CM inaugurates 15 day Virasat Fest in Doon
By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 10 Oct: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami here on Sunday inaugurated the Virasat Art and Heritage Festival being organised as usual at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Stadium, Kaulagarh Road. Addressing the gathering after the inauguration, the Chief Minister said such events provide an effective platform to the traditional handicrafts and folk arts of different states and also encouraged their conservation. He said such events also serve the purpose of providing a market for the artisans and weavers to sell their products.
Dhami added that this 15-day event would work to connect the common people with the heritage of folk art and culture along with music, entertainment and handing over the heritage to the future generations. Welcoming the folk art and craftsmen participating in this event, he said it would provide them a better opportunity to showcase their art. He expressed confidence that this event would help in the recognition of the rich cultural heritage of the state and traditional folk art, folk lore and culinary arts along with other products. For Uttarakhand to be included in the leading states of the country, everyone had to participate. The Chief Minister said that ONGC is cooperating on many proposals of the State Government. The state government is being supported by ONGC in health, education and other areas.
The Chief Minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, many works are being done in the state and across the country. He said that Prime Minister Modi had described the third decade of the 21st century as the decade of Uttarakhand. When the state would be celebrating the 25th foundation day, then the state would be a leading and ideal state of the country in various fields. He said that tourism would become number one in various sectors like health, education, employment and agriculture. He asserted that the government is dedicated to the service of the public at all times.
Dhami said that work on the Rishikesh-Karnaprayag railway line is progressing at a fast pace, the construction work of the Delhi-Dehradun elevated road is also underway, and on completion of this, the travel time between Dehradun and Delhi would be reduced to just about two hours. This saving in time would attract a large number of tourists and pilgrims to Uttarakhand.
On this occasion, RK Singh, Head, REACH Foundation, ONGC, CMD, RK Srivastava, Director Offshore Pankaj Kumar, Former CMD Alka Mittal, philanthropist & CA Hemant Arora and others were also present.