Jorethang, Jan 15th(IPR): The three day long Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela, 2018 themed ‘connect with your soul a festival of culture customs and tradition’ organized by Maghey Mela Organizing Committee was inaugurated by Chief Guest Sikkim Legislative Assembly Speaker Mr. K.N. Rai at Jorethang playground today. Present, amongst others were IPR Minister cum Chief Patron Maghey Mela Celebration Committee Mr. A.K.Ghatani, Cabinet Ministers Mr. R.B. Subba, Mr. N. K. Subba, Chairman’s, Advisors and a huge number of public.
At, the onset of the inauguration the chief guest offered his prayers at the Trikaleshwar temple. Thereafter he inaugurated AROGYA and CATCH Mela at Garib Uthan Bhawan. He then inaugurated the 10th Sikkim SARAS Trade Fair organized by Sikim Rural Livelihhood Mission (SRLM), Rural Management and Development Department at the main venue.
Addressing, the gathering Speaker Mr. K.N. Rai extended his best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Maghey Sankranti, 2019. He spoke at length about the importance of this event and informed that this day is particularly observed as the ending of paush and the beginning of Magh month, according to hindu lunar calendar. He also added that during the Sankranti festival most of the households use ban and other types of tarul as the main component to mark the festival.
Mr. Rai also spoke in detail about the good governance that State Government has done in order to uplift the living standards of the general public and the most prominent one being the recently concluded Rojgar Mela, which provided job opportunities to the weaker section of the society alongwith the newly inaugurated
1000-bedded Multi-Speciality Hospital at Sochyagang, Sichey. Additionally, he updated that Janta Mela will be commencing from 16th January from Paljor Stadium and urged the public to take advantages of the benefits provided by the State Government. Moreover, the Speaker emphasized that the Sikkim State Government will assiduously focus on the positive advancement of the State and its people.
Speaking, during the occasion Minister Mr A.K.Ghatani highlighted in detail about the various features of Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela. He brought to light that the public can select from a variety of happening namely that of adventure games, cultural and musical night, art exhibition, on the spot open painting competition, Meena Bazaar, Free Health Camp (AROGYA, CATCH), SARAS Fair and Job Mela. The Minister also articulated that from this year onwards Sikkim Run, Open Half Marathon has been incorporated so as to encourage the public to live a healthy life.
During, the course of the event the Chief Guest alongwith the dignitaries distributed proud mothers schemes, Free dentures, Spectacles and hearing aids along side free medicines for hypertension and diabetes which are provided by Department of Health care, Human Services and Family Welfare.
The mela committee also felicitated the Chief Guest for his unwavering efforts in upliftment of the Jorethang Maghey Mela and the State. The Chief Guest also released Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela, 2019 souvenir published by Information and Public Relations Department.