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PM Narendra Modi’s congratulatory tweet to Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling

GANGTOK :  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated Pawan Kumar Chamling for completing 20 years as the chief minister of Sikkim. The PM tweeted, "I congratulate Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling forn completing 20 years in office as Sikkim’s chief minister. It is truly an admirable accomplishment.” Chamling is the fifth and incumbent chief minister of Sikkim, making him the longest standing chief minister of India. He is the founder president of the Sikkim Democratic Front, which has governed the state for five successive terms since 1994. Besides the administrative triumph, Chamling is also a Nepali language writer and recipient of the Bhanu Puraskar (2010). He writes under the pen name Pawan Chamling Kiran.

SDF govt completes two decades in office

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Friday said Sikkim has made a mark in the intellectual mainstream of the world by accomplishing unparalleled success in innovative sustainable developmental programmes that have opened the floodgates for a range of opportunities for the state. He was speaking at the 20th anniversary of the formation of his government at Manan Kendra. The Chamling-led SDF government has now entered its 21st year of governance. Chamling holds the distinction of being the second longest serving chief minister of a state after Jyoti Basu of West Bengal. The chief minister highlighted some of the state’s landmark achievements in different sectors over the past 20 years. He expressed his gratitude to all former and incumbent officers and employees of various departments for their contribution to the state. 

Dwelling on the recent selection of the Khangchendzonga National Park as one of the top 100 green destinations globally, the chief minister said the recognition is the result of the consistent formulation and implementation of environment friendly programmes and policies by his government. Initiatives such as the Green Decade, One Minute to Earth, ban on killing of wildlife and tree felling as also on non-degradable material, restriction on scaling sacred peaks like the Khangchendzonga, and preservation of sacred land and water bodies through minimum human encroachment are some of the unique campaigns of the government, said Chamling. He also noted that Sikkim has achieved the status of a Carbon Neutral State due to the adoption of environment-friendly programmes. Speaking about the Sikkim Organic Mission, the chief minister said its aim is to rid the environment of harmful chemicals and solicited support from all sections of society. He also spoke on the progress made by the state in the tourism and industrial sectors. At the same time though, 

Chamling lamented on the lack of willingness of the people to adopt alternate professions. He urged the people of the state to give continuum to the extensive resources created by the government, which have the capacity to last a hundred years. “The government, in the last 20 years, has worked relentlessly to ensure peace, security and secularism in Sikkim through people-friendly developmental programmes. If the same development model is followed in the coming years, Sikkim will surely emerge as an exemplary state,” the chief minister added. Further, he talked about the numerous facilities availed by government employees and urged officers and staff members to serve the state with a renewed sense of purpose. He directed the officers present to fulfill all the demands of the people by using the state’s own resources. The chief minister concluded his speech by sharing his vision for Sikkim – ‘Clean, Green, Skilled and Disciplined Sikkim’.

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