Gangtok, 18 Sept (IPR): Sikkim observed the State Level Swachata Diwas at Manan Kendra on Tuesday.
The function was attended by Governor Ganga Prasad as chief guest and the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Ram Madhav as the guest of honour. It also had the presence of Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang [Golay], Speaker LB Das, MP Lok Sabha, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Secretary, AK Shrivastava, HODs, officers, teachers and students.
The Swachata Diwas was also observed to mark the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cleanliness drives were also carried out throughout the state.
The Governor, in his address, greeted the Prime Minister on his birthday and stated that the Prime Minister has dedicated his life to the service of the nation and thus his birthday should be celebrated as Jan Seva Diwas throughout the country.
The Governor also talked about the importance of organ donation and how it can save lives. He said that every individual should take a resolution for blood donation and organ donation to help the country progress towards humanity and join the national campaign in building a new India as desired by the Prime Minister.
The BJP general secretary, Mr Madhav, in his address, thanked the Chief Minister for organizing a special event to celebrate the Prime Minister's birthday.
Talking about the importance of the day, he said 'Lord Vishwakarma is the architect of the universe while as PM, Narendra Modiji is the architect of the Moden India which is a pleasant coincidence since both have been fundamental in working for the upliftment of the country and thus his birthday is rightly termed as Jan Sewa Diwas.'
Speaking about Sikkim, Mr Madhav applauded the cleanliness of the state and said that the state has set an exemplary example by being one of the cleanest states of the country.
He also said that the Centre has always given the state priority since it has set up various milestones for other states to replicate and learn from.
He said that the sentiments of the Sikkimese people would always be given precedence and thus the decision to withdraw the Centre's decision to open Khangchendzonga for mountaineering and trekking from Sikkim.
With regard to the special provisions of Article 371F, Mr Madhav assured the Centre will not interfere with it.
The programme also saw a power-point presentation on cleanliness, menstrual hygiene and the need to ban single-use plastic and on Jal Shakti Abhiyan by the Rural Development Department.
The Department of Social Welfare made a presentation on Poshan Maah and the pledge of Poshan Maah which was administered by the Governor.
Later the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Ram Madhav, the Chief Minister along with the dignitaries present donated blood at Manan Kendra.
Earlier in the morning, the Chief Minister along with the Cabinet Ministers attended a cleanliness drive at the new STNM Hospital at Sochaygang. He also visited and interacted with patients there.
Similarly, Additional Chief Secretaries, Secretaries and other officials of Government of Sikkim attended the cleanliness drive at Lal Bazaar.
Likewise, Secretary UDHD and Commissioner GMC attended the cleanliness drive at MG Marg.
It was a mass movement cleanliness drive with a mission to keep the areas in and around Gangtok neat and clean.
Later, school students carried out an awareness drive promoting cleanliness.