Mangan, 02 Nov ( IPR): The Indian Army Century Brigade Mountain Cycling expedition from Khongjakma Pass in North Sikkim to Sevoke Military Station reached Singhik today where they held a short interaction with the students of Singhik Secondary School. The team consisting of 20 army men from 5 Gorkha Regiment is undertaking the expedition from the Indo China border to reach Sevoke station over a period of seven days. The expedition is being conducted to celebrate the 32nd rising Day of Century Brigade Sevoke and also to convey the message on important themes like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Career prospects in the Indian Army and Swachh Bharat.
Army Major Harshvardan and Captain Sarin of 5 Gorkha Regiment is leading the expedition and the cadets who participated in the joint military expedition in the high altitudes of North Sikkim will be cycling all the way to the plains of Sevoke. The team will be stopping at various points and interacting with schools and public to convey their message.
The expedition team was warmly welcomed by the Principal, teachers and students of Singhik SS wherein a short interaction programme was held. Sub Divisional Magistrate, Mangan, Shri P.W. Lepcha, along with District Information Officer, North represented the North District administration during the programme.
Addressing the students in fluent Nepali, Major Harshvardhan stated that Sikkim is a blessed State where women enjoy equal opportunities and it is the cleanest State which has attained Open Defecation free status. He stated that the career in the Indian Army is a rewarding one and motivated the students to join the Army. He also answered the queries of the students on how to join the Indian Army and preparation required to get into the National Defense Academy in Dehra Dun, Indian Military Academy and Officers Training Academy in Chennai.
Likewise, Captain Sarin spoke on the importance of maintaining physical health and urged the students to work hard and excel in their studies.
Apart from the above programme by the Indian Army, two other programmes were also held in the school.
A sensitization campaign under Sikkim Against Addiction and Towards Healthy India (SAATHI) was also held at Singik SS. SAATHI is an initiative under the Chief Minister’s Youth Empowerment and Self Reliant Mission. It works on peer education model to deal with various issues of substance abuse at various government schools. The aim of SAATHI is to significantly reduce the use of substance abuse across the State and to educate students and Community at large. The NSS volunteer students from Mangan Senior Secondary School put up meaningful plays and recitations to educate their peers of Singhik SS on substance abuse and its medical and socio economic implications.
The SDM Mangan also conducted a Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) in the school wherein he spoke on the electoral registration process of the first time voters. He spoke on the importance of registration of voters and their participation in the electoral process of the country.