Gangtok, 02 Oct (IPR): Sikkim celebrated the 149th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, with grandeur and splendor at Chintan Bhawan in Gangtok today.
Earlier, Hon’ble Governor paid respect to the Father of the Nation by garlanding the bust of Mahatma Gandhi at M.G. Marg following which he took a round of the photo exhibition put up by Cultural Affairs & Heritage Department in coordination with Information & Public Relations Department after which he proceeded towards Chintan Bhawan.
Governor Shri Ganga Prasad graced the occasion as chief guest which which also had the presence of Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, and Gangtok MLA, Shri Pintso Chopel Lepcha, on the dias along with other dignitaries and students present in the function.
The programme began with the Governor and dignitaries lighting the ceremonial lamp and paying floral tribute on the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Governor wished all the Sikkimese people on this special day and reminded everyone about the contributions of the Father of the Nation. He also paid tribute to India’s second Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, the great leader who shares his birth anniversary on the same day with Mahatma Gandhi and who is famous for giving India the slogan, ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’.
Shri Prasad said, “We should all feel proud and fortunate to belong to a country which produced heroes and legends like them.”
He also said that the principles and philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi is acknowledged globally and his birthday is observed as International Day of Non Violence throughout the world. While talking about the life and achievements, he said that Mahatma Gandhi used the weapon of love and elucidated about the life and achievements of Mahatma Gandhi whose principle of truth and non-violence is relevant even to this day. By following the principles of Mahatma Gandhi, students should aspire not only to be successful citizens but also good citizens, he added.
The Governor urged the gathering to follow the principles of Mahatma Gandhi in day to day life. He congratulated the State of Sikkim for its initiatives under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and for receiving many awards and accolades in the country. He added that sanitation was a subject very close to Mahatma Gandhi which has to be implanted even more.
Speaking on the occasion the Governor said that Mahatma Gandhi advocated peace and non-violence during a period which was filled by ultra-nationalism, gross inequalities, brutalities on colonized societies and World Wars. As the world realized enormity of death and destruction caused by the Second World War, they found relevance of what Mahatma Gandhi stood for. The United Nations have rightly declared the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi as “International Day of Non-violence”.
Addressing the gathering, the Governor said that Mahatma Gandhi was not born great but he achieved greatness because of his faith in self, he was persistent, and he learnt from his mistakes. He told that Mahatma Gandhi was himself a religious person and believed in equal respect for all religions. It was his conviction that nothing enduring can be built on violence. He stated that Gandhi’s principles could be solution for religious extremism and terrorism being witnessed today.
“Mahatma Gandhi stressed on moral education, community work and struggle against political and social oppression. Cleanliness and sanitation was very close to heart of Mahatma Gandhi and it is therefore apt that Government of India launched ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ or ‘Clean India Mission’ on his birth anniversary in 2014 with the objective of providing adequate sanitation and building modern toilets for all,” he concluded.
During the programme, Best Anganwadi Worker Award was handed over to Smt. Kamala Manger of Daragoan ICDs Center under Jorethang ICDs Project, South Sikkim who was awarded with a citation, certificate and a cash amount of Rs. 10,000 by the chief guest.
Letters of Appreciation with cash award of Rs. 10,000/- each was handed over to:
(a) Mr. K.B. Chettri – Garbage Truck Driver
(b) Mr. Ajay Rawat – Gangtok Beautifier
(c) Ms. Anju Sherpa – Gangtok Beautifier
Token distribution of cash bonus and gifts were given to
(a) Mr. Garjaman Sharma – Garbage Truck Helper
(b) Ms. Radhika Rai – Gangtok Beautifier
These felicitations are the annual features of Gangtok Municipal Corporation. It was also informed that the cash bonus and gifts will be provided to all the Gangtok Beautifiers, Garbage Truck Drivers and Garbage Truck Helpers working under Gangtok Municipal Corporation.
The programme also had distribution of prizes to three winners of competition of the play on Mahatma Gandhi held recently:
1st – Palzor Namgyal Sen Sec School
2nd – Bojhoghari Sen Sec School
3rd – Sichey Secondary School
Three winners of the State level Quiz Competition on Sanitation for Junior High Schools held recently by RMDD were also awarded:
1st – Swayem JHS (North)
2nd – Zeel JHS (West)
3rd – Bermiok Daragaon JHS (West)
During the programme, Letter of Appreciation was also given by the Governor to Block Development Officer, Martam, Shri Deepak Kumar Rai, for his exemplary work in his field.
The programme also had launching of “Handbook on Bee keeping” prepared by Sikkim Khadi & Village Industries.
The celebration at Chintan Bhawan also had religious recitation of prayers by the heads of different religious communities of Sikkim. Patriotic songs was also presented by the students of Tashi Namgyal Senior Secondary School and Modern Senior Secondary School. A short speech on Gandhian thoughts was delivered by Rhenock College student, Master Mani Raj Rai, while Bhajan/Ram Dhun was presented by the Culture Department.
The function also showcased a short documentary film on Mahatma Gandhi by Information & Public Relations Department and screening of 21 minutes video on “Evolution of Sanitation in Sikkim” by Rural Management & Development Department enthralled and enlivened the celebration.
On the recommendation of the State Sentence Review Board as notified vide Notification No. 42/Home/2007 dated 25.04.2007 and in exercise of the powers conferred by section 432,433 and 433 A of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, the Government of Sikkim ordered the premature release of the following life convicts undergoing life sentence in the State Central Prison Rongyek duly commuting the remainder of their life sentence, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti 2018 as under:
1. Shri Ner Tshering Lepcha
2. Shri Nimzong Lepcha
3. Shri Arun Subba
4. Shri Bikash Chettri
5. Shri Raju Chettri
6. Shri Deepak Pradhan
The vote of thanks was delivered by CEO, Khadi and Village Industries, Shri Gyurmee Yousal.