Bermiok, 30 Aug (IPR): Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang [Golay] today attended the closing ceremony of the 10-day Sanskrit Sambhasan Shivir organized by Sanskrit Patshala (Bermiok) at Lower Bermiok in West Sikkim.

While addressing the valedictory ceremony hosted at the playground of Government Secondary School, Lower Bermiok, the Chief Minister spoke extensively on the plans of the Government to encourage the growth of Sanskrit language in Sikkim along with the other languages.

He stressed that Sanskrit teachers shoulder the huge responsibility of making Sanskrit popular and expressed happiness on the strength and importance of the programme and congratulated the organising committee for making new history by organising a state level function on Sanskrit.

Speaking in the context of recent appointment of 170 Sanskrit teachers since the formation of the new government, he extended gratitude to the Government of India and Education Department of the state for their support to ensure justice for the educated youth.

He also expressed his pleasure on being part of the programme and recalled his journey and attachment with the locality.

Later, the CM, in response to demands placed by the area MLA, Lok Nath Sharma, and announced the establishment a Sanskrit College and develop the sacred cave of Teyongsi SiriJunga at Lower Martam as a tourist destination.

The Chief Minister also assured to introduce science and commerce streams at Government Senior Secondary School, Bermiok Martam.

The Chief Minister also welcomed the proposal to change the name of the school to "Teyongsi SiriJunga Government Sr. Sec School, Bermiok Martam" and also assured to address demands including construction of an auditorium for the school, road connectivity from Gyalshing to Bermiok via Rungdu, establishment of a parking plaza at Gyalshing, sewage management and establishment of Culture Research Centre of the Sherpa community etc.

The Chief Minister also announced enhancement of the monthly salary of recently appointed Sanskrit teachers from Rs 8,000 to Rs 18,000. He also announced Rs 5 lakh each for Lower Bermiok Sanskrit Pathshala and Lower Bermiok Mandir from the Chief Minister's Fund.

He also informed that the State Government has secured the future of youth appointed under One Family, One Job scheme and allocated Rs 295 crores for their salaries.

The government has released Rs 796 crores to provide arrears of government employees in a single installment.

He also congratulated Lok Sabha MP, Indra Hang Subba, for taking oath in Nepali in the Parliament and announced to use the MP Fund in education sector in the first year of his term.

Education Minister KN Lepcha, in his address, commented that Sanskrit was a "devbhasha" and one of the oldest languages in history. Emphasizing on the significance of Sanskrit, Mr Lepcha said that Sanskrit is incorporated in religious books of Buddhist religion. He also urged all communities to learn Sanskrit.

Earlier, the area MLA placed various demands on behalf of his constituency before the Chief Minister.

He also said that the state government, under the leadership of the Chief Minister has begun on a journey for the progress and development of the state.

Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Indra Hang Subba, who hails from Gyalshing Bermiok constituency also addressed the gathering and spoke about the contributions of Teyongsi SiriJunga for the propagation of Limboo language right from the evolution of the Limboo alphabets and script.

During the programme, the Chief Minister was felicitated for his contributions to promote Sanskrit in the state. Besides, president of Sanskrit Lok Bhasa Prachar Samiti Shri Sadananda Dikchhit, executive member of Samiti, Ministers and the dignitaries were also presented felicitation letters and souvenirs.

President of Sanskrit LokBhasa Prachar Samiti, Dr Sadananda Dikshit extended gratitude to the state government for appointing 170 Sanskrit teachers in the state and stated that the appointment has set a golden footprint in historic achievement of the nation.

Dr Dikshit applauded the vision of the Chief Minister towards preserving Sanskrit. The programme also included a cultural programme.