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Villagers achieved which the Government could not do so

After eighteen months of hard work put in by the villagers of Dukka...

Their long awaited dream came true on 29th May 2009 when the wheels of eight vehicles rolled down the cobblestone path constructed by the villagers themselves without any help from the government.

The weather gods also seemed happy with the villagers of Dukka as we were blessed with a bright sunny day on the 29th of May 2009. The villagers had dressed themselves in their traditional attire and were standing on the sides of the road built by them to greet guests. How happy and proud they were as they had accomplished a great job which the government had not been able to do till now. Their joys could be easily seen on their faces. Tiny colourful paper flags on the road sides fluttered as if to convey that they too were proud of this place.

For the first time in the history of Dukka, villagers saw eight vehicles parked at one corner of the primary school ground where the programme for that day was organized. A 90 year old blind lady heard the sound of the vehicles passing her hut and could not stop herself and asked her neighbors to carry her to the Dukka primary school ground.

Bishop Steven Lepcha, Bishop of Darjeeling, Mr. A. Tshering, Sub Divisional Officer, Kalimpong, Mr. Mathais Lepcha, Joint BDO Raiganj, Dr. Kalyan Dewan, President Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Kalimpong Branch, Mr. Samuel Gurung (General Secretary, GJMM Kalimpong Branch), Mr. Nirnay John Chettri, General Secretary, Mankind in Action for Rural Growth (MARG) were some of the guests present . Dr. Navin Jyoti Pradhan and his team who had also come down in an ambulance conducted a health camp for the villagers on that day.

Fr. Paul Sitling, (Parish Priest, Maria Basti) the brain child behind this initiative welcomed all the guests and addressed the crowd saying how dreams can really come true if we all work with dedication and with love. Guests present for the programme were welcomed by traditional dances performed by old and young of the village of Dukka and its surrounding area.

The government officials and the political leaders present there assured that they would now surely look into this matter. Finally a photo exhibition and a documentary film on the road construction prepared by MARG was shown to all. Before the guests left a typical village lunch was served to all who were around six to seven hundred in number. Finally the ambiance was so endearing that most of the people present there felt that they will contribute something in their own capacity to make the dream of the villagers of Dukka and its surrounding area of joining this road with Sikkim one day come true. 

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