Union Home Minister, Amit Shah on Sunday inaugurated the Destination North East’ 2020, an annual event for promoting tourism in North Eastern Region of India.
Organized on the theme “Emerging Delightful Destinations”, the event is being held from September 27-30.
Setting the tone with the theme song “This is the land and its people” by Shillong band “Summer Salt”, the inaugural programme also witnessed Choir Presentations by Voice of Nagaland & Cardinal Choir from Mizoram besides an audio visual presentation on the tourism themes and cultural mosaic of North East India.
Addressing the occasion, Amit Shah appreciated the sincere endeavor and untiring efforts taken by the Minister of DoNER for the upliftment of North East Region.
He also acknowledged the presence of the Chief Ministers of the North East Region, who are key to development of the region. He said that the legacy, cultural heritage and beauty of North East India have not only been a vital ingredient for attracting tourist worldwide but also has been an important jewel of Indian culture.
The union home minister also shared about the growing peace in North East Region under the leadership of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his commitment towards development of North East Region.
Highlighting the multi-fold increase in investment by Government of India along with the rise in budgetary support, infrastructure creation and institutional building in North East Region by the Government of India, he was optimistic the North East Region will be an important doorway in the Act East Policy and different regions in North East will also emerge as new business, tourism, organic farming and cultural hubs.
Minister of State DoNER Dr Jitendra Singh in his speech said that the main aim behind the Destination North East event is to bring the rest of India closer to the North Eastern Region.
He said that with its rich handloom and handicraft traditions, cultural heritage and high literacy rate, the North East has much to offer and was optimistic that, when the Corona pandemic eases, tourists who were earlier holidaying in Europe would flock to the North East, bring prosperity, thereby unlocking the potential of the region so that it becomes the New Engine of growth for the country, as envisaged by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
While delivering the welcome address, Secretary NEC K Moses Chalai said that even under difficult circumstances, it was decided to go ahead with the programme with the belief that the event will spark a renewal in the Tourism sector of the NE Region.
In his speech, Secretary DoNER Dr Inderjit Singh informed that previously ‘Destination North East’ used to be held in different places to exchange culture & heritage of NER with the rest of India, but the virtual event held this year is expected to provide an even wider coverage.
The Secretary DoNER mentioned the different important tourism destinations which NER has to offer and extended a welcome for all to experience their beauty in the post pandemic days ahead.