Guwahati: The 47th State Day of Sikkim which began on May 16, 2022 in the Gangtok, culminated in a grand function in New Delhi on Friday.
The program dedicated to state with the theme “Celebration of Sikkim” was held the New Moti Bagh Amphitheatre in South Delhi.
This was the first time ever that a function of the Government of Sikkim was celebrated in this scale at the national level.
The function was graced by Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and Ministry of Development of North East Region (DoNER), Government of India, G. Kishan Reddy, as the chief guest, in the august presence of Governor of Sikkim Ganga Prasad and Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang.
The function was also graced by Cabinet Ministers, MLAs and other invited dignitaries. Also present on the occasion was Secretary, Textiles, Government of India and President of New Moti Bagh, U.P. Singh, as a special guest. The programme also had the special presence of Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Govind Mohan, senior officers of the Government of India and representatives from every State and Union Territory.
The Ministry of Culture, Government of India, collaborated with the Department of Culture, Government of Sikkim, while facilitated by the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Sikkim, as well as the office of the Resident Commissioner, Sikkim House, New Delhi.
Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy stated that Sikkim is one of the most progressive States in the country and has created a unique benchmark in multiple sectors.
He added that the state stands at the top position in achieving most of the Sustainable Development Goals. He lauded the state for being an exemplary state, thereby inspiring other States.
He said that the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ has translated in true sense in the development in the North East region.
He stressed that the Government of India has given the highest priority to the development of the North East Region.
He said that the upcoming Railway project as well as other projects related to connectivity are being taken up on highest priority.
The Union Minister also assured support in the field of tourism development. He welcomed the proposal of Sikkim to establish a film city/film studio in the State.
Thereafter, artists of the Culture Department, Government of Sikkim, showcased various cultural presentations to mark the occasion.
The audience was treated to Folk Dances of various communities, ethnic dance of the three main communities of Sikkim and rendition of theme based and patriotic songs. The celebrated ‘Singhi Chham’ or Snow Lion Dance and the ‘Yak Chham’ of Sikkim added a unique flavour to the celebrations.