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Flowers bloom in Hailakandi town

Hailakandi, Jan 31: A two-day flower show got under way in front of Deputy Commissioner’s bungalow in Hailakandi town on Tuesday.

Iugurating the flower show, Deputy Commissioner Moloy Bora said it had been the maiden endeavour of the administration in association with several organizations to organize the event. Terming the flower exhibition as a small but noble beginning, Bora said he had been inspired and motivated to hold such an event in a small town like Hailakandi after seeing beautiful gardens in countries like Spain, Italy, UK and USA, stated a press release.

Bora said the objective behind organizing the show was to inculcate the love of ture among the school students. “Flowers of different hues and flowers touch the inner recesses of our hearts and induce purity of thought,” he said.

The Deputy Commissioner said the administration was contemplating to start flower pot competition at the school level to instill the love of ture in the young minds. “I am mulling the idea to start a competition at the school level wherein a particular flower pot can be taken up as a model and put up for public display. The idea actually germited in my mind when I saw rows of flower pots from different schools displayed in front of a municipal office in South Korea,” he added.

Bora said the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary were avid ture lovers and often confronted him on questions relating to the environment. “My idea is see every space whether it be educatiol institutions, offices, public places, along road sides and pavements and private residences, being utilized for growing flowers and plants. The revolution must start right from the DC’s bungalow,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Additiol Deputy Commissioner, FR Laskar hoped the flower show held for the first time at the initiative of the Deputy Commissioner would gain in popularity with the passage of time.

Former district BJP president, Subrota Sarma Mazumdar, in his brief address, said flowers were for all occasions, whether it be for religious festivities, weddings, birthdays, funerals and happy occasions and that the demand for flowers was ever increasing.

Senior jourlist Nilotpol Deb said the idea was conceptualized in 2011 but did not materialize due to various reasons. Terming the flower show as a ‘feast for the eyes’, Deb hoped that it would stimulate love for ture among the school students. He thanked the DC for his prompt initiative and timely help from other agencies to make it a dream come true.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Senior Agricultural Officer, AR Ahmed while lauding the efforts of the DC and other agencies, hoped that the event would be a success in terms of participation from people and especially students. Ahmed said the two-day workshop would encourage and motivate the farmers and SHGs to go in for commercial cultivation of flowers in a big way.

Additiol Deputy Commissioner Ruth Lienthang delivered the vote of thanks. Dr. SK Md. Azizur Rahman, senior scientist, KVK, was present on the occasion.

The first day witnessed on-the-spot drawing competition by school students of junior and senior grades and flower competitions under three categories vis-à-vis potted seasol flowers, cut flowers and potted ormental plants. It saw participation from some local nurseries and one from Kolkata and some tea estates. Flowers were put up by the nurseries for both exhibition and sale. A workshop on commercial cultivation of flowers for expansion of livelihood activities got under way with several SHGs participating in it.

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