Hornbill Festival a symbol of North East India: MoS Minority Affairs Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi: The Union Minister of State (IC) for Youth Affairs & Sports and Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Kiren Rijiju today attended the ongoing Hornbill festival at Kisama near Nagalanad state capital Kohima.

Addressing a cultural program at Kisama, Rijiju said the Prime Minister of India is giving special emphasis to the North Eastern Region and the Naga people. He said the Act East Policy is taking shape, and added that basic infrastructure, which is the foundation for better development, is being laid and results will be seen in the next few years.

Maintaining that Nagaland has the potential to become a hub for adventure activities, Rijiju said besides sports, his Ministry wants to promote adventure activities in Nagaland to ensure that youth are engaged in gainful employment.

Pointing out that Hornbill festival has become a symbol of North East India, the Minister also assured help to promote indigenous sports of the North East.

The Union Minister of State (IC) for Development of North East Region (DoNER), Minister of State (MoS) in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Jitendra Singh was also in attendance at the Hornbill festival where he said Prime Minister Modi had described the North East as the new engine of New India.

Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel had also attended the Hornbill Festival and said the Government of India will extend all possible help to preserve and promote the rich cultural traditions and heritage of the Nagas.

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