Monday, June 06, 2011

Chauridara declared as a Green Village in Sikkim

Gangtok: The village to village South Sikkim tour of the Chief Minister along with the state administration concluded on Saturday, June 4. Last day of the village to village tour of South district started from government Senior Secondary School Lingmoo and concluded at Paiyong JHS visiting Suntaley and Lingee Secondary School in between and addressing the public of Neh, Mangzing, Lingmoo, tokdey, kau, Paiyong and adjoining areas.
On the eleventh day the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of Kabir Math at Lingmoo, South Sikkim, which is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.94,16,111.00. Stressing on the various aspects of tourism and its potentialities in the state the Chief Minister said that the State of Sikkim has tremendous potential of being a repeated cliental destination for tourists. The state government has been working very hard and honestly and creating infrastructure to promote Sikkim as a pilgrimage tourist destination. But at the same time, he added, the fruits of these infrastructures can only be achieved if the people of state change their profession towards tourism, hospitality and allied sectors. People have to think for an alternative profession, he added.
Declaring Chauridara as a Green village, which was the demand of the villagers the Chief Minister said that public participation is a must for preparing and promoting the village as a Green village. The government will do what is to be done but the people should take up allied activities for promoting the village as a Green village. The people should love forest and wildlife, ban hunting in the village – then only the demand of the villagers will be cherished in reality. Various ways and means have to be sought to promote tourism in the state. This will definitely boost tourism in the state, he added.
On the demand of eco-friendly garden, the Chief Minister said that the government is thinking in this line of creating such types of gardens in all the four district of the state and directed the concerned department to visit the spot at Chauridara and see the feasibility of garden at the proposed spot and submit the proposal to the government. The Chief Minister also talked about the government’s proposal of Ekanta Bas to promote tourism in the state.
The Chief Minister further said that because of the policies, programmes and activities of the government, the people of the state have found that we are good servants and gave the mandate to serve the state for four consecutive terms. We have served the state for last 17 years and are running in the 18th year but the stake holders have remained mere spectators and recipients. But development is a two way process, he said. Urging the youths of the state to take up economic activities he said that today’s educated youth have become confused towards their career. They have taken life as a burden, but life is a challenge and they have to face it, he said.
Citing the example of Tendulkar and Tenzing Norgay and other successful people to the students, Dr. Chamling asked the students to be more competitive and act as per the demand of the time. Successful people do not remain the citizen of their village or the state. They become universal and are acknowledged throughout the country and become citizen of the entire world, he said.
The Chief Minister was felicitated on the day by the Akhil Sikkim Kabir Sant Samiti at Lingmoo, South Sikkim. (With IPR input)

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