I felt happy to attend the ‘Tarey Bhir Kite Fiesta, 2018’ , organised by the South Sikkim Tourism Development Society, Sadam today at Tarey Bhir. This two-day ‘kite festival’, a new concept in Sikkim, is being held for the first time to attract more tourists to the already popular tourist spot at Tarey Bhir. I appreciate the innovative initiative that also helps in promotion and preservation of our culture, tradition and folk lore.

I stressed on the fact that earlier tourism related activities were confined only to a few prominent urban places of Sikkim like Gangtok, Tsomgo, Pelling, Ravangla, Nathula etc. But, due to the policies and programmes of the State Government, tourism has now touched rural areas, especially with the introduction of home stays, village tourism, rural tourism etc. Our villagers have become aware of tourism and its related benefits. Our rich tradition and customs, including traditional food and local cuisine have been linked to tourism. Numerous tourism infrastructures have been created by the State Government to form new man-made structures and tourist spots with special focus on rural tourism.

I informed that the State Government is working to further develop rural areas with pro-people and village-centric approach. Tourist amenities are being constructed in every nook and corner of the State. I suggested for formation of a committee at every GPU for coming up with ideas of creating or identifying at least one tourist point.

I urged the educated youth to engage themselves in the biggest modern day profession of tourism to become successful entrepreneurs and also to be real ‘masters’ rather than becoming ‘servants’ for a lifetime.

I made the announcement of declaring ‘Mangshir Purnima’ a gazetted holiday considering the demand of the Bhujel community.