Centre gives attention to NE : Conrad

Correspondent JOWAI (MEGHALAYA), MAR 14 | Publish Date: 3/14/2020 12:06:29 PM IST

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma who also spoke on the occasion, praised the central government for providing the required attention to the Northeast, which is paving way for concerted development and growth of the region. 

Sangma, who was addressing the “The Meghalayan Age” Tourism Conclave at Thadlaskein here, also stressed on the need to explore on the possibility of working collaboratively with India’s neighbouring countries in the field of tourism, boosting cultural and economic ties. 

 “The Meghalayan Age is an attempt by the Government to provide an opportunity for visitors to experience Meghalaya.” 

 “The Meghalayan Age” Festival for the National Conclave on Tourism was held with a view to showcase the tourism potential of the state.

Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh also attended the valedictory programme of the festival.

 “We as a government have realised the potential we have with our immediate neighbour Bangladesh. The country is moving very fast, they have a growth rate of almost 8 per cent, their GDP is about 400 billion dollars. We have to look at the opportunity next door and build relations that would economically benefit our people,” Sangma said.

He also said that “The Meghalayan Age is an attempt by the Government to provide an opportunity for visitors to experience Meghalaya.” 

 “We had big plans for the event, however, due to the health advisory on Corona Virus, we restricted the event for invited stakeholders, which comprised of media professionals, tour operators, bloggers, etc, who will share our stories to the world,” he said.   

Echoing the Chief Minister, DoNER minister Dr. Jitendra Singh said, “The event was planned in a very big way but due to the advisory issued by the MoHFW, the event has been scaled down to a conclave, where different stakeholders were given an opportunity to delve into the immense potential that Meghalaya can open up to the visitors.”

During the 10-day event, renowned cave explorer Brian Kharpran took selected guests on a unique caving viewing experience. Kharpran, who spoke during the conclave today said that in the past two decades they have explored 1700 caves about 514 km, which has led to discoveries of unique and exclusive species, the latest being the discovery of the largest cave dwelling fish.      

Dr. Singh praises Conrad for awarding entrepreneurs

Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh on Saturday complimented Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma for his novel idea of awarding the entrepreneurs of the state every month.

“This (awarding entrepreneur) is in true spirit has been promoting start-ups and encouraging others to excel in their own areas of proficiency and passion,” he said, addressing the valedictory programme of the “The Meghalayan Age” festival.

Expressing gratitude to PM Modi, the DoNER Minister said, “In the last five years, the government has provided adequate thrust for creating better infrastructure and promote development of Northeast.”

Singh said that under the leadership of Modi, the Ministry of DoNER’s budget was increased two fold. He said that the government wants to create a new culture, a new model of development in North East to attract Startups from all over India. Voicing happiness that a lot of developmental work have been accomplished in the North East region in the last 4-5 years, he said this has been possible because of the effort of the government where this region is given priority.


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