STATE CELEBRATES 149TH GANDHI JAYANTI Strive to become not just successful, but also good citizens,

Gangtok, 03 Oct [IPR]: Sikkim celebrated the 149th Birth Anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, with grandeur and splendor at Chintan Bhawan on 02 Oct.

Governor Ganga Prasad attended the occasion as chief guest in the presence of Chief Secretary, AK Shrivastava, and Gangtok MLA, Pintso Chopel Lepcha, along with other dignitaries and students.

The programme began with the Governor and dignitaries lighting the ceremonial lamp and paying floral tribute on the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi,

The Governor wished all the Sikkimese people on this special day and reminded everyone about the contributions of the Father of the Nation. He also paid tribute to India’s second Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, the great leader who shares his birth anniversary on the same day with Mahatma Gandhi and who is famous for giving India the slogan, ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’.

“We should all feel proud and fortunate to belong to a country which produced heroes and legends like them,” the Governor said.

He also added that the principles and philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi are acknowledged globally and his birth anniversary is observed as International Day of Non Violence throughout the world.

While talking about the life and achievements, he said that Mahatma Gandhi used the weapon of love. He went on to speak about the life and achievements of Mahatma Gandhi whose principles of truth and non-violence are relevant even to this day.

By following the principles of Mahatma Gandhi the students should aspire not only to be successful citizens but also good citizens, he added.

The Governor urged the gathering to follow the principles of Mahatma Gandhi in day to day life. He congratulated the State of Sikkim for its initiatives under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and for receiving many awards and accolades in the country. He added that sanitation was a subject very close to Mahatma Gandhi which has to be implanted even more.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that Mahatma Gandhi advocated peace and non-violence during a period which was filled by ultra-nationalism, gross inequalities, brutalities on colonized societies and World Wars.

“As the world realized enormity of death and destruction caused by the Second World War, they found relevance of what Mahatma Gandhi stood for. The United Nations have rightly declared the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi as International Day of Non-violence,” stated the Governor.

Cleanliness and sanitation was very close to heart of Mahatma Gandhi and it is therefore apt that Government of India launched ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ or ‘Clean India Mission’ on his birth anniversary in 2014 with the objective of providing adequate sanitation and building modern toilets for all, he concluded.

During the programme, Best Anganwadi Worker Award was conferred to Kamala Manger of Daragoan ICDs Center under Jorethang ICDs Project, South Sikkim who was handed over a citation, certificate and a cash amount of Rs 10,000 by the chief guest.

Letters of Appreciation with cash award of Rs 10,000/- each was handed over to KB Chettri [Garbage Truck Driver], Ajay Rawat [Gangtok Beautifier] and Anju Sherpa [Gangtok Beautifier].

Likewise, token distribution of cash bonus and gifts were given to Garjaman Sharma [Garbage Truck Helper] and Radhika Rai [Gangtok Beautifier].

It may be mentioned here, these felicitations are the annual features of Gangtok Municipal Corporation. It was also informed that the cash bonus and gifts will be provided to all the Gangtok Beautifiers, Garbage Truck Drivers and Garbage Truck Helpers working under GMC.

The programme also saw the distribution of prizes to three winners of recently held Play Competition on Mahatma Gandhi to schools namely Palzor Namgyal SSS [1st], Bojhoghari SSS [2nd] and Sichey SS [3rd].

Similarly, winners of the State level Quiz Competition on Sanitation for Junior High Schools recently organized by RMDD namely Swayem JHS [North], Zeel JHS [West] and Bermiok Daragaon JHS [West] were presented with prizes for securing first, second and third positions respectively.

During the programme, Letter of Appreciation was also given by the Governor to Deepak Kumar Rai [Block Development Officer, Martam] for his exemplary work in his field.

The programme also featured release of “Handbook on Bee keeping” prepared by Sikkim Khadi & Village Industries.

The celebration at Chintan Bhawan also had religious recitation of prayers by the heads of different religious communities of Sikkim.

Patriotic songs were also presented by the students of Tashi Namgyal SSS and Modern SSS. A short speech on Gandhian thoughts was delivered by a student of Rhenock College, Mani Raj Rai, while the Culture Department presented Bhajan/Ram Dhun.

The function also screened a short documentary film on Mahatma Gandhi by Information and Public Relations Department and screening of 21 minutes video on “Evolution of Sanitation in Sikkim” by RMDD.

On the recommendation of the State Sentence Review Board as notified vide Notification No. 42/Home/2007 dated 25.04.2007and in exercise of the powers conferred by section 432,433 and 433 A of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, the Government of Sikkim ordered the premature release of the following life convicts undergoing life sentence in the State Central Prison Rongyek duly commuting the remainder of their life sentence, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti 2018 as under:

  1. Ner Tshering Lepcha

  2. Nimzong Lepcha

  3. Arun Subba

  4. Bikash Chettri

  5. Raju Chettri

  6. Deepak Pradhan