CM marks Tika Utsav by getting himself vaccinated


Summit Report

Gangtok, 11 Apr: Chief Minister PS Tamang joined the Tika Utsav today by himself receiving his first

dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at STNM Hospital here, and IPR press release informs. The CM is 54 years old and the vaccination drive is currently available for all aged above 45 years. Also today, the Education Department issued a circular making Covid vaccination compulsory for all above 45 year old personnel of the Department and teaching and non-teaching staff of all schools, including private

schools, compulsory. Meanwhile, on the start of the Tika Utsav, the CM’s wife, Krishna Kumari Rai, Rural Development Minister Sonam Lama, Secretary to the CM, SD Dhakal, and other officials also accompanied him to the hospital and received the COVID-19 vaccine. In his brief address to

media, the Chief Minister appealed to the above 45-year olds to come forward and participate

in the Tika Utsav by getting themselves vaccinated. The Tika Utsav was announced by the Prime Minister as a move to ramp up Covid vaccination. In the same manner, the CM also urged everyone to strictly adhere to COVID-appropriate behaviour which includes frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks and following physical distancing to curb transmission of the virus. The Chief Minister also extended gratitude towards the Prime Minister for providing COVID-19 vaccine free of cost and reiterated the ‘Dawai Bhi, Kadai Bhi’ slogan. He stated that Sikkim was well equipped with COVID-19 testing and treating equipment and supplies and has the support of experienced Doctors, Nurses and other Front Line Workers. Moreover, he appealed to the people to abide by the COVID-19 preventive measures and stick to the guidelines at all times. He also requested the public to restrict unnecessary travel to prevent the spread of the second wave of the virus. Meanwhile, on a day that the state recorded its largest spike in daily Covid cases in a long while, the Education Department issued a circular making it compulsory for all officers and employees of the Department, including teaching and non-teaching staff

at all schools, aged above 45 years to get vaccinated against Covid-19. While the circular does not clearly specify by when the first dose should be taken by the officers and teachers, it appears that

this has to be achieved by 20 April. The Circular states that “in order to achieve this vaccination,” all educational institutions in the State have been ordered to remain closed from 12 to 20 April.

Online classes will however continue this period. Given that the CBSE Board exams are round the

corner, the Education Department circular further directs that all activities related to the CBSE examinations slated for the period that the schools have been shut for be taken up after 20 April “as per the convenience of the CBSE Centre Superintendents.”