Govt committed to interests and aspirations of students: CM

SKM ORGANISES STUDENTS’ RIGHTS DAY Henceforth, even VIPs to undergo treatment at STNM Hospital Gangtok, 14 Jul: Sikkim Krantikari Morcha party observed the fifth edition of Students’ Rights Day here at Mannan Kendra on Sunday. The programme, which had Chief Minister PS Tamang [Golay] as the chief guest, was attended by college and school students. SKM has been marking every 14th of July as Student’s Rights Day to mark the student movement of 2014 involving students of Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College, Tadong, against fee hike. It may be recalled that the protest had received support from students, parents and locals and the three-day string of protests included lathi-charges and tear gas shelling. The event was organized on a much grander scale this year now that SKM has formed the government in Sikkim. In his address, the CM remarked that SKM had demanded the rights of the students when it was in opposition, and now that it has formed the government, it was working diligently to provide full rights to the students. He added that SKM had organised this day in a grand manner today to discuss and deliberate with students on their rights and aspirations. During direct interaction, students placed their issues, demands and suggestions to the CM. In response, the CM committed that the State government would take their issues, demands and suggestions seriously and begin work on them immediately. He also stressed that the government has been working in education and health sector on priority basis. During the programme, SKM spokesperson, Jacob Khaling, who is also the Political Secretary to the CM, gave a power-point presentation on the student’s movement of 2014. Also on the occasion, seven sportspersons of Sikkim from different disciplines were felicitated for their outstanding performance and achievements at the national and international levels. The felicitated sportspersons are: footballers Nirmal Chettri and Bikash Jairu, cricketer Nimesh Lamichaney, boxing coach Pratima Gooroong, certified fitness trainer Pandi Targain, MMA fighter Passang Lepcha and runner Shanti Ram Sharma. In his address, the CM also commented on the practice of VIPs bypassing STNM Hospital and heading to hospitals in the metros for treatment on government expense. Henceforth, even VIPs, if they wish to undergo medical treatment on government expense, will have to seek treatment at STNM Hospital for all ailments that can be attended to here, he said, underling that this would apply to even the CM and Ministers. Crores are being wasted due to such preferential treatment, he said, adding that it was not proper for VIPs to seek treatment outside the State when the specialists and facilities were available in Sikkim.