CM inaugurates Rabong Cho Dzo Fest 2018

Rabongla, 28 Oct (IPR): Chief Minister Pawan Chamling inaugurated the Rabong Cho-Dzo Fest 2018 here at the Cho Dzo lake premises today. Organised by the Cho Dzo Celebration Committee, the inauguration of the 3-day event also included the felicitation of the CM by the organizers on the recent conferment of the Future Policy Gold Award by the Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome.

Addressing the program, the CM extended his best wishes to the area MLA, organising committee members as well as the public for the inception of such a colossal tourist site in their constituency.

Citing the spot as a major melting point for all commercial and tourism related activities, he dedicated the project to the public and spoke about how Cho Dzo Lake will provide innumerable employment avenues with a focus on sustainable development for the entire area.

The CM underlined the need for infrastructure upkeep and maintenance of the tourist spot and urged the youth of the constituency to develop a stronger sense of ownership.

Among the many announcements made on the day, the CM assured the fulfilment of demands such as development of a museum showcasing the rich culture of Bhutia, Lepcha and Nepali communities, underground meditation centres, construction of a ropeway facility and a children’s park at the Buddha Park Cho Dzo premises.

The CM also announced to provide a sum of Rs 1,000 to all farmers above the age of 50 involved in Organic Farming after Diwali.

He also reiterated the announcement of an annual reward of Rs 1 crore to a progressive farmer who makes optimum use of his land for cultivation, produces bountiful and quality organic produce in the state.

Further, to give impetus to Organic Farming in the State, the Chief Minister also announced to assign resource personnel at every GPU to facilitate and train people on Organic Farming and marketing of organic goods.

He also assured employment on MR and ad-hoc basis to at least one member of every jobless family by December 2018 to provide job security to the youth of the state.

Similarly, the announcement of various religious establishments all over the state and sanctioning of road upgradation, infrastructure development were also made during the program.

Additionally, the CM further announced that Janta Mela will commence from 17 December during which all who have been devoid of government benefits will be presented with the required aid.

He also called upon the public and administrators alike to work towards making Sikkim an exemplary state in the country and abroad.

He also spoke about the unprecedented growth of Sikkim in the field of education, health, rural development, agriculture, horticulture, tourism, environmental conservation, women empowerment and how it set new benchmarks in terms of infrastructure expansion, quality and delivery mechanism.

Present in the inaugural function were SLA Speaker KN Rai, Power Minister area MLA [Barfung] DDBhutia, alongside Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chairpersons, Advisors, HoDs, zilla members, panchayats, students and public of the constituency at large.

Minister DDBhutia also addressed the program and highlighted the features of Cho Dzo lake and how it was an asset for the public of Barfung constituency.

He also spoke about the attractions for the on-going Rabong Cho Dzo fest 2018 which features Northeast Riders meet, display of traditional houses, Northeast Handicraft, boating, tree houses, fashion and talent show, international travel desk and musical performances by local artists.

The Chief Minister also launched an Organic Food Product - Rural and Multi Readily Organic Output of Sikkim (RAMROO) - by Sikkim Pragatisheel Cooperative Society on the occasion.

He also handed over land parchas under Land Bank scheme to 19 earthquake affected families of Borong Dhargoan.