Cold storage and Farmers Market inaugurated in Mangan

Mangan, 20 Jan (IPR): Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today inaugurated a Cold Storage and Organic Farmers Market here at Mangan. The infrastructure, which includes a modern 15 tonne capacity cold storage unit, aims to provide marketing facilities for organic producers and Self Help Groups of North Sikkim and also provide storage of excess produce of cash crops like oranges, ginger, tomatoes and other vegetables. The Chief Minister took a round of the market and also took time to check on the prices of vegetables individually. The infrastructure has been constructed at a cost of Rs, 25 lakh, by convergence of funds from MPLADS and Sikkim Organic Mission. The Chief Minister informed that on 18 January, which is observed as Sikkim Organic Day, the Government has made a policy decision for three missions: - To meet the demand for organic produce and surplus production and sale outside the State - All unproductive forest holdings to be converted into productive agro forestry within 5 years - Achieve self-sufficiency in food grains. He also said that the farmers of North Sikkim should be able to produce surplus dairy, vegetables and fruits and cater to the demands at Gangtok. Before proceeding to attend the Janta Mela organized at Mangan Public Ground, the Chief Minister also unveiled the plaque and formally inaugurated two important health infrastructure - the Trauma Center and the newly constructed Tuberculosis (TB) care unit at the District Hospital. The three-storied TB hospital houses 50 beds for patients with separate pediatric, male and female wards, X-ray room, gynecology ward with Labour room, Microbiologist/ Pathologist room and an Investigation lab, nurses’ station and doctors restrooms etc. The Trauma Care facility has a built up area of 2,760 sq ft and has several facilities like Emergency room, Main OT, Minor OT, ICU, Sterilization room, Doctors Examination room, Nurses Station and rest rooms for Doctors and Nurses. He also interacted with the patients and visited the pediatric ward. Thereafter, he inspected the newly sanctioned 100-bed District Hospital which is under construction and directed that there should be no compromise on the quality. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Health Minister Arjun Kumar Ghatani, Rajya Sabha MP Hissey Lachungpa, Deputy Speaker Sonam Gyatso, Forest Minister Tshering Wangdi Lepcha, Kabi MLA Ugen Nedup Bhutia, Commissioners and Secretaries of several Departments, District Collector, CMO, Doctors, Nurses and other Officials.