GUWAHATI, Jan 9 - �The youths of the North East are no longer inferior to the rest of the country and elsewhere. They are very talented and have carved a niche for themselves in different fields in national and international levels,� said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at the State Youth Festival and Metropolis, an Urban Winter Festival, at the Nehru Park here late last evening, said an official press release here today.
In his inaugural address, the Chief Minister said that the youths of the North East have made a mark for themselves in different fields and have made the region and the country proud. �The youths of Assam and other north-eastern states are very talented and have displayed their prowess in different fields and earned laurels for the region and the country as a whole,� he added.
Gogoi said events like the State Youth Festival and Metropolis are platforms in which latent talents can showcase their creativity and earn encomiums from the people.
�These events give the much-needed exposure to the latent talents to exhibit their creativity and in the process earn approbation from the people,� he said, adding that the youth power needs to be channelised to bring about economic prosperity of the region and the nation as a whole.
The Chief Minister felicitated the young achievers of Assam and other North East states, who have bagged awards in national and international levels. He also posed with the mascot of the forthcoming South Asian Games to be held in Guwahati and Shillong in February.
Earlier, Member Secretary, Students� and Youth Welfare Advisory Committee, Debabrata Saikia highlighted the salient features of the State Youth Festival and Metropolis and the various events being lined up for the occasion. Colourful dances showcasing the North East are the highlights of the three-day event, said the press release.