SIKKIM CELEBRATES CONSTITUTION DAY Important to remember duties along with rights: CM

Gangtok, 26 Nov (IPR): Law and Parliamentary Affairs Department, Government of Sikkim, organized a function in Chintan Bhawan today to celebrate the 70th Constitution Day marking the adoption of the Constitution of India on 26 Nov, 1949. The Constitution of India formally came into effect on 26 Jan, 1950 which is celebrated as Republic Day of India. The Indian Constitution is the longest written Constitution.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister, Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) said that Constitution Day is being celebrated in India as a tribute to all the great legends who worked tirelessly to give India its Constitution.

The Chief Minister spoke at length about the Indian constitution which apart from the usual features like fundamental rights and the powers of distribution has shown foresight to include chapters which ensure pluralism, positive discrimination and fair opportunity to all sections of society.

India is a secular country and the Constitution of India guarantees freedom of conscience and the right to profess practice and propagate religion to all. He said that the Indian Constitution is for continuity of democracy and integrity of nation. He remembered Dr BR Ambedkar, the Architect of the Indian Constitution, for his stellar contribution and socio-political understanding.

The Chief Minister called upon all to unite with the goal of eliminating poverty, discrimination, exploitation, starvation, sickness and disease, and creating an atmosphere of simple and peaceful living.

He said that the Indian Constitution has given us our rights with our responsibility and duties but we always seek for our rights and forget about duties so he urged every individual to first perform their duties and responsibilities which automatically provide their rights.

He further urged everyone to work towards preserving and protecting Article 371F of the Constitution which provides for special protection of the people of Sikkim.

The Chief Minister further said that Sikkim has the unique tendency of honoring one another, to respect all religions and communities, to be hospitable, to help the poor and miserable, and to provide a cordial environment for everyone to profess their religion and perform pilgrimage.

He also assured that the Government of Sikkim will always perform its duty efficiently and look into the problems faced by the Sikkimese people.

The program also saw Minister Health, Principal Secretary Health and team presenting award to the Chief Minister which was received by West Sikkim recently from Ministry of Health, Government of India for achieving 90% immunization. West Sikkim is among 16 other districts in the country to receive this award.

Earlier a talk on “Fundamental Duties” was presented by Narendra Rai [Senior Advocate, High Court of Sikkim and President of Bar Association of Sikkim]. Likewise, a talk on "Salient Features of the Indian Constitution” was delivered by Dr Dilip Pandey, Dean of Students, Government Law College, Burtuk, followed by a talk by student of Government Law College, Burtuk, Say Shay Hang Subba.

On the occasion, Chief Minister, Mr Tamang administered the Preamble to the Constitution to the audience.

During the programme, Information and Public Relations Department screened a documentary film on the Constitution of India to make the audience familiar with the constitution of India and its salient features.

Also, the Culture Department performed patriotic songs on the occasion.

The programme had the presence of Speaker Sikkim Legislative Assembly, LB Das, Law Minister, Kunga Nima Lepcha, Ministers, MLAs, Advisors, Mayor GMC, Chief Secretary, SC Gupta, Law Secretary, JB Rai, Heads of Departments, offiicers and students.

The welcome address was presented by the Chef Secretary of Sikkim, while the programme concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by LR-cum-Secretary Law.