NE Youth Conclave begins with promise of stronger bonding

Gangtok, 28 Oct:

The North-East Youth Conclave and Amalgamation 2018 began here with a grand opening ceremony here held at Manan Bhawan today with the Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs, RB Subba, declaring the 4-day youth festival open.

The North East Youth Festival has the participation of organizing state Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland. Adding colour to the inaugural ceremony, participants from different states attended the programme in the traditional attire.

This is the second time that Sikkim his hosting the North-East Youth Conclave.

The Conclave will see various competitive and non-competitive events to be held at different locations in and around Gangtok with the cultural performances showcased at MG Marg.

The North-East Youth Conclave is being held in Gangtok from 27 to 31 October 2018.

Welcoming the participants, the Minister, in his address, wished them a memorable stay in Gangtok and also informed the youth about the various schemes and missions being under taken by the state government here, including the organic mission, plastic free environment and other initiatives.

He also informed the youth about the recent award conferred on Sikkim in recognition of its Organic State credentials in Rome.

Mr. Subba remarked that this year, the Youth Conclave was being organized on various themes with the main objective being to establish stronger bonding and building good relations between youth of different states.

Citing the example of the “Mitayri Saino” with the trees that has been started by the Chief Minister, Mr Subba urged every youth to establish bonding and good relations with new friends they make during the festival.

The youth conclave presents a larger opportunity to share and learn about the culture and traditions or each other, he pointed out.

The ceremony was also attended by Chief Secretary, AK Srivastava, Chairman, Youth Development Board, Khem Prasad Dahal, Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, SD Dhakal, and Swami Abhayananda Saraswati from Chinmaya Mission, Gujarat, as a special guest and other departmental officers.

The ceremony was also addressed by the Chief Secretary who highlighted that the youth conclave was a platform to exchange, share and showcase the cultures and traditions of different north eastern states.

The function was also addressed by Mr Dhakal while Swami Abhayananda Saraswati presented a motivational talk.

Various cultural performances were also presented during the event.