THE GOVERNMENT OF SIKKIM WILL GRANT EX-GRATIA OF RS 3 LAKHS EACH TO THE FAMILIES OF CRPF PERSONNEL, WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE TERROR ATTACK AT PULWAMA ON 14THFEB 2019.THE STATE GOVERNMENT WILL ALSO SPONSOR THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN OF THESE VALIANT MARTYRS. FURTHER, I WOULD LIKE TO PUT ON RECORD THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS IN COMPLETE SUPPORT OF ANY POLICY/DECISION THAT THE CENTRAL LEADERESHIP UNDER PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI JI TAKES REGARDING THE DASTARDLY ACT.

I was pleased to attend the valedictory function of Annual Meet of Sikkim Against Addiction Towards Healthy India (SAATHI) at Saramsa Gardens today.

Addressing the gathering of students from different schools from all over the state, I informed them they should consider themselves extremely lucky to be born in a state, where all kinds of facilities have been put in place for the students. Right from free education till college level and a host of scholarship schemes, our students have numerous opportunities to excel in their studies and become successful in their chosen fields. We have created the avenues, now it for the children to make the most of it. They should also value and appreciate the prevailing peace and tranquillity in the State. I also urged them to compare our state with other states of India, where we do not even find the fulfilment of basic minimum needs of the people. For that matter, even in a developed nation like the US, a student will have to think twice before starting college for want of resources. But our students do not have to go through this hardship, as education is free. Our students can even study in any top 20 universities through government sponsorship. All they have to do is secure admission on their own merit and calibre.

I advised the students to understand the value of life and live meaningful lives by being positive in outlook, learning from failure and above all loving oneself. As the children of the fast changing, technologically driven world, they must learn to face the stiff competition not only from their peers but from artificial intelligence and machines. Hence, our young people should move away from ‘fixed’ mindset to ‘growth’ mindset in order to keep pace with others in the modern era of enlightenment. As our future, students must be ready to take up responsibilities and develop a sense of ownership towards the State.

Speaking on our policy on decriminalization of drugs, I apprised that this initiative is to bring drug abusers into the mainstream of our society; instead of viewing them as criminals we want to treat them like patients suffering from any kind of ailment. Likewise, teachers and parents have a vital role in shaping the lives of the students. Caring and loving parents will ensure that the child/children are brought up as happy individuals. It is invariably the neglected children who lose their way and become victims of depression and drug abuse. So to have a holistic development of students, the teachers and parents have their parts to play by giving them proper attention and guidance. In this context, I also informed that from the next Government, we will introduce sex education in schools.

I commended the work of SAATHI in making a difference in the lives of our students by dealing with a crucial matter like drug abuse and generate awareness on it among our young minds.