Minister for Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Department Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani chaired a coordination meeting

Gangtok, 31st March (IPR): Minister for Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Department Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani chaired a coordination meeting at his office at State Guest House today, to review preparation for the celebration of World Health Day scheduled to be held on 7th April 2018 at Chintan Bhawan.

At the outset Commissioner-cum-Secretary Health, Mr. Vishal Chauhan briefed on the various agendas included in programme schedule. After discussing on preparations of activities Mr. Ghatani advised concerned officials to come out with new action plan to eliminate Tuberculosis from the State of Sikkim by 2022 as envisioned by Hon`ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Pawan Chamling. He also instructed to ensure arrangement for detection of TB cases in CATCH programme.

Further, Health Minister instructed officials to apply different preventive measures under Vector-borne disease control programme in advance so that seasonal disease like Dengue, Malaria etc. can be controlled completely.

The programme was also attended by Director of Rural Management and Development Department, and officials from health department including Principal Directors, Special Secretary, Directors, Additional Director, Joint Director and others.

Sikkim’s First GST Consultancy Service Office was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling

Gangtok, 31st March (IPR): Sikkim’s First GST Consultancy Service Office was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling today at Daragoan at a local hotel.

During the inauguration, Hon’ble Chief Minister congratulated the eighteen youths who have started this consultancy service. He called upon the team to take up the mantle of creating awareness and information about the GST in the State so that more youths will come forward with such inventive and innovative ideas.

Expressing his delight in seeing the younger generation coming up with new and progressive ventures he said that these are the steps towards becoming self-reliant so that schemes like the Start-Up Scheme would be fully utilized. He also urged the younger generation to come up with new ideas in this age of science and technology and show the dignity of labour, sense of belonging, ownership and responsibility and also utilize the most of the unlimited opportunities provided by the state government.

The Chief Minister also spoke on the exemption of Income Tax enjoyed by all SSC/CoI holders since 2008, made possible by the persistent efforts of the State Government and suggested that as responsible citizens we should not misuse this unique right given to us.

He further elaborated and said that Sikkimese people need to change our mindset about Government jobs and venture towards other avenues of employment as well. He encouraged youngsters towards environment-friendly and organic farming practices. The brand of Sikkim as the Organic state is also underutilized and he called upon the youths to take advantage of this.

Earlier, while speaking on the occasion Area MLA Shri Timothy Basnett thanked HCM for his guidance. He also talked about the Start-up Scheme and urged the younger generation to take full advantage of such schemes.

It may be mentioned here that Sikkim GST Consultancy Services is started by 18 individuals from different background like Commerce, Engineering, Law, Management, BBA, MBA, B.COMM.COM, etc. The members were trained by Resource Persons from Commercial and Taxes Department, SIMTEC, Livelihood School, GST Division, FRED in collaboration with Skill Development Department.

The aim and objective of the Consultancy is to effectively utilise the extensive skills and business experience within the areas of specific expertise and experience within the Solution wise network to ensure that optimum resources are engaged to meet clients’ need and also to spread awareness about indirect Tax regime GST and to motivate more people to join the Tax regime. The aim of the firm is also to provide common registration, return and payment services to the taxpayers and facilitate taxpayers by simplifying GST processes and helping Indian business to enhance its competitiveness.

The future plan of the firms is to set up offices in every district and provide training to the BPL educated youths, it was informed.

The programme was also graced by the Mayor (GMC) Shri Shakti Singh Choudhary, Area MLA Shri Timothy William Basnett, Secretaries from Skill Development Department and Commercial and Taxes Department, Joint Commissioner Commerce and Industries and senior officials from the concerned departments.

Two days Vatsalya Mela for Self Help Groups of Sikkim

Gangtok, 30th March (IPR): The two days Vatsalya Mela for Self Help Groups of Sikkim was organized at M. G. Marg today.
The Mela was organized by the Sikkim State Social Welfare Board under Central Social Welfare Board, GOI.

The Mela is being organized to encourage/promote Organic Mission and Skill Development for Sustainable Livelihood where twenty Self Help Groups from four districts of State displayed their products.

The inaugural day of Vatsalya mela was graced by Hon’ble Minister Health and IPR Departments Shri A. K. Ghatani who was present as the Chief Guest.

While addressing the gathering Minister Shri A. K. Ghatani said that we need to fight for women empowerment , economic freedom over entrepreneurial development and self-employment. Thus, the State Government has provided them with the Self Help Groups (SHGs) concept.

He also added that Self Help Groups (SHGs) are one of the innovative and much needed schemes which help in accelerating women entrepreneurship, women‟s self employment and women empowerment. The concept has been successfully implemented now in Sikkim and it has become the best tool to improve the social and economic development.

The Minister informed about various issues regarding Organic Mission and said that the State today has crossed many milestones of development under the leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling. He called for collective participation while executing their responsibilities.

Horticulture & Cash Crop Development Department, Secretary Shri Khorlo Bhutia in his address appreciated the efforts of SHGs in enhancing the agricultural production in State. He also cautioned that, as the Sikkim became the Organic State, so the responsibility on the progressive farmers and SHGs should enhance enormously to ensure sustainability of food/vegetables production in the State.

He also urged the farmers to take full advantage of the schemes/initiatives and the availability of every opportunity provided by the State Government.

He said that we need to promote culture, traditions and food habits of our state for which department will provide with all the assistance.

Smt. Phurmit Lepcha, Chairperson Welfare Board welcomed everyone and briefed about the Self Help Groups.

The programme was also attended by Mayor Shri Shakti Singh Choudhary, Deputy Mayor Smt Lassey Doma, Secretary SJE&W Department Ms Sarala Rai, Director H&CCD Department Shri D. K. Bhandari, progressive farmers and senior officials of government departments.

Two-day residential Creative Arts Workshop for the children of Children’s Home of South District

Jorethang, 30th March (IPR): A two-day residential Creative Arts Workshop for the children of Children’s Home of South District organised by District Child Protection Unit (South), ICPS, SJE&WD in collaboration with SIRD and PR, RM&DD concluded at the conference hall of SIRD, Karfectar today.

Presiding over the program, DCPO (South) ICPS Ms.Roshnila Gurung highlighted the objective of the workshop as an exercise to stimulate children’s creativity to facilitate craftsmanship interests in the children, which she added will not just enhance their skills and talent but also provide an avenue for the children to earn a sustainable livelihood. She also stated that integration of arts and crafts into a child’s academics can prove to be therapeutic and can boost children’s problem solving abilities while also providing them recreation in between their conventional routine.

The workshop was conducted by Ms.Persis Rai who is a professional Arts & Crafts instructor at Green Dale Academy Gangtok and had also conducted a similar workshop for the children at Namchi previously.

It may be noted that 23 number of girls from all the Child Care Institutes registered under South District participated in this workshop. They were taught the art of paper quilling through which they made varied decorative designs such as greeting cards, earrings and quilled flowers among many things.

Orientation session for the team of ‘Swachhagrahis’

Gangtok, 28th March:(IPR) The Mission Directorate, Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Rural Management & Development Department organised the orientation session for the team of ‘Swachhagrahis’ who have been selected to be deputed in Champaran, Bihar for the ensuing ‘Satyagraha Se Swachhagraha’ event.

The session was chaired by Shri Anil Raj Rai, Special Secretary cum Mission Director, SBM (Gramin) and was attended by the Deputy Secretary cum State Co-ordinator, SBM (Gramin). The Under Secretary, SBM (Gramin) Directorate made the presentation. The Mission Director congratulated the Swachhagrahis for the opportunity and asked them to ensure the success and reputation of the state in the field of sanitation is maintained and disseminated through their efforts in the event.

Sikkim has selected 10 Panchayat Development Assistants, RM&DD who function as Swachhagrahis for their respective GPUs and have done exemplary work in the field of sanitation. The team would be led by the Panchayat Inspector, Office of ADC (Dev.), Pakyong, RM&DD.

The event is being organised from the 3rd to 10th April, 2018 by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India in collaboration with the Government of Bihar to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagraha centenary. About 10,000 Swachhagrahis from across the country, along with another 10,000 Swachhagrahis from Bihar, will be participating in the event, where they will trigger rural communities from 3rd to 9th April, 2018 for better sanitation, health and hygiene outcomes. The event will culminate at Champaran on 10th April, 2018, where the Hon’ble Prime Minister will grace the occasion and address the Swachhagrahis.

A review meeting to discuss the Transformation Action Plan for West District

Gyalshing, 28th March, 2018 (IPR): A review meeting to discuss the Transformation Action Plan for West District was called by Chief Secretary at the Conference Hall, Manan Bhawan, Gangtok. In attendance were Secretary, Health department, Secretary LR & DMD, Secretary Planning Department, Secretary Agriculture & Horticulture, Director HRDD, J.D. (HRDD) West, Director Panchayat Raj, Additional Secretary, Skill Development, Welfare department & SDM Gyalshing.
Shri Kapil Meena, DC, West briefed the gathering about the directions given by NITI AAYOG to improve the indicators spanning Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Allied Areas, and Financial Inclusion & Skill Development & Basic Infrastructure. He outlined the various steps taken by District till now & also the help that would be required from various departments at state & Central Government level. He also requested all Secretaries to keep the West District on priority in all schemes under their purview .He informed that all line departments at district level have already started making interventions and focused activities to improve the indicators but there are some issues of timely fund release, giving autonomy to district in implementation and more priority to west district needs to be taken up by the higher authorities.
Shri. A. K. Shrivastava, Chief Secretary appreciated the diligently crafted action plan & has promised to extend all possible help from various departments, right from manpower shortage to fund constraints. Other Secretaries also agreed to provide all help that will be needed to make the action plan successful. The State Prabhari Officer for NITI AAYOG, Shri. Ravindra Telang emphasized on the need to strengthen the Office of District Collector with powers of incentivizing hardworking employees through writing their ACR’s against their efforts in making district action plan successful as well as taking action against recalcitrant employees.
A copy of action plan will be forwarded to all Secretaries for further suggestions and necessary action for its successful implementation. A mechanism of regular follow-up on action plan will also be established.

Inauguration of Entrepreneurs’ Hub Centre

Gangtok, March 28: (IPR) In a major development for the State of Sikkim, the first Entrepreneurs’ Hub Centre was inaugurated by Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling here at Samman Bhawan today. The Entrepreneurs’ Consultation Centre is the first of its kind in the entire North East Region. Sikkim is also perhaps the only State where such a Centre will be located in the office of the Chief Minister, which goes to show the impetus laid by the Government on facilitating an enabling environment for young entrepreneurs to evolve. The initiative is also in line with the Chief Minister’s Start Up Scheme launched by the State Government last year.

Addressing the young and budding entrepreneurs, the Chief Minister congratulated the founder members and the entire team of entrepreneurs for setting up the Hub Centre and for embracing the field of entrepreneurship. He called upon the Entrepreneurs to take up the mantle of educating the youth in the State who are disillusioned and are still living with the traditional mindset. He added that this is the age of science, technology, creation, new ideas and innovation and hence our youth should be able to accept the reality and adapt to the changing times. Further, he stated that science has erased all the boundaries and made the world flat and transparent where anybody can compete. “Today, we are being challenged by infrastructures created by Science such as Artificial Intelligence, which is slowly taking up our jobs,” he stated. He urged the youth to take inspiration from the lives of individuals like Stephen Hawking and Helen Keller who fought all odds and became inspiration to millions of people across the globe. It was their sheer will power and intelligence which enabled them to achieve the unfathomable, he added.

The Chief Minister further called upon the entrepreneurs to develop strong faith in themselves and remove all forms of disillusionment from their minds. “Your biggest wealth is your age, but you should also ensure that along with your body, your mind and intellect should be young,” he added. He urged the entrepreneurs to make the most of the unlimited opportunities available in various sectors in Sikkim. “People from outside the State are benefitting from the opportunities available in the State. Young people from Sikkim should come forward and reverse this trend,” he stated. He added that entrepreneurship may be challenging to start with, one may incur financial losses, but with time and experience, it is highly rewarding. He urged the entrepreneurs not to get disheartened by petty challenges and losses and asked them not to give up at any point of time.

Referring to the scenario in Sikkim where most of the young people are obsessed with seeking Government jobs, Shri Chamling reminded the gathering that the true potential and desire of a person is never realized by being employed in the Government or the corporate sector. They merely become intellectual labours or physical labours, he added.

Speaking on the opportunities emanating from Organic Agriculture, the Chief Minister urged the youth to explore various areas such as marketing, branding and exporting the organic produce of Sikkim such as vegetables, fruits, flowers, meat, eggs and milk. The Chief Minister also exhorted the entrepreneurs to realize the potential of the State in eco-friendly tourism. He said that the Government has created unique tourism infrastructures throughout the State so that young entrepreneurs can benefit from them. He also shared the Government’s vision and commitment to create 1000 tourist destinations in the State. He shared the Government’s plan to build a 12 km underground tunnel from Sirwani to Legship to begin with and subsequently connect all the four districts through underground tunnels. He also mentioned the various plans under Smart City Project which can generate numerous opportunities for the youth of Sikkim. “Our Government has created infrastructures that can last for another 1000 years but the youth have to take ownership and accountability towards maintaining them,” he added.

In his concluding note, Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling said that the Chief Minister’s Start Up Scheme is an answer to the perceived unemployment in the State. He informed that a sum of Rupees 79 Crores has been earmarked for the Scheme in the current Budget. He called on the entrepreneurs present in the meeting to take the lead and become torch bearers of entrepreneurship in the State.

Earlier, the Chief Minister handed over token subsidy amounts to eight entrepreneurs from the first batch of the Chief Minister’s Start Up Scheme.

The programme also saw felicitation of Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling by the Members of the Entrepreneurs’ Hub Centre.

During the Programme, the Chief Minister was also presented with Photograph Frames depicting dance forms of 20 ethnic communities of Sikkim by the officers of the IPR Department. The photographs have been taken from the paintings of artist Shri Bhawani Pradhan.

The programme was also addressed by Principal Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Shri Arvind Kumar, and Founders of the Entrepreneurs’ Hub Centre Shri Rewaj Chettri and Shri Yougan Tamang.