Gangtok, December 30: Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang called on the Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad at Raj Bhawan today.
It was a courtesy call by the Chief Minister to extend New Year Greetings to the Hon’ble Governor.
During the call on, the Chief Minister informed various initiatives and developmental activities undertaken by the State Government in the field of Health, Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Education and many other departments to address the basic needs and welfare of the people of Sikkim. He also informed about several measures and noteworthy achievements of the Government for the benefit of the Sikkimese society.
The Hon’ble Governor also shared many profound suggestions and requested all to take possible measures for the prevention of COVID-19 pandemic which has not been over yet and also advised to carry forward the sustainable developmental works rendered towards the upliftment and prosperity of the common people in the State.
During the meeting, both the Governor and the Chief Minister also exchanged New Year’s greetings.
Gangtok, December 30 (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang graced the State Level Tamu Lochar celebrations as the Chief Guest at Manan Kendra, today. The programme was organised by Akhil Sikkim Gurung Tamu Boudha Sangh.
The function was also attended by Hon’ble Cabinet Ministers, Hon’ble MLAs, MP (Lok Sabha), Advisors, Chairpersons, Senior Government officials, and people from Gurung Community at large.
Tamu Lochar is an important religious and traditional cultural festival of the Gurung community, which is celebrated on every 15th day of ‘Poush’ of the Nepali calendar. It also marks the beginning of New Year for this community.
Addressing the gathering, Hon’ble Chief Minister extended his best wishes to the Gurung community on the occasion of Tamu Lochar. This celebration is observed to showcase the rich cultural diversity of Gurung community and to communicate that the sikkimese people have an unrelenting bond of unity and integrity, he added.
He further maintained that each and every community of the State has equal liberty to practice and preserve their rich cultural heritage while keeping alive the spirit of secularism. He also ensured that community based festivals in the State would not be politicised as Sikkim is a unique blend of different religion, customs and traditions of various communities. The splendour and diversity of the State’s culture, rituals, art, literature, festivals, cuisines and dances should be conserved and encouraged, as every traditional feast and festivals have its own history, objective, characteristics and system of celebration, he added. In the same manner, he also urged the Gurung Community to document, protect and save their rich cultural legacy which needs to be expressed in a limpid way through the community festival and pass it on to the next generation. He also said that historically Gurung Community has been identified as sheep herders and they still rely on a pastoral and agricultural way of life.
The Chief Minister also suggested the Gurung Community set aside their ideological differences and asked them to unite for the larger interest of the community. He also informed that the State Government will provide every possible support for the construction of Rodhi Ghar in the State’s capital. He also emphasised that the State Government is vigorously pursuing the demand of inclusion of 11 left out communities of Sikkim in the tribal status.
On the occasion, the organising committee also felicitated Hon’ble Chief Minister for his relentless contribution to the State. Likewise, MP Lok Sabha Shri Indra Hang Subba was also felicitated by the organising committee.
The programme also witnessed a colourful cultural performance on Ghatu, Tungna and Kauda of the Gurung community along with the three ethnic communities depicting the rich cultural heritage and diversity of the State.
During the course of the programme, various individuals of the community were also felicitated for their remarkable contributions to the State.
Earlier, Advisor to HCM Shri Rohit Raj Maharaj presented the welcome address while Shri Pravin Gurung, DIG Range also the General Secretary of the organising committee highlighted on the origin, rituals, customs and traditions of the community.
Gyalshing, Dec 30(IPR): The 316th Birth Anniversary of Tyongshi Sirijunga, celebrated with much enthusiasm and traditional honour at Martam, West Sikkim, today. The Hon’ble Minister-cum-Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok Constituency Shri Lok Nath Sharma graced the occasion as the Chief Guest in the special presence of Dr. BL Limboo( Khamdhak), as the Guest of Honour. The programme also had the presence of Hon’ble Advisors including Shri Shri MP Subba, Shri Birendra Tamling, Shri MN Subba, Shri DP Pradhan and Hon’ble Chairmen Shri JB Tamling and Shri PK Limboo, President SYSS Shri SB Subba, Panchayats and others.
Addressing the gathering, the Hon’ble Minister Sharma, marked the day a historic for Limboo community and recalled unparalleled contributions of Sirijunga to preserve Limboo language and literature. He also urged the gathering to adopt teaching and wisdom of Tyongshi Sirijunga in practice to be empowered and progressive.
In his address, Minister Sharma mentioned that the Government Senior Secondary School Bermiok has been renamed as Tyongshi Sirijunga Government Senior Secondary School Bermiok, and said the tremendous achievement clearly reflects the determination of the state government to pay honour to the great Scholar & Philosopher of Limboo community. The state government under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) has been working tirelessly to uplift all community, equally. He also underlined the recent development of school up-gradation accomplished with the establishment of the Science Department, Laboratory, Sports section etc.
Minister Sharma wholeheartedly applauded the initiative of Mangheem Committee to establish a Tyongshi Sirijunga Library within the premises.
Minister Sharma also pointed out the ongoing developmental works within the Gyalshing Bermiok Constituency and made a strong commitment to work vigorously for the welfare of the people. He also advised people to adopt agriculture, Livestock farming, Home Stay entrepreneurship and elaborated its benefits to be self reliant and economically freedom.
Minister Sharma also informed that a training programme on bamboo crafting will be conducted for unemployed interested youths of the locality and urged them to take optimum benefits to be a skilled bamboo craftsman. Further he also shared an enlightening story to motivate people towards the strength of unity and communal harmony.
The Guest of Honour, Dr BL Limboo, Assistant Professor, addressed the gathering in Limboo language and marked the day to imbibe teachings of Tyongshi Sirijunga. He also elaborated contributions of Tyongshi Sirijunga and encouraged the gathering to persevere and protect the culture of Limboo community.
Earlier, the Hon’ble Minister also inaugurated newly established Mahatma Tyongshi Sirijunga Library at Village Craft Centre, within the Mangheem premises. He also released an annual calendar of Youth Welfare Society, Martam.
The President of Mangheem Committee Shri AB Limboo presented welcome address and also briefed on overview of the programme.
The programme also witnessed colourful culture in the traditional tune of Limboo community. The celebration began with a Puja ceremony held inside the Mangheem on the premises.