Gangtok, April 14:
Chief Minister, Prem Singh Tamang, graced the celebration of the 131st birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr B.R. Ambedkar here at the precinct of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Gangtok today.
Ambedkar Jayanti is an annual programme observed on the 14th of April every year, to commemorate the memory of Dr B. R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian constitution. He was a social reformer who dedicated his life to eradicating untouchability and other social inequality in India and has advocated for women’s economic liberation and for securing women’s social rights.
At the onset of the programme, the Chief Minister along with other distinguished dignitaries offered their respect with a floral tribute to the statue of Dr B.R. Ambedkar followed by the lighting of the lamp accompanied by chanting of hymns by Buddhist monks.
During the programme, the autobiography of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was briefly presented by Hari Prasad Shankar. who is also an Advisor to the All Sikkim Scheduled Castes Welfare Association (ASSCWA), Similarly, students belonging to the Scheduled Caste community from Sikkim who excelled on merit in their respective examinations were felicitated by the Chief Minister. The names of the students are Miss Neha Biswakarma in Class XII and Master Suraj Gajmer in Class X.
Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Chewang Gyaccho delivered the welcome speech in the programme.
Minister, Social Welfare Department, M.K. Sharma in his brief address called Dr. Ambedkar the torchbearer who did away with social evils of communal, gender, and religious discrimination. He quoted the words of Dr. Ambedkar and said that the yardstick of a great country is the upliftment of women. He said that citizens should take the example of Dr. Ambedkar to help the down-trodden community and women achieve equal rights which would help in the development of the state and the country, at large.
The Chief Minister extended warm greetings on the occasion of the 131st Birthday of Bharat Ratna Dr. B.R. Ambedkar to everyone present in the programme. In his speech, he said that though the state of Sikkim is not known for caste and communal discrimination there can be a few instances sometimes, due to ignorance and lack of knowledge, which he stressed should always be avoided. and stopped by all. Further, he said that we should maintain an environment of communal, gender, and religious unity to develop our state. To achieve this we must inculcate a good practice where every community looks after the welfare of one another.
The Chief Minister also spoke about different schemes that cater to the upliftment of women such as “Aama”, “Bahini” and “Vatsalya” schemes. He requested the Government officials to create a friendly environment with regard to all administrative procedures in every office so that every citizen including people from rural areas of the state can complete their official work efficiently and fast. He requested the line departments to install a help desk to interact with the public and guide them for any of their official work in Government offices.
He further highlighted the achievements of the state and congratulated the Police Department for maintaining law and order in the state and the Forest Department for their commendable job in bringing laurels to the State. He also mentioned the initiative of an approach called “Aagan ma Prasashan” (door-step governance) which aims to ease work for citizens where the official work would be done at the convenience of the people. In the end, the Chief Minister announced the change of the existing name of Gelling Senior Secondary School in West Sikkim to Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Senior Secondary School.
During the programme, a magazine called “Bhim Chetna” was presented by President, ASSCWA, Bikash Sunam, and its inaugural release was made from the hands of the Chief Minister. The magazine has been edited by R.K. Sundas.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Speaker, SLA, L.B. Das, Deputy Speaker-SLA, Sangay Lepcha, Minister, Social Welfare Department, M.K. Sharma, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, MP-Lok Sabha, Political Secretary to CM, Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Panchayat, Upadhyaksha-East, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, District Collector-East, SP-East, Chairman, Advisors, HoDs, and Officers of various line departments, police personnel and representatives of ASSCWA.