Gangtok, Dec 27 (HS)
A three-day long ‘Jaivik Mahotsav’ by Tibok Mangshila Nari Samaj was inaugurated by Agriculture & Horticulture Minister, Somnath Poudyal at Mangshila in North Sikkim on Thursday. The festival has showcased the varieties of organic produces kept by sixteen self help groups.
In his inaugural address, the Minister stated that SDF government was the rural-centric government. He stated that the development of agriculture was the development of the country so there was need to take the agriculture ahead for the development of the State and the Country. He asserted that if the income of farmers will increase then only the country can go ahead.
Mr Poudyal stated that being the rural-centric the State government has allotted money for the development of agriculture in the recent budget. He mentioned that the government will provide lots of benefits to the people in upcoming Janta Mela and Rojgar Mela in the State. He asserted that dreams and aspiration of the people have been getting fulfilled due to good thoughts and leadership of the leader. He added that Sikkim and its people having happiness due to good and visionary leadership of the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling.
Minister expressed that Sikkim has been moving towards the development and progress due to the good government made by the people of Sikkim. He stated that the decrease in the production due to organic farming was totally false as the farmers have been able to provide good education to their children through the medium of farming. He encouraged members of SHGs to further promote and develop organic farming in the area. He assured to provide all possible support and assistance from the department. He encouraged youths to use modern techniques in the agriculture.
Minister has assured to give priority of all demands by the SHGs in the programme and directed the departmental officials to immediately work out on these demands. He also assured to take women of SHGs for educational tour outside the State, to provide required materials for organic farming, to distribute milching cows, seeds, piglets and other benefits.
He mentioned that the State government has been sending children from poor financial background to renowned public schools in and outside the State. He added that SDF government has been providing opportunities and benefits to the people to be self-reliant and making houses for poor people. He added that the government has maintained the peace and security in the State and has been taking all communities of Sikkim together in peace and harmony. He asserted that the people should evaluate the works of the government. Mr Poudyal stressed that SDF party will again form the government and will remain after 2019 also.