Assam-Rajasthan cultural exchange programme inaugurated in New Delhi

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New Delhi, Sept 15: Unleashing a major boost to ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ programme of union government, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated a cultural exchange programme at the Rajasthan State Guest House in New Delhi on Friday to showcase the culture, traditions and practices of Assam which will enhance understanding and bonding between the two states.

Under ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ programme, Government of Assam has partnered with the Rajasthan government to experience cultural diversity through customs, tradition and tourism. As part of the programme, an Assamese Food Festival is organised and traditional Assamese lifestyle including various cultural items such as mask culture of Majuli and handloom and handicraft products have been displayed.

Terming the initiative as a harbinger of stronger ties and improved bonding between the two states, Sonowal said, “Assam and Rajasthan share a very strong cultural, economic and social relation down the ages. Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala is an embodiment of this relationship, which dates back to several centuries.”

He further said, “On commercial front, both the states export and import many commodities which help towards our mutual economic growth. This bond between us is very precious and we have to live together and work together for a stronger and united India”.

Noteworthy that earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a major impetus to the ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ approach and made a clarion call to the chief ministers of all states to provide assistance to flood hit states of the country during the ‘All CMs’ Meet’ held recently in New Delhi. Following the Prime Minister’s appeal, Madhya Pradesh Government and Jharkhand Government contributed Rs. 2 crore and Rs. 5 crore respectively to the Relief Fund of the chief minister of Assam.

In Friday’s programme, Rajasthan government was represented by minister of state for law & justice PP Chaudhary, minister of state for food and civil supplies and industry and commerce CR Chaudhary, MP Narayan Panchariya and additional secretary Madhukar Gupta.

Hailing the relation between Assam and Rajasthan, MoS, PP Chaudhary underlined the contribution made by the Rajasthani people living in Assam to the economic growth of the state. He also expressed Rajasthan Government’s yearning desire to hold more cultural and youth exchange programmes with Assam in future and exuded confidence that ‘EK Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ programme will further strengthen ties between the states and union territories.

Under the ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ programme, Government of Rajasthan already organized a food festival at Assam Bhawan in New Delhi on September 1 which was inaugurated by Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia.

‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ aims to enhance interaction between people living in different cultures in different States and UTs in India and to promote mutual understanding amongst them. In order to facilitate smooth execution of the programme, states have been paired by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (Department of Higher Education), Government of India and under this programme, Assam has been paired with Rajasthan.

MP from Assam, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa; union HRD secretary, Kewal Kumar Sharma and resident commissioner, Assam Bhawan, New Delhi, Rwitticka Kalita were also present in Friday’s programme.

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