Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies(ABC&AR) Camp

21 Feb Mangan(IPR): Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies(ABC&AR) camp was conducted by SARAH(Sikkim Anti Rabies and Animal Health) w.e.f 8th to 19th February at North Sikkim. The stray dogs were caught from surrounding areas of Mangan , several villages of the District and were sterilized and vaccinated against Rabies and also de-wormed. A total nos. of 268 dogs were sterilized and 303 dogs vaccinated.
The Government of Sikkim has recognized the importance of Animal Welfare activities and created SARAH division to reduce stray dog population by humane and sustainable means. SARAH is the first Government sanctioned initiative in the whole of India to implement the animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies programme.
Prior to its establishment authorities confronted with ever increasing stray canine population and rampant human and animal rabies deaths, resorted to mass bullet shooting .However despite such horrible and cruel practices the rabies and stray population was never under control. Now due to the dedicated efforts of the division , there has been a significant decline in both human and animal Rabies .
In 2006 The Department of AH&VS Govt. of Sikkim in conjunction with Sikkim Society for Prevention of Cruelty towards Animals and International NGOs like the Brigitte Bardot Fondation, Vets Beyond Borders began implementing the State wide ABC and AR program. Due to the success and commitment of the stakeholders the Government of Sikkim on 22nd March 2009 created a separate division within the AH LF&VS department so that ABC/AR and other animal welfare works can be permanently implemented.
Since then the program has become a huge success and this in turn has a positive impact on Public health, Environment, wildlife and tourism in the State.
Dogs have not only remained Man’s best friend but they effectively prevent wild life intruders like bears monkeys Jackal and thus prevent a big disaster which often goes unnoticed. They also effectively control rats and other vermin thus preventing a potential disease transmission. Thus irresponsible pet ownership and abandoning of sick and unmanageable dogs in streets monasteries/temples, careless breeding , dumping of puppies in the streets to fend for themselves should be discouraged. As this, not only goes beyond the definition of “being humane” but also in turn impacts, community health , environment and Tourism.
The detail nos. of dogs operated for Animal Birth Control(ABC) and vaccinated against Rabies(ARV) during the camp held are as follows
8th feb :Mangan Town: 28 dogs
9th feb:Mangan Town: 49 dogs
10th Feb:Lingdong /Barfok /L.Dzongu :18 Dogs
11th Feb:Mangshilla/Namok :14 Dogs
13th Feb:Mangan Vet Hospital :18 dogs
14th Feb: Heegyathang :19dogs
15th Feb: Passingdong :26 dogs
16th Feb: Tinchim: 11 dogs
17th Feb: Mangshilla : 24 dogs
18th Feb: Namok/Swyem:21 Dogs
19th Feb: Lum l.Dongu: 15 Dogs
20th Feb: Mangan/Chadey:25 dogs

Ashta-Chiranjeevi Dham at Nagi dara under 13 Namthang constituency

Namthang, 20th Feburary (IPR): Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling laid the foundation stone of Ashta-Chiranjeevi Dham at Nagi dara under 13 Namthang constituency today. He was accompanied by Area MLA Ms. Tilu Gurung, Cabinet Minister Mr. G. M. Gurung, Chairmans, Advisors, HOD’s, Government Officials, School Heads, Panchayats, students and staff of Namthang SSS and public at large.
The CM alongside the dignitaries also inaugurated a 12 room school building cum multipurpose hall at Namthang Senior Secondary School premises.
Addressing, the gathering Chief Minister spoke in detail about Ashta-Chiranjeevi and it’s importance in hindu mythology and hindu culture at large. He emphasized how the inception of the dham will open up innumerable commercial and employment avenues for the public of Namthang through pilgrimage tourism which will prove to be highly beneficial for the constituency as a whole. The CM, hence advocated the people to tap maximum out of this opportunity and work towards being self-sufficient and self-reliant. Further, speaking about other developments activities being undertaken by the State Government, the CM announced the construction of Kali Mandir at Central Pendam, Gaushalas at Rhenock and Buriakhop, Soreng respectively. Similarly, the CM announced the inception of Bhanu Bhakta Acharya study centre at Kyongsa, Geyzing and Tamang study centre at Namthang constituency respectively.
Among other announcements, the CM spoke about the equal pay that the Sanskrit and Monastic teachers will acquire which will be at par with the regular teachers in the state after the month of April. He also said that the pay commission will be implemented from April onwards. He also briefed about the establishment of Horticulture college in Temi, Pharmacy college, medical college at Sokethang from 2019, 100% reservation of Pandits from Sikkim in all the religious establishments of the state. He also mentioned the establishment of various places of worship in Sikkim such as the presence of 40 ft high Siri Junga at Hee Bermiok, Char Dham and Samdruptse in Namchi, Buddha Park in Ravangla, Mangkhims, churches among many others. The CM in his address also underlined that the state government has always advocated and practised a democratic and a secular guideline in maintaining communal accord in Sikkim.
Speaking about the education scenario in the state, the CM reiterated how all Sikkimese youth are entitled to avail free education in the State at CCT chisopani and ATTC Bardang. He also announced various vacancies being created by the State Government to provide avenues of employment for the youth. Additionally he also spoke about the State Government’s initiative of Start-up schemes which is pro towards being job providers instead of being job seekers. Similarly, the CM urged the youth to understand the imperativeness of skill based education and emphasized the need for them to tap business opportunities in Organic Farming. He further enumerated about the various pension plans conceptualized by the State Government catering to varied categories.
Delving upon the health sector of the state the CM updated that the State Government has shouldered free breast cancer check-up at Manipal Hospital, vaccinations for MDR-TB as well as Cervical Cancer.
Emphasizing, upon Sikkim being the first 100% Organic farming state in the country, the CM advocated the farmers to avoid using pesticides and substantially contribute in the vision of State Government in making Sikkim a fully self-sufficient and self-reliant State in organic produce. He also informed that a bill will be passed during the next State Legislative Assembly session which ensures the consumption, production and marketing of certified organic produce from the state for the health and well-being of the Sikkimese populace. He also reteriated that from 31st March 2018 the State Government will discourage import of certain vegetables from outside Sikkim. He also added that the State Government will strive to transform the dairy industry of the state into an organic one.
Pertaining, to the various demands placed by Namthang Senior Secondary School administration, Panchayats and public of Namthang the CM assured that these demands will be fulfilled at the earliest.
Chief Engineer, Tourism & Civil Aviation Department presented a brief technical report of the upcoming Ashta-Chiranjeevi Dham project which will be constructed at Nagi dara in Namthang. The project is being taken up at an estimated cost of approximately 83.414 corer rupees on a 6.5 acres of land and will have a 54ft high bronze metal statue of Lord Hanuman as the main attraction. It was also declared that the state-of-the-art structure will have a 16 feet high pedestal of all the eight Sapta Chiranjeevis which will further elevate the statue to a cumulative of 70 ft. Other features of the dham is the construction of the structure in an eco-friendly manner keeping in mind the concept of green building and will encompass the modern amenities which includes an exhibition and prayer hall beneath the pedestal , parking place, hawan kund, ticketing counter, restrooms, souveir shops, administrative office, cafeteria, meditation hall, staff quarters, stone paved footpaths, multi-purpose hall, gazebos, ramps laced with well lit landscaped gardens.
The program also saw presentation of gratitude letter to land donor Milan Gurung and his family for donation of land for midday meal room in Namthang SSS premises.

State of Cryosphere in the Himalaya

Gangtok, Feb 19: (IPR) The two- day International Conference to
discuss on the State of Cryosphere in the Himalaya kicked off today at
Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok with Honorable Minister for Science and
Technology, Shri T.W. Lepcha present as the Chief Guest during the
inaugural function. Organised in collaboration of the Department of
Science and Technology & Climate Change, Sikkim University, and the
Integrated Mountain Initiative, the conference had the presence of
eminent personalities working in the field of cryosphere from across
the globe, along with scientists and researchers from within the
country. The conference has been organised with the objective of
bringing together scientists and researchers, students and policy
makers to understand latest scientific developments in glaciology and
to develop future road map for research needs.
The inaugural session was addressed by Dr. J Srinivasan, Dr. Anil
Kulkarni from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, Dr. Akhilesh
Gupta from DST, Government of India, and Dr. Mustafa Ali Khan from the
Swiss Agency and Development Cooperation. The Chairperson of the
organising committee, Mr. PD Rai Hon’ble MP – Lok Sabha from Sikkim
addressed the gathering via a video message.
Honorable Minister for Science and Technology Department, Shri TW
Lepcha lauded the efforts of the organisers of the conference and
appreciated the work undertaken by DST and Land Revenue and Disaster
Management Department for mitigation measures for South Lohnak Lake,
and further suggested that the monitoring of the intervention needed
to continue. He mentioned that the Glacier Commission that had been
set up in the state needed to be revived to strengthen the ongoing
research work on Sikkim’s glaciers and wetlands. Further, he stressed
that every individual must also strive to contribute for environment
conservation and practising eco friendly habits.
In his welcome address, the Principal Secretary, DST, Dr. K Jayakumar
mentioned that the conference was made possible by the cooperation of
various agencies and the vision of Honorable MP, Mr PD Rai. He also
presented on the activities of the Department with special focus on
the work undertaken by the Glacier and Climate Change Commission.
Dr. Akhilesh Gupta presented on the climate change programme of the
Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, mentioning
that there has been significant growth in the higher education and
research sector in the field of climate science in India, with more
than 3000 scientists working in this field. Sikkim has also been
supported by setting up of the Climate Change Cell under Department of
Science and Technology and Climate Change, and Dr. Gupta assured of
supporting more programmes in the future.
Dr. Kulkarni from the Divecha Center for Climate Change presented on
the work undertaken by their center in the country, including Sikkim.
He also spoke on the societal impacts of shrinking glaciers on
mountain communities who are entirely dependent on glacier fed
streams. Elaborating on the fruitful collaboration with the Sikkim
Government, he expressed his keenness to support future glacier
related programmes of the state.
Representing SDC’s Indian Himalayan Climate Adapatation Programme
(IHCAP), Dr. Mustafa Ali Khan, Team Leader presented the overall
objectives of the IHCAP programme being undertaken in the Himalayan
region, and offered to support the Government in developing glacier
related curriculum in the state.
The vote of thanks was proposed by the Organising Secretary of the
conference, Mr. DG Shrestha who informed the gathering that due to the
good governance under the leadership of Honorable Chief Minister, an
international conference of this magnitude was made possible.
The post lunch session had international delegates – Mr. Tobias Bolch
from University of Zurich, Dr. Jeff Dozier – University of California,
Dr. Umesh Haritashya – University of Dayton, Dr. Anna Sinisalo from
ICIMOD, Rakesh Kayastha from Kathmandu University, Kinley Wangmo and
Thupstan Aunchuk from Bhutan, taking to the stage and talking about
the various aspects of cyrosphere research. Other delegates from India
were from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Tata Energy and
Research Institute, and National Center for Antarctic and Ocean
Research. From Sikkim, Dr. Smriti Basnett presented on the preliminary
work conducted under the Inter University Consortium on Cryopshere and
Climate Change from Sikkim University.
The International Conference has been organised with the support of
Government of Sikkim, Department of Science and Technology, Government
of India and other agencies such as IHCAP, TERI, ICIMOD, Divecha
Center for Climate Change.

SMART CITIES MISSION

Namchi, 19th Feburary (IPR): The Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling attended a high level strategic consultative meeting of stakeholders on smart cities mission at Community Hall today. He was accompanied by cabinet ministers, chairman, advisors, officials, representatives from Namchi Munical Council and Panchayats at large.
Addressing, the gathering Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling spoke in detail about Namchi being selected under the Smart City Project which will further enable Namchi to be one of the model city in the country. He highlighted that this smart city project will bring about a slew of developmental projects, mobilisation of resources and will encompass the entire gamut of civic administration. The CM also highlighted the various developmental projects that Namchi has witnessed and credited the development to the various innovative and creative economic opportunities generated by the State Government. The CM emphasized that it is imperative for the people of Namchi to be educated on cleanliness so as to boost the holistic developmental activities which will be shouldered in the smart city project. The CM elucidated that smart city should be environment friendly and aim to be one of the best in the country. He also underlined that the vacant places in and around Namchi should be planted with various kinds of plants and trees to conserve local environment and combat global warming. In , addition the CM urged the concerned department to install street light on a priority basis. Furthermore, the CM also expressed his disappointment in delay on the construction of ropeway and commencement of smart city project on time wherein he directed to speed up the process of these projects.
Additionally, the CM also shared his vision to establish food, fashion and flower street in and around Namchi.The CM announced that a Children Park, multi parking place will be constructed in Namchi at the earliest. He also informed that provision for building a state of art library will be placed soon. The CM also said that the proposal for the construction of six storeyed with parking space of 300 bedded Namchi District Hospital will be placed in the upcoming budget session.The CM further enumerated the various schemes conceptualized by the State Government for the benefit of the general public.
Later the CM inaugrated free citizen e-learning centre in Namchi which advocates free computer literacy and is under smart city project which is an undertaking of UD&HD.
Speaking during the occasion secretary UD&HD spoke in brief about the aims and objective of the smart city. He elucidated about the various features of smart city namely that of housing and inclusiveness, creating walkable localities, providing quality health care,Preserving and developing open spaces, Promoting a variety of transport options, making governance citizen-friendly, cost effective and creation of digital awareness, applying smart solutions to infrastructure and services. He also added that the creation of smart city will further open up various avenues of employment to the youth in order to make them self sufficient and self reliant.
Joint City Town Planner (Smart City) Mr. Navin Rai presented a ppt presentation on Smart Cities Mission wherein he informed about the various developmental projects that will be undertaken under the smart city project.
During the course of the program a detailed interaction was also conducted between the gathering and the smart city officials.

The Hon’ble CM inspected various sites in and around Namchi

Namchi, 19th Feburary ( IPR): The Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling inspected various sites in and around Namchi today. He was accompanied by chairmans, advisors, officials, representatives from Namchi Munical Council.
He inspected the following areas namely that of Dak Bungalow, visit of Government land near doctors quater above rajya sainik board, visit of old primary school complex of Namchi Senior Secondary School, visit of Boomtar Government land.He also inspected the progress of the underconstruction Kisan Market and that of the extension of central park for Namchi beautification. He also inspected Boomtar Government quater complex and inspection of irrigation land near New Secondary School.
The inspection of vacant sites were carried out for construction of Children’s Park, Parking area, open amphitheatre, pedestrian footpath, erecting of street lights, underground cabeling work, improvising on drainage ,sewerage system and drinking water and building of pay and use toilet.The Chief Minister further directed all the concerned departments who are in charge of overlooking the progress of these sites to adopt an environment friendly and world class standard.

Village Administrative Centre of 42- Sirwani G.P.U. Khamdong Block East Sikkim

Khamdong Feb 19: (IPR) Minister RMDD Shri S.B. Subedi inaugurated the
Village Administrative Centre of 42- Sirwani G.P.U. Khamdong Block
East Sikkim here at Dochung Ward, Khamdong today. The function also
had the august presence of Minister Agriculture Shri Somnath Poudyal
along with host of other dignitaries.
After inaugurating the Village Administrative Centre, the Minister
took a round of the newly established Centre and congratulated the
Panchayat President, Members and the administrative staff. The
five-room Centre is well equipped to accommodate the offices of area
MLA, BDO, Panchayat President & Members and administrative staff.
On his arrival, Minister Shri Subedi hoisted the National flag in
front of the Centre and unveiled the plaque, thereby officially
inaugurating the Village Administrative Centre. The Centre will be
fully functional from today onwards.
Later, addressing the gathering, Minister Agriculture Shri Somnath
Poudyal expressed gratitude to Minister Shri S.B. Subedi for
inaugurating the Village Administrative Centre for the benefit of the
people of the GPU and adjoining areas.
He shared the schemes and programmes directed towards the progress and
development of the rural masses under the leadership of Chief Minister
Shri Pawan Chamling. He stated that Sikkim is a unique model of
inclusive development, and the highest offices of the country are
recognizing the contribution made by Sikkim to the people of the State
and the country.
He highlighted on the importance of leadership in uplifting the people
and ensuring all round development.
“In the month of April, Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling
will break the record of being the longest serving Chief Minister of
an Indian State. We should realise, acknowledge and be grateful for
the paradigm shift brought about under his leadership,” he stated.
Speaking on Panchayati Raj, Minister Shri Poudyal reiterated on the
vision of the Government to decentralise power and set high standards
in terms of achieving power devolution and excellence in local
self-governance. He emphasized on the need to make Gram Sabhas more
participative, with active involvement of officers of all line
Departments.
Minister Shri Poudyal urged the people of the GPU and adjoining areas
to make optimum use of the Village Administrative Centre for all the
official works.
Earlier, ADC Development, East, Dr. A.B. Karki in his address
highlighted some of the schemes and programmes implemented by the
RM&DD at the grass root level. He urged the Panchayats and
administrative staff stationed posted at the VAC to work with utmost
sincerity and diligence to achieve the stipulated targets for rural
development works. He recorded his appreciation for the efficient
functioning of the GPU under an able Panchayat. He also assured to
visit the VAC at least once a month to monitor the functioning.
The programme was also addressed by Director Panchayat, RMDD, Shri
M.N. Dhakal, who emphasized on the need to constitute five Standing
Committees to address specific issues. He also highlighted on the need
to ensure transparent functioning, especially while handling the
resource envelope and reporting the activities of the VAC.
The programme was also addressed by Zilla Adhyaksha East Shri Samsher
Rai, and Panchayat President, 42-Sirwani GPU Smt Bhim Maya Gajmer.
The programme also saw felicitation of the Land donors Mrs. Aiti Maya
Darnal and her four sons at the hands of the chief guest Shri S.B.
Subedi. The present VAC stands at the land donated by them. Several
individuals who have contributed to the progress and development of
the people of the GPU through their sincere services were also
felicitated on the occasion.
Cultural presentations by members of local clubs lent some colour and
festivity to the programme.
The programme was attended by officers of line departments, panchayat
members, members of NGOs and local gentry.