Monday, July 13, 2009

Maoist problem in Jharkhand blown out of proportion --Jharkhand Tourism Secretary

Kolkata (PTI): Jharkhand government which adopted an aggressive strategy to promote tourism, has said the Maoist problem in the state has been blown out of proportion and tourists were not harmed by the ultras.

"It has been made out as if entire Jharkhand is infested with Maoists. Not all the tourist destinations in the state are affected by the menace. A negative image has been sought to be created about Jharkhand. Tourists have not been harmed by the ultras," Jharkhand Tourism Secretary Arun Kr Singh told newsmen here.

He said special police stations were being set up in different tourist spots in the districts like Palamau, Hazaribagh and Saranda which are affected by the Maoist menace.

In addition, locals are being trained to provide security to tourists, he said, adding, the Maoist problem would reduce in view of locals being involved and employed in the sector.

Mr. Singh said that the state government was setting up a land bank and has identified 1800 acre for tourism and infrastructure development. The government was also encouraging public-private partnership for promoting tourism and identified some government properties for lease.

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