New Delhi, Feb 5 ANI | 2 years ago

Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), has assured to set up North East Cultural Centre in the national capital to cater to the needs of the North East people.

"We fully agreed with you to set up a cultural centre for the North East states. There needs to be a meeting point for the North East people," U. K. Sangma, Secretary, Ministry of DoNER said during the meeting held at his office in Vigyan Bhawan here today.

The meeting was attended by Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police Robin Hibu, Joint Secretary, DoNER K. Damayanthi, Deputy Secretary, DoNER Mercy Epao, Director, DoNER K. Guite, and media incharge, North East Helpline, Delhi Bruce K. Thangkhal.

Under the initiative of Robin Hibu, the proposals being put forth to the DoNER Ministry includes setting up of a two-room Helpline at NEC House having dedicated phones with recording provision and emergency counselling room; manpower for helpline preferably from NE on honorarium basis plus personnel from Delhi Police; immediate starting of helpline at NEC Bhawan; Liaison Officer for youth at DoNER Ministry who will be incharge for reaching out to the youths, Nodal Officer for dissemination of information in educational institutes, recruitments, awareness campaign; roping in NGOs for counselling of distress youths etc; request to Delhi Police for working together to reach out to NE youths in Delhi.

The NE Cultural Centre is proposed to have Meeting Hall, Library on NE States, Information Centre for NE Culture, Promotion of NE Art and Culture here, regular interaction with North East students and employees, and Centre for coordination with the State Bhawans, different forums, and NGOs for promotion of art and culture of North East.

Apart from this, a proposal for setting up of Think Tank Centre of excellence for the welfare and progress of the NE citizens who are working or studying outside the NE states.

The DONER ministry also assured to tap the talents of NE youths in the field of sports and music.

"Along with Joint Secretary of DoNER, Damayanthi, we have visited North Eastern Council Guest House in Yashwant Place, Chanakyapuri where a dedicated Helpline for the NE will be set up next month," Robin Hibu, who is also the Nodal Officer for North East added.

(Posted on 06-02-2014)

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