Lingdum: April 23, 2012
As part of the Indo- Tibetan Border Police [ITBP] Golden Jubilee Celebrations, the Sikkim leg of Relay Long Range Patrol [LRP] reached the camp of 13th Battalion of ITBP at Lingdum in East Sikkim today.
Speaker, SLA KT Gyaltsen presided over the function as the chief guest with Area MLA Menlom Lepcha, Sr SP [East] Dr MS Tuli, Sanjeev Sharma [DIG, SSB], Amit Prasad IPS [DIG, ITBP Sector Gangtok], officers and personnel from ITBP, school children and local people were also present.
Speaking as the chief guest, Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, KT Gyaltsen stated that it was an honour to be part of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the ITBP expressing at the same time his gratitude to them for the tremendous relief and rescue works carried out by them during the 18 September 2011 earthquake. The role of ITBP during the 18 September earthquake was even appreciated by the people as well as the Government of Sikkim, he added.
As ITBP is protecting our borders, it is because of them that there is security in the State, he said and added that ITBP is a well disciplined unit, so people should learn from them. They are here in the state for our protection, therefore they are our guests, so we being the people of the State should take proper care of them, he added.
The State of Sikkim is peaceful because of the good governance provided by the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, who is also a visionary leader and has always worked for the poor and the down-trodden people and with his schemes and programmes for the people has taken the state to much newer heights, the Speaker informed.
He also congratulated the ITBP personnel for holding such a wonderful programme and lauded the efforts of the ITBP jawans for their cultural performances.
Addressing the gathering, Amit Prasad, DIG, ITBP Sector Gangtok stated that since ITBP came to Sikkim in 2004, they have been happy to help the people of Sikkim in any way they can. They are here for the protection of the people and will never become slack while performing the duty for the State, he added.
He further informed the people of the area of the recruitment for sportspersons to be held at the ITBP camp at Lingdum from 07 to 11 May, next month and hoped that this would help find good sports persons from Lingdum and the surrounding areas.
Congratulating the Relay Long Range Patrol [LRP] team [which consists of a 16 member team, including 04 women], he wished them all the luck for their journey ahead and informed that the team would be passing through 05 more mountain passes in North Sikkim before finishing their Sikkim leg of the Relay Long Range Patrol [LRP].
He also spoke on the various Border Area Development Programme [BADP] and Civic Action Plan [CAP] programmes of the ITBP for the people, where they are deployed and stated that they were focussing on providing relief through these programmes.
Giving his vote of thanks, Area MLA, Menlom Lepcha said that it had not been easy in the beginning for the establishment of the ITBP camp at Lingdum as more than 20 families were displaced and had to go and live some place else. But seeing the activities of the ITBP personnel since them putting up camp here has even motivated the people of the area to stay disciplined, he added.
It has been many years of the ITBP putting up camp here in this village, but till now no untowards incidents have been reported to have taken place either here or in the surrounding areas as well, he stated. He urged the ITBP personnel to promote Sikkim culture when going outside the state and further requested the Commandant to put up permanent structures instead of the tents they are using at present.
He informed the people of the Rs. 11 crore road project sanctioned by Asia Development Bank [ADB] to be built from Dhajey to Sajong for which tender has been floated and work will commence soon.
Earlier, a cultural programme was performed by the ITBP jawans and school children, while under CAP, sports goods and shoes were distributed to school children, 07 persons of the area [Sama Sevik, upper and lower Lingdum, Rey Mindu] also received sewing machines. The Relay Long Range Patrol [LRP] was later on flagged off by the chief guest.
To commemorate it’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations [1962-2012], the Indo- Tibetan Border Police [ITBP] is conducting special Relay Long Range Patrol [LRP] code name ‘Himveer- 50’ covering the AOR of force from Kibithu [Arunachal Pradesh] upto Daulat Beg Oldi [Ladakh] in North Western Frontier. It was flagged off on 14 February, 2012 from Kibithu [Arunachal Pradesh].