Ministry of DoNER has organised four NE Festivals at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi: Dr Jitendra

New Delhi, Jan 02: The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has organised four North East Festivals at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi in 2016, at Chandigarh in 2017, North East Calling Festival at India Gate, New Delhi in 2017 and Experiencing North East at India International Centre, New Delhi in 2018.

The objective is to build upon the comparative advantages of the North East Region, which included Business summit, Buyer-Seller meet, exhibition stalls aiming interaction to promote tourism, handlooms & handicrafts, bamboo, horticulture, medicinal and aromatic plants etc.

The expenditure for the scheme till 31.03.2018 has been met under Advocacy and Publicity Scheme of the Ministry. ‘Experiencing North East’ from October 27-31, 2018 at India International Centre was organised by North Eastern Council.

During such events, investment opportunities in sectors like Tourism, Handlooms & Handicrafts, Organic Agriculture and Horticulture, Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Food processing, Cane & Bamboo etc. are showcased in collaboration with concerned Line Ministries of Government of India. However, this Ministry does not have State-wise data available if any new Business opportunities have opened after the event.

The amounts spent by North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation Limited (NEHHDC) and North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation (NERAMAC) for the Destination North East Festivals are reimbursed through Grants-in-aid from Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region/North Eastern Council.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


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