Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to shift the North East Centre of Sangeet Natak Akademi from Guwahati to Agartala, the Assembly was informed on Thursday.
In a written reply to a query by Congress MLA Robin Bordoloi, Cultural Affairs Minister Bismita Gogoi said there was a move to shift the Centre from Guwahati to Agartala.
She said the Assam Government is trying its best to convince Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA) for not shifting the cultural unit.
Gogoi said she has already taken up the matter with Union Culture Minister.
"The Chief Minister also requested Prime Minister of India to keep the Centre in Guwahati," she added.
Gogoi informed the House that a meeting took place last week between her and SNA Secretary.
"It was decided in the meeting to provide required space as an interim arrangement at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra society.
"Further, the state government has also agreed to arrange suitable plot of land for establishment of permanent North East Centre of Sangeet Natak Akademi as well as Sattriya Kendra," the Minister said.