KOHIMA(NAGALAND), Dec 7: All previous records stand broken this year at the famous Northeast “Hornbill Festival” , which is held here annually. A record Foot-fall of over one lakh per day within the first few days has been registered and the visiting crowds comprise of people from every part of India and abroad.
This was disclosed here today by Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh,while speaking to media after going around the highly crowded venue of the event and interacting with artists, dancers, musicians and cultural groups representing different tribes and States of the North Eastern region.
Attributing the huge success of the event to the personal outreach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which had brought North East to national focus in the last five years, Dr Jitendra Singh said, as of today, there is a craving and craze for people living in each part of India to get acquainted and familiar with the North Eastern way of living and its traditional culture. This, he said, is unprecedented and was never seen in the earlier decades after independence.
With more and more people, especially youngsters, heading for North East, Dr Jitendra Singh said, this has not only boosted the economy,but also enthused young Start- up groups from all over India to explore avenues of entrepreneurship and livelihood in this region.
While going around different sections of the ongoing Hornbill Festival, Dr Jitendra Singh took a special note of visitors from other States and even some westerners. He said, he was pleasantly delighted to see that the air flight to Dimapur was carrying youngsters from far off regions including Karnataka, Punjab and Delhi who were coming specially to attend this festival
Earlier in the day on his arrival at Kohima, Dr Jitendra Singh was officially received by senior Ministers of the Government of Nagaland. Later in the evening, he also had a one-to-one meeting with the Governor of Nagaland Ravi Kumar.