Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry for Development of North-East Region
05-March-2017 18:56 IST
Curtain Raiser Press Conference on ‘Destination North East-2017’

Dr. Jitendra Singh to inaugurate the 3-day festival tomorrow

Use of appropriate technologies in all sectors of development for NER is the main theme this year, says Shri S. N. Pradhan

The Joint Secretary, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Shri S. N. Pradhan chaired the curtain raiser press conference on ‘Destination North East 2017’ here today. The Destination North East-2017 is being organized by Ministry of DoNER, with knowledge partner, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the 3-day festival here tomorrow.

Addressing the media, Shri S. N. Pradhan said that the Ministry of DoNER is the unique Ministry which is based on the geographical area. He said that North East Region (NER) consists of 8% of country’s total geographical area and 4% of country’s population and the objective of Destination North East, 2017 is to showcase North East as a potential destination for investment and highlight the rich cultural heritage, traditions and customs of the region. He said that the main theme of this year’s festival is to highlight the use of appropriate technologies in all sectors of development for NER. The Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India and Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) are participating this year, he added. Shri S. N. Pradhan said that the ‘3 H’ Mission, that is Horticulture, Handicraft and Handlooms, are the focus of Destination North East 2017.

Shri S. N. Pradhan said that ‘Destination North East’ is held as a calendar event every year and Chandigarh is the first place, outside Delhi, to organise the event. He said that the distinctive nature of North East will be taken to all the corners of India.

Senior officers of the Ministry of DoNER were also present on the occasion.

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