New Delhi, August 24: The 43rd Foundation Day of Sirijunga Yakthung Sakthim Phojumbho (Sirijunga Limboo Cultural Society) was celebrated with much fervour at the Limboo Cultural Centre located at Tharpu under Soreng district on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang accompanied by his cabinet colleagues, MP, officers of the state government attended the programme that had a massive turn out people from various communities, organisations etc.

Addressing the audience Sikkim’s CM Prem Singh Tamang paid his due respect to the founding member of the Limboo cultural society Late Mon Bahadur Khewa who played a pivotal role in preserving and sharing the illustrious tradition and culture of the Limboo community. He also acknowledged the struggles of its founding members who in their limited resources was able to establish such a glorious society four decades ago and advised the younger generation to take inspiration, when the batton is passed on. He advocated that more work needs to be done to intensify the promotion and safeguarding of the beautiful Limboo traditions.

He spoke about the recently announced sabbatical leave policy for all employees which provides opportunity to those employees who want to enhance their career by pursuing further studies or training. He also highlighted the Shravan Kumar Puraskar for deserving sons and daughters of Sikkim and Chalak welfare board and added that such benefits are meant, especially for the marginalized section of the society.

Furthermore, he said that Sikkim today is bonded with common ideologies of unity and respect among all communities. He urged all communities to strive towards conserving our aged-old traditions and take pride in our unique heritage. Likewise, he said that the Government has always prioritized its people and their necessities. Thus equal and rightful opportunities have been made available for all.

In his address, he informed about the proposal which was submitted to the Union Ministry, requesting for alternative alignment of National Highway to preserve the sanctity of the Sirijunga falls and the Holy cave. He also spoke about the Government’s intention of constructing Limboo Bhawan in Gangtok.

Simultaneously, he added that the state government has been working towards improving road connectivity better commute and easier accessibility to far off places. He further announced the state government has decided to launch an award program of Rs. 50 thousand each to acknowledge the hard work of road labourers in maintaining the cleanliness and better condition of the state-roads. The criteria for selecting the recipients includes factors such as road cleanliness, consistency in maintenance, dedication to duty, and innovations in road upkeep and beautification and it will be awarded on the Labour Day celebration.

He said that state government has always encouraged and nurtured many talented individuals who have brought laurels at National and International stages.

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