Tilu Gurung awarded Best Performing Legislator of 2017

Gangtok, 26 Apr:

Governor Shriniwas Patil today felicitated member of Sikkim Legislative Assembly elected from Namthang-Rateypani [South], Tilu Gurung, with the “Best Performing Legislator” award for the year 2017 in an award ceremony held at Chintan Bhawan in Gangtok today.

The award presentation took place on the sidelines of an exhibition on ‘Parliament of India’ organized by the Lok Sabha Secretariat in collaboration with the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, Kolkata, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, as per a PIB press release.

The date of the presentation of the award was commensurate with the Referendum held in 1975 which resulted in the merger with the Indian Union.

Conferring the title of Best Performing Legislator on Ms Gurung, the Governor said, “It has been more than four decades since the people of Sikkim chose to write their own destiny and embrace one of the most vibrant Parliamentary Democracies of the world. It was a historic and far-sighted decision of the people of Sikkim to join hands and let Sikkim become the 27th State of the Indian Union. As a result, Sikkim today has emerged as one of the most progressive states of the Union of India complete with peace, security, communal harmony and political stability through the decades. This has helped the people of Sikkim to reap the benefits of democracy in the form of accelerated growth in all the areas of social activity.”

It may be mentioned here, the Best Performing Legislator Award recognizes the Legislator’s overall performance and contribution in upholding the dignity and decorum of the assembly.

Ms Gurung was adjudged the Best Performing Legislator by the award committee on the basis of her performance in debates in the assembly, punctuality and attendance during the assembly sessions and her overall conduct as a representative of her constituency.

On the occasion, winners of the inter-college debate competition, recently hosted by the Sikkim Legislative Assembly [SLA] on 18 Apr, were also presented prizes by the Governor.

The debate on “Climate Change – A Challenge for Legislators” was held among 20 students chosen from amongst a huge number of participants from colleges across Sikkim. The first prize was awarded to Dew Kumar Chettri [6th semester, BA.LLB.] of Sikkim Government College, Burtuk while Bijay Rai of Namchi Government College and Neha Gupta of Sikkim Government College secured the second and third positions respectively.

Two consolation prizes were awarded to Kusum Chettri of Government College, Rhenock and Rahul Rai of Sikkim Government College, Tadong.

The Governor also released a Compendium of the Second SLA on the occasion. A documentary titled “Our Constitution” produced by the Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, was also screened for the audience comprising officials of the state government bodies and college students.

Other dignitaries present on the occasion included former Chief Minister of Sikkim, Sanchaman Limboo, Speaker, SLA, KN Rai, Deputy Speaker, SLA, Sonam Gyatso Lepcha, former Speakers, SLA, Kalavati Subba and KT Gyaltsen, Joint Secretary, Lok Sabha Secretariat, Dr D K Singh.