TT, Gangtok, June 9:Chief minister Pawan Chamling today announced that statues of leaders who had participated in the democratic movement before Sikkim’s merger with India will be installed across the state.
“Our government has named some schools and roads after those who participated in the democratic movement before 1975. Today, I announce that the statutes of those leaders would be installed in schools and along roads named after them,” Chamling said at a programme in Brihaspati Parsai Memorial Senior Secondary School in Ranipool.
The chief minister inaugurated a two-floor building, constructed at a cost of Rs 2.41 crore by the state human resource development department, on the school premises today.
“I request the kith and kin of the leaders to provide us with their photographs so that it becomes easy for us to make the busts. This is a mark of respect and a tribute to the leaders,” said Chamling.
He added: “I was born in an opportunity-less Sikkim. I have encountered hatred and discrimination and have been deprived of the basic child rights. But Sikkim today is full of opportunities specially for the students.”
A senior government official said a notification would be issued after finalising the specifications of the statues.
“We will list out the names of the schools and roads that are named after such leaders,” he said.
Every year, the state government gives award to those who participated in the democratic movement on the occasion of the State Day on May 16 – the day when Sikkim was officially merged with the Indian territory.
The award is named after the first chief minister of Sikkim, Lendup Dorji Kazi.