Birth anniversary of former Chief Minister of Sikkim

Gangtok, 05 Oct (IPR):

A programme to commemorate the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister of Sikkim late, Nar Bahadur Bhandari was held at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok today.

Chief Minister, Prem SinghTamang graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Also present in the function were Deputy Speaker, SLA, Sangay Lepcha, Cabinet Ministers, Advisors, Chairpersons, Chairmen, Mayor and Deputy Mayor GMC, Chief Secretary, DGP, Heads of various government departments and senior officials.

On the occasion, Chief Minister launched the Nar Bahadur Bhandari Fellowship Scheme in honour of the former Chief Minister.

The NB Bhandari Fellowship Scheme aims to provide an opportunity for Sikkim’s brightest and most promising Graduate students to pursue higher studies in the top 20 Universities of the world. The mission of this scheme is to provide exposure to Sikkimese students amidst the finest educators of the world.

The Chief Minister in his address extended his heartfelt tribute and homage to the second Chief Minister of Sikkim, late NB Bhandari, on the occasion of his 80th birth anniversary.

Chief Minister mentioned that NB Bhandari was not only a leader par excellence but also the architect of modern Sikkim. His immense contribution towards the State and its people has been etched in the pages of history and shall always be remembered with great significance, he added.

The Chief Minister mentioned that late Shri Bhandari was a true son of the soil and loved Sikkim and the Sikkimese people from the depth of his heart. His dynamic leadership during his regime as the Chief Minister stands as a strong foundation and also as an inspiration to emulate. His most notable contribution being the inclusion of the Nepali language in 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India, he stated. He also mentioned that late Shri Bhandari was of a great personality and took each challenge to his stride and emerged victorious in each front.

The Chief Minister said that significant advances that he implemented during his regime were that of rural development which focused on rural electrification, water supply and rural connectivity in Sikkim. He stressed that Late Bhandari was a disciplinarian and an able administrator, and did not compromise on the quality of administration delivered during his tenure. Even with limited budget during his regime, he didn’t falter to deliver basic necessities and connectivity to rural Sikkim.

The Chief Minister mentioned that Sikkim and the Sikkimese people shall always remain indebted to late Shri Bhandari for his tremendous contribution in shaping Sikkim to what it is today.

The Chief Minister also informed that as a mark of respect to late Shri Bhandari, his birth anniversary was declared as a gazetted holiday in Sikkim since last year.

During the programme, a brief power point presentation on NB Bhandari fellowship scheme was delivered by Director, Technical and Higher Education, Yishey D Yongda.

Earlier, the welcome address was presented by the Chief Secretary, SC Gupta. H on the immense contribution made by the former Chief Minister, the Chief Secretary recalled that those of his generation have had the good opportunity to personally interact with late NB Bhandari and he believes that the younger generation must have heard of Bhandari’s personality, action, politics and contribution towards the Sikkimese society.

The Chief Secretary expressed that late Shri Bhandari laid the foundation of modern Sikkim and also highlighted on the areas which received tremendous development during Bhandari's tenure. He also mentioned that the emphasis laid down on development and systems created during his tenure is a pillar of foundation for present day administration.

Later, the vote of thanks was proposed by Secretary, Education Department, Anil Raj Rai.