Gangtok(IPR): ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign, as part of the 75th-anniversary celebration of the country’s independence, was successfully launched by Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang at a programme organised by the Culture Department at Manan Kendra, today.
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang attended the programme as chief guest. His spouse, Krishna Rai accompanied him.
The gathering included the presence of Speaker SLA, L.B Das, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Adhaksyas & Upa-Adhakshyas, Mayor & Deputy Mayor, GMC, Advisors & Chairpersons, Press Secretary to CM, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Secretaries and HoDs, District Collectors from all the six districts, SP (Gangtok), Officials from different Departments, and others.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister initiated the formal launch of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. The campaign has been launched to encourage every citizen to hoist the National Flag to commemorate the 75th year of India’s Independence as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration. The Culture Department shared a short video of glimpses of the Indian Independence struggle and other related issues involving the campaign about hoisting the tricolour as part of the celebration.
Similarly, the IPR department also shared a video to elaborate on the importance of hoisting the National Flag. The video was informative to help everyone understand that the tri-colour National Flag is a panel made up of three rectangular panels or sub-panels of equal widths. The colour of the top panel is saffron (Kesari), and that of the bottom panel is green. The middle panel is white, bearing at its centre the design of Ashoka Chakra in navy blue colour with 24 equally spaced spokes. The video also described the significance of the colour spectrum used in the national flag with the Saffron colour, showing the strength and courage of the country. The white middle band indicates peace and truth with Dharma Chakra, and the last column in green shows the land’s fertility, growth, and auspiciousness.
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, in his address, informed that the Har Ghar Tiranga Campaign is being celebrated throughout the Nation to commemorate the 75th-anniversary celebration of the country’s independence. He said that it is an opportunity for all to mark their respect for the Nation by earnestly participating in the Har Ghar Tiranga Campaign. He requested everyone to participate in this campaign and make it a success.
The chief minister reminded all that India is the biggest Democracy in the world, and every citizen in the country should be grateful to the Nation for providing equality, freedom, and security to the citizens. He added that we must honour our freedom of seventy-five years and also look forward to celebrating the centenary after a hundred years.
He remembered the great freedom fighters who gave their effort for the freedom of the country.
The Chief Minister mentioned that Sikkim is the 22nd State of the Indian Union, shares international borders, and has significant responsibilities; therefore, the Independence Day celebration is an opportunity for us to show our national identity and gratitude for being part of the Indian Nation. He declared that the State level Independence day Celebration this year would be celebrated at Bhaichung Stadium in Namchi.
Minister for Culture Department, Samdup Lepcha, in his address, extended gratitude to the State Government and Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang for implementing the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign.
He mentioned that this campaign encourages citizens to hoist the National Flag to mark the 75th Independence. The proper size to hoist a National Flag has to maintain a width: height aspect ratio of 3:2; he added and requested all to hoist the National Flag straight and not slope it sidewise.
On the occasion, the winner of the Patriotic Poetry Competition, organised by the Culture department earlier on 31 July, Yadop Adhikari, presented his poetry once again. Similarly, Kamal Dahal who had won the Patriotic song competition in the programme conducted by the Culture Department on 31 July also presented his song along with singers Subham Nambhay and Kaushalya Chettri.
The programme also showcased a cultural show combined with dances by representatives from the Culture department and the dance troop representing the Dynamic Flicker’s Dance Academy from Ranipool.
The programme witnessed the release and felicitation of the artists involved in the following innovative projects and visual documentation:
- Sumok Thyakthuk – The Making of the Lepcha Hat
- Algeri: Traditional Papermaking
- Traditional Ink Making.
Similarly, the Elaka Report,1958, a compendium prepared to address the land boundaries in reference to the information compiled by the Settlement officer, was released, today.
The distribution of Naumati Baja to various organisations was also held in the programme.
The Chief Minister also presented cash incentives to the artists for their performance during the programme’s cultural show.
Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by Secretary, Culture Department, Karma R. Bonpo IAS. He spoke about implementing the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign in the state. He mentioned that this campaign encourages citizens to hoist the National Flag to mark the 75th Independence.
The Archives section of the Culture department also organised a photo exhibition on Dandi March in the lobby of Manan Bhawan.
The programme concluded with the word of thanks from Addl. Secretary, Culture Department, Tsewang Doma Bhutia.