Preserve hard-won democracy: Chamling on 44th State Day

Gangtok, 16 May: Sikkim celebrated the 44th State Day here at Chintan Bhawan today with a programme attended by Governor Ganga Prasad as the chief guest and Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as the guest of honour.

On the occasion, LD Kazi Award for Democratic Rights was presented to Late Namgyal Tshering Euthenpa, which was received by his daughter Chumsey Doma. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. Likewise, Jeevan Rakshak Padak Award 2018 was presented to Chandra Kumar Gurung for his act of bravery of saving the life of a man who accidently fell into Rani Khola.

Addressing the function, the Governor conveyed his best wishes to the people of Sikkim on the 44th State Day.

He mentioned that the State Day was a joyous occasion when the people of Sikkim can recall with pride, enthusiasm and satisfaction the multifarious and significant achievement made by the State Government during the past years.

Sikkim emerged as one of the best States in the country in a short period, he said further adding that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has applauded the initiative and achievements of Sikkim in organic farming at different national and international platforms.

He also congratulated the Chief Secretary, State Election Commission, Chief Electoral Officer, District Election Officers and all officials and staff involved in conducting free, fair and peaceful elections.

In his address, the CM stated that the people of Sikkim said that in the Referendum of 1975 only 2% of the population of Sikkim voted against the merger, which shows the willingness of Sikkimese people to be a part of the Indian Union.

He talked of the developments that the State has witnessed in 25 years of the Sikkim Democratic Front government.

“I have made lots of sacrifices in my life to provide comfort, happiness and qualitative life to the people of Sikkim,” the CM said.

He went on to allege that attempts have been made to disrupt peace and development of the State. On the same, he asserted that the people should have the feeling to serve, love and respect the state by inculcating a sense of belonging and ownership. He further urged the people to deliver their responsibility towards the State and work in the interest of Sikkim.

He also urged the people to always ensure that Sikkim remain in safe hands. Sikkim got democracy after paying an expensive price so it should not be misused, he added.

The CM also reiterated the allegation of “shooters” being brought from outside the state by political parties and added that Darjeeling and Sikkim are being targeted by suicide bombers.

On the same, he directed the DGP of Sikkim Police to ensure safety and security of the people and their properties. He also congratulated Sikkim Police and government officials for conducting the polling peacefully and further directed the police to maintain law and order to avoid any post poll violence and to ensure the safety of the people.

The celebration also witnessed presentation of patriotic songs by students of Tadong Senior Secondary School and Deorali Girls SSS and by Cultural Affairs & Heritage Department.

The function started with the welcome address by the Chief Secretary AK Shrivastava and concluded with the presentation of vote of thanks by the Secretary of Information and Public Relations Department, Sherap Shenga.