The Uttarakhand government has decided to provide various activities related to tourism the status of industry. Making amendments in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Policy, now enterprises like rejuvenation resortS, Ayurveda, Yoga, Panchkarma, bungee jumping, joy riding, surfing, camping, rafting would come under MSME Policy and the entrepreneurs would be provided all permissible facilities.

The Trivendra Rawat government announced at a cabinet meeting held in Tehri lake on Wednesday. The government has also decided to bring Aayush and Wellness sector under the mega-industry investment policy.

With this decision, as many as 22 activities/sector including hotels, resorts, kayaking, seaplane Industry, Ayurveda, Yoga, would be entitled for various benefits under the mega industrial policy.

Briefing reporters about the cabinet meeting organised for the first time at Tehri Lake, government spokesperson Madan Kaushik said, “For generating employment in the micro sector, government has added 11 new activities under the Veer Chander Singh Garhwali scheme. In these activities, for water sports, terrain biking, caravan, angling, star gazing, bird watching, assistance would be provided for the equipment.”

The Uttarakhand government is making this move to generate maximum employment opportunities for the youth of the state through the tourism sector. In an important decision taken during the cabinet meeting in Tehri, under the ’13-district, 13-new destination plan’, approval was given to develop 13 new tourism centres in all the 13 districts of the hill state.

Under the new plan, Katarmal in Almora, Mukteshwar in Nainital, Satpuli in Pauri, Khairasain, Gairsain-Bharadisain in Chamoli, Lakhamandal in Dehradun, 52 Shaktipeeth Theme Park in Haridwar, Har Ki Doon-Mori in Uttarkashi, Tehri Lake in Tehri, Chirbitiya in Rudraprayag Gularbhoj in Udham Singh Nagar, Devidhura in Champawat, Garud Valley in Bageshwar and Most Maanu in Pithoragarh would be developed as new destinations.