The 72nd Constitution Day of India celebrated at Raj Bhavan

Gangtok, November 26 (IPR): The 72nd Constitution Day of India, was celebrated with grand patriotic fervour and enthusiasm at Raj Bhavan today.

The function was graced by Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad, as the chief guest, and Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang as the guest of honour. The function had the special presence of the Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Shri. L. B. Das and Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, MP Lok Sabha, Advisors and Chairpersons, along with Chief Secretary, Heads of Departments, Army officials, government officials, blood donors, members of various organisations and NGOs, University professors and scholars, school teachers and students, and members of the press and media.

Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad administered the reading of the Preamble of the Constitution which was followed by everyone assembled on the special occasion.

Thereafter, Governor, Shri. Ganga Prasad and Chief Minister, Shri. Prem Singh Tamang felicitated the highest regular blood donors in the State as well as NGO working relentlessly to promote blood donation. The individuals and organizations felicitated on the occasion were:

1. Shri. Kishore Baniya, Temi Tarku, South Sikkim, donated blood 66times.

2. Shri. Chewang Pintso Thakpa, Borong South Sikkim, donated blood 65 times

3. Shri. Gaurav Raj Gupta, Gangtok, donated blood 62 times

4. Shri. Suren Mohora, Upper Ramabing, South Sikkim, donated blood 62 times

5. Shri. Deepen Sharma, Namthang, South Sikkim, donated blood 55 times

6. Shri. Binoy Thapa, Middle Arithang, East Sikkim, donated blood 50 times

7. Dr Sri Prakash, Assistant Director in Incharge, Regional Ayurveda Research Institute, for his work during the pandemic in the villages of Sikkim.

8. President National Integrated Forum of Artist & Activities (NIFAA), Gangtok, who have conducted blood camps several times in the state were felicitated and awarded with a cash grant of Rs. 1,00,000/-

9. President Voluntary Blood Donors Association of Sikkim, Gangtok were felicitated and granted a cash reward of Rs.1,00,000/- for conducting several blood camps including today.

Governor, Shri. Ganga Prasad in his address extended his hearty wishes and congratulations to everyone present in the august gathering on the occasion of 72nd Constitution Day. He mentioned that on this day in 1949, the Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly, thereafter it came into effect on 26th January 1950, which is celebrated as Republic Day. He stated that all the functions of the government are directed by the Constitution, and the executive, judiciary and legislature is bound by the Constitution. He mentioned that today reminds us of all of the largest written constitutions of the world, that is the Constitution of India, which has descriptions and references for every Indian national to function socially, religiously and express their thoughts, free and independently. He stated that the Constitution allows us to exercise our rights and obey fundamental duties, but we must also consciously remember that a united country is paramount and it is our responsibility to take forward the country in the paths of progress as directed in the Constitution. He reminded that while conducting an oath-taking ceremony one is free to choose to swear between God or the Constitution and that the Constitution holds immense importance. He mentioned that today’s Constitution Day celebration is especially significant, for the 1st Mega Voluntary Blood Donation camp is being conducted at Raj Bhavan in collaboration with the Voluntary Blood Donation Association of Sikkim, which is also a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration being observed nationwide, to commemorate 75 years of Independence and pay homage to our freedom fighters and martyrs. The Governor highlighted the importance of blood donation and organ donation to save others’ lives.

The Governor concluded his address by making an appeal to the people to pledge to take the country forward in the paths of progress, as envisaged by the Constitution of India.

Chief Minister, Shri. Prem Singh Tamang in his address extended his best wishes and congratulations on the occasion of 72nd Constitution Day. He expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Governor for hosting the function in grand patriotic fervour at Raj Bhavan. He mentioned that Constitution Day is celebrated every year, in every State of the country with great patriotism and enthusiasm. He mentioned that the Constitution binds us together, and the government and the country functions with the direction and guidance of the Constitution. He said that today commemorates the birthday of our Constitution, with is a day of immense pride for all the Indians.

He mentioned that the Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution on 26th November 1949, and two months later on 26th January 1950, the Constitution came into effect, for these dates hold immense significance in history. He remembered with deep reverence, the architect of the Indian Constitution, Babasaheb Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, the 1st President of India Dr Rajendra Prasad, 1st Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, 1st Deputy Prime Minister Vallabhbhai Patel, 1st Education Minister of India Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, along with 299 members of the Constituent Assembly, the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, and the martyr and freedom fighters of the Freedom movement for their unparalleled contribution for the independent Democratic Republic India.

He mentioned that the first celebration of the Constitution Day was held at Indo Mill Compound, Mumbai, in October 2015 at the Inaugural ceremony of Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s Statue, thereafter on 19th November 2015, the Central Government declared for 26th November to be celebrated as Constitution Day, across the country.

The Chief Minister also mentioned that the Foreign Ministry has directed Indian students studying abroad to celebrate Constitution Day and have also directed the embassies of various countries to deliver the Constitution of India in translated versions of different languages in libraries in their respective countries. Likewise, the State Government of Sikkim has delivered the Constitution of India in Nepali, to various Schools and Colleges across the state, so that everyone understands valuable wise lessons from the Constitution.

He mentioned that we mainly focus on the rights that have been laid down in the Constitution but often tend to neglect the duties that have been entrusted upon us by the Constitution, thus, today, he appealed to the people to exercise the rights lawfully but also to remember the fundamental duties of an Indian, which is a responsibility entrusted upon us, to become good citizens of the country and to take the country forward towards greater heights of progress.

Earlier, Secretary, Raj Bhavan, Shri. Raj Yadav in his welcome address apprised that the programme had received an overwhelming response from all quarters and over 750 registrations had been received for voluntary blood donation, which is the highest number recorded to date. He also informed of the participation of the Regional Ayurveda Centre and Rotary Club in the form of stalls and a free eye and dental camp. He acknowledged the role of the Voluntary Blood Donors Association of Sikkim as the co-partners for organizing the mega blood donation camp on the significant occasion.

On the occasion, Ms Neha Gupta, Student, Sikkim Government Law College delivered a speech on the significance of the Indian Constitution.

Thereafter, the Governor and Chief Minister formally inaugurated the Mega Voluntary Blood Donation Camp.

The event was made special with the Chief Minister becoming the first person to voluntarily donate blood. The Chief Minister was joined by Cabinet Ministers, MLAs and senior officers of the State Administration.

At the end of the day, a record 486 units of blood were collected from the mega camp, which is the highest volume of blood donated in a single camp.

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