State-level Tendong Lho Rum Faat celebration concludes at Daramdin

Daramdin, 08 Aug:

The two-day state-level celebration of the annual festival of the Lepcha community, Tendong Lho Rum Faat concluded today here at the ‘Staircase to Heaven’ project construction site of Daramdin constituency.

The first part of the valedictory event was attended by Minister for Human Resource Development Department, RB Subba, as chief guest along with Minister for Urban Development, NK Subba, Minister for Information & Public Relations, AK Ghatani, area MLA, DN Sherpa and other dignitaries.

The chief guest and guests in the initial part of the programme attended a prayer session conducted by Bongthings.

Area MLA, DN Sherpa, while speaking on the occasion, tabled a number of development oriented demands on behalf of the people of the constituency. Establishment of a government college in the constituency, upgradation of Primary Health Centre to Community Health Centre and the constituency to be given the status of a Sub-division were some of the demands placed by Mr Sherpa.

Minister RB Subba, in his address, said that Tendong Lho Rum Faat is a festival connected with nature and helps in keeping age old culture and traditions alive. He spoke about the commitment of the SDF led government in preservation of cultures of different communities of the state and credited Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for inception of ideas that have paved the way for cultural, education and economic reforms in the State.

Speaking on Limboo-Tamang seat reservation issue, Mr Subba said that LT seats will be reserved very soon once the delimitation of seats from 32 to 40 seats is completed. He informed that new constituencies will be created in the state as per the needs.

“The state government will make sure that LT community fights the election from the reserved seats in 2019. Five seats for the LT community will be reserved. Bhutia-Lepcha seats will remain untouched and Sangha seat will be increased from 1 to 2. We are working to ensure equality amongst all communities of the State,” he said.

He assured that the pending project of the ‘Staircase to Heaven’ will be brought to completion soon and informed that all the procedures related to the project have been completed and the construction work will start at the earliest.

Speaking about the developmental projects being initiated by the government, Mr Subba urged the people to remain informed about schemes and projects in order to ensure that they avail the benefits. He added that government initiatives must be people centric and negligence by people concerned in delivering benefits should not be tolerated. He urged for greater participation of the people in the state building mission.

The event also featured the felicitation of personalities from the Lepcha community for their contributions towards upliftment of the community. A book written in Lepcha language was also released on the day.

The second half of the programme was attended by Minister NK Subba as chief guest.

Cultural presentations, play, traditional Lepcha food stalls, traditional arts and crafts stalls were some of the attractions of the programme.