Attended the Losoong celebrations at Barfung, South Sikkim.

In my address, I underlined the fact that Losoong is not only an auspicious festival of the Sikkimese Bhutia community marked by festivities and merry-making, but it also highlights the rich heritage, culture and tradition of the Sikkimese people. I spoke about the progress and development that the State has witnessed in various sectors, especially with regard to women empowerment. Women of our state should therefore utilize the rights and privileges granted to them for marching ahead of their male counterparts and contribute towards the nation-building.

I assured to extend all kinds of Government support to develop Cho-dzo lake at Ravangla. Further, I suggested to the people to develop environment-friendly tourist spots, for which the Government would provide all assistance.

Earlier, I visited Maney Choling Gumpa and Buddha Park and offered prayers for the wellbeing and welfare of the people of Sikkim.