With immense pleasure, I inaugurated the newly constructed District Veterinary Polyclinic and Namchi Passenger Ropeway today at Namchi and dedicated it to the people of the region.

Built at an estimated cost of Rs.4.87 crore, the Veterinary Polyclinic is a two storyed building with four components for goatery, piggery, poultry and dairy. The beautiful and well equipped state-of-art hospital also houses clinical examination facility for farm animals, where surgical operations and diagonistic laboratory, including x-ray and ultrasound facilities have been installed for providing modern veterinary health-care services for domestic animals.

The Passenger Ropeway is an additional attraction to the existing tourist infrastructure at Namchi, and is the 3rd ropeway project to be fully functional in Sikkim after Gangtok and Tsomgo projects. The 4th ropeway is being constructed at Bhaleydhunga and the 5th at Chenrezig statue complex, Pelling. This 2.1 km ropeway will connect Rock Garden and Samdruptse. The total cost of the project is pegged at Rs.43.54 crore. The Government would be running the Ropeway for three months till May, 2019, after which it will be leased out to private parties. With the addition of this popular urban transport mechanism, the visitors can enjoy a safe and environment-friendly cable transportation which will help in further promotion of Namchi as a major tourism hub.

In my address, I stressed on the fact that the transformation that we witness in Sikkim is the end result of the State Government’s enormous effort, vision and good governance. We, as human beings have the tendency of taking things for granted, but such developmental initiatives must be valued and ownership for all these works must be taken by the people. The Veterinary Polyclinic and Ropeway will provide perennial source of employment opportunities for the youth of the locality. Hence, these infrastructure must be properly utilised by them for their own benefit and realise their value for their own good.

As animal husbandry, livestock and dairy farming offer ample opportunities for our youngsters to earn gainful returns, I urged them to engage themselves in these sectors. There is a huge demand and a ready-made market for products obtained from these sectors. The State Government has created numerous employment avenues in the field of agriculture and animal husbandry including organic farming that need to be utilised. In fact, subsidy upto 60% can be availed of by those willing to engage themselves in these sectors with 35% subsidy from the State Government and 25% from NABARD Bank.

I expressed my dissapointment for the State still not being able to fulfill the demand for milk and other dairy products within Sikkim even today. I appealed to the officials of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Livestock, Fisheries & Veterinary Services to be duty conscious rather than being protocol conscious. They must be responsible towards their duties and be accountable officials. Furthermore, it is also their managerial responsibility to motivate and encourage our farming community.