Gyalshing, 04 Dec [IPR]:
On the third day of his West Sikkim tour, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today inaugurated the Sidkeong Tulku Bird Park at Rabdentse.
The Bird Park includes birds of calliformes family like Golden Pheasant, Reeves Pheasant, Silver Pheasant, Lady Amherst Pheasant, Silver Golden Pheasant, Yellow Pheasant, Jindaya Conur, Indian Fantail Pigeon and Love Birds.
In a brief interaction with the forest officials and media personnel, the CM declared to expand the 2 hectare bird park into 18 hectares and assured to release funds of Rs 18 crore in the next budget session.
In addition, he advised the forest officials to introduce local species of birds like Danphe, Monal, Kalej etc. in the park.
The CM was accompanied by the Forest Minister TW Lepcha.
Later, the CM inaugurated the Tashi Choling Dharma Center at Khecheopalri established by Soktse Rinpoche, one of the most revered Nyingmapa religious figures.
The Dharma Center houses 1,000 Guru Rinpoche and 1000 Tara statues dedicated for world peace.
A token of gratitude was presented to the CM for his support to not only the monastery but also for the overall development and preservation of all religions in Sikkim. The token of gratitude contained a citation and a memento to the CM presented by His Eminence Soktse Rinpoche.
The entire ceremony took place in the presence of Khacheod Tulku Rinpoche of Pemayangtse Monastery, Serdup Dungzin Rinpoche of Namchi Monastery, Yap Tempa Gyatso of Pemayangtse Monastery and senior monks of the Old Khechuperi Gumpa.
The opening of the Tashi Choling Dharma Centre was also attended by Minister, Urban Development & Housing Department, NK Subba, Deputy Speaker Sonam Gyatso Lepcha, Gangtok MLA Pintso Chopel Lepcha, Advisor, Human Resource Development Department, OT Lepcha, MLAs KS Lepcha and Sonam Dadul Bhutia, District Collector (West), Kapil Meena, Zilla Adhakshya-West, Devika Subba, Panchayats and other dignitaries.