Three days Tarayana fair will end to­day

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Athree days 13th Tarayana Fair themes ‘cel­e­brat­ing the fu­ture’ which is ded­i­cated to the Birth of His Royal High­ness the Gyalsey Jigme Nam­gyel Wangchuck will end to­day.

The fair was in­au­gu­rated by the founder and the pres­i­dent of Tarayana Foun­da­tion Her Majesty the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck at the new Tarayana Park in Chubachu.

Dur­ing the open­ing of the fair, Her Majesty the Queen Mother said that “I am de­lighted that Tarayana Fair 2016 is ded­i­cated to cel­e­brat­ing the Birth of HRH Gyalsey Jigme Nam­gyel Wangchuck.”

Her Majesty the Queen Mother added that we are most grate­ful to Their Majesties for this won­der­ful gift of peace, sta­bil­ity and hope of con­tinue progress and pros­per­ity for the peo­ple of Bhutan.

“The Royal Birth is our col­lec­tive good for­tune,” it is my prayer that Bhutan will grow from strength to strength and the fu­ture is brighter, added Her Majesty the Queen Mother.

Sec­re­tary gen­eral of the foun­da­tion, Chime P. Wangdi said that the foun­da­tion has started with the vi­sion of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck’s vi­sion with few vol­un­teers in 2003 and has now grown to a fam­ily of 77 staffs, about 5000 stu­dents vol­un­teers and few hun­dred pro­fes­sional from var­i­ous fields from across the coun­try vol­un­teer is work­ing hard so that no one is left be­hind.

She added that Tarayana has made sig­nif­i­cant progress in help­ing the re­mote com­mu­ni­ties to help them­selves.

Around 50 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from many of our com­mu­ni­ties’ show­cased their skills and sold their prod­ucts and get­ting di­rect mar­ket feed­back from pub­lic will help them and for the foun­da­tion to align their prod­ucts to mar­ket de­mands and im­prove the qual­ity stan­dards, she added.

Her Majesty the Queen Mother added that Tarayana Foun­da­tion turn 13 this year and con­tin­ues to touch and pos­i­tively trans­formed the life of tens of thou­sands of peo­ple in the coun­try par­tic­u­larly those living in the re­mote vil­lages of ru­ral Bhutan.

As of last year, Tarayana works in part­ner­ship with the Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness Com­mis­sion (GNHC) and with Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Com­mis­sion (NEC) as lo­cal im­ple­menters of the project on the ground, added Her Majesty the Queen Mother.

“I be­lieve this method of ser­vice de­liv­ery is bringing about quicker re­sult whereby lo­cal com- mu­ni­ties are em­pow­ered to take the lead roles in bringing so­cioe­co­nomic devel­op­ment at the grass root,” added Her Majesty the Queen Mother.

Her Majesty the Queen Mother added that this year we pause to re­flect on the con­tri­bu­tion made by Tarayana to the life’s of many re­mote com­mu­ni­ties whom they serve.

“I am both happy and proud of achieve­ment made in im­prov­ing life, living con­di­tion and liveli­hoods in the other served vil­lages that con­tribut­ing to­wards the na­tional de­vel­op­men­tal goals,” said Her Majesty the Queen Mother.

Mean­while, to­day Tarayana served about 305 vil­lages across the coun­try.

A wide range of al­tar is seen in the fair from Kenkhar un­der Mon­gar Dzongkhag ranges from Nu.38, 000 to Nu.80, 000 per al­tar.

Chimi Rinzin-49-year from Khenkhar came for the first time for the fair. He said that there are chances of get­ting lost of this tra­di­tion as ear­lier it is very dif­fi­cult for them to get wood per­mit but these days with the help of the foun­da­tion it is very easy to get wood per­mit which en­cour­age for them to work as they don’t have proper mar­ket.

He added that if the foun­da­tion doesn’t pro­vide this type of plat­form to show­case their prod­uct to sale, it might have left in the vil­lages it­self.

Her Majesty The Queen Mother also awarded Tarayana’s mer­i­to­ri­ous awards to the three em­ploy­ees for their ser­vice in the field of com­mu­nity devel­op­ment and work­ing for more than a decade in re­mote and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. The award re­ceip­tants were Pas­sang Tob­gay, Nam­gay and Sonam Jamt­sho.

Mean­while, the an­nual Tarayana Fair will be held at the Tarayana Park from now on­wards.

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