Shillong, July 3: The Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh today attended the famous 4-day Meghalaya cultural festival ‘Behdienkhlam’ held at Jowai, Meghalaya. On the concluding day of the festival today, Singh spent time with the visitors from across the region who had come to attend the festival. He also showed interest in the religious rituals associated with the event.
Jitendra Singh said that his presence in the event is also a reiteration of the high priority that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Government accords not only to the development of the region, but also to promote, preserve and patronize the healthy traditional culture and civilization of the region.
The DoNER Minister said that Prime Minister has visited North-east over 30 times in a short span of four years. He said that the Government has sought to identify with every ethnic and tribal group of the region, while the Ministry of DoNER introduced the practice of having a rotational camp secretariat by turn every month in each of the eight states and this has resulted in a very close affinity between the people of North-east and the Ministry of DoNER.