Governor inaugurates renovated Children Park on Vijay Diwas

Gangtok, 16 Dec (IPR):

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of 1971 Indo-Pakistan War, Vijay Diwas was celebrated today at the renovated Children Park, Baluwakhani.

The celebration was organized by Raj Bhavan in coordination with RajyaSainik Board.

Governor of Sikkim, Ganga Prasad attended the function as the chief guest.

Secretary RajyaSainik Board Col. D.N. Bhutia, Secretary Raj Bhavan, Raj Yadav, Senior officers of the Army, Veterans of 1971 Indo-Pak War, ITBP Jawans and RSB and army jawans were present in the august gathering.

At the outset, GovernorGanga Prasad inaugurated the Renovated Children Park at Baluwakhani to mark the important occasion.

Governor,Ganga Prasad, in his address paid his tribute and condolences to CDS General BipinRawat, his wife, and 12 army officials who lost their lives in a helicopter crash last week. He also extended his heartfelt condolences to the family members of HawaldarSatpalRai from Darjeeling, who lost his life in the same chopper crash. He mentioned that their great sacrifice for the country shall never be forgotten.

The Governor extended his warm greetings and best wishes on the occasion of Vijay Diwas. He mentioned that people across the country are celebrating the 50th anniversary of India's victory over Pakistan in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The war that came to an end on December 16, 1971, led to the liberation of East Pakistan and the formation of Bangladesh. He paid his tribute to everyone who fought for the nation and ensured the victory of India. He expressed hope that India and Bangladesh stay strong and unified to fight against the evils of terrorism and work towards growth and progress of both the countries.

The Governor also mentioned that the inauguration of the Children’s Park today is for the holistic development of children and to help shape their future to be bigger, brighter and prosperous.

He concluded his address by paying tribute to all the martyrs for the great sacrifice and contributions made to the country for its freedom.

The function saw presentation of gift hampers to the blood donors who donated blood on the occasion of AzadiKaAmritMahotsav that is being observed across the country to commemorate 75 years of Independence.

Gift hampers were also presented to the members of RajyaSainik Board, ITBP jawans and Raj Bhavan Family.

The highlight of the function was felicitation of 1971 Indo-Pak war veterans and their names are; SubedarBirkhaBahadurChettri, Major Honorary Captain HiralalKarki, Rifleman LalBahadurRai, NayakBhimBahadurLimbu, SepoyNimTshering Lama, Lieutenant Colonel D. M. Singh, Rifleman Santa Bir Singh, Hawaldar Ashok Kumar Rai, and HawaldarBinod Kumar Basnet.

Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by Secretary Raj Bhavan,Raj Yadav, and a detailed history about 1971 Indo-Pakistan War was given by Secretary, RajyaSainik Board, Col. D. N. Bhutia.