Pawan Kumar Chamling

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Pawan Kumar Chamling
5th Chief Minister of Sikkim
Assumed office
December 12, 1994
Preceded by Sanchaman Limboo
Personal details
Born (1950-09-22) September 22, 1950 (age 64)
Yangang, Sikkim, India
Political party Sikkim Democratic Front
Spouse(s) Tika Maya Chamling
Children 4 Sons 4 Daughters
Website Chamling

Pawan Kumar Chamling (Nepali : पवन कुमार चाम्लिङ) (born 22 September 1950) is the fifth and incumbent chief minister of the Indian state of Sikkim.[1][2] Chamling is the founder president of the Sikkim Democratic Front, which has governed the state for five successive terms since 1994. He is also one of the longest standing Chief Minsiter of India.

Personal life[edit]

Chamling was born in Yangang, South Sikkim to Ashbahadur Chamling and Asharani Chamling. Chamling is also a Nepali language writer and recipient of the Bhanu Puraskar (2010) awarded by Sikkim Sahitya Parishad. He writes under the pen name Pawan Chamling Kiran.

Political career[edit]

Chamling was elected as the president of Yangang Gram Panchayat in 1982. In 1985, he was elected to the Sikkim Legislative Assembly for the first time. After being elected for the second time from Damthang constituency, he became the Minister for Industries, Information and Public Relations from 1989 to 1992 in the Nar Bahadur Bhandari cabinet. After a series of major political upheavals in Sikkim, Chamling formed the Sikkim Democratic Front on 4 March 1993.

Chamling is the only chief minister of India who has governed a state four terms in a row, with his party Sikkim Democratic Front winning the 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 Sikkim legislative assembly elections. His party first came to power in Sikkim after winning the 1994 assembly elections. His popularity kept soaring in Sikkim due to his developmental work and for maintaining peace. In 2009, his party SDF won all 32 assembly seats in Sikkim Legislative Assembly.

Following win in 2014 assembly election, he was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Sikkim for the fifth consecutive time on May 21, 2014 by Shriniwas Dadasaheb Patil, the Governor of Sikkim. He became the chief minister fifth time, a record previously hold by Jyoti Basu who ruled West Bengal from 1977 to 2000.[3]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • Thekong Ambassador of Peace (2010) by the Pang Lhabsol Committee
  • Bhanu Puraskar (2010) by Sikkim Sahitya Parishad
  • Ambassador for Peace Award (2008) by the Universal Peace Federation
  • Leadership and Good Governance Award (2009) by the Universal Peace Federation
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) (2003) by Sikkim Manipal University
  • Greenest Chief Minister of India (1998) by Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi
  • Chintan Purashkar (1987) by Sikkim Sahitya Parishad


  1. ^ "Sikkim budget session from 25 June". Zee News (of insiaGangtok). PTI. June 13, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Pawan Kumar Chamling — The Fifth Chief Minister of Sikkim". National Informatics Centre. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chamling sworn in as Sikkim CM for record fifth time". The Indian Express (Gangtok). Press Trust of India. May 21, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Sanchaman Limboo
Chief Minister of Sikkim
12 December 1994 – present
Succeeded by