Rashtriya Ekta & Sankalp Diwas observed in the capital

Gangtok, 30 Oct [IPR]:RashtriyaEktaDiwas and RashtriyaSankalpDiwas were observed today at a function held at MananBhawanin Gangtok.

While RashtriyaEktaDiwas or National Unity Day marks the birth anniversary of Late SardarVallabhbhai Patel, a great freedom fighter and nation builder, RastriyaSankalpDiwas is observed every year to mark the death anniversary of Late Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India.

The two important events are observed simultaneously across the country on 31 Oct every year. However, in Sikkim, the event was observed a day in advance as 31 Oct is a State Holiday owing to an important Buddhist festival, LhababDeuchen.

State Chief Secretary, AK Shrivastava, attended the occasion as chief guest. The function began with the CS and the dignitaries lighting butter lamps on the portrait of Late SardarVallabhbhai Patel and Late Indira Gandhi.

The CS then administered the RastriyaEktaDiwaspledge to the officers and staff assembled at the hall.

Addressing the gathering, the CS paid rich tribute to Late SardarVallabhbhai Patel and threw light on the life and times of the freedom fighter and nation builder. He enlightened the audience on the illustrious journey of Late SardarVallabhbhai Patel from being a student of Law to becoming one of the stalwarts of the freedom movement and later a founding figure of independent India.

He mentioned the role of Late SardarVallabhbhai Patel in the unification and consolidation of the nation. The Chief Secretary also shared that Late SardarVallabhbhai Patel came to be known as the ‘Patron Saint of the Civil Servants’, as he was instrumental in establishing the three cadres of the All India Services.

The CS also remembered former Prime Minister Late Indira Gandhi as leader of great stature. He mentioned that her death anniversary is observed across the country as RashtriyaSankalpDiwas.

Earlier, Joint Secretary cum State Protocol Officer, Home Department, MingmaDiki Sherpa, delivered the welcome address and threw light on the observance of RashtriyaEktaDiwas.

Similarly, Under Secretary, Protocol, Home Department, Sunny Kharel, gave an introduction on the observance of RashtriyaSankalpDiwas.

The event was marked by patriotic song presentations on the theme of RashtriyaEktaDiwas and RashtriyaSankalpDiwas by artists of the Cultural Affairs and Heritage Department.

The programme concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Under Secretary [Protocol], Home Department, PemaWangchenBhutia.

The programme was also attended by Additional Chief Secretary, SC Gupta, Principal Secretary, Finance cum Development Commissioner, VB Pathak, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Land Revenue & Disaster Management Department,TsegyalTashi, Secretary [Protocol], Home Department,PratapPradhan, and officers and staff of all the departments situated at the Manan Kendra Secretariat.

Later in the afternoon, the CS flagged off March Past contingents from MananBhawan complex to Titanic Park in MG Marg. The contingents comprised of Sikkim Police, NCC, Scouts & Guides and Sikkim Police Pipe Band. The CS along with officers and staff of Home Department also participated in the March Past. The day’s events came to an end with band display by the Brass Band of Sikkim Police at Titanic Park.

The RashtriyaEktaDiwas pledge was simultaneously administered in all the State Government departments, public sector undertakings and District headquarters across the State.