Jorethang, 26th December (IPR): The third preparatory meeting for State-level Jorethang Maghey Mela 2019 was held at the conference hall of Green Park, Jorethang under the chairmanship of Health & IPR Minister cum Area MLA Mr. A.K. Ghatani today.
The meeting was attended by DC (South) Mr. Prabhakar Verma, SDM Jorethang Mr. Tshering Bhutia, HOD’s of various Government departments from South and West districts, nodal officers, NJMC members, stakeholders, panchayats, school heads, police and fire personnel alongside members of the Jorethang Maghe Mela celebrations committee 2019.
Minister A.K Ghatani who is also the Chief Patron of the Committee addressed the meeting and updated the gathering upon the previously held state level meeting in Gangtok with regard to Maghe Mela 2019. In his address, he called for collective partaking and responsibility by the concerned officials as well as the public for upholding the grandeur and tradition that characterizes Jorethang Maghe Sankranti Mela. He spoke at length about how public and departmental participation with mutual assistance from each other entails the regional as well as international success of Maghey Mela 2019. He also updated the officials present to identify and mobilise the stakeholders from both South and West districts and to further enable them to actively and enthusiastically participate in planning the mela. Allocating the roles and responsibilities to respective individuals and line departments, the Chief Patron emphasised active participation from each one to ensure integral success of the cultural festival. He also issued clear directives regarding law & order, safety hazards, water and uninterrupted electricity supply to the officials concerned.
The Minister further highlighted the various aspects of the mela corresponding to cultural programs, traditional folk cultural presentation, rural tourism, rural sports, Saras fair, Aarogya CATCH programme, job mela/career counselling, adventure sports, expo exhibition, art gallery, flower show, food court, painting competition, meena and mini fair, street magic show, impromptu events and so on. Articulating the working mechanism of the departments, the Minister urged the officials responsible to expedite the process of various issues which would support accelerating the developmental momentum of the mela activities in various dimensions.
SDM Jorethang and President Jorethang Maghey Mela in his welcome address briefed the gathering about the significance of observing the state level program with its much needed sheen and glory. A blueprint of land segregation for various components of Jorethang Maghey Mela 2019 was also presented by the President during the course of the program.
General Secretary of the Jorethang Maghey Mela committee 2019 Mr. Jigmee Namgyal also addressed the meeting where he spoke about the theme of the mela “Relive old memories”. He also divulged that this year will see a series of pre-mela activities such as Sikkim Run, Premier Badminton League tournament and Yoga demonstration.
The meeting also saw a comprehensive walk through of introduction of new events that will emphasise the achievements of the government made during the last 24 years, buyer’s sellers meet, pension and cheque distribution to various beneficiaries, start-up scheme benefit distribution to beneficiaries under Zoom Salghari constituency during the mela. Discussions on the overview of the responsibilities allocated to each department and various administrative and management wings was also discussed. Other aspects that would back the Maghe Mela 2019 to be a successful cultural event was also deliberated at length.