Rijiju visits Phodong Monastery, assures Karmapa will visit Sikkim

Karmapa to Sikkim proposal placed before Cabinet Committee, MoS informs

Phodong, 21 Jun:

“I assure the monks and the people of Sikkim that we will allow Karmapa to visit Sikkim as early as possible. There are some issues which were not handled properly resulting in the delay,” said Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India, Kiren Rijiju, while addressing the monks and public here at Phodong Monastery in North Sikkim today.

“There were some issues that I addressed once I joined the Home Ministry. This is the first time that this issue has been placed in cabinet committee,” he added.

Mr Rijiju further stated that there should be proper coordination between the centre and state government. Highlighting on the road conditions of Sikkim, he said that the Minister for Road & Transport, Nitin Gadkari, is aware of the road conditions of Sikkim and will intervene in the matter.

He also spoke about the International Yoga Day and informed about the benefits of practicing yoga.

He offered prayers at the monastery and planted a rhododendron in the monastery premises assisted by State Forest Department.

Delivering the welcome speech, Sangha MLA, Sonam Lama highlighted that the government and the opposition have jointly been pursuing the demand of allowing the 17th Karmapa to visit Sikkim.

The function was also addressed by president of Bharatiya Janta Party Sikkim Unit, DB Chauhan, who expressed deep gratitude towards Mr Rijiju for visiting Sikkim and coming to a remote place like Phodong.

Also present for the function today were Zilla Adhakshya-North, Anguli Lepcha, SKM MLA from Syari, Kunga Nima Lepcha, departmental officials, members of Karmapa Reception Committee, members of Denzong Lhadey Tsogpa and the general public.