Dimapur, January 5: The Centre has sanctioned Rs 23.50 crore for construction of a regional convention centre at North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) complex, Dimapur.
This was informed by Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh at Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
The DoNER Minister informed that out of an amount of Rs 13 crore released to NEZCC, Rs 5.72 crore was spent for construction of the convention centre.
While talking about the allocation of funds in Northeast, Singh informed that an amount of Rs 41.65 crore under Tagore Cultural Complex Scheme is allocated and Rs 22.50 crore spent for construction of Tagore cultural complexes at Chedema, Aboi and Dimapur in Nagaland and at Raga and Upper Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh since 2013 till date.
Shedding light on the Centre’s initiation towards preservation of tribal art and culture in Northeast, the DoNER Minister said that the government has set up tribal research institutes (TRIs)in Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram during 2016-17 and 2018-19, which functions as a body of knowledge and research and preservation of tribal art and culture, the release said.
The Minister also informed that from 2014-15 till date, Rs 86.18 crore has been provided to the TRIs in the Northeastern region to carry out various activities such as research and evaluation studies, holding of training programmes, seminars ans so on to cater to promotion of tribal culture.