Laying of Foundation Stone of “Gyan Mandir” by Hon’ble Chief Minister

Gangtok, 5th January (IPR): The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling laid the Foundation Stone of “Gyan Mandir” (Temple of Knowledge), beside the All India Radio complex, today.
The programme which was organized by Building and Housing Department also had the presence of Shri Ugen Gyatso Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Shri A.K Ghatani Minister for Health and IPR, MLAs Shri Shyam Pradhan, Shri Phintso Chopel and Shri Ugen Nedup, Mayor Shri Shakti Singh Choudhary, senior Government officers and officials related to the project.
While speaking on the occasion HCM stated that Siksha, Gyan and Shakti should be the identity of the Sikkimese people, hence the State Government has decided to come up with such a learning centre. Gyan Mandir, a centre of information and learning will benefit the people of Sikkim, through the establishment of a world class knowledge centre and information, he said. ‘Just building infrastructures will not help in the development of the state and people should work towards maintaining the infrastructure that the government has facilitated. Public should be aware of initiatives, policies of the state government and feel a sense of ownership and belonging to protect the properties for them as well as for the future generations,’ he added.
The Chief Minister further urged that work should be qualitative, environment friendly and it should be completed within stipulated time. Ministers, MLAs and the bureaucrats should all work towards the betterment of the capital and the State. Lets us all come together and work towards making Gangtok a green city and utilize all the empty spaces by planting perennial and flowering plants, he said.
He concluded by saying that Sikkimese people should be capable and come up with best version of ourselves for which we need to acquire knowledge. Lastly he congratulated the department and the officials related to the project and hoped for its early success.
The knowledge centre is said to focus on 5 key areas of knowledge paradigm- access to knowledge, knowledge concepts, knowledge creation, knowledge application and development of better knowledge service to respond to contemporary requirements for improving reading habits and to meet the intellectual appetite of students, research scholars, bureaucrats as well as politicians.
The repository is said to accommodate atleast 20 Lakhs volumes of Physical books, E- books, periodicals, documents, manuscripts and the architectural design of the building is said to be in the form of an open book consisting of 3 blocks with a glass pyramid topped internal atrium.
Gyan Mandir will be seen on 2.36 acres of land, in the middle of the Gangtok with cost estimated at Rs. 200 crores and an additional Rs. 35 crores.
Apart from traditional areas, this facility is said to provide space for an art exhibition, E-library, library initiation centre, publishing and marketing sections, seminar halls for conducting workshops and all relevant infrastructure facilities required for a World Class Knowledge Centre.
The project will be executed through Artech Consultant Pvt. Ltd, Kolkata and scheduled for completion before 24th January 2021.

A high level meeting was called by the Hon’ble Chief Minister at Samman Bhawan today

Gangtok, Feb 2:(IPR) A high level meeting was called by the Hon’ble Chief Minister at Samman Bhawan today which had the presence of the Chief Secretary, Shri A.K Shrivastava, Pr Secretary to HCM Shri R.S.Basnett, Commissioner-cum-Secretary Excise Department Shri R. Telang, Secretary UDHD Shri L.B.Chettri, DC East Shri Prabhakar Verma, DC North Karma Bonpo, Commissioner GMC Shri Tshewang Gyaccho, Mayor Shri Shakti Singh Choudhary, Special Secretary LR&DMD Shri Rinzing Chewang Bhutia, Special Secretary IPR Smt Sherab Shenga, officers of the concerned line departments and representative of the business community.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister discussed the issue of ban on sale of liquor for outlets residing along the national and state highways with regard to the Hon’ble Supreme Court directives. Secretary Excise informed how this has caused problems to the liquor vendors and they had been suggesting alternate ways to keep the shops in its original location without obstructing the direction of the Supreme Court. The Hon’ble Chief Minister instructed that a suitable solution to this issue needs to be found in consultation with Law Department at the earliest.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister also discussed the issue of Residential Certificates and directed that all pending Residential Certificate applications must be cleared by 31st March, 2018. He also instructed that District Police and Special Branch of Sikkim Police should conduct verification of antecedents and issue verification report expeditiously. The scrutiny of Residential Certificate applications forwarded by District Collectors to be undertaken by Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department only so that matter is expedited at the earliest. He also asked the Chief Secretary to issue necessary directions in the matter in order to facilitate timely disposal of applications. Shri Chamling also said that wives of Residential Certificate holders should be issued Residential Certificate after thorough verification. He also instructed Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department to put up proposal for notifying the entitlement and benefits that can be provided to Residential Certificate holders.
Old Residential Certificate issued by the District Collectors is invalid and the Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department to issue necessary directions in the matter, he said.

The matter pertaining to issue of Trade Licence was also discussed and deliberated upon in detail and the Hon’ble Chief Minister stated that trade Licences will be issued only to COI/SSC and RC holders. Children of old businessmen issued with Trade Licence also eligible to apply for Licence. In the case of death of husband, the legal wife can continue the business with the trade licence issued to her late husband and transfer it in her name. He also directed that the Urban Development & Housing Department shall issue and renew Trade Licence of Class-II bazaars also viz. Rhenock, Rongli, Pakyong, Rabongla and Melli. Gram Panchayats/BDO shall issue and renew Trade Licence only for class III bazaars, RMCs and subletting of Trade Licence should be thoroughly checked in all bazaar areas.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister hoped that all the directives given and decisions taken would be taken up on consideration and in a priority basis so that all is implemented for the betterment of the state.