Chamling conferred with first BS Shekhawat award by President
Jaipur, May 15 (PTI) Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling was today conferred (प्रदत्त) with the first Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Lifetime Achievement Honour in Public Service by President Pranab Mukherjee here. The award was conferred during the first Bhairon Singh Shekhawat memorial lecture delivered by the President. Receiving the award, Chamling expressed his gratitude (प्रति आभार) towards the people of Rajasthan and said the main aim of public service is to bring change in the life of people and improve their living conditions. Chamling, who was first elected to power in 1994 and has continued to be chief minister for 22 years, lauded former vice-president Shekhawat as a visionary leader who cared for his people.
Shekhawat was the vice-president between 2002 and 2007.
Mukherjee lauded Chamlings contribution to Sikkim and said it is emerging (उभरते) as a role model for other states.
Known as the Land of Flowers with a population of around six lakhs, Sikkim is gaining (प्राप्त कर रहा) popularity as a fully organic state (पूरी तरह जैविक राज्य) in India.
It contributes around 80,000 million tonnes of organic produce out of total 1.24 million tonnes produced in India.