Jharkhand Tourism Policy focuses on the Happiness index and Sustainable development

Mr. Hemant Soren, Chief Minister of Jharkhand has launched the Jharkhand State tourism policy 2021 recently at New Delhi, aiming at developing various kinds of tourism in the state, including religious, cultural, and mining. It also includes proposals for business and security. In order to revive one of the sectors hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 The Jharkhand Tourism 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.

While launching the policy, Mr. Hemant Soren said: “Jharkhand has always been viewed as a place known for its extractions. Our goal with this new policy is to enable the world to view it from the point of view of the attraction. The presence of pristine water, forests, mountains, and rivers provides the state with limitless possibilities in the field of tourism. The new tourism policy reflects the same goal.”

Mr. Soren also added that the state has arranged a plethora of surprises for all travelers. “Jharkhand is sure to enchant travelers with what it has to offer at every nook and corner. For investors, we will have special packages on a first-come-first-serve basis.”

Pointing out that the outbreak of the pandemic posed a challenge for people across the globe, the CM said: “It has been the same for us too. Our 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.”

The tourism policy “seeks to build upon a holistic approach which takes into account the rural tourism and the local economy, at the same time makes room for the modern and urban traveler seeking their refuge and rendezvous with nature”. One of the areas of focus will be to develop Parasnath, Madhuban, and Itkhori as sites of religious pilgrimage.

The policy also aims to promote eco-tourism by developing various eco-circuits like the Latehar-Netarhat-Betla-Chandil-Dalma-Mirchaiya-Getalsud circuit. Cultural and rural tourism will be boosted, along with adventure and wellness tourism. Developing ‘mining tourism’ is another aspect of the policy.

The policy involves the upgradation of existing Tourist Information Centers, which will cater to the logistical needs of tourists like reservations and accommodations.

The policy proposes a “streamlined system for a license, incentives, and subsidies through a single-window system”, to make the entire process “hassle-free”. It also aims to include the private sector through public-private partnerships, along with making “foreign investments and technological collaborations” possible with foreign entities and NRIs.

An additional 5 percent incentive up to Rs 5 lakh will be provided to SC and ST entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs, disabled persons, and ex-servicemen. An additional incentive of 5 percent would also be provided for setting up units in Scheduled Areas outside the urban hubs, an official told the news agency PTI.

The policy states a Tourist Security Force will be positioned, along with a 24-hour helpline dedicated to tourists and a Central Control Room.

Parasnath hill is an important pilgrimage center for Jains in the Giridih district. It is named after Parasnath, the 23rd Tirthankara. It is believed to be the place where 20 of the 24 Jain Tirthankaras attained salvation.

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