Gangtok, May 16: (IPR) The 44th State Day celebration was observed at
Chintan Bhawan, today. The Governor Ganga Prasad was present as
the chief guest and the Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling was
the guest of honour.

The programme began with the lighting of ceremonial lamp by the
Governor, Ganga Prasad, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, Deputy
Speaker (SLA), Sonam Gyatso Lepcha and Chief Secretary, A.K.Shrivastava.

 The Governor in his address said that Sikkim became a part of the
largest democracy of the world on 16th May, 1975 and the journey so
far has been fruitful and fulfilling. The Governor said that the State
Day is a joyous occasion when the people of Sikkim can recall with
pride, enthusiasm and satisfaction, the multifarious and significant
achievement made by the Government during the past years. “ Sikkim has
managed to emerge as one of the best all round performing State in the
country within four and half decades of becoming a part of the Indian
Union.” said the Governor. He further added that Sikkim stands tall
and is working with more zeal and keenness to make the State as a
model in the country. With the outstanding work done by Sikkim, the
Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, also shares his vision and has
lauded Sikkim for bagging the Gold at the Future Policy Award in Rome
for being the World’s first totally Organic State, he said. He also
stated that the Prime Minister termed Future Policy Gold Award, 2018
as equivalent to an Oscar and complimented the State Government and
the people of Sikkim for the overall development.  The Governor also
congratulated the Chief Secretary, State Election Commission, Chief
Electoral Officer, District Election Officers and all officials and
staff  who were involved in conducting a free, fair and peaceful
election as a festival of Democracy.

The Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling in his address extended best
wishes to the people on the occasion and highlighted the significance
of the State Day. He also briefed the journey of Sikkim on being the
22nd State of India.  The Chief Minister Pawan Chamling stated that
Sikkim has created history in every field for the all round
development in the past 25 years. He appealed to the gathering not to
misuse the democratic rights provided by the Constitution of India and
to always join hands to work for the betterment and development of the
State.

On the occasion, L. D. Kazi award for Democratic Rights was presented
to late Namgyal Tshering Euthenpa by Governor, Ganga Prasad
with a cash prize of Rs.  I lakh. The award was received by his
daughter Mrs. Chumsey Doma.The citation of late Namgyal Tshering
Euthenpa was read by the Chief Secretary, A. K. Shrivastava. The
Jeevan Rakshak Padak Award was presented to Chandra Kumar Gurung
by the Chief Minster Pawan Chamling for his act of bravery for
saving life of a man who accidently fell into Rani Khola.

The programme also saw singing of patriotic songs by the students and
artists of Tadong Senior Secondary School, Deorali Girls Senior
Secondary School and Cultural Affairs and Heritage Department,
respectively,

Earlier, the Governor, Chief Minister and the dignitaries present paid
tribute to the statue of L.D.Kazi who was the first Chief Minister of
democratic Sikkim.

The welcome address was delivered by the Chief Secretary while the
vote of thanks was proposed by Secretary, Information and Public
Relations Department, Sherap Shenga.

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