Guwahati: The newly constructed Pabyuik Monastery in East Sikkim was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Tuesday.
Monks of the Monastery performed a mask dance on the occasion. There was also Nepali dance, Lepcha dance followed by the enthralling Singhey dance.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister stated that education was of primary importance and it should be about holistic development making a person capable, confident and it should serve the purpose of human development which is fundamental to the development of any state or nation.
He also informed that free laptops will be distributed to Class X, XI, XII and college students by January and even the Self Help Groups will avail of this benefit this time.
Stating that the state government has been working relentlessly to provide better welfare measures to the people of Sikkim, Chamling said that Tourism and Organic farming can be a great source of employment in view of the state’s potential in these two sectors.
Chamling further urging that the unemployed youths should take the facilities such as Start-Up Scheme and be self-reliant and self-sufficient said that agriculture is the only profession that will never become redundant and always remain a perennial income generating avenue and asked the youths for engaging in farming and dairy farming.
The CM also said that unused government lands should be allotted to ‘Sukumbasis’ and if the government land is not sufficient, private land at government rate should be purchased. He informed that all the demands which have been placed by people during his 32 days Jan Sampark Abhiyan have all been sanctioned for the benefit of the Sikkimese people.
MLAs, Mayor, Zilla Members, Chairpersons, HODs, and local gentry at large were also present on the occasion.
Established in 1715, the Pabyuik monastery, which is one of the oldest monasteries of the State, had been damaged during the 2011 earthquake.
Noteworthy that the total cost for complete construction of monastery with inclusion of statues and other religious items came toRs 2 crores, of which the State Government had sanctioned Rs 1.5 crore for the construction of the new monastery and the extra funds required for the completion of the construction was contributed by a retired Divisional Engineer, Tenzing Lamtha.