Gangtok: In view of the proposed international flower festival which is being hosted by Sikiim, the preparation is going on full swing at Saramsha Garden, near Ranipool, East Sikkim. According to the Secretary, Floriculture and Horticulture Department, so far 18 countries have confirmed their participation in the festival and more than 30 participants have registered from the country.
It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Dr. Pawan Chamling has urged the people of Sikkim to be conscious of the importance of flowers make the the proposed international flower festival 2008 a grand success. He also has urged to develop the quality of growing flowers and take mass participation by the floriculturists and farmers in this noble endeavor and profession. He also said that the Government is actively looking for the global market and broaden the scope of the products. He also said that the right message to the people must reach that the flower cultivation or growing is a noble profession which can be rewarded suitably. To boost the initiative, Chief Minister Chamling has added that there will be an open competition for wild orchids and the cash prizes for first, second and third winners would be Rs. 1.50 lakhs, Rs. 1 lakhs and fifty thousand respectively. Three best stall too would be awarded with Cash prize Rs. 2 lakhs, 1.50 lakhs and 75 thousands, he further declared. In the national level, the prizes carries the cash amount of Rs. 3 lakhs, Rs. 2 lakhs and Rs. 1 lakhs for the winners in first, second and third positions respectively. Similarly, in the international level, the prizes carries the cash amount of Rs. 5 lakhs, Rs. 3 lakhs and Rs. 2 lakhs respectively.(