statesman news service
Kaluk, 6 December
Continuing the laptop distribution scheme of the State Government, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today handed over laptops to total of 2,261 students of Class XI and XII of West District.
The students were from 10 different government Schools of Soreng Sub-division who received free laptops today in a function held on the occasion of Platinum Jubilee celebration of Sardar Ran Bdr. Gurung Sr. Secondary School, Kaluk, West Sikkim.
Earlier Chief Minister Pawan Chamling in his address paid homage to late Sardar Ran Bdr. Gurung for his initiative and congratulated his family. The laptop has been imported from out of the country and went out of the stock after the distribution at Gangtok and Gaylzing, the distribution at other parts of the state was delayed as the fresh laptops has just arrived, informed the Chief Minister.
He further stated that the aim behind distributing laptops to the students was to make our students more competitive and advanced. "I want the students of Sikkim to be at par with the other parts of the globe", he added.
He further said that there is a rumour that the distribution of laptops has been funded by the Central government, making the matter clear.
The Chief Minister said: "This is purely funded by the state government. This year, the laptops were provided to the students of Class XI and above. Next year, the students of Class IX and above will receive laptops."
He said: "If it is being funded by the Central government then why the governments of other states are unable to distribute laptops to students."
"This is a result of our policies. Our aim is to produce a competitive and intelligent human resource, he added. “I am helping you all to build your world. Sikkim is passing through the golden era and students should take advantage of it” Mr Chamling also said. Commenting on the adhoc teacher&’s move, the Chief Minister said they should not play with the future of students due to their personal problems. He assured of all possible help to the adhoc teachers which is within the limit of the state government.
He recalled that Sikkim has been listed as the top tourist destination to visit during the year 2014 by the world’s renowned magazine ‘Lonely Planet’. "The student&’s should start thinking for the betterment of state and country as a whole," he said.
Stating that, Sikkim will be the next state in the entire globe, second to Greece, to provide vaccination for surviving cancer which he announced to begin from 15 December 2013. Sikkim is the only state to give such priorities in health sector, he added. He further said that all the demands of new roads will be sanctioned by December end. Rs 400 crore has already been sanctioned for a double lane road from Singtam to Gaylzing. For the construction of new school buildings, he will sanction 24 crore from the Chief Minister’s relief fund by the end of December, he added.
"The SDF flag is in the houses of people while the SKM has its flags on lamp poles and trees. People will vote for SDF. Let the trees and lamp poles vote for SKM", said Chief Minister Pawan Chamling.
The Chief Minister also unveiled the new name for Kaluk Sr. Secondary School as Sardar Ran Bdr. Gurung Senior Secondary School which has been named after the name of the land donor Sardar Rai. On the occasion, the school felicitated the Chief Minister for upgrading the School into Sr. Secondary during the year 2008. The family of Lt. Sardar Ran Bdr. Gurung was also felicitated by the School.