Assam Governor attends valedictory session of North East Festival

Assam Governor attends valedictory session of North East Festival

Showcases the vignettes of NE’s development

Guwahati, Rongili Barta: Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi along with the President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma attended the valedictory function of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, North East Festival  for the North-Eastern States at a function held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in the city here today.

While speaking on the valedictory function the Governor  said that North East India depicts the life and aspirations of the people inhabited by numerous tribes and ethnic groups. He said that the unique culture and way of living make North East India one of the most culturally colourful regions of the world.

Highlighting the geographic importance of the region, Prof. Mukhi said that geographically the North eastern states are strategically very important for India as they share more than 5,000 kms of international borders with several neighbouring countries. The strategic location of India’s North East Region offers ample opportunities for enhancing the country’s economic ties. The North Eastern states are economically important primarily because of its strategic location that connects India to the robust Southeast Asian markets.

            Prof. Mukhi hailed the efforts of the Prime Minister who has rightly named North East as “Ashta Lakshmi” and  said that the North East India is endowed with immense natural beauty, rich bio-diversity, rare wild life and unique cultural heritage for which the North East remains a focus area for development by the Government of India with a Ministry especially created to cater to the development needs of the Region.

The Governor said that setting up of the North East Council in 1971 has greatly benefited the region and acknowledged the contribution of NEC in the socio-economic infrastructural development of North Eastern States by taking some major schemes in various sectors such as Transport & Communication, Health, Agriculture, Power,  Sericulture, Irrigation, Education etc.

The Governor further said that, for the overall development of the North East especially its industrial growth with clean environment, Indradhanush Gas Grid project was taken up by NEC covering all eight North Eastern States.  For capacity augmentation railway, doubling of railway track was also taken up by NEC. Three road projects in Arunachal Pradesh namely Hunli to Anini, Singer River to Sizoh Nallah and Pasighat to Pangin has developed the tourism sector of the nearby areas. Also, the recent completion  of the  Bhawanipur NH -31 to Manas National Park via Saudarvutha Ananda Bazar Road will  not only provide better and faster connectivity but also increase tourism which in turn would develop the economy of the area. One tea museum at Dibrugarh and a mini stadium at Bihaguri Sonitpur have also been constructed by NEC.

The First lady of India Savita Kovind, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Law and Justice  Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of  DoNER  G. Kishan Reddy, Governors and Chief Ministers of other North Eastern States and  Union Minister of State in the Ministry of DoNER B. L.Verma, Senior Officials of Central and State Government along with a host of dignitaries were present at the valedictory function.