Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu during his three days stay in Spiti Valley of Lahaul-Spiti district, also known as ‘Land of Lamas’, connected with the Lamas and fulfilled various demands raised by the monasteries. He gave a significant gift to the women of Spiti Valley as the women above 18 years of age will be given Rs. 1500 per month as a pension from June onwards and ‘Chhomo’ (Buddhist Nun) of Spiti Valley would also be benefited.
In his address at Kee monastery, the Chief Minister said, “On the auspicious occasion of Himachal Day, Rs.1500 pension to all the women of the Spiti valley including Chhomo is a gift to them and it will instils a sense of self esteem.”
The Chief Minister offered prayers at Kungri, Dhankhar, Kaza and Kee monasteries and witnessed the traditions and history of Buddhism up close.
This was his maiden visit to Spiti Valley after assuming the office of the Chief Minister. Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu was welcomed by offering traditional costumes by the lamas and he reciprocated by announcing funds and aids to the monasteries of the valley. The Chief Minister announced Rs. 50 lakh to Kungri Gompa besides construction of a hostel and drinking water scheme for Dhankhar Gompa. He also assured to upgrade the Meditation Centre of Kee monastery with provision of funds.
Various organizations of Spiti Valley met the Chief Minister during his stay and he interacted with each and every one and assured them to fulfil their genuine demands. He also inspected Asia’s Highest Bridge at Chicham. On the demand of the local people, the Chief Minister promised to consider a drinking water scheme for Chicham village.
His three day maiden visit, the longest stay by a Chief Minister in the valley, has a positive impact on the tribal community and the people at large. His reverence to the monasteries and benevolence towards the women of Spiti Valley has earned much affection.