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Veeron Ko Naman: Sikkim pays tributes to Galwan martyrs

Friday, Jun 26, 2020 14:00 [IST]

Last Update: Friday, Jun 26, 2020 08:17 [IST]

Veeron Ko Naman: Sikkim pays tributes to Galwan martyrs

DICHEN ONGMU/IPR

GANGTOK: Rich tributes were paid to the Indian soldiers martyred during the recent standoff at the India-China border along Galwan valley in Ladakh, during ‘Veeron Ko Naman’, a special programme held at M.G. Marg in the capital this evening.

Governor Ganga Prasad and Chief Minister P.S. Golay attended the occasion along with cabinet ministers, MLAs, Lok Sabha MP, chief secretary, DGP, senior officers of the State government, senior army officers, ex-servicemen, members of the civil society, social organizations and local gentry.

The programme commenced with the Shok Shastra Salami or the presentation of arms by Sikkim Armed Police and Sikkim Police Band and laying of wreath on the memorial of the twenty martyrs by the Governor, the Chief Minister and dignitaries.

A brief background of the solemn occasion and the names of the martyrs was elucidated by Sikkim Police DIG (Range) Prawin Gurung.

After the wreath laying ceremony, two minutes of silence was observed as a mark of special tribute to the martyrs. This was followed by a gun salute by the Sikkim Police.

Meanwhile, floral tribute to the martyrs was also offered by representatives of various associations amidst patriotic songs.

Union DoNER minister Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy and BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav also joined the occasion through live video link.

Madhav, in his message lauded the government of Sikkim for organizing the befitting tribute to the brave martyrs and reinforcing the spirit of patriotism.

DoNER minister Jitendra Singh said he also comes from a border State and could understand the sacrifice made day and night by the brave soldiers of the Indian army. “There is no compensation for what the Army does for the country and the people of the nation. We can only be eternally grateful,” he said.

Singh stated that it is appropriate that this function is being held in Sikkim, because the people of Sikkim are known for their patriotism. Whenever the country goes through any challenge, Sikkim has always exhibited great strength and forbearance and inspired the rest of the nation, he said while complimenting Sikkim for organizing the event.

MoS Home G. Kishan Reddy also appreciated the State government for organizing the homage programme. He sent out a strong message that the country will not let the supreme sacrifice of the martyrs go in vain.

Governor Ganga Prasad, in his address, paid rich tribute to the brave soldiers of the Indian army who lost their lives while fighting for the nation. He termed this as the highest form of sacrifice to the motherland.

The Governor stated that the people of Sikkim stand shoulder to shoulder with the nation to safeguard against any external forces. “Our martyrs have given their lives in the border for our safety and security, their sacrifice is a befitting reply to the Chinese who tried to underestimate our strengths. India is no longer like it was in 1962 and the new India knows how to protect the country and fight against those who try to deceit us,” he expressed.

The Governor appealed to the people of Sikkim not to pay heed to rumours over the border situation. “Sikkim needs to be self-reliant and have faith towards the Centre and army in all aspects”, he added.

Chief Minister P.S. Golay, paying his homage to the martyrs, reiterated that the purpose of organizing the programme is to reinforce the message to the nation and the world that Sikkim and its people stand with the brave soldiers and martyrs who have made the supreme sacrifice for the country.

Golay announced that the State government is presenting Rs. 1 lakh each to the families of the 20 martyrs adding that Sikkim is ready to go to any extent to support the nation.

“The government and people of Sikkim are committed to provide all possible support in safeguarding the nation. The country has always been safe under the constant vigil of the brave soldiers. We are proud of these martyrs. I also pay homage to their families especially their mothers who lost their sons. I am proud to be a part of a country that believes in unity in diversity,” said the Chief Minister.

The programme culminated with the lighting of candles and mobile flash lights by the dignitaries and members of the public to pay homage to the martyrs.

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