Shillong: Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Ajay Maken will kick off a `Youth to the edge`, a tour and live in program of the youths, in Assam next week.
The program, aimed at bringing 2000 youths together from NE and across India will take them to the villages, stay in the village and eat with the villagers to introduce them to the roots of NE culture, tradition and to promote tourism.
"The tour and live in program will involve NSS participants from the region and across India in which they will go to locations in the NE and learn basic culture, tradition and also to promote tourism," a senior officials of North Eastern Council (NEC) said.
The official said, Maken will kick off the programme from Tinsukia on February 29 adding that the following day the youth participants will head to Nagaland-Manipur border and to Arunachal Pradesh.
"A group of 30 participants with a guide will head off to Dzuku valley in Nagaland-Manipur border, villages in Rowing-Mayndia and also to Pangsu Pass in Dibang and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh," the official said.
During the trip, participants will stay in tents in the villages, eat with the villagers while impart life saving disaster management drills to them, the official said.
Sponsored jointly by the Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry and the NEC, the program will also be taken to all states in the NE in the long run.