NEW DELHI, Jan 16 - Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh announced the setting up of a multipurpose �DoNER House� complex in Guwahati.
Addressing Magh Bihu celebrations, organised by the Ministry of DoNER at Dilli Haat here today, he said that it will be a complex that will have meeting hall, conference hall and other infrastructural support.
Dr Singh said that earlier the emphasis was on bringing the northeastern region closer to the national mainstream, but now the emphasis is being laid on bringing the rest of India closer to the culture and diversity of the Northeast.
He also said that the government has laid special emphasis on the development of infrastructure in the Northeast. There is an exclusive scheme for road development in the region, he added.
The minister also said that air and rail connectivity is being given priority by the government. The connectivity will attract investments in the region, which will lead to the development of the Northeast. It will also encourage start-ups to come to the region, he added.
Dr Singh said the region rates high in terms of many social indicators such as literacy and women empowerment, and there is a lot to learn from it. He said the unexplored potential of the region needs to be explored and utilised.
The Bihu celebrations saw the artistes from the Song and Drama Division of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting present dance performances from various states.