Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021 07:30 [IST]
Last Update: Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021 01:48 [IST]
GANGTOK,(IPR): The Mahaparinirvan Diwas of Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar was observed today at the Sikkim Legislative Assembly premises here in the capital.
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar passed away on December 6, 1956, and the day is observed as Mahaparinirvan Diwas to pay tribute to him. It is also a day to celebrate his remarkable life and legacy.
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang paid floral tribute at the statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar to mark the important occasion.
The Chief Minister was joined by the Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, L.B. Das, cabinet ministers, MLAs, chief secretary, DGP, heads of departments and other dignitaries.
On the occasion, prayers were recited by Buddhist monks.
The programme was organized by the Social Justice & Welfare department as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Similar programmes are being organized in the remaining three districts under the patronship of the district collectors.
It may be mentioned that the Mahaparinirvan Diwas is being observed simultaneously throughout the country under the banner of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements. Various activities are being undertaken throughout the country depicting the five key focus areas of the programme, namely, freedom struggle, ideas at 75, achievements at 75, action at 75, and resolve at 75.
It is an intensive, country-wide campaign which will focus on citizen participation or ‘janbhagidari’ where small changes at the local level will add up to significant national gains. The campaign began on March 12, 2021 and will culminate on August 15, 2023.
In Sikkim, all major events and activities are being carried out under the banner of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav with emphasis on the five focus areas.