VARANASI || Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh has said that 4-day North East festival that began in Varanasi, prime minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency from Saturday will offer an opportunity for the fusion of the two rich cultures of Ganga and Brahmaputra, represented by Varanasi and North East respectively.
He said that Varanasi is a holy city and it is a unique opportunity to have this event organised in Varanasi. He expressed happiness over the fact that North East culture is being showcased on the banks of Ganga. He added that this would also bring India’s cultural diversities together and help people across India to understand what Northeast is all about.
Jitendra Singh was addressing at the inaugural function of 4-day ‘Destination North East’ Festival. Veteran cine star Zeenat Aman, Former cricketer R P Singh and several other celebrities for the world of films, music and sports were also present on the occasion.
The festival is being organised by the Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), led by a team of senior officers headed by Secretary DoNER Inder Jit Singh and Secretary North East Council K Moses Chalai. It is a 4-day event from 23rd to 26th November 2019 at IIT BHU grounds, Varanasi.
The previous editions of ‘Destination North East’ were held in Delhi and Chandigarh. “Destination North East” 2019 is providing live experience to the audience. All the eight North Eastern States are participating in the event along with their respective handicrafts, handloom, organic products and cultural troupes.
The minister further added that North East provides unexplored avenues for youth from all over India. He said, Northeast has something to offer to each of the young Start-Ups and aspiring entrepreneurs from all over India and therefore it is fast emerging as the favourite destination for youth from all over India. This will help in curbing youth exodus, he said.
He said that youth should explore the opportunity of Business to Business sessions being held during the festival. He added that the Government has built hostels for the North East students to help them pursue their studies in different parts of the country.
The DoNER Minister said that North East model of development has today become a reference point for replication in other parts of India. There is so much to learn from the North East. He said that some states like Sikkim have GDP that most of the other states don’t have. He spoke about the citrus fruit park in Mizoram. The Minister said that North East has a lot to offer to rest of India. He spoke about women empowerment in North east.
He added that NE is New Engine for development of North East. He added that young entrepreneurs are also travelling to the North East to find new avenues of employment. He also mentioned about “Venture fund” for start-ups introduced by DoNER ministry.