New Delhi: 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 today attended the ongoing Hornbill festival at Kisama near Nagaland capital Kohima.
Addressing a colourful cultural program, Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the highest priority to the North East and to states like Nagaland in the last five years. While stating that PM Modi visited the North East more than 30 times in five years, Singh said the Prime Minister has described the region as the new engine of New India.
Singh said because of the Prime Minister’s personal indulgence and personal outreach, northeastern culture, food, dance and music have reached every part of the country.
Stating that Nagaland has become the ambassador of the North East for the rest of India through the medium of the Hornbill festival, Singh said today the festival has become a new torch bearer of a new cultural journey of the North East which is going to unite India with a message from Nagaland.
Earlier, the Union Minister of State (IC) for Youth Affairs & Sports and Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Kiren Rijiju also attended the ongoing Hornbill festival. Cultural troupes dressed in traditional attires performed songs and dances during the event.
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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