By: Devika Gurung
Issue of Residential Certificate will further safeguard the future of our Children: Dr. Pawan Chamling
āThe woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleepā, these famous lines from poetry by Robert Frost were quoted at the very beginning of his speech by the Chief Minister Dr. P.K. Chamling during the occasion of Childrenās Day celebration today here at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok.
Urging the students to understand the meaning of Childrenās Day and also to understand the real essence of education he said that each and every person especially the students should take Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the founder of ānew Indiaā, as their role model and move forward in their lives.
How a sapling when properly nurtured turns into a full grown tree, similarly the students should be guided properly and carefully as they are the future of Sikkim he said, adding that to change the future of the state a change within ourselves is a must. Until and unless we let the mankind progress, our world can never progress, added the C.M. He also advised the students to dream big and to go forward and implement their dreams.
Sikkim being the first in the world to invest maximum budget i.e. 20% in educational field now focuses on improving the standard and quality of education, informed the Chief Minister. There are ample opportunities in the state hence the students should study properly and make full use of all the opportunities and resources. Furthermore, he said that opportunity should be for one and all. Everybody should get equal opportunities regardless of their creed, caste and class. However with great power comes greater responsibilities, and therefore the students should understand their responsibilities and priorities in life while they are growing up. He also urged them to improve their knowledge and their capabilities, to be ambitious, decisive and conscious.
He also took this opportunity to explain to the students who he called as the future of tomorrow the importance and the need of the much talked about Residential Certificates. He said that these certificates will ensure that no more people from outside the state will be able to come and settle in the state. Sikkim is the new land of opportunities and everybody wants to come here to use this opportunity he added, but now with the issue Residential Certificates, only those who can prove that they were in Sikkim since 1975 will be eligible for the issue of these certificates, which will be a pre requisition for doing any kind of business in Sikkim or to work here.
Lastly, addressing the students he said that goodness is the only investment that never fails, therefore being āhumaneā counts more than being human, concluded the Chief Minister.
Speaker Mr. K.T. Gyaltsen, Ministers, MLAs, government officials and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. During the programme āBehind the Ear Hearing Aid Programmeā under the Mukhya Mantri Sravan Shakti Samridhi Yojana was also launched by the Health Care Humaan Services and Family Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim.
The official launch of the programme was marked by distribution of the Behind the Ear (BTE) hearing aid to six beneficiaries by the Chief Minister in Chintan Bhawan. As informed, this hearing aid is cosmetically improved and is guaranteed to have a better user compliance and another feature of this aid would be, as the name suggests this will be put behind the ear lessening the stigma which is often felt by the person using such aid. The names of the six beneficiaries who received this aid today are Mr Dil Das Basnet, Mr Ashok Bishwakarma, Miss Amrita Biswakarma, Mr Hitman Tamang, Mr Bal Bahadur Chettri and Mr Tara Bahadur Pradhan. The progamme also saw a short documentary film on Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. It was concluded by the vote of thanks which was proposed by Secretary, Human Resource and Development Department, Shri R Telang.
Courtesy: Sikkim Mail