Sikkim celebrates 48th State Day today; Governor, CM wished citizens of state
Sikkim is celebrating its 48th State Day today. It was on 16th May, 1975 that the erstwhile kingdom became part of India as its 22nd state. The state level celebration was organized at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok in the presence of governor Lakshman Prasad Acharya and chief minister PS Tamang.
In his address, chief minister PS Tamang highlighted the state government’s initiatives across sectors, particularly in the health sector, such as launch of dialysis centers and mobile village clinics, strengthening cancer treatment facilities, boosting oxygen availability at hospitals and increasing MBBS seats in the state.
Mr Tamang announced free treatment for dialysis and cancer patients belonging to BPL families on the occasion. The chief minister highlighted Sikkim’s strong performance in eradicating Tuberculosis and said that the state is set to achieve targets under the TB-free India campaign. He also showcased reforms in the education sector including those in teacher recruitment policy, and various fellowships offered by the state government.
Mr Tamang informed that the state government has plugged revenue leakages to realize a 57 per cent growth in revenue generation in 2022-23 compared to 2018-19. Mr Tamang thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central government for continued support.
The state level Sikkim State Day celebration in Gangtok included presentation of the Sikkim Sewa Samman to state government officials, launch of a multimedia database management system by the IPR department and a public awareness video on mobile village clinics; and release of a book titled Skill Gap Assessment Study of Sikkim by the state skill development department.
Sikkim governor Lakshman Prasad Acharya and chief minister PS Tamang also flagged off ambulances for government colleges and mobile diagnostic laboratories for Gyalshing and Mangan districts.