-Dalma-Mirchaiya-Getelsud circuit.
To help tourists experience the 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.
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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 publicising and promoting tourist-specific villages to enhance the potential of rural tourism.
The policy also strives to cater to modern travellers by making ample room for their tastes and likings. Proposals for promoting adventure tourism activities such as paragliding, water sports, rock climbing, gliding, etc were made.
The policy aims to brand Jharkhand as a haven to rest and recuperate by expanding tourist units under the ambit of wellness tourism.
Mining tourism, which is a new concept gaining traction nationally and internationally, will be explored under the policy to exhibit the mineral strength of the state.
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INCENTIVES TO ATTRACT INVESTORS
The new policy seeks to attract an influx of investors to the state. Provisions to attract prospective investors include direct purchases of land for tourism enterprises, road permits, and a subsidy limit of 20-25 per cent to Rs 10 crore for new tourist units.
New tourism units will be entitled to reimbursement of 75 percent of the net SGST paid for five years since commencement of commercial operation. Further, there will be no holding tax charged on new tourism units and reimbursement of electricity duty for the first five years.
Other measures include benefits for the municipal corporation area and Jamshedpur NAC area with subsidy limits of Rs 7.5 crore and Rs 10 crore respectively, and an additional 5 per cent incentive over and above a cap of Rs 5 lakh for SC/ST, women entrepreneurs, handicapped persons and ex-servicemen will also be admissible. Special packages will be provided to investors on a first-cum-first serve basis.
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