STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Gangtok, 14 November
Children&’s Day, to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was celebrated in Sikkim today. The principal function was held at Chintan Bhawan in Gangtok. The Governor, Mr Srinivas Patil and the chief minister, Mr Pawan Chamling were present.
Mr Patil recalled the contribution of Pandit Nehru in the development of the nation. He said that Nehru&’s visit to Sikkim on two occasions had left great impact on the socio-economic and political trajectory in Sikkim.
He said a high-end football academy should come up in the state for further development of the game of football.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chamling stated that Pandit Nehru is the architect of modern India. Sikkim is following Nehru&’s model of development, he said, adding that his government is sensitive to the matter of the recognition and implementation of children&’s’ human rights.
He also announced pre-matric scholarship to the students, belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBC), from the coming year.
On the issue of the continuing agitation by the ad-hoc teachers’ committee, the chief minister clarified that education being a Concurrent List subject, the state is bound to ensure that only qualified teachers having all necessary criteria should be designated to teach. He urged the agitators to follow the norms.