SHILLONG: 15th November 2021 (PTI Source)
Despite the leaders of the state's opposition parties condemning the government's decision to sponsor a series of festivals, Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma, has defended the government's action, stating that they are required to promote tourism in the state.
The Me.gong Festival is scheduled to be organised this month between 18th to 20th November 2021 at Babadamgre Village Playground, West Garo Hills.
The celebration of such festivals is an example of how the community aims at promoting tourism in Meghalaya and generating revenue for the state.
Furthermore, Sangma added that the government is presently working on a writers' festival, which will be attended by prominent authors from various parts of India. He said that the tourism sector of Meghalaya has suffered due to the pandemic crisis and that the state could benefit from such festivals with regard to boosting attraction and drawing tourists to the state.
Despite the fact that this will have an impact on the state's finances, the government cannot stop doing everything because it would be unjust to other industries, according to Sangma.