30 July, Bhubaneswar
The Central government proposes to organise a ‘Make in India’ conference in Bhubaneswar in December, an official said on Saturday.
The conference would be organised by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, to attract investment to Odisha as well as the country.
The Odisha government has requested the ministry to hold the conference in the first week of December.
“The state government is extremely keen to host this event. In this regard, we propose that the conference be organised in the first week of December to coincide with key state festivals including Konark Dance Festival and Sand Art Festival in Puri,” said Industries Secretary Sanjeev Chopra in a letter to DIPP joint secretary Atul Chaturvedi.
Chopra said this would also help in showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the state to the potential investors.
The tourism department of Odisha government organises the five-day twin mega events of Konark Festival and International Sand Art Festival from December 1 every year.
The Konark Festival is held at the open air auditorium with famous Sun Temple in the backdrop. Many renowned artistes of Odissi, Manipuri, Satriya, Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam and Kathak perform at the festival.
Similarly, in the Sand Art Festival, many national and international sand artistes participate.