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Latest update: April, 2019

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  • Capital:Ranchi
  • Geographical Area (sq km):79,714
  • State Language:Hindi, Santhali, Urdu, Bengali and English
  • Literacy Rate:66.4 per cent
  • Key Industries:Mining and mineral extraction, engineering, iron and steel, chemicals, handloom, food and beverages, automotive and cement

Last Updated: April, 2019

JHARKHAND State Report | April, 2019

Jharkhand is located in the eastern part of India. The state shares its borders with West Bengal in the east, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the west, Bihar in the north and Odisha in the south. In India, Jharkhand is one of the leading states in terms of economic growth. The GSDP growth of the state stood at 10.22 per cent in 2017-18.

Jharkhand is one of the richest mineral zones in the world and boasts of 40 per cent and 29 per cent of India's mineral and coal reserves respectively. Due to its large mineral reserves, mining and mineral extraction are the major industries in the state. Mineral production^ during 2017-18 in the state stood at Rs 2,070.39 crore (US$ 286.96 million) and Rs 844.38 crore (US$ 120.82 million) between April-July 2018.

Jharkhand is rich in mineral resources such as coal (27.3 per cent of India’s reserves), iron ore (26 per cent of India’s reserves), copper ore (18.5 per cent of India’s reserves), uranium, mica, bauxite, granite, limestone, silver, graphite, magnetite and dolomite. Jharkhand is the only state in India to produce coking coal, uranium and pyrite. With 25.7 per cent of the total iron ore (hematite) reserves, Jharkhand ranks second among the states.

The state’s industries enjoy a unique location-specific advantage as it is close to the vast market of eastern India. It is closer to the ports of Kolkata, Haldia and Paradip which helps in transportation of minerals.

The state has attracted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) equity inflows worth US$ 113 million during the period April 2000 to December 2018, according to data released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Total exports from the state stood at US$ 1,116.53 million during 2017-18. During 2018-19 (Up to February 2019), exports from the state stood at US$ 1,136.84 million.

Jharkhand offers a wide range of fiscal and policy incentives to industries, under the Industrial Policy, 2012. The state also has policies for IT and special economic zones (SEZs) offering sector-specific incentives, as well as the Jharkhand Energy Policy 2012 which aims to supply reliable and quality power in an efficient manner at a reasonable price.

About 80 per cent of the rural population of the state depends on agriculture. Rice is the major food crop of the state, covering 80 per cent of the cropped area.

Recent Developments:

In 2019 (up to February 2019), the number of IEM filed were 1 and the amount of investments proposed were Rs 13 crore (US$ 1.86 million).

Jharkhand Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy 2016 have been drafted in order to foster manufacturing and innovation, create employment opportunities and state-of-the-art infrastructure and enhance inclusivity through various sectors of the state.

Key Sectors:

The state is the largest producer of tasar silk (a non-mulberry silk) in the country, with 76.4 per cent share in the total output. In 2017-18 (P), raw silk production in the state stood at 2,220.0 million tonnes and 949.3 million for FY18-19 till Dec 2018.

The natural resources, policy incentives and location-specific advantages of Jharkhand support investments in sectors such as mining and metal extraction, engineering, iron and steel, and chemicals.

As Jharkhand has around 40 per cent of the country’s mineral wealth, its extensive mineral resources make mining, metals and related sectors especially lucrative for investments.

The major growth drivers of the engineering industry in Jharkhand are availability of raw material (iron and steel, aluminium, copper and other metals and non-metals), power, water and industrial labour.

In 2017-18^, total production of horticulture crops in the state of Jharkhand stood at 4.46 million tonnes, while the total area under cultivation was 398.40 thousand hectares. In 2017-18^, total production of fruits in Jharkhand stood at 1,034.81 thousand tonnes and production of vegetables stood at 3,399.88 thousand tonnes.

Note: ^ - As per 1st Advance Estimates, P – Provisional.

Factfile

  • Capital:Ranchi
  • Geographical Area (sq km):79,714
  • State Language:Hindi, Santhali, Urdu, Bengali and English
  • Literacy Rate:66.4 per cent
  • Key Industries:Mining and mineral extraction, engineering, iron and steel, chemicals, handloom, food and beverages, automotive and cement
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