State-level Children’s Day celebration held at Chintan Bhawan

Non-Sikkimese women married to Sikkimese to get all rights: CM

GANGTOK, 14 Nov:

Sikkim paid rich tribute the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary today. Human Resource Development Department organised the State-level Children's Day Celebration to commemorate the 129th birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru today here at Chintan Bhawan. The function had Governor Ganga Prasad as the chief guest while Chief Minister Pawan Chamling was present as the guest of honour.

On the occasion, the Governor urged people to commit towards working for the welfare of children. He said that children are our future and greatness of any country is evaluated by the youth force in it, thus it is our duty to make sure that we create an atmosphere of constructive development.

He mentioned that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had a special connection with Sikkim and also visited the State during his tenure as PM. He added that Raj Bhawan still has a room by his name.

Speaking to students, the Governor encouraged them to work hard and be disciplined to achieve their desired goals.

He further stated that it is everyone’s responsibility to preserve the recognition that the State has got so far.

In his address, the CM stated that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru has been known as the creator of modern India. All major democratic and other institutions in education, health and other areas have been started during his tenure as Prime Minister, he added.

He encouraged students to take inspiration from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and other great leaders to do great things for the society, the state and the country.

CM stated that everyone works for survival but it is more important to work towards a bigger cause.

Speaking on Sikkim Organic Mission, he stated that scholars and learned persons should do research on organic farming to spread awareness across the world on its benefits for health and environment. Working on innovative ideas makes Nobel laureates, he said further urging students to be research scholars and eventually Nobel laureates.

Talking about the administration, he said that it should be democratic and not personalized. Welfare schemes such as compassionate appointments, old age pensions, free medical facilities to BPL and APL people should be done at the Department level and should not require recommendation of the Chief Minister since it creates a lot of hassle for the common people.

He also announced that non-Sikkimese women married to Sikkimese men will get all the rights of a bonafide Sikkimese. He said that in Sikkim all men and women are treated equally and there is no gender discrimination.

He also instructed that signages in all places should be written in three languages, viz English, Devnagiri and dominant local language of that particular place.

He mentioned that this decision was taken almost six months back but has not been implemented yet. On the same, he directed authorities to immediately implement the decision.

Speaking to bureaucrats, the CM stated that the administration should be democratized and not personalised and should be people-centric. He asserted that welfare schemes of the government should be implemented without harassing people. Policy decisions should be implemented properly instead of sending people for the recommendation of the CM.

On the occasion, students of Lumsay Junior High Song presented the welcome song which was followed by patriotic song. A song was presented by teachers of Deorali Girls SSS dedicated to students. A talk on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was presented by Hishey Wangchuk, a student of Bojoghari SSS.

The celebration also witnessed a prize distribution ceremony of essay competition on organic farming, in which Sayal Chettri of Namthang SSS received the first prize and Bishal Ramudamu of Yangang SSS and Hussel Zangpo of Buriakhop SSS got the second and third prizes respectively.