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KOHIMA, Nov 8: Governor of Nagaland, P.B. Acharya graced the inaugural function of the three-day Amur Falcon Conservation week held at Ashaa Village Polytechnic Institute on 8 November 2018. Addressing the inaugural function, the Governor said, “We are giving more importance to this festival to promote eco-tourism and to attract tourists and by doing this economic development will also be there.” He said the birds in millions were coming to this area only because the birds knew that this was a peaceful area. “Earlier knowingly or unknowingly, people started killing these birds but now there is an awakening,” he said. He congratulated the Pangti people, church leaders, NGOs, departments, and stakeholders for initiating and motivating the people to preserve the birds as “conservation is a very important thing.” The Governor also thanked the department of Tourism and District Administration for taking up the task of clearing the roads so that international tourist and domestic tourist can enjoy this God given great place. And he lauded the efforts they put in for preserving the birds without giving any disturbance. He stated God had blessed the Lothas with many resources and the people should know how to economically develop to make Nagaland a golden Nagaland. He stated they had the potential to become one of the richest states among the 29 states in the country and further added that “we have to plan meticulously and see that our empowered and highly educated Naga youths come back to Nagaland and work for the people to make a prosperous state.” Secretary, Tourism, Mhabemo Yanthan while giving the key note address said the program was organized with the objective of drawing focus on the benefits of tourism, showcasing the cultural diversity of the country and reinforcing tourism for all. “Let us work with renewed vigor and involve as many inhabitants as possible in this region to stay connected with both the Amur Falcon and Tourism in whatever possible and feasible because Partatan Parv denotes tourism for all,” he added. The Secretary also said they needed to build a strong economy through tourism because they had immense potential. “Therefore, rural tourism, eco-tourism, sports tourism etc. which has an enormous impact on the rural economy can be an alternative source of livelihood,” he added. “Amur falcon festival can be one important tourism activity which can be listed in the year-long calendar of tourism events. We need to work with commitment and sincerity along with transparency and accountability, thereby, contributing to the growth of our rural economy.” The objective of the Amur Falcon festival is to spread awareness on wildlife conservation and strengthen human- nature relationship as well as to address alternative and sustainable livelihood opportunities for the community through eco-tourism. Short speeches were also delivered by Advisor IT, Science & Technology, NRE Mmhonlumo Kikon, Chief Wildlife Warden Nagaland, S.P. Tripathi, IFS and Chairman, Pangti Village Council, Jenithung Shitiri. The inaugural function was chaired by Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon, IAS.