In an attempt to boost cultural ties, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Thursday by Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya under the ‘Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’ programme.
An official statement issued by the Uttar Pradesh government said Additional Chief Secretary, Secondary and Higher Education, Sanjay Agarwal signed the MoU on behalf of the state government.
Arunachal Pradesh was represented by Tourism Secretary Joram Beda, while Education Secretary W R Lyngdoh signed the MoU on behalf of the Meghalaya government.
“Under the ‘Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’ programme, efforts are being made to boost cultural relationship between different states of the country. Under this, the states will connect with each other to know more about the culture, heritage and traditions of each other,” UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said.
“India is full of diversities. Despite diverse languages, dialects, costumes and culture, a single thread binds us together,” he said.
The programme aims at actively enhancing interaction between people of diverse cultures living in different states and union territories, with the objective of promoting greater mutual understanding among them, the statement stated.
Under the programme, each year a state and a union territory would be paired with another for interaction between their people. This exchange aims at promoting enhanced understanding and bonding between people.