Governor on North Sikkim tour, visits Dzongu

Governor on North Sikkim tour, visits Dzongu
Mon, Nov 5, 2018

MANGAN (IPR):  Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad is on a three-day tour to North Sikkim.  His first visit during the tour was the Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) at Sweyem.  In the school, he was accorded a warm welcome by Deputy Speaker and area MLA Sonam Gyatso Lepcha along with the students, teachers and officials of the district.
District collector Karma R. Bonpo formally welcomed the Governor and briefly spoke on the academic performance and achievements of EMRS.  EMRS principal D.B Mishra presented the school report and placed the requirements on behalf of the school.  
The Governor during his address to the students and delegates present said that EMRS being a model educational institute under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has a special contribution in the development of a strong human resource base for the society. He stated that education is the only instrument that can alleviate the humanity of the many problems it faces. He said that Sikkim is soon turning into a 100% literate State and applauded the State government for its efforts. Sikkim is often termed as the “Indrakil”, he said adding that the blissful environment of the State has inspired its people to be peace loving, pious and conscious.
The Governor mentioned that teachers have a great responsibility to mould the students, to become good human beings who can build the nation. He said that to build a strong nation it requires its people to cultivate a sense of diligence, hard work and sacrifice.  He expressed that Sikkimese people hold great love for the nation, which is amply reflected in the face of the students when they are singing the national anthem.
The Governor presented to the school with a cheque of Rs. 25,000 from the Governor’s fund and sweets to the children as a token of love. He also announced to provide a vehicle to EMRS as requested by the principal earlier.
The Governor then proceeded to Hee-Gyathang in Dzongu subdivision where an interactive session was held with public, panchayats and students at the school Auditorium.
The Governor was warmly welcomed by the school students with a rendition of a Lepcha song. The panchayats of Dzongu put forward the demand for better roads and requested the Governor to take forward their demands with the concerned Central agencies.  While stating that their region is natural calamity prone, the pancahyats put forward their demand for helipads to cater to the remotest villages of the region. The panchayats of Upper Dzongu also put forth their grievances related to the loss of connectivity due to the landslide of Dzongu.
The Governor gave a patient hearing to the people and assured to take up the issue for early solution. He also distributed Diwali sweets to the school students.
Prasad while addressing the public at Dzongu expressed his happiness, in reaching out to the people of this remote corner of the state. He stated that the due to the blissful environment of the State, development of tourism sector was the most feasible industry. He also shared that focus should now be on the development of village tourism and converging it with organic farming. The benefits of development should flow to the grams as the development of villages is very important to the overall development of the State.
The Governor also made a visit to Mantam lake where he surveyed the damage caused by the monsoons.
The district collector briefed Prasad about the currently connectivity situation in the area and stated that the work on providing temporary vehicular connectivity is being carried out in full swing.
The Governor then proceeded to ITBP camp at Pegong where he was given a guard of honour and warmly welcomed by the officers and jawans. He had a brief interaction with the jawans and distributed Diwali sweets to the jawans.
North Sikkim is the first district where the Governor has embarked on a tour. The public and panchayats expressed happiness to the Governor for undertaking the tour to understand their district and its problems.

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi