Cash prizes presented to winners of SKM students wing online poem & essay contest themed ‘A Day for Mother Earth’

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Cash prizes presented to winners of SKM students wing online poem & essay contest themed ‘A Day for Mother Earth’

AJAY THAMI

GANGTOK, : Sabin Pandey, Shrijan Pradhan and Anupama Limboo – the top three winners of the SKM students wing online poem and essay writing competition – were presented with cash prizes on Thursday.
Education minister K.N. Lepcha handed away the prizes to the three students in a brief programme held at his chamber, Tashiling Secretariat here.
In his brief address, the Education minister appreciated the contest’s theme of ‘A Day for Mother Earth’ and congratulated the SKM students wing. The declaration of dedicating a day to Mother Earth on July 7 by the Chief Minister is exceptional as on this day, we all can contribute to protect our planet and environment, he said.
The SKM students wing had organised the online poem and essay writing competition with the theme ‘A Day For Mother Earth’ from July 1 to 10. More than 140 students took part in the contest.
Lepcha shared that the State government could not organise many programmes due to pandemic. Once the pandemic is over, we will initiate all our programmes for the development of our people and State, he added. For now, it is important that we all follow Covid safety protocols to ensure safety of oneself and others, he said.
Lepcha, who also holds the Sports portfolio, extended his best wishes to the Indian contingent for the Tokyo Olympics which starts tomorrow.
“The Indian contingent also has our ace archer from Sikkim, Tarundeep Rai. We extend our best wishes to him and pray that he brings laurels to the nation and State in this Olympics. This is his third Olympics and looking at his past experience, we are confident that he will definitely bag a medal this time. Let all of us in Sikkim pray for his success,” said Lepcha.
The Sports minister also shared about the enhancement done in cash incentives by the State government for the Olympics medal winners from Sikkim.
Earlier, SKM students wing general secretary Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha briefed the gathering about the online contest and the aim behind engaging students in the ‘A Day for Mother Earth’ envisioned by Chief Minister P.S. Golay.
“We had a mission to reach this noble message of our Chief Minister to the grassroots level and were looking for a suitable medium. The SKM students wing came up with this online essay and poem writing contest to reach out the message,” said Tshering Wangchuk.
The poems and essays were judged by poet Tashi Chophel, senior journalist Bhim Rawat and journalist Bijoy Gurung.
Sabin Pandey, a Sikkim University student, won the first prize for his poem while the second prize was bagged by the essay written Shrijan Pradhan, a West Point school class 12 student. The third position was won by Anupama Limboo from Geyzing College for her essay.
The winners expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister for dedicating a whole day for Mother Earth annually. The initiative is excellent as everyone needs to come forward to save our nature and earth for future generations, they said. They also thanked the Education minister for honouring them with the awards and the SKM students wing for organising the contest.
The cash prizes were Rs. 20000, Rs. 15000 and Rs. 10000 for the first, second and third positions respectively.
During the pandemic, we were staying idle but this contest helped us to be productive and at the same time, share our thoughts on Mother Nature, said the students.
SKM students wing president Sonam Chopel Sherpa, Culture advisor Bhim Kumari Sharma, students wing NE in-charge Tirtha Sharma, joint secretary Nosang M. Limboo, contractors association president Zolu Tenzing Namchu and other executive members were also present on the occasion.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi