Two Day Conference On ‘Tourism & Culture Ministers of North Eastern States’ Starts In Guwahati

“Tourism can be a game changer that can bring socio-economic change in the nation especially in NE region” said Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNER while addressing  the inaugural session of a conference here today. The two-day conference of Tourism and Culture Ministers of North Eastern States has been organized under the Chairmanship of Minister of Tourism, Culture and DONER, to discuss development of tourism and issues related to connectivity in the North Eastern Region. Chief Minister of Assam Shri HimantaBiswaSarma, Union Minister of State for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal andUnion Minister of State for Tourism and DefenceShri Ajay Bhatt also graced the inaugural session of conference.

While addressing the forum, Shri G. Kishan Reddy said that under the  Swadesh Darshan Scheme, which focuses on integrated development of theme based tourist circuits, the Ministry has sanctioned 16 projects in the North Eastern region. He further added that his ministry is giving special emphasis on developing infrastructure, ground capacity and skills in Northeast region. He said that the tourism ministry is also providing branding and marketing assistance to the northeast region through its various schemes and flagship initiatives.

Shri Reddy informed that under the PRASHAD schemes the ministry has sanctioned number of projects in the region. Approximately Rs 200 crore has been sanctioned for these projects, he added.

Talking about the initiatives under DoNER ministry the minister informed that in the budget of 2021-22, the budget allocation to North eastern states is Rs 68,020 crore. He urged all the state governments in the region to submit viable proposals so that the full amount allocated across various ministries can be successfully utilized.

Glad to attend the North East Tourism & Cultural Ministers Conclave organised by @nezccdimapur at Guwahati along with Union Minister Sri G. Kishan Reddy
Assam CM Sri Himanta Biswa Sarma , MoS Sri Ajay Bhatt , Sri ArjunRamMeghwal,Tourism Ministers from all NE States & officials.

Tripura Tourism Minister Pranajit Singha Roy in his tweet said “Thankful to hon’ble PM Sri Narendra Modi for giving special attention towards the development of Tourism infrastructure in NE. Emphasized the initiatives taken Sri Biplab Kumar Deb’s leadership to boost Tourism in #Tripura. I thank Kishan Reddy Gangapuram ji for his valuable advices”.

Chief Minister of Assam Shri HimantaBiswaSarma asserted that holistic approach is required for the development of tourism sector in NE zone. As a whole the North East as a brand has to be promoted and connectivity and infrastructure facilities need to be developed, he added.

Union Minister of State for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Arjun Ram Meghwalin his address said that tourism development is the core subject of this conference and North East has all the potential for it. The North Eastern States has made their own identity in various sectors and each State has unique talent and potential, he said. Asserting that the infrastructural development in North East will enhance the tourism development the minister said that the development in the tourism sector will automatically help the other allied sectors to develop and it will help the nation to grow. Talking about Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision he said that according to our Prime Minister without the development of North East India the overall development of the country is not possible.

Union Minister of State for Tourism and DefenceShri Ajay Bhatt said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership the country is seeing development in every sector.

In today’s event an MoU between Ministry of Tourism and IRCTC was signed for cooperation in promoting domestic tourism and development of new tourism products.

Senior officials from various Central Ministries, State Governments in the region as well as industry representatives participated in the conference. The conference aimed to apprise the participants about the several projects and initiatives being undertaken by the Central Government for the development of the northeast region.

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