Litterateur KN Sharma conferred 1st Rashmi Prasad Alley Literary Award

Gangtok, 31 Aug:

In keeping with its mission to honour unsung heroes of Sikkim who have contributed in the development of Nepali and other State recognized languages, Sikkim Pragya Pratisthan has conferred the1st Rashmi Prasad Alley Literary Award to litterateur KN Sharma for his contribution to the Nepali language.

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling handed the cash award of Rs 31,000 along with shawl and felicitation to Mr Sharma in a function organized by Sikkim Pragya Pratisthan to mark the 26th Bhasa Manyata Diwas at Manan Kendra in Gangtok today.

Mr Chamling has also announced Rs 5 lakh from Chief Minister’s Welfare Fund to Sikkim Pragyan Pratisthan and Rs 2 lakh for literary magazine for Higher School and College level students for promotion of Nepali language in the State of Sikkim.

In his address, Mr Chamling urged Sikkimese students towork with firm dedication, sincerity and responsibility so that theycan achieve their goal not just for personal gain but for the upliftment of the society as a whole.

Marking the recognition of Nepali language in the Indian Constitution as historic, M rChamling said that the overpowering influence of the global link language English over local languages is a universal phenomenon and should not be taken as a deterrent.

“Rather, weshould positively make individual and collective efforts to safeguardand promote our own language,” said MrChamling.

He further said that conscious efforts should be made to safeguard and promote our language which can be possible only if intellectuals and members of the civil society collectively take initiative.

“Instead of blaming anyone, we should introspect on our own shortcomings and work towards mending them. Government has consistently worked towards preservation of Nepali language through creation of infrastructures and institutions of learning,” Mr Chamling said adding that Government has taken policy decision to recruit Nepali language teachers from Primary level from next academic session.

He appealed to litterateurs and researchers to comeup with a middle path so that all languages of the State are incorporated in academics. He also extended his support towards organising a body to develop the Nepali language further.

Mr Chamling made a clarion call for emotional and intellectual integration of the Sikkimese people and expressed that strength lies in unity. He also highlighted the accomplishments ofthe State in every sector through good governance and inclusive policies of the Government.

The Chief Minister dedicated a section of his address to the students,exhorting them to make the most of the unlimited opportunities provided by the Government.

“Some of you might get through your examinations by resorting to unethical means but to pass in life, you cannot afford to copy. You have to find your own answers to life’s challenges. But the student-friendly policies of my Government aresuch that they can even guide you through the challenges of life,”stated the CM.