Gangtok, Feb 26: (IPR)
The Amrit Mahotsav Green Park at Topakhani,Sang Khola Ward under 41- Beng Phegyong Gram Panchayat Unit was formally inaugurated today. The Park was inaugurated by Governor of Sikkim Ganga Prasad in the special presence of Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang, Cabinet Ministers, area MLA and other dignitaries.
The Amrit Mahotsav Green Park is one of the developmental initiatives of the District Administration with active coordination and participation from line departments. It may be mentioned that the Beng Phegyong GPU is a village adopted by the Governor of Sikkim with an aim to convert it into a model village with all required amenities.
The programme had the special presence of Minister RDD Shri Sonam Lama, Minister for Tourism B.S. Panth, Minister Health Dr. M.K. Sharma, Minister Agriculture Lok Nath Sharma, MLA Sonam Tshering Venchungpa, ACS-cum-PCCF Forest M.L. Srivastava, Heads of Departments, senior officers, District Collector, Zilla Panchayat Adhyaksha and Upadyaksha, Panchayat Members, and other dignitaries.
At the outset, the Governor of Sikkim in the presence of the Chief Minister, unveiled the plaque and inaugurated the Amrit Mahotsav Green Park.
Thereafter, the dignitaries carried out an inspection of the park and also visited the stalls managed by Self Help Groups.
At the stage, the programme commenced with the lighting of ceremonial lamp and offering of garland to the portrait of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati to mark the birth anniversary of the great saint and freedom fighter.
After a ceremonial welcome to the Chief Guest and dignitaries, the welcome address was delivered by ADC Development, Gangtok, Radha Pradhan.
Governor of Sikkim Ganga Prasad, the chief guest of the function, in his address commended the active participation and support of all individuals and departments for the successful completion and inauguration of the land mark Amrit Mahotsav Green Park.
He said that he is deeply inspired by the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi for rural development, as a result of which he adopted a few villages and ensured their development. He outlined some of the key initiatives of the Raj Bhavan towards rural development.
He added that the Amrit Mahotsav Green Park is an asset of the GPU which will benefit the local people. He said that this is one more addition to the tourism infrastructure and amenities in the State. He urged the local people to maintain the Park and ensure economic development of the area.
The Governor also highlighted the objective of celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. He urged everyone to work together for the development of the State.
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, the guest of honour, began his address by paying his tribute to Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati on his birth anniversary. He elucidated some of the inspiring work of the saint and freedom fighter especially in the field of education, social reforms and his emphasis on the importance of Hindi language.
The Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the Governor of Sikkim Ganga Prasad for providing his valuable leadership and guidance towards the development of Sikkim. The Chief Minister said that the Governor of Sikkim Ganga Prasad is one of the senior most members of the Arya Samaj, a socio-religious organisation conceived by Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati. He said that the Governor has set an exemplary benchmark by adopting villages in the State and providing all required support for their development.
The Chief Minister also spoke on various contemporary issues concerning the State and the Country. He said that the Covid-19 pandemic has not yet ended and it is still necessary to take precautions and follow Covid appropriate behaviour.
Speaking about the current crisis in Ukraine, he informed that all possible effort is being made to safely evacuate the twenty six students of Sikkim. He informed that there is active correspondence at the highest level to bring back the students safely from Ukraine.
The Chief Minister spoke about the current issue of pricing of milk, and emphasized that the quality of milk should be enhanced.
The Chief Minister also informed that the tender process for the construction of a 300-bedded Government Hospital in Singtam has been completed.
Regarding the law and order situation in the state, the chief Minister lauded the credible effort of Sikkim Police who he said have delivered their duty with utmost commitment and sincerity.
The Chief Minister announced that the 3% DA for Government employees from 1st July 2021 to 28 February 2022 will be released within the month of March, 2022.
In conclusion, the Chief Minister thanked the Governor of Sikkim for the successful completion and inauguration of the Amrit Mahotsav Green Park. He congratulated everyone involved in the development of the project. He further assured support from the Government for the development of added amenities around the park.
The Chief Minister also assured support for further development of the GPU.
Minister, Rural Development Department, Shri Sonam Lama in his address highlighted the rural development initiatives and accomplishments of the present Government. The Minister said that the Government is committed to reach out to every section of the population.
MLA, Martam Rumtek Constituency, Shri Sonam Tshering Venchungpa, in his address, expressed his gratitude to the Governor of Sikkim for making the Green Park a reality. He also thanked the Chief Minister for his continuous support and encouragement. He also acknowledged the active role of the Panchayat, local gentry, and department officials for the accomplishment of the project. He also thanked everybody involved in making Beng Phegyong GPU a model village.
Additional Chief Secretary-cum-PCCF, Forest Department, M.L. Srivastava presented a brief report on the Amrit Mahotsav Green Park. He elaborated on how the barren land used as a dumping ground was converted into a playing area for children with various amenities, in less than a year. He termed it as ‘Waste to Wonder’.
District Collector, Gangtok, Ragul K. presented a brief report of the developmental activities under the Governor’s Adopted Village – Beng Phegyong GPU. The DC then presented the progress report to the Governor and the Chief Minister.
Thereafter, the Forest Department handed over the MoU of the Park to the Joint Forest Management Committee for overall maintenance of the park.
The Governor then handed over the work order for establishment of the shopping stall, waiting shed and cafeteria to the District Collector.
The Governor and the Chief Minister felicitated officers and staff for their active involvement in the implementation of various initiatives in the Governor’s adopted village.
Likewise, officials of Central Government agencies and private companies were felicitated for their support and coordination.
The Governor and Chief Minister also felicitated students from the GPU who have excelled academically.
During the programme, Panchayat Member of Sang Khola Ward Padam Sharma and Sita Sharma shared their experiences of the developmental activities in the ward, especially the Green Park. The Panchayat members offered Citation to the Governor, the Chief Minister and other dignitaries as a gesture of gratitude.
During the programme, Governor Ganga Prasad distributed blankets to BPL families and a sewing machine to a physically challenged lady.
The programme concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by President, Beng Phegyong GPU, Smt. Kushang Tamang.
The master of ceremony for today’s programme was Assistant Collector, Gangtok, Ms. Pari Bisnoi.