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Monday, 28 September, 2020, 10 : 15 AM [IST]

North East India capable of emerging as a major centre of world tourism: Home Minister

Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the "Destination North East -2020" through video conferencing yesterday. He is also the Chairman of the North-East Council. 

In his address, Shah said that “North East, rich in natural beauty, folk culture and art, is fully capable of becoming a major centre of world tourism”. Shah said that “under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the North East region will emerge as one of the favourite tourism and business destinations of India”.

Shah stated that “the ‘Destination North East-2020', which runs till September 30, aims to introduce various cultures of the country to each other along with the tourist destinations of the North East and through this the whole of India will also get familiar with the vibrant and diverse culture of the region. Terming the beauty of North East as  unparalleled, he stated that without it the Indian culture is incomplete. While inviting the next ceremony to be held in his constituency Gandhinagar, Amit Shah said that “this will make the people of Northeast familiar with the culture of Gujarat and the people of Gujarat will be introduced to the culture of the North-East”.

The Home Minister cited examples of initiatives undertaken for the economic development of the North East in the last 6 years, including work on destabilising terrorism. 

He spoke about the 14th Finance Commission increasing allocation for the Northeast by 251 per cent to INR 3,13,375 crore. “Adopting an all-inclusive and all-encompassing model of development, Modi Government has decided to spend 21 per cent of the budget of the North-East Council on the backward districts, villages and deprived communities”.

On this occasion, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region Development (I/C), Prime Minister's Office, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pension, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Chief Ministers of the eight North Eastern States were also present.

Destination North East is a calendar event of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region conceptualised with the objective of taking the North East Region to other parts of the country and bringing them closer together in order to strengthen national integration. For Destination North East 2020, the theme is “The Emerging Delightful Destinations” which speaks of the tourism destinations emerging stronger and more attractive when the Sector picks up momentum.

The four-day programme will feature Audio Visual presentation of the tourist spots of the states and the region, messages from state icons and achievers, introduction to prominent local entrepreneurs and virtual exhibition of handicraft/ traditional fashion/ & local products. There will be special messages from the state Chief Ministers and Tourism Ministers as well as cultural items of individual states and medley performances combining cultures of all the eight states.

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