Geyzing, Jan 4
The seven days Rainbow Trout Festival concluded on Saturday here at Upper Siribadam under Rinchenpong constituency. The festival was organized by Rainbow Trout Growers Co – Operative Society.
Chief minister P.S Golay had attended the event as the chief guest. PHE minister Bhim Hang Subba, agriculture minister Loknath Sharma, chief minister’s political secretary Jacob Khaling, members of organizing committee were also present at the event.
P.S Golay in his speech appreciated the initiative taken for promotion of trout farming in Siribadam. He maintained that considering the suitable weather conditions for trout farming at Siribadam, the farmers should be encouraged and given necessary assistant. He expressed that trout farming could be an alternative to government jobs. He assured necessary support to the farmers involved in fisheries. Maintaining that promotion of Rinchenpong constituency in the tourism sector is needed, P.S Golay expressed that summer tourism and religious tourism could be promoted in the constituency. “We want to see Rinchenpong constituency to flourish in terms of development of all the sector. The state government will work for development of Rinchenpong constituency”, he said.
P.S Golay further expressed that the state government should not have visited Rinchenpong constituency as the voters of the constituency had rejected SKM party in the electoral battle, adding that the SKM government would work committedly in the constituencies where party had been defeated in the election.
He claimed that SKM government tagged as an adhoc government has become permanent within six months.
P.S Golay also informed about SKM government’s commitments regarding development of all the sectors of the state and asserted that promises made to the people prior to election would be fulfilled. He apprised the gatherings about plans and agendas of the state government in relation to various public welfare initiative such as housing scheme, agricultural schemes and development of health and education sectors.
Chief Minister P.S Golay informed that he would cut down his visits to the public events as all the government offices would open from 6th January and he would remain busy in his office working for the welfare of the Sikkimese. He further expressed that he would not be able to be present at all the public programmes as he must attend to the responsibilities as a chief minister of the state. “Do not get disappointed and disheartened in my absence at the public events as I have numerous responsibilities to fulfill as a chief minister. I attend the even a small public function as I want to encourage the people and their initiatives”, he said.
Agriculture minister Loknath Sharma in his brief address expressed that development of economic conditions through extensive agricultural activities is possible. Saying that conditions of hard working farmers of the state must get upliftment, Lok nath Sharma asserted all the help from the state government to the farmers. He also deliberated on various agricultural schemes to be initiated by the state government in near future. Sharma stated that considering the scope of trout farming in Siribadam the fisheries department would put emphasis on involvement of more farmers in the trout farming. “The state government wants to market trout not only in the state but in the international market as well and more number of farmers should take up trout farming”, he said.
Director of fisheries Sunil Pradhan informing on trout farming and its benefit maintained that the trout farming in Sreebadam is flourishing due to area’s suitable climatic conditions and effort of the farmers. He added that trout farming if practiced in a proper way could give a healthy profit percentage to the farmers and the chances of loss of investment made in trout farming is minimum. Pradhan shared that the state government provides technical and financial assistance to the farmers involved in trout farming.
Apart from cultural programmes, zip lining, Burma Bridge, paragliding and the final match of open volleyball tournament were other enthrallments of seven days fest.