GANGTOK, June 23 - Amid the Indo-China border stand-off, the Sikkim Government will hold a �Veeron Ko Naman� programme on June 25 to honour 20 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh in the line of duty.
Sikkim Chief Secretary SC Gupta said, �Sikkim as a State and the Sikkimese people are patriotic. A large number of our youths have joined the armed forces. There cannot be a more noble profession.�
The tribute-paying programme will be held with all precautions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Civil society groups, Army, ex-servicemen and citizens will attend the programme, Gupta said.
Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Jacob Khaling stated that though Sikkim is a small State, �we are always at the forefront in protecting our country�. It is under the direction of Chief Minister PS Tamang that this programme is being held as a tribute to the soldiers who laid down their lives for the country, he added.
The �Veeron Ko Naman� programme will be held on the MG Marg, the heart of the Sikkim capital.