Gangtok, Jan 3
Chief Minister of Sikkim P. S. Tamang attended the State Level Namprikdang Namsoong Festival 2019-20 as the Chief Guest on the second day of three days long festival, today. The programme also had the presence of Deputy Speaker Sikkim Legislative Assembly Sangey Lepcha, Ministers, MLAs, Political Secretary to HCM Shri Jacob Khaling, Pr Secretary Agriculture and Horticulture Departments R Telang, Secretary Horticulture MT Sherpa and Secretary Agriculture Rinzing C Bhutia, Secretary Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Shri S. B. Subba, officials, Panchayats and public at large.
Chief Minister made a strong commitment to develop Dzongu under “Care Dzongu Programme” ensuring special protection of sanctity and sentiments of Dzongu and its people. He also spoke on the roadmap of the state govt and expressed his vision to carry out various developmental activities pertaining to the establishment of infrastructure in the field of Tourism, Education, Road connectivity with the realization of a sense of self-responsibility amongst people.
He announced to construct roadway from Passingdong to Kayong at the earliest and also assured to take up various developmental works including establishment of the foot suspension bridge at Mentam, new road connectivity from Kayam to Tingbong, extension and carpeting of Rangrang-Mangan road and other incomplete pending projects etc. He also advised to initiate summer tourism in Dzongu and to showcase its indigenous culture and traditions.
He also touched upon huge potential produced by Dzongu in the diversified field and encouraged youths to continue the lifelong learning process of education to take Dzongu to the greater heights of achievements and development.
The Chief Minister also informed that the state government has reserved five seats of CMMSS particularly to the students of Dzongu in addition to annually allotted 50 seats.
Minister Agriculture Lok Nath Sharma, in his address, marked the adoption of Ringhim, Nampatam, Malling and Pakshep as a Model Village in the North District as the historic occasion and stressed upon its purpose to promote a socio-economic standard of farmers. He urged villagers to take benefits of special facilities particularly dedicated to the model village and to generate impressive output from the availed schemes, programmes and facilities of more than one crore and twenty lakhs. He also articulated close inclination of the Namsoong festival with the agricultural activities and also informed about the vision of the State Govt under the leadership of the Chief Minister to provide financial incentives for milk producers and progressive farmers. He also mentioned that the series of the inauguration of Model Village has been completed in all four districts with today’s inauguration for North Sikkim.
Minister Samdup Lepcha drew lights on the religious and cultural significance of Namsoong, Losoong and Losar festival and mentioned that the celebration of Namsoong festival began officially in the year 1979. He also elaborated special priority given by the state government by awarding student scholarship particularly to the students of Dzongu. He also outlined developmental works to be taken up in Dzongu constituency and extended gratitude to the Government for the adoption of Model Village in his constituency.
During the programme, the Chief Minister also handed over a token of various facilities to the beneficiaries of Model Village under Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Departments.
On the occasion, Padmashree Shri Sonam Tshering Tamsang Lepcha was honoured and felicitation for his remarkable contribution in the promotion of culture and tradition of Lepcha community in global level. A Cricket player Miss Dichen Ongmu Lepcha was also acknowledged for her contribution. The programme also saw colourful cultural performances of various communities.