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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Centre for North Eastern Culture at CCRT and Exhibition on the Mizo Peace Accord Inaugurated

The Minister of Culture & Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Kumari Selja; and the Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North East Region & Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Paban Singh Ghatowar, has jointly inaugurated the Centre for North Eastern Culture, at Centre for Cultural Resources & Training (CCRT) at Dwarka here today.

The setting up of Centre for North Eastern Culture is in line with the direction given by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh after interacting with a group of Youth from the North Eastern Region in December 2009, to promote dissemination of the rich and diverse cultural heritage and tradition as well as modern expression of creativity of the North Eastern States.

This Centre is as a result of collaborative efforts of CCRT, an autonomous body under Ministry of Culture & North Eastern Council, the Regional Planning body of the North Eastern Region. NEC and CCRT entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2011 for the operation of the Centre for North East Culture. The Centre will work under the overall of management and control of the Director General, CCRT.

Government of India made an earnest effort to bring about an end to the disturbed condition in Mizoram and to restore peace and harmony. Toward this end, an accord was signed between the Mizo National Front and the Union Government on 30 June 1986. The formalization of Mizoram State took place on 20th February, 1987. The people of the State, recently celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the famous Mizo Peace Accord. An Exhibition to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Mizo Peace Accord is the first event is being held in the Centre for North Eastern Culture for four days from today.

The North Eastern Handicrafts & Handlooms Development Corporation Limited (NEHHDC) and North Eastern Regional Agriculture Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC), the two PSUs under Ministry of DoNER have also set up a Craft Exhibition to showcase some of the handicrafts & handlooms and products of the North Eastern Region. The NEHHDC attempts to develop and promote the indigenous crafts of the region by connecting craftsmen to prospective markets and consumers and generating economic, cultural and social opportunities for creators while adding cultural value for consumers, while NERAMAC supports farmers/producers of North East to get remunerative prices for their produce and also to enhance the agricultural procurement, processing and marketing infrastructure in the Region.

Ministry of DoNER also released the Human Development Report of North East States prepared by it during the inaugural show. The Report is an attempt to evaluate performance of North Eastern States in recent times on sectors having direct impact on human development such as health, education and basic amenities like drinking water & sanitation. This will help in better targeting of schemes and projects in the NE States.

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