Gangtok, May 4: A short introductory programme was held with the newly elected Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the Councillors adhering to the strict Covid protocols at Samman Bhawan, in the capital, today.
At the outset, the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang paid his respects on the untimely demise of Late Raju Tamang who was recently elected as the Councillor from Arithang II ward and expressed his solace to the family and friends of the departed soul.
The Chief Minister congratulated the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the Councillors for being handed the charge to lead and guide the public and assist in the upliftment of society. He also acknowledged the Councillors for their collective support and belief in the selection process of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. The non-partisan based election system has laid the foundation for aspiring future leaders to independently contest based on their ability and will to serve the people.
Highlighting the ideologies of women empowerment and upliftment of women in the state, the Chief Minister reiterated that more than 50% of the seats were reserved for women candidates with the liberty to contest on the remaining. He also mentioned the State government’s intention to relentlessly work towards women empowerment and safety, and provide an impartial and congenial environment for them. He also stated that the Government is committed to promoting the women, safeguarding their rights and supporting them in their endeavours.
The Chief Minister urged the Councillors to be people-centric and soft-spoken and work as a team to achieve their outcome, as their goal remains the same, that is the welfare of the society. He especially appealed to them to be sensible and compassionate towards the needy and always be available to help them.