Pakyong, Dec 24: (IPR) The Platinum Jubilee of the Aho Shanti Government Secondary School was celebrated with much vigour and excitement at the school premises here today.
Honble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) graced the occasion as the chief guest. Also present were Shri Bhim Hang Subba, Minister PHE Department, Shri Em Prasad Sharma, Area MLA( Chief Patron- PJCC), school principals, senior officials from line departments,host of school students, teachers and other staff members from Aho Shanti school.
In his address to the gathering, the Chief Minister expressed his happiness and applauded the school authorities for successfully conducting and organising the Platinum jubilee event and continuously providing education and discipline among the children since past 75 years.
Encouraging the students, he stated that school life is a golden life and the most important phase of a student’s life.He urged the students to excel and make the best out of their schooling life.
HCM further mentioned that the present Government has introduced Chief Minister’s free scholarship,CMUPSC coaching camp and added that already around 70 top aspirants have already been receiving top class UPSC coaching under the guidance of expert lecturers, scholars and academicians.
He added that the present Government will leave no stone unturned to help and support meritorious and underprivileged students and appealed them to make the best use from various schemes initiated by the present Government and further added that the Government is creating feasible environment to harness the talent pool in the state and to bring the best out of the individuals in the state.
He further encouraged the teachers to educate the students on the lines of humanity and morality and added that education is the basis for successfully evolving humanity.
The Chief Minister also informed the gathering that the Government has initiated the construction of youth hostels in metropolitan cities of Bengaluru, Kolkata and New Delhi for the overall convenience of the underprivileged students from Sikkim.
Furthermore, he assured the gathering to meet up all their demands and grievances on priority basis.Regarding the upcoming Sikkim Garib Awas Yojna, he specifically reiterated that only the most needy and genuine citizens will be given top preference and allotments on priority basis.
Regarding the upgradation of Aho Shanti school to Senior secondary level, he directed the school Headmaster to prepare a viable report and stated that the Government will look at all the possible options to do the needful at the earliest.
He also directed the concerned officials from engineering cell of line departments to prepare the proposal and overall estimate for the construction of Multipurpose Auditorium hall and the extension of school play ground,gallery and pavilion at Aho Shanti secondary school.
The Chief Minister also appealed to all the interested ministers, party functionaries,officers,businessmen and entrepreneurs to come forward and adopt each schools and villages for the overall development of schools and villages at subdivision and district level.
He further stated that the MP funds will be particularly diverted towards rebuilding and reviving the education sector in the state.
He also highlighted on the Sports Department’s efforts to hunt sporting talents in the state in various other sporting field further encouraging the students to equally focus on extra curriculum activities along with their academics.
The Chief Minister also announced that three students from Dentam will be representing India soon in the upcoming under 17 women’s football world cup along with two other students who have been selected through talent hunt initiated by the Sports Department to represent India under the Khelo India initiative.
He added that the CMs chair is there to help and serve the public and stated that the CMO will always work to provide necessary support and assistance to the needy and underprivileged students.
The Chief Minister also announced that all the government employees will soon avail medical insurance up till ten lakh rupees and added that around one lakh families will be medically covered under the scheme initiated by the State Government.
He further stated that the teachers should be given much needed respect and importance for their immense contributions towards the society and state at large.
Lastly, he extended his warm greetings on the occasion of Christmas, Lossong, Namsoong, Tamu Lochar and the upcoming New Year to the people of the state.
School Principal, Shri Issac Lepcha termed it as nostalgic joy to be celebrating the platinum jubilee of the school. He presented a brief report on the school profile before the gathering.
The Principal also extended his gratitude and highlighted the achievements of the school in various domains over the last 75 years of its existence and thanked the teaching and non teaching staffs for their dedication and persistent efforts.
Area MLA Shri Em Prasad Sharma extended his warm welcome and expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister on attending the Platinum Jubilee.The Area MLA placed forth the demands and grievances of his constituency before the Chief Minister. He specifically placed forth the demand for the maintenance of Aho Shanti school ground, extension of the school ground and repair of the roads on priority basis.
Speaking before the gathering,he pointed out that only genuine and underprivileged citizens will be given top preference in the allotment of the new houses under Sikkim Garib Awas Yojna through proper survey and scrutiny.
Various cultural events including songs and cultural dance performances were duly displayed by the school students which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.
Earlier, the Chief Minister distributed prizes to the participating students and felicitated the land donors,teachers and school authorities for their immense contribution toward the establishment of the Aho Shanti school.