Assam Lingzey, Feb 23: (IPR) Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling laid the foundation Stone of Folk Healing Center here at Gaucharan, Assam Lingzey East Sikkim today.
On his arrival at the venue, the Chief Minister unveiled the plaque of the foundation stone and attended the traditional puja ceremony by religious priests and traditional healers.
Addressing a large gathering at the venue, Chief Minister Shri Chamling stated that the project will give maximum benefit to the people of this area. He said that it was a joyous occasion for the people of the village as well as a huge responsibility to ensure that the project is completed earnestly with the cooperation from concerned quarters.
At the outset, he stressed that the project originally envisaged as a folk healing centre should be upscaled to develop it into a Centre showcasing the complete folk history and tradition of Sikkim. He suggested that the name of the project should be Folk History Centre of Sikkim. The Centre would preserve and showcase the rich folk history and tradition of Sikkim with emphasis on folk music, folk literature, traditional food, and folk healing centre. The Centre would be a heritage showcasing the lifestyles, practices and identity of certain sections of the Sikkimese society which have otherwise not been highlighted. It will give the visitors a comprehensive idea of the evolution of folk history of Sikkim. He further added that the idea is to conserve our culture and institutionalize it and integrate it with contemporary development and the future of the people of Sikkim. It will be made a medium for socio economic development while preserving the age-old traditions. This project aims to revive forgotten traditional healing practices. It will help regain the respect and reverence people had for these traditional practices in olden days.
Expressing happiness at the initiation of this significant project, the Chief Minister stated that it is a matter of great pride for the youth of Sikkim and added that everybody should contribute positively to ensure that the work for the project gets underway at the earliest.
Commenting on the Plan Layout for the project, the Chief Minister stated that the Project should ensure that traditional houses of all the communities of Sikkim should be built showcasing the rich tradition of each community. He directed the Departmental officers to revise the Plan to accommodate all the additions.
“On completion, the Folk History Centre of Sikkim will be a unique heritage and will attract visitors, researchers and scholars from across the world,” stated the Chief Minister.
He urged the people of Assam Lingzey and specially the local youth to take maximum benefit from the opportunities arising from the Centre. This Centre will have the capacity to generate sustainable livelihood opportunities for generations to come, he added. He shared that the intention of the Government is to make our youngsters educated and self-reliant by creating sustainable opportunities in Sikkim.
In his address, the Chief Minister instructed the office of the BDOs and the Panchayats to ensure that basic administrative work of the people should be solved transparently at their levels. These offices should ensure that the public is not harassed for simple work like marking order and Trade licences, he stressed.
The Chief Minister also gave positive assurances to all the demands submitted to him by the people during the programme.
Earlier, area MLA Shri Bek Bahadur Rai in his address urged the youth to realize the vision of the Government in creating sustainable projects and livelihood opportunities and called for the need to build their skill and capacity to meet the demands of the modern day. He profusely thanked the Chief Minister for envisioning the unique project and assured that he would personally monitor the progress of the work at every stage.
The technical report of the project was presented by PCE cum Secretary, Building and Housing Department Shri R.B. Thapa.
As per the technical report, the Government has acquired 6.85 acres of land for the project that would comprise of Traditional Houses, Yoga Centre, Tourist Interpretation Hall, Restaurant, Dispensary, Healing Centre, Dormitories, Ward Room, Tourist Guest House, Staff Quarter, and Herbal Garden.
The entire infrastructure would be built will be earthquake resistant and the environmental impact assessment of the project would be carried out.
The project will be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 110 Crore and is scheduled to be completed by August, 2020.
The Project has been awarded to M/S CEEPL Kolkata.
Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by Chief Engineer, Building & Housing Department Shri R.K. Pariyar.
The programme had the presence of Deputy Speaker SLA Shri Sonam Gyatso Lepcha, Minister Agriculture Shri Somnath Poudyal, MLAs, Mayor GMC, Adhyaksha & Upadhyaksha East, Chief Secretary Shri A.K. Shrivastava, Chairmen and Advisors, senior officers of various departments, members of the panchayat, and people from Assam Lingzey and adjoining villages.
Namchi, 23rd Feburary(IPR): An entry point meeting for DAAV (District Administration’s Adopted Village) Lingmoo Paiyong GPU was held at Lingi Paiyong SS. The Chief guest for the programme was Minister, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department Mr. Ugen Gyasto. The programme was also attended by all HoDs and second line Officers of various Departments under South Sikkim.
At the outset, welcome address was delivered by Zilla Panchayat Member. The Panchayat President then gave a presentation on Overview of the GPU wherein a brief about Lingmoo Paiyong was presented. He informed about the demography of the GPU for all the 7 wards. It was learnt that female population was more in the GPU. The GPU is surplus in production of quality Orange, Cardamom and Buck Wheat. The GPU practices organic farming, the promotion of rural and agro based tourism was on the high. The Panchayat President also informed about the shortcomings faced by the GPU. They were mainly road connectivity, High Tension line passing through CAW was vulnerable and there was no alternative source of Power Supply. He presented the details of various ongoing Government scheme such as CMRHM, REDRH etc. He gave a brief about the future plans of the Panchayat.The Panchayat President informed about the future prospect of planning for construction of rope climbing, promotion indigenous seeds, Bhaley Dunga road track, Diary farming centre. He emphasised on early construction of GPK.
He also presented various other proposals to overcome shortage of water. Further, request for promotion of sports. Request for construction of Science Laboratory in Lingi Paiyong School. He informed about shortage of teachers in the schools.The Panchayats also demanded for construction of PHSC. It was learnt that Panchayats have also formed certain rules and regulations for the GPU keeping in view the local problems faced by the public and also for smooth functioning of the speech.
Later the GPU calender was launched by Hon’ble Minister and BDO Yangang explained in brief about DAAV and the activities that would follow for another 6 months to make the GPU a model one. She gave examples of success of DAAV at Sanganath, Rong Bul, Mamley Kamrang. She informed that DC and his team had already visited 5 wards in presence of all the Panchayats and various works have been sanctioned. She read about all the works sanctioned. Most of the works have been converged with MGNREGA. BDO urged the public to beautify all the Government infrastructure. She informed that plantation and painting works would be carried out in all schools, GPK, ICDS etc. She urged all stakeholders to come forward and work together in making Lingoo Paiyong a Model GPU. DC South gave a presentation on agenda and functioning of public and government under DAAV. He informed that DAAV was initiated under the vision of HCM’s “Afnu Gaon Afai Banaun”. He informed that other GPU selected under DAAV have become Model. All schools look beautiful, ICDS were well managed. He also informed that Lingmoo Paiyong was the 5th GPU under DAAV. He informed that, Lingmoo Paiyong was identified because it was far off from District Headquarters and there was various other problems faced by the GPU. DC urged all stakeholders to work in tandem with the Administration to make this programme a success. He briefed about the activities that would follow for another few months. A meeting would be called with HoDs to discuss about all key agendas. He informed that there no extra funds under DAAV. However, all departments would work hard to implement all ongoing schemes. There would be no contarctorship in the works sanctioned as all the works are to be done departmentally. He asked the public to be patient for next 7-8 months as lot of activities would be taken up. He promised that works undertaken will be completed in due course of time. He requested the public not to demand unnessary things. He urged all public to own up the Government infrastructure. He urged for community participation and seriously active Panchayats. The HoDs have identified their second line Officers to work for the department. The DC and HoDs will visit the GPU on monthly basis to keep check on progress of the works undertaken. All HoDs will be called for meeting to check the progress of works at District Level also. He informed that all schools would be made model. Infrastructure, quality education would be the key agenda for making the school model. All pension, govt benefits would be made 100%. Help would be made available in availing loans for livelihood. Panchayats were requested to document all works under DAAV. All activities to be uploaded in their Facebook page. He urged the Panchayats to work in coordination with each other and also with the Administration.All schools to be motivated. Dy Director to conduct meeting with all school heads and SMC on monthly basis. Schools, ICDS would be awarded if the come out to be the best.Cleanest house will also be awarded. Panchayats to organize one Diwas Day. It would lead to proper bonding amongst villagers which would in turn lead to growthof village.
The presentation was followed by round of discussion. Supervisor of ICDS expressed great happiness on understanding about the activities that would be taken under DAAV. She also shared about problems faced by ICDS. Hon’ble Minsiter at the outset congratulated DC South for being nominated as Best IAS Officer in North East region his speech. He also thanked DC South and the South District Administration as a whole for selecting Lingmoo Paiyong under DAAV. He urged all the public to take up DAAV activities as community service. He requested all public to become positive and work in tandem with Administration to make the GPU a model one. He urged all villagers to be responsible. The Hon’ble Minister urged for Eco Friendly policy which has been envisaged by HCM. HM urged all departments to formulate proper road map before the work for DAAV begins. The programme ended with Vote of Thanks delivered by Ward Panchayat Member.