08-03-2022:Governor inaugurated Spring Festival-2022

    Publish Date: March 8, 2022

    Governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (Retd) inaugurated the Spring festival at the premises of Raj Bhawan on Tuesday. Lady Governor Smt. Gurmit Kaur was also present on the occasion. This year, the spring festival was started with the celebration of the folk festival of Uttarakhand, Phooldei. The program was inaugurated by the Governor by cutting a string of flowers and releasing balloons symbolizing peace in the air.

    The Governor also released the postal cover issued by the Department of Posts and Telegraphs on Yamuna Tulsi selected for this year by the Department of Posts. Yamuna Tulsi is a perennial aromatic plant, whose height is about 1.5 meters, its branches are green or dark red, brown and purple in color. This plant is considered very sacred in the dhams located in the mountainous regions.This plant is offered to Goddess Yamuna at Yamunotri Dham.

    On this occasion, Farmer MIS was launched by the Governor for transparent implementation of the schemes for the cultivators under various heads (central sponsored, state sector and district sector) run by the Horticulture Department. Farmers will be able to get the benefits of the schemes through MIS in time and the monitoring, planning and implementation of the schemes will be ensured by the department easily. The Governor along with the Lady Governor inspected the exhibits displayed by the participants in the exhibition. During the observation, the Governor appreciated the special efforts made by the flower growers in Uttarakhand.

    Governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (Retd) visited various stalls in the exhibition. He distributed jute bags and caps to the handicapped and disabled children who participated in the painting competition.While talking to the media, Governor Lt. Gen Gurmit Singh (Retd) said that through Vasantotsav, people are being encouraged for plantation of different types of plants. This festival also gives a message to people to connect with nature. People should be encouraged to protect the environment. Farmers will also get encouragement through Vasantotsav. In today’s event, a total of 1985 participants in 51 subcategories of 12 categories participated. A total of 242 stalls were set up on this occasion, including 24 state and 218 individual stalls. Through these stalls, their programs/activities were displayed by the concerned departments and various firms/companies. Various firms producing horticultural equipment, biofertilizers, biological pest control and non-government organizations/self-help groups/local producer organizations associated with horticulture activities displayed their programs/products. Competition of edible flowers like rose, gudhal, rhododendron, strawberry blossom etc. has been included in the spring festival. Due to the selection of bakery products under “One District One Product” in Dehradun district, edible flowers suitable for bakery products have also been included in the competition for the first time. For the first time this year, the competition of pots has also been included.

    Various activities were conducted in the exhibition following all the standards of COVID-19 and announcements were made time to time to make the general public aware in this regard. Masks and sanitizers were arranged by the Red Cross Society on this occasion. Along with this, wheel chairs were arranged in the Raj Bhawan premises for the differently-abled children and arrangements for thermal scanning machines, masks and sanitizers were made at the main entrance of Raj Bhawan.

    Bands of the Indian Military Institute, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and PSC remained the main center of attraction.

    This year in Spring festival 786 participants in cut flower (traditional) competition, 201 participants in cut flower (non-traditional) category, 18 in potted plant category, 58 in loose flower category, 53 in potted plant (non-floral) category, 52 in Hanging Pot category, 40 in On Spot Photography, 29 in Fresh Petal Rangoli and 677 in Painting Competition participated. A total of 1985 participants have participated in various competitions. First, second and third prizes will be given in these competitions. After the decision of the jury, the awardees will be awarded on March 9, 2022.