The Bengal government has prepared a draft tourism incentive scheme for private entrepreneurs who want to invest in the sector in the state.
The incentives, for five years, would be in the form of subsidies under several heads — interest on loans, electricity duty, stamp duty and registration, purchase of vehicles and improvement of facilities, among them.
The government has also divided various areas in the state in four Groups — A,B,C,D.
Group A comprises the most developed areas in the state that will get the least percentage of incentives. The Group D areas are among the least developed infrastructure-wise, so they have would get the maximum incentives. (See chart)
The draft was prepared by the state tourism department in consultation with the stakeholders of the industry. The draft will be discussed in the state cabinet.
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