The State of Jharkhand is endowed with immense bio-diversity, moderate climate, rich cultural and historical heritage, religious places of worship and ethnic aspects to make the State the ultimate destination for tourists. The State Government has a firm belief that development of tourism sector would not only generate immense employment opportunities – directly or indirectly – but also would contribute in accelerated economic development. This would not only ensure showcasing of rich traditional and cultural heritage of the State but also would have cascading effect in development of other sectors. Rightfully, the State Government has accorded TOURISM THE STATUS OF INDUSTRY in Jharkhand. It is felt that to ensure rapid development in tourism sector, there is a need to develIt is felt that to ensure rapid development in tourism sector, there is a need to develop tourist circuits and destinations providing various amenities, both way-side and at different destination points, supporting the tourists by providing conveyance, lodging and other pre-requisites, etc. Involvement of private sector, villagers and other stake holders as partners in promotion and development of tourism industry of the State is an important and critical aspect, which would go a long way in maintenance, upkeep and sustenance of the assets and facilities created in this regard for a long time. Making the people of the State, Nation and the World aware of the rich endowments of nature, its cultural heritage, spiritual places and other traditions are essential impediments for boosting tourism industry in the State. An outlay of Rs. 160 crores has been provided for continuing and new schemes in 2007-08. All proposed schemes are to be completed in the stipulated time.
Youth Affairs and Sports form the major sector of the department of Art, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs in Jharkhand. In Hockey and Archery, Jharkhand is known around the world. No Indian Hockey Team has been completed without a few players from Jharkhand. Late Jaipal Singh Munda who was the Captain of the Indian Hockey Team during Amsterdam (Holland) Olympics in 1928 and who won the gold was from Jharkhand. Even today Indian Hockey Team both men and women consists of many players from Jharkhand. VimalLakra, SumraiTete, MasiraSurin and Kanti Ba, etc... are some of the prized players in Indian Hockey Team. PratimaKumari has excelled in the arena of weight lifting. Jharkhand became National Champions in Subrato Mukherjee Cup Football Tournament in 2002-2003. In the same year Jharkhand claimed four medals in athletics in the National Rural Games held in Karnataka and its Hockey team became champion.
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