The department of Tourism and Culture is an administrative umbrella for several field agencies/ line departments associated with the creation/ upgradation of tourist facilities and conservation/ propagation of rich cultural heritage of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The department has following two divisions.
A. Tourism : The Department of Tourism, J&K is the main developmental, promotional and regulatory arm of the J&K Government. Tourism sector is the prime driver of the economy of Jammu & Kashmir. As such, the Department of Tourism has a significant role to prepare and project the state of J&K as a preferred Tourist destination in the country. The Department has two provincial directorates one each at Jammu and Srinagar and tourist Offices at all tourist resorts of the State. In addition, there are 6 promotional offices outside the State, one each at New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata.. Besides there are 20 area specific tourism development authorities in state each headed by a chief executive officer, actively involved in harnessing the tourism potential and creation of tourist infrastructure in the areas of their operation. The department has also administrative control on two corporations, some clubs and five societies (see lists on home page). The role and objectives of tourism is as under.
B. CULTURE : The Department carries out the task of overall planning promotion, publicity, preservation, conversation of Heritage sites, Archives, Antiquities; Digitization of Libraries and Research; Cultural/Literary Programmes through JKAACL by organizing stage shows, dramas, and competitions etc.
The Culture Department at present is administrating its programmes through the following line departments/authorities/agencies:
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