I attended the Flag-off Ceremony for Newly Recruited Youths of Sikkim in the Indian Army at TNA School Ground.

Congratulating the 109 new recruits, I exhorted them to work selflessly and give their valuable service to our great Nation. To motivate these young men, I urged them to be disciplined and bold individuals, ready to face any challenge in life. I spoke on the fact that life is not always a bed of roses. There will be hurdles to cross and hardships to face. But one should never lose hope during trying times, for, every problem always has a solution too. A successful person is one who has the courage to tackle and face all kinds of difficulties instead of running away from them. I also called upon them to dream big and aim to reach high. I wished them the very best and told them that I hoped to see them become commissioned officers in near future.

I made the following announcements for our fellow Sikkimese serving in the Indian Army and who are recognized for their bravery and gallantry:-
1. Param Vir Chakra- Rs. 1 crore
2. Ashok Chakra- Rs. 50 lakhs
3. Mahavir Chakra- Rs. 50 lakhs
4. Vir Chakra- Rs. 20 lakhs
5. Kirti Chakra-Rs.15 lakhs
6. Saurya Chakra-Rs.10 lakhs
7. Sena/Nau Sena Vayu Sena Medal-Rs.5 lakhs
8. Param Vishisht Sewa Medal-Rs.3 lakhs
9. Ati Vishisht Sewa Medal-Rs.2 lakhs
10. Vishisht Sewa Medal-Rs.1 lakh
11. Mention- in-Dispatches-Rs.1 lakh
12. Sarvottam Yudh Sewa Medal-Rs.2 lakhs
13. Uttam Yudh Sewa Medal- Rs.1.5 lakh
14. Yudh Sewa Medal-Rs.1 lakh
15. Ex-gratia of Rs. 25 lakhs for fatal casualty
16. Ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakhs for non-fatal casualty
17. Rs. 2 lakhs for ‘Veer Naris’ (wives of late soldiers), with one-time felicitation grant to ‘Veer Naris’ of the State during Republic Day celebrations, 2018.