Gangtok, 16 May [IPR]: Sikkim celebrated its 43rd year of Statehood at a function held at Chintan Bhawan in Gangtok today.
As has been the continued tradition, the commemoration of the State Day saw the presentation of various awards and recognitions.
The LD Kazi Award for Democratic Movement containing a citation, shawl and Rs 1 lakh was conferred on Harka Bahadur Limboo and posthumously on the late Trilochan Dahal.
The Sikkim Sewa Samman comprising a citation, memento, shawl and Rs 1 lakh was awarded to Buddha Maya Subba [Social Worker], PR Bhutia [retired Joint Director, Pelling], Ganesh Pradhan [Ram Gauri Sangralaya, Rhenock], Pawan Awasthy [Managing Director, SIMFED/ GFPF] and Nar Bahadur Pradhan [Poultry Farmer, Melli].
Sixty eight progressive and innovative farmers from all over the State received the Sikkim Krishi Samman that comprised of a shawl, memento and Rs 25,000.
Bag Bir Pradhan of Dung Dung, Khamdong received cash award of Rs 30,000 for being the longest serving Panchayat in the State.
Additionally, cash awards ranging from Rs 1-2 lakhs were handed over to persons who got into officers rank in Government of India service. They were Pema Dorjee Bhutia, Rohan Basnet, Sonam Wangdi Bhutia, Raja Gyalchen Lachungpa, Puja Subba, Henuka Rai and Sangki Lama Tamang.
The Late Kashiraj Pradhan Lifetime Journalism Award comprising a citation, memento, shawl and a cheque of Rs 5 lakhs was presented to CD Rai, Santosh Nirash, Priyadarshi Samiran Chettri and Amalendu Kundu.
Governor Shriniwas Patil and Chief Minister Pawan Chamling presided over the celebrations along with Speaker of State Legislative Assembly, KN Rai, Cabinet Ministers and Chief Secretary, AK Shrivastava.
Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chairpersons, functionaries of the Panchayati Raj and the Municipal Corporations were in the list of distinguished attendees at the function. Heads of various departments of the Government of Sikkim, officials and staff along with school children and the general public were also present at the State Day function.
The function started with the ceremonial lighting of lamps by the eminent guests and the welcome address which was delivered by Chief Secretary, Mr Shrivastava, who pointed out that the State Day celebration this year is of special significance as Mr Chamling has engraved his name in the chronology of the country by setting the record of being the longest serving CM in the nation.
The Governor, in his address, congratulated Mr Chamling on the landmark record of becoming the longest-serving CM in the country and paid tribute to the leaders of the past and the people of the State for their sagacity in supporting a government that has always been pro-poor and pro-people.
He traced the comprehensive journey of Sikkim since 1975 and remarked with pride that the State has developed phenomenally into one of the top-notch States in the country by providing opportunities to the people and ensuring their success in every field of development.
He stated that the fruit of progress that the State is reaping today is the culmination of the sheer grit and hard work of the State Government and the unflinching faith of the people in the government.
“Today, the entire nation looks at Sikkim as a replica of innovation and progress that is cutting across all sectors,” the Governor added.
He also congratulated the recipients of the various awards and recognition and wished for them to inspire and lead the State to greatness with their hard work.
In conclusion, the Governor called upon all to strive for the protection of the State’s natural resources and expanding the communal harmony and brotherhood, and thereby, cherish and cultivate an equitable Sikkim.
The function also featured the release of souvenir on Sikkim State Civilian Awards 2018 and the release of a book by Information & Public Relations Department titled, “Pawan Chamling- Globally Recognized Leader”. A publication of Science & Technology Department named “Wetland Atlas of Sikkim” was also released during the event.
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling congratulated the recipients of the various awards and expressed his deepest gratitude to the people for their extensive support and faith in the endeavors of the State Government.
Earlier, the Governor and the CM garlanded the statue of LD Kazi at the premises before proceeding to the main venue.
Renditions of patriotic songs by the students from West Point Senior Secondary School and Bojoghari Senior Secondary School added to the allegiance of the ocassion.
Secretary, Cultural Affairs & Heritage Department, Yashoda Bhandari, presented the vote of thanks to conclude the 43rd State Day celebration.