Nar Bahadur Bhandari Fellowship Scheme launched in honour of the late CM NB Bhandari
Gangtok, October 5: A programme was conducted at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok, to commemorate the 80th birth anniversary of Sikkim’s former Chief Minister, Nar Bahadur Bhandari who was also the founding leader of the Sikkim Sangram Parishad party. Chief Minister P.S Tamang was the Chief Guest of this programme, along with the attendance of the Deputy Speaker, SLA, Sangay Lepcha, various Cabinet Ministers, Advisors, Chairpersons, Chairmen, Mayor and Deputy Mayor GMC, Chief Secretary, DGP, and Heads of various government departments and other senior officials.
It was during this programme that Tamang announced the launching of the Nar Bahadur Bhandari Fellowship Scheme in honour of the former Chief Minister. Earlier in 2019, as a mark of respect to the late Chief Minister, his birth anniversary was also declared as a gazetted holiday in Sikkim.
The late Chief Minister N.B. Bhandari was also popularly remembered for his efforts to include the Nepali language in 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India, was also known as the architect of modern Sikkim, along with being the first Indian Chief Minister of Gorkha origin. He also served as the president of Bharatiya Nepali Bhasha Parisangh until his death on July 16, 2017, aged 75.
Some of Bhandari’s notable political accomplishments are- providing free education from elementary to graduate school, establishing nearby schools-- within a radius of 3 to 4 km-- for all residents, providing drinking water to every household in Sikkim, building a network of roads to all major villages in Sikkim, bringing all rural areas onto the electric grid, and the setup of vast healthcare centres.
Bhandari before his death, was closely involved with the SKM party and campaigned several times for the latter before the 2014 General elections and also gave his last speech before his passing, at the SKM Foundation Day Celebration in Singtam on February 4, 2017.
According to IPR’s press release, the N. B. Bhandari Fellowship Scheme, aims to provide an opportunity for Sikkim’s brightest and most promising Graduate students to pursue higher studies in the top 20 Universities of the world, with the mission of this scheme being to provide exposure to Sikkimese students amidst the finest educators of the world.
The Chief Minister P.S. Tamang on the occasion of Bhandari’s 80th birth anniversary programme in an address extended his gratitude and tribute to the late former Chief Minister. Tamang during his address said that the late former Chief Minister N.B. Bhandari was not only a leader but also the architect of modern Sikkim who was responsible for shaping Sikkim as it is at the moment.
Adding that Bhandari was a true son of Sikkim and loved his state and its people and his dynamic leadership during his tenure as Chief Minister has inspired many thanks to its strong foundation. Tamang stressed during his address that Sikkim and the Sikkimese people shall always remain indebted and grateful to late former Chief Minister N.B. Bhandari for his humongous contribution and that his contribution towards Sikkim and it’s people have been written in the history books of Sikkim.
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