Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020 13:00 [IST]
Last Update: Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020 07:32 [IST]
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NAMCHI: Chief Minister P.S. Golay on Monday announced an ethnic homestay tourism project for the three major communities of Sikkim which would be aided by the State government.
The proposed ethnic homestay will be styled like a cottage with a minimum of five rooms with the project categorised into Nepali, Bhutia and Lepcha communities. The homestay will be constructed using locally available raw materials to be procured from the State itself, said the Chief Minister. These categories will reflect the culture, tradition and the unique lifestyle of the three ethnic communities of the State, he said.
The Chief Minister was speaking at the concluding day of the three-day Temi Autumn Carnival 2020 at Temi tea garden ground. He observed that the Temi Autumn Carnival is the first event of its kind after the lockdown imposed due to Covid pandemic.
Focusing on the festival’s theme ‘locals for locals', the Chief Minister emphasized on the role of people in uplifting and encouraging local business and sectors which can further support them in becoming established and self-sustaining sectors. He informed that the State government has been continuously supporting the local entrepreneurs in starting and establishing their business. Opportunity provided in this sector should be grabbed as entrepreneurship has lot of scope in the days to come, he said.
Golay announced that approach road towards the ground of Temi Tea Garden will be pitched at the earliest and the ground itself will be beautified as well. He also launched LED bulb ‘batti’, an initiative of local youth Bhawani Gurung.
Area MLA-cum-Tourism minister B.S. Panth, Forest minister Karma Loday Bhutia and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
In his address, Temi Tea Board chairman Tashi Tshering Bhutia highlighted the importance of Temi Autumn Carnival and its theme, which he informed, is focused in helping the locals.
Temi Tea Garden general manager Sunil Kumar presented a report on the functioning of Temi Tea garden and highlighted the effects of Covid-19 pandemic in the production of tea. The tea garden and its employees will gear up for the forthcoming season to meet the production shortage caused due to lockdown, he said.
Pic: Chief Minister P.S. Golay addressing the Temi festival. Pic: IPR