Gangtok, Sept. 13, 2022 (Raj Bhavan): The Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad visited Tumin-Namrang, East Sikkim today to inaugurate the footpath leading to ‘’.
The cascading waterfall is situated at the remote village of Namrang located about 35 kilometre approx. away from Gangtok. The infrastructure development work surrounding the natural waterfall has been made possible due to financial aid provided by the Governor after his last visit in July’2022. The Governor showed keen interest then to contribute to the development of Namrang as a tourist destination as the place is rich in natural resources and located only a few kilometres away from Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary. Financial aid amounting to Rs.6 Lakhs was provided from the Governor’s Discretionary Fund to Navjyoti Sangh, an NGO that works for the development of Namrang.
After the ceremonial unveiling of the plaque at the ‘Manokamna falls’ a brief felicitation programme was held in the nearby vicinity. The programme was attended by Area-In Charge Samdup T. Bhutia, ADC (Dev.) Radha Pradhan, BDO (Rakdong-Tintek) Kishor Thapa, Namrang Ward Panchayat Rohit Raj Luitel, Navajyoti Sang (NGO) President Loknath Sapkota, teachers of Namrang Junior High School, members of Self-Help groups, senior citizens and the local people of Namrang.
Ward Panchayat Rohit Raj Luitel informed in his welcome note that out of the funds received, Rs. 3 lakhs have been utilized for the renovation and infrastructure development of Namrang Junior High School. He also spoke about the pending planned work such as construction of bridge, guard rails etc. surrounding the waterfall; the progress report of which would be submitted to the Governor once completed.
A handwoven gift basket or ‘Doko’ consisting of organic vegetables, sourced locally, was presented to the Governor. He was also felicitated with a citation by the teachers of Namrang Junior High School.
The Governor, in his brief address, said, “The soul of India lives in its villages; in order to develop the country, it is important to develop its villages first.” He urged everyone present to work for the development of the rural areas of Sikkim and make use of the incentives provided by the Government. He also spoke briefly about the ill-effects of substance abuse and implored everyone to stay away from the use of drugs and intoxicants. He urged the villagers to take up income generation activities such as dairy farming, focus on integrating sustainable livelihood choices and work towards “Atma Nirbhar Sikkim.” Speaking about the benefits of Saffron plantation and its high market value, the Governor urged the farmers learn Saffron plantation in the future. “To truly celebrate and embody ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,’ one needs to work for the development and overall progress of India,” he stated.