Gangtok, 4th December (IPR): Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad made several visits of east district, Sikkim today. Hon’ble Governor first visited Zuluk village and interacted with the people of the area. On his way to Zuluk he undertook numerous stops in various places and appreciated the beauty and natural splendour of the surrounding areas like Tsongu Lake, Elephant Lake, Kanchenjuunga view point at Tukla, Zuluk view and Thambi view point.
Hon’ble Governor Shri Prasad also visited Gokul Publi School at Zuluk where students of the school welcomed him by singing patriotic songs which sprouted patriotism in the hearts of the visitors. Governor Prasad then interacted with school staffs and local guardians and stressed on the importance of education and upbringing as formative years which shapes one’s personality. During his visit to the school, Governor Prasad donated a sum of Rs. 25, 000 to school from Governor Fund as grant-in-aid. This was appreciated and thanked greatly by the school authorities.
After that, the Governor interacted with the local people at a home stay of the area. He urged them to ensure hospitality with the guests.
In his address, Hon’ble Governor spoke about the importance of village tourism as number of visitors has increased doubled in the state and stressed on rural youth to adopt tourism sector as sustainable livelihood. He said that hospitality sector is a booming sector and the state has numerous tourism points which should be explored and utilised. He encouraged the youths to be more pro-active and get in the tourism sector as it contributes tremendously to the pristine image of the state. He expressed his gratitude to the people of Zuluk for their dedication and encouraged all to be competitive, creative and preserve their local culture and environment which is rare and beautiful.
Hon’ble Governor also donated warm clothes to the elder citizens of Zuluk. This was received with great thankfulness and appreciation by the people of the area.
Later in the afternoon, Hon’ble Governor visited Rongli, where he was accorded warm welcome by Zilla Adhakshya of east district, Shri S.S Bokhim, SDM Rongli, Shri A. B. Gurung, officials of Rongli Sub-Division, general public of Rongli, teachers, students and local gentries at large.
In his short address, the Hon’ble Governor mentioned about the tremendous strides that the state has made in the field of Organic farming. He said that Sikkim is world renouned in that sphere and the world has a lot to learn from it. He also mentioned about how the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Modi refers to Sikkim with regards to its commitment towards the development in various spheres and specially in Organic farming.
“Organic Farming is a unique venture of its kind in the world. Sikkim has been appreciated globally and it has created new mile stone in organic farming by receiving Future Policy Gold Award. Now organic products of Sikkim will be available in Indian and world markets ” said Hon’ble Governor.
Governor commended the efforts made by state government and farmers of Sikkim towards rural development and skill development stating that such proactive initiatives have become all the more important in the current world.
Panchayats of different Gram Panchayat Units presented their demands and grievances like better road connectivity (Highway from Rorathang to Rongli), more central banks, mobile towers etc to the Hon’ble Governor. Hon’ble Governor took note of their demands and assured to look into it at the earliest.
Earlier, he also inspected organic stall which was displayed and enquirers about the whole process of farming and marketing which is sustainable and still technologically sound so that it benefits the farming community at large in the state.
Subsequently, Hon’ble Governor Shri Prasad visited Winter Raj Bhawan at Rangpo in the evening where he interacted with the business community of Rangpo bazaar.
While interacting with business community, he emphasized on regional economic diversity and said that we should all work for peace and prosperity and for sustainable growth of the state