Gangtok, 2 June:
A marathon themed, “Run so that someone could learn” was held here today with 43 runners racing from MG Marg to Bakthang Falls.
Keshav Chettri, Dipen Pradhan and Kiran Subba stood first, second and third among the male runner, while Lhamu Sherpa, Srijana Bhandari and Nisha Hangma Subba were the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up respectively in the females category.
Journalist Nirmal Mangar, advocate Pragya Satpathy, members of the Bar Association of Sikkim, students from Government Law College, and runners from various walks of life took part in the program.
The marathon was organised by IDIA [Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access], Sikkim Chapter, featured a strong participation of lawyers. The event was supported by The Accelerator Coaching Academy which provided the logistical support.
Forest Minister Karma Loday Bhutia flagged off the marathon.
Before flagging off the race, Mr Bhutia, while congratulating the organizers, stressed on the need for outdoor activities and also appreciated the efforts of IDIA towards raising awareness about the need for education and legal rights.
Further, he held that new government will work earnestly for the weaker sections and economically underprivileged citizens.
Mingma Lhamu Sherpa, Consultant, IDIA Sikkim, while delivering the welcome address, highlighted the need for awareness and action on the Right To Education and legal rights of children.
She added that IDIA-Sikkim was dedicated to raising awareness and helping spread the message of legal rights and diversity across to the people.
IDIA helps students from underprivileged and marginalised communities secure admission into the leading law colleges in India. They have been actively involved among law students in guiding them access education to increase diversity in higher centers of learning in the discipline of law.