Ambedkar Jayanti celebrated in Gangtok

Ambedkar Jayanti celebrated in Gangtok
Mon, Apr 15, 2019


GANGTOK,: The 128th birth anniversary of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar was celebrated at State Legislative Assembly followed by a programme at Chintan Bhawan here today. The function organized by State Social Welfare department in coordination with All Sikkim Scheduled Caste Welfare Association (ASSCWA) was attended by Governor Ganga Prasad as the chief guest accompanied by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as the guest of honour, officials, ASSCWA members and others.
Addressing the function at Chintan Bhawan, the Governor delved on the thoughts, philosophy, life and works of Dr. Ambedkar and recalled his stellar role in a number of social movements to secure human rights to the oppressed sections of the society and abolish caste discrimination and untouchability.
Prasad urged the gathering to follow principles of Dr. Ambedkar in eradication of social inequality, bringing in human equality and liberation of minds to understand human reforms. He also asked the students to draw inspiration from his ideas and the action and activities should be aimed towards inclusive growth.
The Governor further mentioned that Sikkim is an exemplary State where the backward classes are not discriminated and are treated equally along with other classes in the society.
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, in his address, urged people to think beyond caste for the betterment of the State. “Today's day should not be celebrated simply as birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar or a holiday but it should be celebrated as a day of Chintan, Manan, Kranti, Samajik, Vaicharik Parivartan Diwas,” he stated.
Chamling appealed to the gathering to bring a change in the society by following the principles laid down by Dr. Ambedkar and imbibe at least one principle of Baba Saheb in the life of their children. This, he said, would give moral satisfaction to parents and would also enable the children to understand the importance of respect to elders and the society.
The Chief Minister urged ASSCWA to establish a Dalit library in the State. He also congratulated and appreciated the organisers for felicitating former minister Neeru Sewa and national cricketer Nilesh Lamichaney and urged the youngsters especially students to take full advantage of the facilities provided by the government.
On the occasion, former minister Neeru Sewa and national cricketer Nilesh Lamichaney were felicitated by the ASSCWA for their achievements and contribution to the society.
"I extend my gratitude to ASSCWA for this recognition. The credit goes to Chamling as it is due to him that I got an opportunity to serve my State and community. He has and still giving chance to the women representatives of the State and I was amongst them. I have and will work for the betterment of my community always,” shared Neeru Sewa.
Nilesh’s felicitation was received in absentia by his mother. His sister read out the gratitude message sent by the cricketer.
Earlier, the Governor and the Chief Minister paid floral tributes to the statue of Dr. Ambedkar at the Sikkim Legislative Assembly complex.



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