Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma today inaugurated the 2nd edition of the Shillong Literary Festival, 2022 at Ward’s Lake, Shillong.
Addressing the gathering, Conrad K Sangma said that it was the plan to have the festival as an annual calendar event since 2018-19 but due to COVID it was launched only last year.
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“However, it is a huge improvement from the 1st Edition as we move along. I hope that this will become one of the best festivals not just in India but globally,” he also said. He added that the Literary Festival is to celebrate the authors, writers and also to inspire the young budding authors and writers, especially young students to ensure that the habit of reading and the interest in literature grows.
“This festival will also allow you to meet different writers, listen to them, and one to one interactions with them and these interactive sessions can leave a very strong memory and a strong impact on your mind,” he said.
He added that the event would project Shillong as an activity-based tourism destination. “The policies and programs of the government work towards trying to make Shillong and Meghalaya a high-end tourism destination which we feel that we have a huge potential in,” he added.
The Chief Minister said that efforts are on to take the State forward with a goal of making the State among the top 10 States in the coming years. “To be able to do that, it requires us to do things that are meaningful in different sectors like sports and youth affairs, tourism, health, education, agriculture,” he said.
He further said that challenges like urbanization with its inherent problems like traffic, pollution, deforestation, drug menace among the youth, environmental issues are the challenges that the State faces and urged the writers to look at these issues reflect it in their writings so that people of the country and the world will be able to connect to these issues.