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1971 War veterans from Sikkim felicitated
GANGTOK,: The State-level 72nd Republic Day was celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm at Paljor Stadium on Tuesday where Governor Ganga Prasad unfurled the National Flag and received the National salute. Thereafter, the Governor reviewed the Republic Day parade performed by the personnel from ITBP, SSB, SAP, 1st and 3rd IRBn, Army Pipe Band and Sikkim Police Pipe and Brass Band, an IPR release informs.
The function was also graced by Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang as the guest of honour. The programme also had the attendance of Education minister Kunga Nima Lepcha, MP Lok Sabha Indra Hang Subba, chief secretary S. C. Gupta, DGP A. Shanker Rao, heads of departments, Army and paramilitary officials, and senior officers of the State administration, 1971 war veterans and war widows and general public.
The Governor in his address congratulated everyone present on the joyous occasion of the 72nd Republic Day. He paid tribute to the founding fathers of the Indian Republic. He also extended his warm greetings to the gallant members of the Armed Forces and the paramilitary who guard the borders, and to the valiant Sikkim Police, who maintain our internal security. He also expressed his deep sense of gratitude to those martyrs who have lost their lives in maintaining the security and integrity of our country.
The State Government, through all the hardships caused by the nationwide lockdown imposed to combat Covid-19, has efficaciously maintained the delicate balance of safeguarding the people from the infectious virus while ensuring economic stability of the State, the Governor said. The State government has been performing phenomenally well and there is no cut in salaries to be dispensed while every single formative plan and undertakings of the State government have been taken up in its right earnest, he added.
In his address, the Governor highlighted the latest improvement and infrastructural development in the State health and education sectors. He also informed about the issue of traffic congestion in the capital and stated that the State government has deliberated on a number of ways aimed at curbing it.
Prasad further informed that on January 16, the Covid-19 vaccination programme has started in Sikkim also. The first phase shall cover all health workers and frontline workers. He also stated that the citizens can rest assured that government is fully committed to provide vaccination support to all eligible persons.
The Governor thanked the dedicated medical staff and frontline workers engaged in the Covid-19 pandemic for their selfless services since the first day of lockdown. He also congratulated Ayush Ranjan, a student of Sikkim who was awarded with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Purashkar 2021.
Customary to the Republic Day celebrations in the State, police personnel from the State were feted with the decorated President’s Police Medals and exemplary employees of the Government of Sikkim were also awarded the Sikkim State Meritorious Service Award in recognition of their sincere and dedicated services to the State.
The 2019 Police Medal for Meritorious Service was awarded by MHA to Chewang Lhamu Bhutia, Superintendent of Police and John Lepcha, Assistant Sub Inspector.
The following Government employees were honoured with the Sikkim State Meritorious Service Awards on the occasion:
1. Devi Lall Ramudamu, Additional Director, Skill Development department
2. Hem Prashad Dhakal, Additional Director, Education department
3. Nakul Pradhan, Additional Superintendent of Police, Geyzing
4. Kashiraj Limboo, Jt. Labour Commissioner, Labour department
5. Karma Wangchuk Chankapa, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, GMC, Gangtok
6. Karma Dichen Bhutia, Librarian, Culture department
7. Rup Hang Subba, Livestock Assistant, AH&VS department
8. Sandup Lepcha, UDC, Department of Personnel
9. Nindey Lepcha, UDC, Land Revenue &DM department
10. Chabilall Sharma, Pressman-I, Printing & Stationary department
11. Kamal Chettri, Junior Supervisor, GMC
12. Pempa Lepcha, Office Attendant, Excise department
13. B.Subba, Office Attendant, Home department
During the Republic Day programme, the State government also felicitated ten 1971 war veterans. The names were:
1. Naik Birkha Bahadur Rai, 5/11 GR, Lingding Busty, East Sikkim
2. Havildar Man Bahadur Gurung, 5/11 GR, Lingding Busty, East Sikkim
3. Naik Bindra Man Rai, 2/11 GR, Chemchey Busty, South Sikkim
4. Naik late Birkha Bahadur Rai, 5/11GR, Lingdum Busty, East Sikkim. His son Ashok Rai received the award posthumously on his behalf.
5. Rifleman Narman Tamang, 5/11 GR, Phalidara Busty, South Sikkim
6. Subedar Chang Tshering Bhutia, 6/11 GR, Rabongla Bazaar, South Sikkim
7. Rifleman Lakpa Sherpa, 5/11 GR, Damthang Bazaar, South Sikkim
8. Subedar Bal Raj Subba, 5/11 GR, Uttaray, West Sikkim
9. Naik Ugen Tenzing Lama, 2/11 GR, Parenggaon, West Sikkim
10. Honorary Captain Ran Bahadur Rai, 5/11 GR, Chumbong, West Sikkim
The Certificate of Appreciation was also presented to:
1. Ashwini Kumar Chand, Resident Commissioner, officers and staff, Sikkim House, New Delhi.
2. Bipin Kumar, Director, National School of Drama
3. Gopi Krishna Nepal, social worker, Perbing, East Sikkim
In the programme, the Governor also presented trophy of the Overall Best Platoon to ITBP.