By Our Staff Reporter
Pithoragarh, 14 Nov: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami inaugurated the 110 year old Jauljibi Fair organised at the confluence of Kali and Gori rivers in district Pithoragarh today. On this occasion, the CM observed that the Jauljibi Fair promotes mutual harmony, trade, culture and tradition between India, Nepal and Tibet. This fair holds great importance for religious, economic and cultural development in this region. He added that the Mela has been enhancing culture, civilisation as well as trade relations between India and Nepal. He said that he been fond of the mela since his childhood, as well as the customs and culture of the place.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister announced aid of Rs 10 lakh for the Jauljibi Fair. He also inaugurated the rafting training programme for the youth on the Kali River organised by KMVN. In addition, the CM also inaugurated the development exhibition organised by various departments and inspected all the stalls.
Speaking on the occasion, he extended Children’s Day greetings and presented chocolates to children present.
The Chief Minister reminded that this cultural fair preserves the old and nearly extinct folk heritage of the region and is also introducing the coming generations to our folk culture. This cultural fair, which provides an opportunity to know the nation and culture first hand, will definitely work to deepen social harmony for the future generations, the CM asserted, adding that through such cultural events, the artists of the state also get a platform and their art is encouraged and promoted.
Dhami claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very serious regarding the development of the remote villages of the country and direct evidence of this was his recent visit to Adi Kailash and Gunji, due to which today the whole world has started learning about this area. After this, the beauty and religious importance of the holy Adi Kailash was described in a tweet by the Prime Minister, due to which the traffic of the tourists has been continuously increasing. He reminded that after the PM’s visit and tweet, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan had also tweeted about it. The Chief Minister said that, in the coming days, this entire area will become a big hub of tourism.
The CM added that sustainable development of villages in border areas is a top priority of his government. For the development of this remote area of Pithoragarh district, a double lane motor bridge is being constructed on the Kali River, which will boost trade relations between India and Nepal. He added that the National Highway is also being constructed and widened in the area.
Dhami claimed that the government is committed to operating air services from Pithoragarh and will do so very soon. The Chief Minister said that the aircraft is parked in Dehradun. A hundred hours of flying experience is required to hire a pilot and the procedure is being carried out. The Chief Minister said that a medical college is also going to be constructed here in the near future.
On this occasion, regional MP Ajay Tamta, District Panchayat President Deepika Bohra, MLA, Didihat, Bishan Singh Chufal, BJP District President Girish Joshi, Block Chief Dharchula Dhan Singh Dhami, were among those present on this occasion along with the representatives of Darchula district of Nepal.