Governor visits Navey Shotak, takes turnaround of village one step further

Gangtok, 22 Feb:

Governor Ganga Prasad visited Navey Shotak Gram Panchayat Unit in East Sikkim today and interacted with the Gram Panchayat members, PRI functionaries, farmers, local entrepreneurs and villagers.

The area MLA, Ugen Nedup Bhutia, Addl. Chief Secretary to the Governor, Dr K Jayakumar, officers of Raj Bhavan, ADC (Development) North, BDO Kabi Block and other departmental representatives were present on the occasion.

This was the Governor’s second visit to the gram panchayat following his adoption of the GPU in November last year.

The visit saw a wide range of discussions and formulation of projects to promote rural livelihood and entrepreneurship through various interventional measures especially in the sectors of organic farming, food processing, apparel design and production, production of bamboo handicrafts among other areas, an official press communiqué informs.

During interactions with stakeholders, the need for capacity building and training in all sectors was stressed and a comprehensive plan drawn up and specific groups with required modalities empanelled for training from within and outside the state.

Further, to promote local farmers in organic production and marketing, a Farmers Producers Organisation (FPO) was formed which will be facilitated by the state agencies.

At a later stage, a mini agro-processing unit is proposed to be set up in the GPU which will help value addition and marketing of organic products produced in the area.

Addressing the villagers, the Governor stressed on the need to capitalise on the advantages of organic status achieved by the State nationally and internationally.

He added that there was immediate need to transform the rural economy by means of dairy farming, food processing and setting up of small industries and enhance rural entrepreneurship through various capacity building measures.

He also outlined the objectives behind adopting the GPU which will inspire others to emulate the initiatives that are accomplished in the village.

Earlier, members of the Gram Panchayat presented a brief overview of the interventions they require in various rural sectors.

Addl. Chief Secretary to Governor, in his address, provided an insight into the possible outcome and objectives that the Governor’s secretariat foresees once the plans and initiatives get implemented with active participation of the stakeholders in the village.

Earlier in the day, an Operations Management Centre was inaugurated by the Governor. This Centre will function as control and facilitation centre for adoption initiatives of the GPU.