Press release from Raj Bhawan

Gangtok, October 5: The Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the next kin of Late Basanti Sundas, Assistant Nursing Superintendent (ANS), STNM Hospital, and Late Dil Kumar Rai, IRBn Jawan who passed away due to coronavirus infection.

The Governor said, “their sacrifice in the fight against COVID-19 will always be remembered by Sikkimese people. They were great warriors who brought glory to the frontline medical and Police fraternity fighting against pandemic. They were a big inspiration to us and we bow to their spirit of service to humanity. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families.”

Late Basanti Sundas (49), Assistant Nursing Superintendent, STNM hospital had passed away on September 18 last month due to coronavirus at STNM hospital, Sochyagang. Late Sundas served in the frontline war against the pandemic at the emergency ward of STNM hospital and died of the coronavirus infection. Her death was the first case in the medical fraternity to succumbed to deadly virus infection in the State.

Another IRBn personnel, Dil Kumar Rai, deployed as Commander of the Static Guard at Melli Check Post, South Sikkim, succumbed to COVID-19 at STNM hospital Gangtok on September 28.

Meanwhile, the Governor also remembered former Chief Minister of Sikkim, Late Shri Nar Bahadur Bhandari on his birth anniversary today. He remembered Late Bhandari’s immense contribution in recognition of the Nepali language in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

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