Namchi, 15th August (IPR): The 74th Independence Day was celebrated in a very small scale as per the protocol of COVID-19 laid by the Sikkim State Government at the premises of District Administrative Office, Namchi, today. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Hon’ble Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. B. S. Panth, he was accompanied by D.C. (South) Mr. Ragul K, ADC (South) Mr. Satyen Kr. Pradhan, S.P (South) Mr. Thakur Thapa, ASP (South) Mr. J. Jayapandiyan, SDM (HQ) Mr. Chiran Rizal, SDM (Namchi) Mr. Agawane Rohan along with other heads of various line departments of the District.
At the onset of the program, Chief Guest was accorded the Guard of Honour followed by unfurling of the tricolour and singing of National Anthem. Afterwhich, the Independence Day message of the Hon’ble Governor and Hon’ble Chief Minister was read out by D.C. Mr. Ragul K and ADC Mr. Satyen Kr. Pradhan respectively.
Addressing the gathering Mr. B.S. Panth extended his warm wishes on the 74th Independence Day. He highlighted the importance of Independence Day of our country and spoke in-depth about its historical background and how our freedom fighters sacrificed their life for the country and its citizens so that they can lead a respected life which consists of Liberty, Equality and Justice. Drawing, examples of great and prominent national leaders as well as of responsible citizens who have sacrificed for our country Mr. Panth emphasized that the public should immensely value their freedom and work diligently towards developing our vast nation which is also the largest democracy in the world. He also attributed the sacrifices made by Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters due to which the citizens are living in a free country and added that one and all must protect this freedom.
To, commend the hard work put in by the frontline warriors during this ongoing time of pandemic the South District Independence Day organizing committee felicitated various teams and individuals. They are namely the team of Sikkim Police, IRBN, Screening Centre, Data Interpretation, Isolation, Ambulance, Sanitization, Counseling and COVID-19 Sample Collection team. Moreover Principal, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV, Ravangla) Mr. Abhijit Bera and Director (SICB, Karfectar) Mr. Bishal Rai was also accorded with respect for their indispensable contributions while controlling COVID-19 in the south district. They were all presented with a certificate of appreciation by the Chief Guest.