Ravangla, 28th October (IPR): Chief Minister Mr.Pawan Chamling inaugurated the three day long Rabong Cho-Dzo Fest 2018 organised by Cho Dzo Celebration Committee at Cho Dzo Lake premises today.
Present in the inaugural function were SLA Speaker Mr. K.N Rai, Minister Power and Energy cum Area MLA of Barfung constituency Mr. D.D. Bhutia alongside Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chairmans, Advisors, HODs, zilla members, panchayats, students and public of the constituency at large.
Addressing the program, Chief Guest Mr. Pawan Chamling extended his wishes to the Area MLA, organising committee members as well as the public for the inception of such a colossal tourist site in their constituency. Citing the spot as a major melting point for all commercial and tourism related activities, he dedicated the project to the public and spoke about how Cho Dzo Lake will provide innumerable employment avenues which focuses on sustainable development of the entire area. The CM underlined the infrastructure upkeep and maintenance of the tourist spot and urged the youth of the constituency to develop a sense of ownership amongst themselves. Among many announcements made on the day, the CM assured the fulfilment of demands such as development of a museum showcasing the rich culture of Bhutia, Lepcha and Nepali communities, underground meditation centres, construction of a ropeway facility and a children’s park in the Buddha Park Cho Dzo premises. The CM also announced to provide a sum of 1000 rupees to all the farmers above the age group of 50 and above who are involved in Organic Farming after Diwali. He also reiterated the announcement of an annual reward of of 1 crore rupees to a progressive farmer who makes optimum use of his land for cultivation, produces maximum and quality organic products in the state. Furthermore, to give impetus to Organic Farming in the State, the Chief Minister also announced to assigned of a resource personnel at every GPU Level to facilitate and train public on Organic Farming and marketing of organic goods. He also assured employments on MR and adhoc basis to atleast one member of every jobless family until December 2018 to provide job security to the youth of the state. Similarly, the announcement of various religious establishments all over the state and sanctioning of road upgradation, infrastructure development were also done during the program.
Additionally, the CM further announced that Janta Mela will commence from 17th December 2018 where all the beneficiaries who have been devoid of government benefits will be presented with the required aid. He also called upon the public and administrators alike to work towards making Sikkim an exemplary state in the country and abroad. He also spoke about the unprecedented growth of Sikkim in the field of education, health, rural development, agriculture, horticulture, tourism, environmental conservation, women empowerment and how it set new benchmarks in terms of infrastructure expansion, quality and delivery mechanism.
Minister Mr D. D. Bhutia also addressed the program where he highlighted the features of Cho Dzo Lake and how it is an asset for the public of Barfung constituency. He also spoke about the attractions for the ongoing Rabong Cho Dzo fest 2018 which features Northeast Riders meet, Traditional Houses, Northeast Handicraft, boating, tree houses, fashion and talent show, international travel desk and a musical night by local artists.
The Chief Minister also launched an Organic Food Product named Rural and Multi Readily Organic Output of Sikkim (RAMROO) by Sikkim Pragatisheel Cooperative Society on the occasion. Distribution of land parcha under Land Bank scheme to 19 earthquake effected families of Borong Dhargoan was also done through the Chief Guest present.
The program also saw felicitation of CM by the Rabong Cho Dzo Celebration Committee for his recent achievement ‘Future Policy Gold Award’ conferred by Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome. Several enthic programs by students formed the cultural fabric of the program.