Gyalshing, 12 Dec [IPR]: Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang [Golay] attended the 315th birth anniversary of Teyongsi Sirijunga celebrations organised by Mahatma Teyongsi Sirijunga Sawan Yen Celebration Committee at Sirijunga Mangheem, Martam in West Sikkim today.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Deputy Speaker, Sangay Lepcha; IPR Minister Lok Nath Sharma; PHE Minister Bhim Hang Subba; Political Advisor to the CM, MK Subba; SBS Chairperson, DB Gurung; Agriculture Deptt Principal Secretary, R Telang; Secretary to the CM, SD Dhakal; Horticulture Secretary, MT Sherpa; Agriculture Secretary, RC Bhutia; DC West, Karma R Bonpo; ASP West, PVG Satish; ASP Nakul Pradhan; HoD of line departments, officials and dignitaries.
The CM, in his address, appreciated the committee's efforts in making the 315th Birth Anniversary of Teyongsi Sirijunga a grand success.
He congratulated the Limboo community for their hard work and efforts and mentioned that the birth anniversary was not just an important occasion for the Limboo community but for all Sikkimese.
The CM stated that the State of Sikkim strives for cultural and communal harmony hence all Sikkimese festivals are to be viewed as State festivals.
He stressed on the importance of the farming community and their services to the state and how each individual is responsible for the state's progress at large.
The CM mentioned that the Model Village project inaugurated by him earlier today was an initiative of the Government to enhance the capabilities of hardworking individuals to do much better.
He also advised the beneficiaries to use the benefits with care and absolute responsibility.
The CM made various announcements regarding the production of Milk and incentives related to it. He also stated that each dairy farmer who can produce 10 litres of milk per day would be given special incentives and that similar incentives would also be given to the farmers and producers of agriculture and horticulture products.
The CM also urged the public to make good use of Community Recreation Centers. He also announced that the establishment of University of Animal Husbandry at Rungdu, West Sikkim would be placed soon in the Assembly.
He also mentioned that the demand for renovation and beautification of Sirijunga Mangheem would be done at the earliest.
He further announced that the Teyongsi Sirijunga Study Center at Hee Patal would be further developed and completed in the coming years.
The CM also mentioned that a grant of Rs 5 lakh would be given to the celebration committees of various cultural committees during their festivals.
The CM also made a special mention to the Citizen [Amendment] Bill announcing that the Central Government has given preference to Sikkim and that Article 371 F would be protected at all costs.
Mr Tamang thanked the Union Home Minister for his gesture towards Sikkim and Article 371F.
The Minister, in his address, mentioned his happiness for the program and its success. He extended his gratitude towards the CM for his presence which made the event more auspicious. He also informed that the Model Village would be a good initiative for the public where all necessary equipment and other materials were provided by the Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry Department.
He also directed that the officials to help the beneficiaries with the given equipment.
Tokens for various schemes, equipment and other necessary items under Agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and Fisheries to encourage the farming community of West Sikkim were given to beneficiaries by the CM.
The inauguration of the Model Village for Chingthang GPU and two wards of Bermiok-Berthang GPU were done by the CM. The Bermiok Community Hall was also inaugurated by CM prior to the program.
Also during the program, a book titled, "Jholangi," authored by SD Dhakal translated in Limboo language by KB Limboo, was released by the CM.