Mangan, 04 Nov (IPR): Governor Ganga Prasad is on a three-day tour of North Sikkim.
His first stop of the day was at Eklavya Model Residential School at Swayem where he was received by the Deputy Speaker Sonam Gyatso Lepcha and the students, teachers and officials of the district.
District Collector, North, Karma R Bonpo, formally welcomed the Governor and briefed him on the academic performance and achievements of EMRS while the Principal, DB Mishra, presented the school report and placed the requirements on behalf of the school.
The Governor, in his address, said that EMRS being a model educational institute under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has a special contribution to make towards the development of a strong human resource base for the society.
He said that education was the only instrument that can alleviate humanity of the many problems it faces.
He said that Sikkim is soon turning into a 100% literate State and applauded the State government for its efforts.
The Governor presented to the school with a cheque of Rs 25,000 from the Governors Fund and sweets to the children as a token of love. He also announced to provide a vehicle to EMRS as requested by the Principal earlier.
The Governor then proceeded to Hee-Gyathang in Dzongu sub-division where an interactive session was held with the public, panchayats and students at the school auditorium.
The Panchayats of Dzongu put forward a demand for better roads and requested the Governor to take forward their demands with the concerned central agencies.
While stating that their region was natural calamity prone, the Panchayats also placed a demand for helipads to cater to the remotest villages of the region.
The Panchayats of Upper Dzongu also aired grievances related to the loss of connectivity due to the landslide at Mantam.
The Governor gave a patient hearing to the people and assured to take up issues raised by them for early resolution. He also distributed Diwali sweets among the school students.
While addressing the public at Dzongu, the Governor expressed happiness over having reached out to the people of this remote corner of the state.
He also shared that focus should now be on the development of village tourism and converging it with organic farming. The benefits of development should flow to the Gram Panchayats as the development of villages was very important to the overall development of the state.
He also pointed out that recently the central government commissioned the Statue of Unity in Gujarat which is tallest statue in the world. The Statue of Sardar Vallabai Patel was dedicated to the great man who was responsible for a united India built by uniting about 562 princely states after Independence.
He urged the students to follow the ideals of such great leaders and work towards building a strong and united India.
The Governor also visited Mantam lake where he surveyed the damage caused by the monsoons.
The District Collector briefed the Governor about the current connectivity situation in the area and stated that the work on providing temporary vehicular connectivity was being carried out full swing.
The Governor then proceeded to the ITBP camp at Pegong where he was given a guard of honor and warmly welcomed by the officers and jawans.
The North District is the first district to which the Governor has embarked on a tour since taking office here. The public and Panchayats expressed happiness that the Governor was undertaking the tour to understand their district and its problems.