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.