New Delhi, September 10: ‘North East Calling’ Festival was inaugurated by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), which is one such creative event where art, culture, heritage, the cuisine of northeastern states are the highlights of the festival. Also for the 1st time in the history of India, Indian Administrative Service officers are going to rock the ramp.
Union Minister of State for DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the ‘North East Calling’ festival with an aim to promote art, culture, heritage, cuisine, handicrafts, business and tourism of North East India. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh complimented that Ministry of DoNER and the young Assistant Secretaries attached to this Ministry, for giving their commitment and passion in organising this event. He also appealed to the public to come and visit the festival and understand the richness of the culture of North East.
On the above occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh also launched ‘North East Venture Fund’, which is a joint initiative of Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd. The objective of the fund is to promote entrepreneurship and Start up in the North Eastern Region. It is the first dedicated Venture Fund for the region with a corpus of Rs 100 Crores. Minister also launched North East Tourism Development Council with the objective to promote sustainable tourism in North East India.
The Business to Business (B2B) conference is also being organised during the event. On the occasion, three MoUs were also signed in the presence of the Minister. The first MoU was signed between North East Tourism Development Council and the Yes Bank. The other two MoUs were signed with the Ministry under Science & Technology Interventions in the North East Region (STINER) aiming at enabling STINER and promoting NISARGRUNA technology of BARC in bio-energy technology in association with Tripura State.
He said that that such event will not only enrich the economy and culture of North Eastern region but will also bring the rest of India more closely to the North East. The development, upliftment and growth of North East have been on the priority of the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Further, he said that the focus has not only been bringing North East closer to the rest of country but also to bring rest of India closer to the North East. He said that these events, that too in the heart of National Capital, help the artisans and people of North East to showcase their talent. He said that rest of India also needs to follow North East in terms of cleanliness.