New Delhi, July 12: Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang attended “the Grand Finale-cum-Closing Ceremony” of “Sikkim Gyan Manch Season 1” programme at Duga Government Secondary School, Rangpo on Sunday.

Sikkim Gyan Manch (SGM) is an NGO initiated by retired Govt officials with an objective of sharing knowledge, to promote and expose hidden talents. The SGM focuses on disciplines like ‘debate’, ‘motivational talk’, ‘felicitation to exemplary personalities’ and ‘entrepreneurs of the society’, and ‘promotion of unexposed hidden talent’.

The season 1 which began from December 12, 2021 had a total of 15 episodes, where various debates took place in various schools. Distinguished personalities were also felicitated in previous programmes. The main theme of this year’s season was “Work Culture and Discipline.”

During the programme, Manita Pradhan (Mountaineer) from Soreng and Dr. Chettri -Founder and Director, Himalayan Pharmaceutical Institute, were felicitated.

The grand finale debate competition took place between Pancharatna, Tumin Lingee and The Renaissance, Rhenock on the topic of “Animals should have equal rights as Human Being.”

Various awards and certificates were also awarded. The Chief Minister gave a financial aid of Rs. 20 lakh rupees to SGM as a token of appreciation for their effort towards the organization.

The Chief Minister in his speech highlighted recent developments in Sikkim including increase in milk production, incentive in vegetable/fruits/milk, financial aid to ill patients, CMMAS, CM Scholarship scheme, Nar Bahadur Scholarship scheme, Amma scheme etc. He added that all the district Degree Colleges will be provided with Ambulances and dispensaries will be set up in colleges which are far from hospitals. He assured that the Govt will leave no stone unturned in assisting the public in development works. He also informed the gathering that Sikkim has been declared number one in India for “the Jal Jeevan Mission.”

The grand finale of Sikkim Gyan Manch season 1 had the presence of Speaker, SLA-cum-Chief Patron, Sikkim Gyan Manch (SGM), L.B. Das, Political Secretary to HCM, MLAs,

other dignitaries, HoDs of line departments, Govt officials, Police personnel, members of SGM, Teachers, the general public and the students.

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