Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma chaired a meeting at Rangpo today

Rangpo, April 05(IPR): Hon’ble Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma chaired a meeting at Rangpo today to ensure smooth passing of vehicles loaded with essential commodities and relief materials to every godown and identified locations in all districts at the earliest.

Following the proper guidelines of social distancing, the meeting was attended by the Managing Director SIMFED Shri Pawan Awasthi, Chief Medical officer (CMO) District Hospital Singtam Dr. T. Laden, SDPO Rangpo Shri Kushal Gazmer, SDM Rangpo Shri Prem Kamal Rai, Joint Secretary Chief Minister’s Office Shri Deepen Sharma, Police Inspector Rangpo Shri Kessang D Bhutia, General Manager SIMFED (ICS) Shri D.R Dewan, General Manager (P/A) Shri Yogesh Gurung, and General Manager (F/A) Shri Sherap Bhutia.

The Hon’ble Minister discussed in detail the various aspects and challenges being dealt with at the gateway of Sikkim and urged the officials to follow the correct procedure to identify and allow SIMFED and other designated vehicles carrying relief materials and essential commodities like vegetables, rice, potato, oil, pulses etc. after completing all precautionary measures, so that the beneficiaries will be availed notified facilities at the earliest.

He also applauded the relentless efforts of every official and staff working at the Check post and further encouraged them to continue their proactive services with utmost sincerity to save the state from COVID-19.


Gangtok, April 05: (IPR) The Sikkim Nationalized Transport (SNT) has been consistently providing vital transport service in the State during the lock-down period (25th March Onwards).

The Department has deployed nine passenger buses for ferrying the staff of STNM Hospital, Sochyagang, to and from different locations like Ranipool, Tashi View Point, Rongyek, and Ranka Rai Gaon. The services start right from 7.00 AM in the morning till 8.00 PM in the evening. Each bus carries out 6-7 trips a day.

Besides this, SNT is providing services for carrying Army personnel from Bengdubi, West Bengal to 17th mile, JN Road, East Sikkim on a regular basis.

Besides, the Department has buses on standby which will be deployed whenever their service is required.

It may be informed that the Transport Department will be engaging three SNT buses to ferry the students kept at SICUN Quarantine Centre, Assam Lingzey, to their respective homes in various districts on 8th April, on completion of their prescribed time.

Special mention needs to be made of the drivers and support staff of all the SNT buses who have left no stone unturned in providing continuous service at this time of crisis. It will be no exaggeration to state that they are among the real warriors who are contributing to the State to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.