Arrangements in full swing for Modi’s Leh visit -
Arrangements in full swing for Modi’s Leh visit
Posted 15 May 2018 05:29 PM

In view of the visit of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Leh on May 19 to take part in the concluding ceremony of the yearlong birth centenary celebration of 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, the Centenary Committee, which comprises all religious and political organisations of Leh, held an important meeting at Spituk Gonpa here on Monday to ensure that the visit of the Prime Minister goes smooth and turns out fruitful.
Organisers briefed the meeting about Narendra Modi’s visit and sought suggestions from the participants to make the event hassle free and fruitful.
It was stressed that since the Prime Minister is visiting on May 19 to take part in the concluding ceremony of the yearlong birth centenary celebration of Bakula Rinpoche, other events such as laying foundation for Zojila Tunnel shouldn’t over shadow the birth centenary celebrations which have been celebrated across India and many parts of the country.
“Rather events like laying foundation of Zojila Tunnel should be dedicated to the Birth Centenary of Kushok Bakula Rinpoche,” President PDP Leh, Tashi Gyaltsan observed.
Sonam Wangchuk Shakspo apprised the meeting of the centenary celebrations that took place in different parts of the country and abroad.
President BJP Leh Tsewang Gonbo was also present.
It was also informed that to ensure a mammoth gathering on the occasion, buses have been arranged to be sent to the villages and public is also requested to use car pooling on that day to make it to the event which is scheduled to be held at Jivetsal.
Later, religious heads including Vice President LBA P.T Kunzang, President Christian Association Leh Dechen Chamga and Vice President Anjuman-Mon-Ul Islam, Dr Noor headed by Chairman Centenary Committee, Prof Geshe Konchok Wangdus briefed media about arrangement being made and also on the significance of the day.
“All speeches will be very short and the Prime Minister is expected to speak about 35 minutes. We are also planning to present a cultural programme,” Geshe Konchok Wangdus said adding that some of the demands before the Prime Minister would include funding for the proposed Bakula Rinpoche Research Centre in Leh and inclusion of Bhoti Language in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
Meanwhile, CEC Dorjey Motup has also reviewed the arrangements being made by the district administration for the smooth conduct of Prime Minister’s visit.
The meeting was reportedly attended by EC Agriculture Tsering Wangdus, EC Health Gyal P Wangyal, Deputy Commissioner Avny Lavasa, SSP Sargun Shukla, Prof. Geshe Konchok Wangdus, and other representatives of the Centenary Committee besides officers of civil and police administration.
It is pertinent to mention here that Congress Party in Leh has asked Prime Minister Modi to announce UT status for Ladakh during his visit since this was promised by BJP during Lok Sabha Polls in 2014.

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