On the 4th of May, Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi, President of India Ram Nath Kovind, and Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma attended the valedictory function of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’s North East Festival for the Northeastern States at the Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in the city.
Governor Jagdish Mukhi noted during the valedictory occasion that North-East India reflects the lives and ambitions of many tribes and ethnic groups. North-East India, he claimed, is one of the world’s most culturally colorful regions because of its unique culture and way of life.
Jagdish Mukhi emphasized the region’s geographic significance, saying that the Northeastern States are strategically vital for India because they share more than 5,000 kilometers of international boundaries with numerous neighboring nations.
The strategic location of India’s North-East region provides numerous prospects for the country’s economic ties to be strengthened. The Northeastern States are economically significant due to their strategic location, which links India to the thriving Southeast Asian markets.
Jagdish Mukhi also praises Prime Minister’s efforts
Jagdish Mukhi praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts, saying that North-East India is endowed with immense natural beauty, rich biodiversity, rare wildlife, and unique cultural heritage, for which the North-East remains a focus area for development by the Government of India, with a Ministry specifically created to cater to the region’s development needs.
Governor Jagdish Mukhi stated that the establishment of the North East Council in 1971 benefited the region greatly and acknowledged NEC’s contribution to the socio-economic development of Northeastern States by implementing major schemes in various sectors such as transportation and communication, health, agriculture, power, sericulture, irrigation, education, and others.
The Governor went on to say that the Indradhanush Gas Grid project, which covers all eight Northeastern States, was taken up by NEC for the entire development of the North-East, particularly its industrial expansion in a clean atmosphere.
NEC also took on the task of doubling railway tracks for capacity expansion. Hunli to Anini, Singer River to Sizoh Nallah, and Pasighat to Pangin are three road projects in Arunachal Pradesh that have helped to enhance the tourism business in the surrounding areas.
In addition, the recent completion of the Bhawanipur NH-31 to Manas National Park through Saudarvutha Ananda Bazar Road will not only improve connectivity but will also promote tourism, which will help the area’s economy grow. NEC has also established a tea museum in Dibrugarh and a tiny stadium in Bihaguri, Sonitpur.
The valedictory function was attended by the First Lady of India, Savita Kovind, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of DoNER G Kishan Reddy, Governors and Chief Ministers of other Northeastern States, Union Minister of State in the Ministry of DoNER BL Verma, senior officials from the Central and State Governments, and a host of dignitaries.