Gyalshing, 31st May, 2018 (IPR): An Awareness Campaign on Child Rights, Protection of Children from Sexual Offence, Suicide and Drug Abuse with the name of ‘Mission Jyoti: Flame of Fearlessness’ was launched at the Community Hall, Gyalshing organized by West District Police Department.
Ms. Chandra Maya Subba, Hon’ble MLA while addressing the audience said the Society should be free from all kind of abuse and she feels that through this program the West District will benefit a lot. Gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest she congratulated the students of different schools taking part in debate and poster making competition through which they get to showcase their intellectuality and sense of responsibility in this type of issues. She urged student to be an example to the society and direct people to a good path as they are responsible for molding of future generation of the state. She acknowledged the S. P West for organizing such an important event.
Dr. A. B. Karki, DC, West and Shri. Suraj Chettri, Hon’ble District & Sessions Judge were the Special Guests for the Program. The District Collector appreciated the audiences enthuse for the program and asked the students to be active and knowledgeable to the issues relevant to child abuse and drug abuse. He further asked the gathering to have the firsthand knowledge and awareness to the issues.
Shri. Tenzing Loden Lepcha, SP, West addressed the gathering through presentations on Child Sexual Abuse, Substance abuse and Mental Health.
The participating schools were provided with Mission Jyoti Kits which included complaint boxes, Booklets and pen drives containing presentation of Mission Jyoti and Komal Videos on Child Abuse.
The program was attended by Officials of the District and students of DIET and Govt. Schools of Gyalshing and Pelling.

Samajik Adhikarita Shivir

Namchi, 30th May(IPR): Mr. Krishan Pal Gurjar, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, attended ‘Samajik Adhikarita Shivir’ a mega distribution free of cost camp which includes allocation of Assistive Aids and Appliances under Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) to senior citizens under BPL category and to Divyangjan under ADIP scheme of Government of India (GoI) at Community Hall, today. The camp organized by Artificial Limbs, Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Kanpur working under the aegis of Department of Empowerment of person with disability (Divyangjan), Ministry of SJ&E, GoI in close association with Department of Social Welfare, Govt of Sikkim and South District Administration had the attendance of Chairman, (SC, Welfare Board) Mr. Madan Cintury, Zilla Adhakshya (South)Ms. Farwanti Tamang, Upa-Adhakshya (South) Mr. Bhim Badhadur Lakhe, Dy Manager (ALIMCO) Mr. S. Sengupta alongside HoDs and a large number of senior citizens.

At, the onset DC (South) Mr. Prabhakar Verma informed that the total number of 184 ADIP and 1,020 RVY beneficiaries comprising of differently abled persons and senior citizens will receive the appliances. He also added that the distributed materials included the various kinds of assisted living devices namely that of walking stick, elbow crutches, walker crutches, wheel chairs, hearing devices, spectacles and other smart equipment.

Addressing, the gathering Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, GoI Mr. Krishan Pal Gurjar, informed about the aim and objective of the camp and shared that this distribution camp is the maiden camp organized in Sikkim under RVY. He updated that the daily living devices of different categories regarding age related infirmities valuing over Rs. 1 crore will be allocated amongst pre identified beneficiaries from South Sikkim. Mr. Gurjar emphasised the camp will immensy assist in positively transforming the lifes of the differently able and senior citizens into that of a self-reliant and self-sufficient person. Mr. Gurjar articulated that the GoI is assiduously focused on elevating the lifes of the senior citizens and that of the differently able person and updated that mass public places in the country are being converted into a barrier-free disabled friendly spaces. He also urged the South District Administration to submit a list of children’s names who are in need of cochlear implant and that the GoI will do the needful in procurement of the implants. Mr. Gurjar also enumerated the various benefits laid down by GoI for the advantage of differently able namely that of reservation in jobs, providing of universal I-card and many more services.

Speaking, during the occasion Joint Secretary MoSJE, GoI Mr. Surendra Singh Meena spoke in detail about the Samajik Adhikarita Shivir and it’s initiation from the year 2017 onwards. Mr. Meena highlighted about the growing population of senior citizens in our country and underlined that they are extremely vulnerable on account of suffering from disabilities, diseases and terminal illness. As, such the Government of India has formulated a variety of schemes for the upliftment of senior citizens, thereby enabling them to live a life of dignity. In addition, Mr. Meena propeled the senior citizens of south sikkim to aim for National Award ‘Vayoshreshtha Samman’ which is given to eminent senior citizens and institutions in recognition of their services towards the cause of elderly persons.

It maybe mentioned that the identified beneficiaries of the camp at Community Hall were registered during the assessment camp held by ALIMCO at various locations of South Sikkim during the month of Feb, 2018. A total number of 945 wheelchairs, 790 BTE Hearing Aids, 979 Walking Sticks, 400 Spectacles, 114 Artificial Dentures assisted living devices were distributed to Senior Citizens under RVY. Likewise, a total number of 50 wheelchairs, 48 crutches, 32 walking Sticks, 202 BTE Hearing Aids, 14 MSIED Kits, 02 CP Chairs, 01 Braille Cane, Braille Kit, 13 Rolator, 05 Smart Phone, 01 Daisy Player and 03 Smart Cane were disbursed to divyangjan under ADIP scheme.

Governor of Sikkim Shri Shriniwas Patil felicitates Nomad Shepherd Kalden Singhi

HE the Governor of Sikkim Shri Shriniwas Patil felicitates Nomad Shepherd Kalden Singhi

Gangtok, 30 May 2018:(IPR) Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Shriniwas Patil felicitated the only Nomad Shepherd of North Sikkim Kalden Singhi at Raj Bhavan, Gangtok. He also gifted him a book on Guru Padmasambhava and asked about his welfare. This was in addition to a letter of appreciation sent earlier. Mr. Singhi was recently awarded the India Biodiversity Award on International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May 2018 for shepherding the last flock of Tibetan Highland Sheep (also known as ‘Luk’ or ‘Bhyanglung’) in Sikkim’s trans-Himalayan cold desert. The Award for Conservation of Domesticated Species was presented to him by the Ministry of Forests, Environment, Govt. of India, National Biodiversity Authority and UNDP at a national celebration held this year at Hyderabad. He was nominated for the same by Sikkim Biodiversity Board (SBB) which has its headquarters in the Forest, Environment and Wildlife Management Department (FEWMD), and whose members include among others the Animal Husbandry, Livestock, Fisheries and Veterinary Services Department (AHLFVSD) of the Government of Sikkim. Last year Mr. Singhi was awarded Breed Conservation Award by ICAR-NBAGR at Karnal, Haryana.

Green Circle the Environment Group of Sikkim warmly appreciates the kind gesture accorded to Kalden Singhi by the Hon’ble Governor, as it would go a long way in easing some of the hardships endured in maintaining his last flock. GC also thanks the Sikkim Biodiversity Board, FEWMD for nominating him; AHLFVSD officials involved and ICAR, Sikkim headed by Dr. R. K. Avasthe whose scientist Dr. Brijesh Kumar carried out studies on his sheep. GC also thanks the Lachen Biodiversity Management Committee and Forest officials of North Division for their roles in documenting Kalden Singhi’s work. We recognize that the high cold pastures bordering the North of Sikkim are under the jurisdiction of the Forest Dept. where globally threatened species of wildlife like Snow Leopard and Tibetan Argali, even Black-necked Cranes live in harmony with equally endangered domesticated animals like Yak and Luk, in an area which is home to various medicinal plants and highland wetlands forming the source of River Tista. And hope that the various stakeholders of this unique landscape continue to play their part in reviving the last population of this indigenous sheep breed whose wool or fleece is amongst the best obtained from native ovine breeds of the Indian subcontinent.

Livestock based farming

Namchi, 30th May: 40 goats of breedable age were distributed with insurance coverage at Maniram cluster from Maniram Phalidara GPU under Namchi-Singithang Assembly Constituency, South District. The program is a convergence of Livestock based farming system under Rainfed Area Development (RAD) of FS&ADD with AHLF&VSD for 2017-18 with considerable share from State capital. The beneficiaries were also provided with packs of mineral vitamins, dewormer, anti-stress tonic & handouts. The aim of the program is sustainable livlihood of farmers through goat farming.

The beneficiaries were also made aware of modern managemental practices focussing on balanced diet, breeding, housing, health coverage, insurance & other useful tips for enhanced production. The program was attended by Chairman Power & Energy Department Mr. Gagan Rai accompanied by area panchayats JD/FS&ADD/South followed by officers from line department headed by Dr A L Rai, DD/South.

Saga Dawa Greetings

Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling and Smt Tika Maya Chamling have extended warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Sikkim on the auspicious occasion of Saga Dawa.

Saga Dawa is believed to be the ‘month of merits’. ‘Dawa’ means ‘month’ in Tibetan, and ‘Saga’ or ‘Saka’ is the name of a star prominent in the sky during the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar when Saga Dawa is observed. Saga Dawa, which falls on the full moon day of the 4th month of the Buddhist lunar calendar, is celebrated as a tribute to the life of Lord Buddha. Considered as the holiest of all the Buddhist festivals, it is believed that good deeds done during this period get multiplied . Also known as the ‘Triple Blessed Festival’, the day commemorates three events that took place in different years of the life of Lord Buddha- birth, enlightenment and death and attaining nirvana. Therefore, during the month of Saga Dawa, Buddhists indulge in different meritorious acts, such as going on pilgrimage to sacred places, making offerings and donations to monasteries or to individual monks and nuns as well as lighting of butter lamps and abstaining from eating non-vegetarian food.

In Sikkim, Saga Dawa is a state holiday. A colourful procession of monks and devotees carrying holy texts, portraits and statues of Lord Buddha is taken out in Gangtok as well as in other towns and villages of the State. People gather in the streets to touch their heads with the holy scriptures in order to receive blessings. People visit monasteries, offer prayers, light butter lamps and make offerings.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister, in his greetings says, “I urge my fellow Sikkimese to follow the teachings of Lord Buddha about living a noble life, being kind and compassionate to all sentient beings and to devote themselves to the path of truth and righteousness , transcending caste, creed, gender, religion and nationality.”

The Chief Minister concludes by starting, “On this day, I call upon all my fellow Sikkimese brothers and sisters to strive on the path of truth and righteousness, as preached by the Sakyamuni.”