The 125th Sikkim Police Raising Day was held today at Bhaichung Stadium. The chief guest was Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, who was accompanied by cabinet ministers, Director General of Police S. D. Negi, dignitaries, and police personnel from across the state.
The Chief Minister first inspected the parade and then went to the stadium grounds to see the display of arms and equipment.
The Chief Minister addressed the crowd and expressed his congratulations on Sikkim Police’s 125th Raising Day, saying that the force is known for being smart, disciplined, and effective. He emphasised Sikkim Police’s ranking of 5th in the IPF Smart Policing Index, with a 7.18 index score. In addition, he praised Pakyong police station, which was ranked seventh among the country’s top ten best-performing police stations for the year 2020.
He went on to say that these accomplishments have brought the state honour and that its policing system is regarded as one of the best in the country. He stated that the people of Sikkim should be proud of what they have achieved.
During the event, the Chief Minister handed out a total of 145 appointment letters to home guards, with trained home guards receiving appointment letters as security guards and untrained home guards receiving appointment letters as office attendants and office assistants, respectively.
The Chief Minister also suggested that the Police Department organise a year-long celebration of the 125th Raising Day at various locations throughout the state. These events should be combined with the ongoing Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a government of India initiative to commemorate the 75th anniversary of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture, and achievements. He stated that a Sikkim Police Memorial will be established soon, and that a proposal for the same must be submitted. He went on to say that the state government would provide resources and other assistance to strengthen various police infrastructure by upgrading and, if necessary, constructing police stations, as well as police training centres.
The Chief Minister also mentioned a number of initiatives that the State government is pursuing to improve the Police Department holistically, including raising the ration stipend for IRBn in Delhi, providing children’s education allowances for personnel stationed in Delhi, creating an Inspector General (IG) post for personnel from the Sikkim State Service, and installing CCTV cameras at police stations, among other things. He also stated that the State government will continue to work for the professional development and advancement of Sikkim Police, as they are the ones in charge of maintaining law and order in the state. He also praised and thanked them for their tireless efforts during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Director General of Police S. D. Negi spoke on the occasion, giving an overview of Sikkim Police, stating that the first police station was established in Aritar, Rhenock on November 27, 1897, with one head constable and five other constables. He emphasised how the Sikkim Police Department has evolved in response to changing circumstances. He claimed that the department has become more efficient, transparent, sensitive, trained, and technologically savvy, and that it will continue to serve citizens fairly.
During the event, the Chief Minister honoured various levels of police officers who have made significant contributions and brought honour to the state. Dy SP Sabitri Pradhan, SI Joy Gurung, ASI Bhanu Bhakta Pradhan, Head Constable Navin Kumar Pradhan, Head Constable Anil Subba, Naik Ganga Ram Pradhan, Lance Naik Pawan Singh Dharnal, Lance Naik Umesh Tamang, Lance Naik Suman Tamang, Constable Eksha Hangma Subba, and Home Guard Manisha Tiwari were among those killed.
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