Published on : Friday, January 5, 2018
The North East Regional Centre (NERC) of National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), India is going to organise the conference on Livelihoods through Rural Tourism in North East India. It will be attended by professionals, academicians and heads of departments and institutes concerned from across the country.
This two-day national conference at Greenwood Resort will see discussions pertaining to formulate a vision document to promote rural tourism in the Northeast India.
The conference will be inaugurated by the Union minister for rural development, panchayati raj and mines Narendra Singh Tomar in the presence of the secretary in the ministry of rural development, Amarjeet Sinha, director general of tourism Satyajeet Rajan, director general of NIRDPR W.R. Reddy, former secretary of the tourism ministry M.P. Bezbaruah, secretary of the North East Council Ram Muivah and state government officials.
The NIRDPR is an autonomous organisation which is run under the Centre’s ministry of rural development and is used for the training and research of the rural development.
A statement issued by the organisers said the region, containing 7.02 per cent of the total villages of the country and 80 per cent rural population, has immense potential for rural tourism. It also said that the rich and varied flora and fauna, colourful village life, pristine natural beauty, unique culture ethnic cuisine and homestay facilities hold high promise of transforming the sleepy villages into vibrant pockets of economic activity.
The discussion is aimed to help in creating a strategic outlook which the region lacks. The experts will speak about the market-oriented approach which is required along with a change in perception. An organiser said that it is high time that the potential of this region is unleashed.