65th Independence day was celebrate in Namchi with much zeal and pomp where the Chief Guest for the occasion, Minister for Rural Management and Development Department C.B Karki unfurled the national flag at Bhaichung Bhutia Stadium, inspected the parade and took the salute here in the headquarters of South District.
In his speech Minister Mr. Karki remembered the sacrifices made by the statesmans and the freedom fighters of India to lead this great nation of India into the light of freedom from the rule of British colonization.
He also stated how the present government led by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has brought true democracy in the state of Sikkim by giving equal rights and opportunities to all the sections of the society.
Mr. Karki also urged the people to shoulder collective responsibility to usher the state into the path of prosperity.
Students and the younger generation of the state who are the future should come forward and contribute and take advantage of the ample opportunities which the present government has dished out to them he added.
Mr. Kari also gave away the citation letters to the officials of various departments for their meritorious services and the officials of the Forest department for their commendable work in plantation programme of the government.
Earlier District Collector South District A.K Singh welcomed the gathering with his welcome note and also read out the Independence Day message of the Governor.
Sub Divisional Magistrate (Headquarter) Ms. Yangchen Tamang read out the Independence Day message of the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling.
Beside March-past by Sikkim Police and National Cadet Corps, Scouts and Guides and School Contingents of various schools of Namchi a colorful cultural extravaganza was also presented by the students of various schools of the South District headquarter, where patriot songs dances and drills were presented.
Later in the afternoon final of the Independence Day kicked off between Sikkim United Football Club and New Light Academy, Namchi where the former got better of the later by a brace.
Sikkim United Football Club scored a goal each in the either side of the break to lift this year’s Independence Cup.
The Chief Guest Minister C.B Karki gave away the trophies to the winners and the runners-up team, where the winner bagged home the trophy and the cash prize of Rs 50,000.
The tournament had earlier kicked off at Bhaichung Bhutia Stadium on 6th August with 12 teams participating from all over the sate.