File pic of celebrations in the run up to Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Guwahati: The week-long Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav – North East Festival is starting from April 28, which will showcase the potential of the Northeast grandly.

“It will be a celebration of hope, aspiration and vision for a developed and prosperous North East Region,” said Minister of Development of North East Region, Tourism and Culture, G. Kishan Reddy today in New Delhi.

He said the unsung heroes of the North East would also be celebrated across the week through different programs and events.

The events would also be gilded with cultural programs celebrating the uniqueness of the North East Region and grandly showcasing its potential. “The AKAM-NE festival will sound the bugle for the Amrit Kaal of North East,” he added.

He said the Ministry is proactively working to usher in development in the region and is taking continuous steps in coordination with state governments.

” The AKAM week for North East will be leveraged to discuss and deliberate upon various aspects fundamental to the development of the Northeast region,” he said.

To mark the beginning of the Northeast Festival, a Half Marathon and Cyclothon will be held in Guwahati on April 28 at 5 am at Khanapara in Guwahati, Assam.

Every day, starting from April 29 will be celebrated under a different theme across the 8 states, he added. He said that every key event will be attended by the concerned Union Ministers.

“It is hoped that the events would not only through light on the key issues but also provide a chance for different stakeholders to come together and deliberate on the vision collectively,” he said.

A special task force has been appointed to develop Agriculture and Horticulture in the Northeast.

The Minister said that the inauguration of the week-long celebrations would be held across the 8 states in their own special and significant manner. He further added that the culmination of the week will be celebrated at a Valedictory event to be held at Guwahati on May 4. He informed that the event will be graced by the presence of the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, along with Governors and Chief Ministers of all the states.

The Minister added that the Ministry of DoNER is the coordinating body for the festival. He said that Officers have been designated to coordinate programs in each of the states to ensure that every possible help is extended to the state governments.

The Minister also spoke on a range of subjects concerning the development of the North East Region. He informed the press that a special Agriculture Task Force has been formed to ensure mission mode work on harnessing the agriculture and horticulture potential of the North East Region.

Each of the seven days will be based on separate themes, these include –

  • Investment Potential and future energy needs of North East on April 29 at Shillong
  • The welfare of Tribals and Border Management on April 30 at Itanagar
  • The Smart City Revolution in the NE on April April at Gangtok
  • Role of women in the development of NE on May 1 at Agartala
  • Eco-Tourism in NE on May 2 at Aizwal
  • Agri Horti and organic products potential of North East on May 2 at Dimapur
  • Sports Potential of the NE will be celebrated as a parallel Sports week has also been organized. The culmination would be celebrated on May 3 at Imphal.

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