Kabi Tingda, 24 November (IPR):The Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad adopted the Navey Shotak G.P.U under Kabi-Tingda BAC.
A program to this effect was presided over by the Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad at the school ground of Government Secondary School Penlong, North Sikkim. Also gracing the adoption program was the Minister for Rural Management & Development Department, Shri S.B Subedi, Area MLA Shri Ugen Nedup, Additional Chief Secretary to the Governor, Secretary RMDD, Panchayats, Panchayat Presidents, Officials and staff of the Rural Management & Development Department, locals and students from the adjoining schools were also gathered at the program.
The Hon’ble Governor presented a Scooty ( two-wheeler) to the Panchayat President- Tashi Doma as a token of the adoption of the GPU.The two wheeler was presented to facilitate the progress of the GPU.
The Panchayat President of Navey Shotak GPU-Tashi Doma, while welcoming the Hon’ble Governor said that it is a matter of great satisfaction and happiness that the GPU is being adopted by the Hon’ble Governor and stated that this initiative would further accelerate the headways that the GPU is creating .
The Hon’ble Governor in his address expressed happiness at this opportunity of interaction with the people of the GPU. He verbalized his pleasure on adopting the Navey Shotak GPU and mentioned that the evolvement of all the villages falling under the GPU would be taken up on a pilot basis. He reflected on the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi that the real India lives in the villages and stated that the life and struggle of rural India resonates with him as he also has his roots in rural India and went on to inform that all initiatives and necessary collaborations for the progress of the GPU would be overseen by him from his level of authority. He solicited the active participation and support of the people of the GPU for the success of this venture.
He shared that compared to many parts of the country, the rural populace in Sikkim are advanced and progressive in many fronts and that they have made a mark for themselves in rural management and development. The Hon’ble Governor recalled his recent visits to many parts of the State and expressed satisfaction at the progress that he observed in terms of organic farming and livestock rearing. He spoke about the various initiatives of the state government that are in synchrony with flagship schemes of the central government which are aimed towards uplifting the farmers of the country.
He was highly appreciative of the unity and co-ordination of the Sikkimese towards taking the state to the pinnacles of success and stated that this unique characteristic of Sikkim needs to be replicated by the rest of the country. The Hon’ble Governor spoke about the Future Policy Gold Award that was awarded to the Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling and added that this recognition further corroborates the distinction of the policies that are being formulated and adopted by the state government.
The Hon’ble Governor also addressed the young minds present at the program and enunciated that they are the future of the GPU, the state and the country and hence they must strive for excellence in all aspects. The Hon’ble Governor concluded his address with the clarion call of “Afno gaon Afai banao”.
The Honble Minister for RMDD/ Shri S.B Subedi while addressing the program articulated that the adoption of the Navey Shotak GPU by the Hon’ble Governor has added a whole new dimension to the GPU. He remarked that with the adoption coming to effect from today, many discussions and deliberations will now be held as to what and how policies can be framed and implemented to take the GPU on the path to progress and hence the authorities and the locals must come together so that this noble enterprise of the Hon’ble Governor comes to fruition. He spoke about how the amendment of the Panchayat Act has empowered the Panchayati Raj functionaries on a whole new level . He concluded his address with encouragement to all to make the best of the organic farming state status of Sikkim ,which he added, is a momentous ladder for the state on the path of success.
MLA Kabi-Lungchok, Shri Ugen Nedup, in his address extended gratitude to the Hon’ble Governor for adopting the GPU and communicated his positivity that the initiative of the Governor would bring achievements and gratification to the GPU.
Additional Chief Secretary/ Raj Bhawan Dr K Jayakumar also put across his pleasure in being associated with the Navey GPU and highlighted the necessity of inculcating the habit of self sufficiency amongst the area locals as this attribute is what will take the village towards advancement and development. He asserted that a comprehensive development targetted towards Gram Swaraj should be adopted in the GPU starting right from the community level that would include ventures like community radio stations and a community enterprise centre and addressed the Panchayat functionaries to take note of this.
Secretary RMDD- Shri CS Rao,while speaking to the assembly congratulated the GPU for being selected for adoption by the Hon’ble Governor and said that this will greatly facilitate the GPU towards becoming an Adarsh Gaon- an ideal village. He called upon all to make sense of the golden opportunity that has come their way and take optimum benefit of this chance.
The program concluded with the Vote of thanks delivered by ADC/Development, Mangan-Shri KR Limboo.
Cultural performances by students from schools in and around the area added a joyous mood to the adoption programme. The Hon’ble Governor also presented tokens of appreciation to the participating school students.
Earlier, the Hon’ble Governor visited the Navey Shotak Gram Prashashan Kendra where he was accorded a warm welcome by the Panchayat and RMDD Officials. At the GPK he presided over a Power Point Presentation on the GPU Profile showcasing the existing schemes, progress & achievements and the fields requiring intervention. The Hon’ble Governor visited the display pavilion where handicrafts and organic vegetables and readymade eatables were set up by the SRLM SHGs of the area in his honour.
After the program at the school ground, the Hon’ble Governor participated in a plantation drive at the Nyingma Institute of Higher Studies situated in the area wherein Rhododendron Saplings were planted. He also visited the Sheda Campus and interacted with the students there.