Gangtok, December 13: The completion of 17 years of the formation of Sikkim Democratic Front Government in Sikkim was celebrated at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok on December 12, 2011. It was an occasion to retrospect and take stock of the achievements made within the last 17 years since the formation of the Sikkim Democratic Front Government and take pledge to rededicate the tasks that lie ahead.
The programme began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Chief Minister and other dignitaries on the dais.
The Chief Minister said on this occasion that we have huge responsibility ahead of us. He said that it gives him immense happiness in being able to have served the state for the past 17 years and to step ahead on the 18th year. The Chief Minister added that he is satisfied to work in accordance with people’s feelings and public mandate. The work which has been done in the past 17 years cannot be neglected and history will testify to the results which the present government has undertaken and achieved so far, the CM said.
Chamling further said that the tasks which were incomplete during the former regimes and which needed immediate importance are now all completed. The present government has done a lot in every sectors of the state and people have benefitted equally by enjoying rights enshrined in the Constitution of India.
Talking about the importance of leadership Dr. Chamling said that leadership and vision are very important and people can make government by votes but it is the leader who makes the state. He reiterated that his government has provided the people with all required facilities but acknowledge that the services have still not reached the doorsteps of the people. He appealed the government officials to work relentlessly in providing best services to the common people.
Talking about various state Missions initiated by the state Government he said that Green Mission, Organic Mission, Literacy Mission etch have been applauded and are being implemented by Centre and other states as well.
Pilgrimage tourism has boomed in Sikkim and it has provided employment opportunities to the younger generation. Sikkim is now very well on the map of pilgrimage tourism which has helped in attracting the tourist from world over to this tiny state, he said.
The Chief Minister said that Sikkim was hit by a massive catastrophe on September 18 and the main task ahead of us now is to work on the earthquake damages and the rehabilitation process.
The Chief Minister thanked the people of Sikkim on this occasion and urged the people to work towards betterment and for further development in the state.
The Chairman, Public Accounts Committee, Mr Menlom Lepcha also spoke on the occasion.
While presenting the welcome address the Chief Secretary, Karma Gyatso highlighted the work and the achievements done by the present government. He said that under the able leadership of the Chief Minister our state has seen a period of resurgence and good governance. Sikkim under the visionary leadership of the present government has relentlessly led from the front and the level of success achieved in terms of quality development, economic growth of the state and development in key sectors cannot be overlooked.
A brief report on the achievements of the government during the last 17 years of Sikkim Democratic Front government was presented by Development Commissioner, A.K.Yadav.
The Chief Minister also released an illustrative book on earthquake of 18th September 2011 published by the Information and Public Relations Department. It was followed by the release of report on the activities of Capacity Building and Livelihood schools published by Labour Department.
A documentary film on 42 days village to village tour of Chief Minister prepared by Information and Public Relations Department was also screened on the occasion.
The programme ended by vote of thanks by the Information and Public Relation Department, Secretary, K.S.Topgay.