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Harness state’s natural potential: First lady
ITANAGAR, Oct 22: First lady, Neelam Misra, today exhorted the people of the state to harness the state’s natural potential holistically in order to create opportunities for development and prosperity.
Misra, who was addressing the valedictory function of the Tourism Children’s Festival at Science Centre here in her first official engagement, gave away trophies, certificates and cash awards to the winners of various competitions conducted as part of the event which was conducted by the tourism department.
The first lady highlighted the importance of tourism in developing the state and emphasized on ensuring proper means of communication for tourists and others.
Impressed by the cultural presentation by children – particularly the students of Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing and Visually Impaired – Misra urged parents and guardians of differently-abled children to endeavour to bring out the best in their wards with special care, motivation, and patience.
Tourism parliamentary secretary, PD Sona, informed that the Tourism Children’s Festival was part of the Centre’s effort to popularize tourism by roping in children. Tourism secretary, Dr Joram Beda, spoke on the Paryatan Parv programme which started on October 5 and will conclude on October 25.
Paryatan Parv will include tourism awareness programmes, tree plantation, sensitization programmes involving stakeholders and students, and ethnic cultural events, Dr Beda informed.
Children from various schools participated in the festival under the theme of ‘Dekho Apna Desh’. The activities during the celebration included storytelling, quiz, singing and drawing competitions, photography workshop, adventure tourism events, an ethnic fashion show, and spelling contest.
In the inter-school quiz competition, Gyan Ganga Vidyapeeth received the first prize, while Alphabet Public School won the second prize, and the government higher secondary school, Itanagar, received the third prize.