Mission Chalk and Dust free classrooms launched in West District of Sikkim.

Geyzing 29th June, 2018 (IPR): Mission Chalk and Dust free classroom in all schools in West was launched at Mangsari Secondary School today. The Hon’ble Zilla Adhyakshya West, Mrs. Devika Subba chaired the occasion as Chief Guest in presence of Shri A.B Karki (DM West), SDM Soreng, ADC(Dev) Soreng, BDO, AE, Deputy Director HRDD, School Principals, Teachers, all Panchayats members and all other dignitaries.
48 – Mangsari Mangerjung GPU ward Panchayat Shri. Gyan B. Tamang and Zilla Panchayat Shri B.P Sharma sponsored white boards, dusters, markers and televisions to the schools falling under their jurisdiction.With an objective to improve scores of students in subjects like English and Maths, all Panchayats have taken the burden to provide necessary essentials to their respective area schools in West Sikkim.
The DC urged every individuals to come forward and help in favour of improving quality in education with special focus to English and Maths. He asked the students to be diligent in their studies and understand that the future of the State is in their hands. He reminded them that Sikkim’s free education to all Sikkimese students which was announced by the Hon’ble Chief Minister was for their benefit and they should grasp the opportunity and be their best in every walks of life.

Asar 15th(Pandra) 2018 celebrated in the West District of Sikkim.

Geyzing 29 June, 2018 (IPR): On the auspicious occasion of Asar 15th(Pandra) 2018, planting of paddy saplings took place by the hands of Hon’ble District Collector West, Dr. A. B. Karki in the presence of Shri. Ashok Gurung, Up-Adhakshya, West District Zilla Panchayat and other officials.
The celebration took place at Karthok Pokhari thus marking the commencement of rice cultivation in agrarian community of Sikkim hills and engulfing the Hon’ble Chief Minister’s vision of being self-sufficient in the near future. Active participation of the District Magistrate along with other officials and members of the village community was seen during the entire celebration.
Similar events were seen to be celebrated in the West District of Sikkim.

Final leg of the Jan Sampark cum Jan Seva Abhiyan of the Hon’ble Chief Minister for the East District held at Khel Gaon, Reshithang

Gangtok, June 29: The Janta Mela for Urban Areas and Lamas (Monks) of the entire State was held today at Khel Gaon, Reshithang, Ranka. It was clubbed with the final leg of the Jan Sampark cum Jan Seva Abhiyan of the Hon’ble Chief Minister for the East District of Sikkim for three constituencies namely Gangtok, Arithang and Upper Tadong along with the Sangha Constituency. The public event was organized by Urban Development & Housing Department, Government of Sikkim in coordination with the area MLAs and Nagar Panchayats.
The programme began with welcome address by Secretary UD&HD Shri L.B. Chettri, who briefly explained the objective of the programme and the nature of benefits and token grants to be distributed. He informed that after the public address programme, the beneficiaries would be handed over their benefits at the stalls put up at the venue for the respective urban areas, constituency and a separate stall for the monks.
Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling then handed over the token benefits to beneficiaries from among the Lamas (monks) and the people of urban areas from different parts of the State. The benefits that were distributed by the Chief Minister on the occasion included Token Allotment for urban housing scheme, GCI Sheets, Electric Rice Cooker, Plain Sheets as part of Urban Housing Scheme, and House Enhancement Scheme Order. Likewise, subsidized rice was distributed to beneficiaries under other priority households under Food & Civil Supplies Department, while CMRHM, LPG, Pressure Cooker and GCI Sheets were the items under the Rural Management & Development Department which were distributed on the occasion.
Meanwhile, seven employees of the Municipal Bodies from all the four districts were rewarded by the Chief Minister with Cash Award and Mementos for rendering sincere and excellent service in their capacities.
The Chief Minister was felicitated by a delegation of monks with an Appreciation Letter. Likewise, the representatives of Urban Local Bodies, members of the business community, ASHA workers and Aganwadi Workers also expressed felicitation to the Chief Minister.
Addressing the public event, Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling said he was pleased to meet the learned monks (Lamas) from throughout the State and also the business community and public from the urban areas.
He began his address by highlighting the objective of the Jan Sampark and Jan Seva Abhiyan and the Janta Mela. He said that the entire Government machinery had come to the people’s doorstep to honour them, to understand their problems and issues, and to provide immediate respite. It is a rare initiative where the entire Government machinery stretches out to the public with welfare schemes in order to uplift the people and to improve their living standards, he stated. He added that the constituency-wise visit of the Chief Minister and the entire team of public representatives and Heads of Departments also served as a medium to directly interact with the people and enlighten them about the various schemes and programmes of the Government.
The Chief Minister in his address urged the people to take complete ownership of the State instead of just fulfilling individual interests and desires. He said that the people should realize that with right comes responsibility towards the society and the State, and especially in a democratic set-up, people should contribute.
Drawing a parallel between the era before merger and now, he explained that Sikkim was the most underdeveloped Country during the reign of the Chogyal, while today Sikkim is one of the five richest States in the country, and the richest among the North Eastern States. He urged the monks to compare the Sikkim of yesterday and today. There has been unprecedented development in every sphere, and the infrastructural development and places of religious worship are a few examples of the development witnessed by the State in the last two decades.
Directing his address at the monks, the Chief Minister stated that the Government has created numerous infrastructures and an environment for intellectual learning for Buddhists. The Guest House at Bodh Gaya, enhancement of Annual Grant to monasteries, creation of monastic schools where modern education is imparted, Buddhist University at Deorali, and Aamji education for Bhutia and Lepcha are a few examples of these initiatives. He added that the Buddhist University would ensure that our Lamas would be highly intellectual and would be equipped with modern education. He gave an assurance that the salaries and allowances of the monastic lobelas would be enhanced in near future.
He also touched upon the history of Sikkim, and how three revered Lamas contributed to the building of ancient monasteries, and subsequently the establishment of Monarchy in Sikkim. He stated that these three Lamas have made the biggest contribution to Sikkim. He further added that the Government is making a 50 ft tall statue of these three Lamas and also of the first Chogyal at Yuksom, West Sikkim, as a mark of reverence.
Addressing the Bhutia and Lepcha communities, the Chief Minister stated that all the political privileges of the BL have been kept intact. The reservation of BL in the Panchayat is the latest addition, and BL language is being taught till university level. Further, he reiterated that the Government is committed to safeguard all the social and political privileges of the BL communities, which includes the 13 seats in the State Legislative Assembly.
He further urged the people of Sikkim to take collective responsibility to preserve and protect the peaceful, secular, neat and clean, organic and eco-tourism friendly status of Sikkim. He added that a good government is like our parents. Our Government has nurtured and loved the people of Sikkim, in the same way parents would nurture their children, he stated.
Addressing the public of urban areas, especially the business community, Chief Minister Shri Chamling stated that the people of the business community also have to take ownership of the State instead of just securing their individual business and household. He urged them to value and acknowledge the development that has taken place during the tenure of the Government under his leadership.
He added that Gangtok is the business centre of Sikkim like all other sub towns in the districts. The demand has risen due to overall development, the value of our market has increased, the value of land, building, shop has increased manifold. The value of Gangtok has increased by approximately 5000 times, which is evident from the GSDP increase recorded. Business volume has increased. Space / Site Salami system for shops has been introduced. This is the result of our development policies, and people are enjoying the fruit of Democratic dividend brought about by good governance. He further added that the Government has always respected the business community of Sikkim and ensured that they live with dignity. The business community elsewhere are living with fear and insecurity. Our biggest contribution is the peace, security and respect for all, he stated.
The Chief Minister also underlined some of the privileges ensured by the Government for the business community in the State. All Residential Certificate (RC) holders, all old business men and all urban settlers, wards of those employed in Sikkim before 1969, all settlers before 1975 should get income tax exemption. He stated that the Government is committed to ensure that these rights are ascertained and repeated requests have been made to the Centre. Further, the Government has made a rule that all RC holders who have trade licence, will get all other privileges, except the privileges under Sikkim Subject and Land Revenues Order No. 1 reserved for the Subject Holders of Sikkim. The privileges include Trade licence for children of RC holders, bazar land, jobs in private sector, reservation in higher education, can contest Nagar Panchayat elections, can acquire liquor shop licence, wife will get trade licence in case of death of husband, privileges like free education till college, free books and uniforms, free medicine for BPL category Bazar dwellers, medical reimbursement for referred patients, Rs. 15000 to go to Siliguri for treatment and Rs. 25000 for bigger cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. Likewise, RC holders will get benefits such as Rural housing scheme for the BPL category Bazar dwellers, gas cylinder, cooker, induction, plain sheets and subsidized rice.
The Chief Minister announced that the top floor of GMC building at Deorali has been allotted for Bihari Bhawan. Likewise, the top floor of Children park vehicle stand above M.G. Marg Gangtok has been allotted for Marwari Bhawan.
The Chief Minister also announced that Peons in all Government establishments will henceforth be redesignated as Office Attendant.
In conclusion, the Chief Minister assured that the demands put forth by the MLAs of Gangtok, Arithang and Upper Tadong constituencies will be passed phase wise in a month’s time.
The programme came to an end with vote of thanks proposed by Commissioner, GMC, Shri Chewang Gyaccho.

DG (North East Zone), Ministry of I&B, GOI, called on Hon’ble Minister, Information & Public Relations Dept. at Soochna Bhawan, Tadong

Gangtok, June 28: (IPR) The Director General (North East Zone), Ministry of I&B, Government of India, Shri Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia, called on Hon’ble Minister, Information & Public Relations Department, Shri A.K. Ghatani at his office here at Soochna Bhawan, Tadong today. The DG was accompanied by Regional Outreach Bureau (Itanagar) Director, Dr. H.R. Keshavmurthy.
The Director General apprised the Minister about their meetings and engagements during their three-day visit to the State. He informed that the primary objective of his visit was to deliberate on how there can be better coordination between the DIPR and the media agencies and information outlets of the Central Government to publicize and highlight the development programmes and welfare schemes so that the public benefit from them.
The DG also placed before the Minister the proposal to establish a media centre in Gangtok which can accommodate the offices of the Press Information Bureau, and the Field Outreach Bureaus (FOBs) and Regional Outreach Bureau (ROB) which are presently scattered in various parts of the State.
Minister Shri Ghatani welcomed the visiting officials and expressed satisfaction at the positive feedback gathered by them on their visit to the State. While impressing upon the various unique initiatives of the Government in the past two decades, the Minister stressed that these initiatives should be adequately highlighted at the national and international level. He called for the need to focus more on the developmental stories and exchanges of good practices through various media. He said that journalism should be research based and any content that comes out should be substantiated with facts. The Minister also welcomed the suggestion by the DG to empanel local artists of Sikkim in the Song and Drama Unit of the I&B, presently having their troupes in Guwahati and Imphal. He suggested the DG to consider recruiting local people having proficiency in journalism and media and command over the local language in various capacities in the PIB and its units.
The Minister reiterated that the State of Sikkim has gained international repute as the first fully organic farming State, eco-friendly State and a sought-after tourist destination, and numerous path-breaking initiatives which still need to be highlighted. He urged the officials to work in close coordination with the media in the State and the Department of IPR to take the schemes and programmes to the public and foster development. The Minister concluded by assuring all possible support to the PIB and allied agencies to establish themselves in the State and render their services.
The meeting had the presence of Director, IPR Shri Tashi Chophel, officers of the Department and representatives from PIB Gangtok.

EPIC 17K MTB Race enters its toughest stage.

Lachung, 28th June 2018(IPR): Today the third stage of the EPIC 17K MTB Race, the toughest stage covering a total distance of 83 kilometers from Lachung to Thangu was flagged off earlier today from Lachung by the District Collector, North Shri Karma R Bonpo IAS.It has been titled the King of the Mountain and the winner of this stage will get a separate cash prize of Rs 20000. The riders have to complete the stage in a total time of 8 hours.

The King of the Mountain was won by Issac Rai from SSB who completed the distance of 83km from lachung to Thangu in a record time of 4:47:56 hrs. The second rider to complete the course is Shiven who completed the course in 5:04:07 hrs and the third rider to complete the course was Tenzing Wongchuk from Bhutan who did it in 5:04:49 hrs..

A total of 31 riders out of the 66 riders who participated in the contest today completed the course and reached Thangu. The rest of the participants who could not complete within the stipulated time of eight hours was carried by a sweep vehicle to Thangu. The riders will be halting at Thangu for the night and all they will be competing for the ultimate ride to Gurudongmar tomorrow.

The riders come from a varied background and it includes elite professional riders, doctors, bureaucrats amateurs, armed personnel who have all come together to participate in the grand event.

The EPIC 17K MTB race is now gaining significant popularity in the MTB circles and representatives from Red Bull will be witnessing the final race tomorrow.

Yesterday the Lachung Dzumsa put in a culture show for the participants and a thanks giving ceremony was held for the sponsoring hotels. A total of 75 hotel rooms was sponsored by various hotels of Lachung. The Pipons and Youths of Lachung provided full co-operation and support for the organizing the event at Lachung. The event has generated excitement in the youths of Lachung who are now looking forward for hosting the future editions of the race.

The main sponsor of the event is the Honourable Minister, Forest Environment and Wildlife Management Department. The event carries the theme of ‘Secure Himalaya’ for the conversation of locally and globally significant biodiversity and forest resource of Himalayan ecosystem. The event is also promoting the message of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao .

Two days training programme for Teachers teaching lessons in law.

Namchi, 28th June(IPR): A two day long training programme for teachers teaching lessons in law for South and West district commenced at Community Hall today. The program organized by District Legal Service Authority (South & West) in co-ordination with Sikkim State Legal Services Authority (SSLSA) had the presence of Chairperson, DLSA (South) Ms. Jyoti Kharka, Secretary DLSA (South) Ms. Sonam Denka Wangdi alongside teachers from various schools.

Secretary DLSA (South) Ms. Sonam Denka Wangdi spoke in-depth about the aim and objective of the teachers teaching lessons in law and informed that this training will assist in instilling the appropriate knowledge and sensitization about law as an integral part of school curriculum.

Resource person, Mr. Bhupendra Giri (Ld Panel Advocate) spoke in detail about the training program which is to equip the teachers to be well-versed with the various facets of law which then they can propagate amongst the students. Mr. Giri emphasized that teachers should encourage a variety of activities and interaction in disseminating of awareness regarding laws, rather than a one-way transmission of information. He also stated the different kinds of rights, duties and restrictions provided under the Constitution of India and highlighted that justice should be easily accessible for everyone. Mr. Giri underlined that teachers play an important role in shaping the life of the students and highlighted that teachers should be legally well-informed and capable in responding to the problems concerning the pupils. Additionally, he elaborated that the teachers need to sharpen their familiarity regarding Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC-PNDT, Act), and Sikkim Anti Drugs Act (SADA, Act).

Resource person Mr. Anjan Sharma (Ld Panel Advocate) urged the teachers to gain extensive understanding about the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO, Act). He explained the imperative need of students, teachers and staff to be trained about the child protection policy in school. He explicated that the teachers are required to give the details of POCSO Act amidst the students for their knowledge and also for the children to exercise their rights. Mr. Sharma added that the law mandatorily requires the educators of school institutions to report child abuse. He spoke briefly on the importance of awareness pertaining to such issues which would go a long way in securing the safety of children and effective prosecution of offenders. Moreover, he also touched upon various other Acts and elucidated on the legal aid accompanied with these Acts in order to protect the victims.

The program also saw an interactive session between the teachers and the resource person pertaining the diverse laws governing the students and layman.

Hon’ble Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim inaugurated academic complex of Sikkim Judicial Academy (Phase-I) at Sokeythang.

Gangtok, June 27: (IPR) Hon’ble Mr Justice Satish Kumar Agnihotri, Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim and Chairman, Sikkim Judicial Academy, inaugurated the newly constructed academic complex of Sikkim Judicial Academy (Phase-I) at Sokeythang near Gangtok today.

It was learnt that the foundation stone of Sikkim Judicial Academy was laid by former Chief Justice of India, Late. Hon’ble Justice, Altamas Kabir on May 14, 2012.

The function was graced by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Mr Pawan Chamling as the Chief Guest and had the august presence of Hon’ble Mrs Justice Meenakshi M.Rai, Judge, High Court of Sikkim and Hon’ble Mr Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, Judge, High Court of Sikkim and Judge-in-Charge, Sikkim Judicial Academy, and Hon’ble Minister, Law, Legislative & Parliamentary Affairs, Mr R.B. Subba as Guest of Honor.

Also present during the function were Former Judges of High Court of Sikkim, Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.P Subba and Hon’ble Mr. Justice, S.P Wangdi, Members of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Mr. Timothy W. Basnet and Mr. D.R Thapa, Heads of various Departments, Government of Sikkim, Director SJA Mrs Samita Sharma, along with host of dignitaries from the legal fraternity, and senior officers of the State Government.

The principal aim of the Sikkim Judicial Academy (SJA) like State Judicial Academies elsewhere in the country is to impart training to the Judicial Officers of the State so that they achieve excellence in their work and become capable of rendering quality justice. However, considering the peculiar circumstances prevailing in Sikkim, the object of setting up the Academy was to impart training not only to the Judicial Officers but also to the Civil Servants, Police Officers, Public Prosecutors, and members of the Bar, particularly, its novice members and other stakeholders of the State. The benefits of the Academy would also be extended to final year law students of the Government College and Universities in Sikkim, who are keen on joining the Bar or Judicial Service upon their graduation.

Addressing the inaugural function, Hon’ble Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Mr Justice Satish Kumar Agnihotri said that this is a historic landmark in Sikkim’s Judicial history and that it was a momentous occasion. The SJA now must necessarily be a centre of learning and excellence, he stated. He further stated that the magnificent structure alone cannot provide learning or excellence although it would definitely provide the required atmosphere. Congratulating the people of Sikkim, the Hon’ble Chief Justice wished that the SJA labours hard to provide stakeholders of the judicial process excellence in justice delivery.

Hon’ble Chief Justice further said that the Sikkim Judiciary Academy is not only for judicial officers but also for legal freshers, advocates, senior advocates, who also need proper training and updation in the legal development for assisting and cooperating with the administration of justice. He expressed happiness that the long felt need for a State Judicial Academy has finally been fulfilled with the coming up of this magnificent facility that can effectively provide continuous legal education to the members of judicial fraternity. He added that everybody associated with the Academy should ensure in providing best possible facilities, trainings and resources to the members of the judiciary and members of the profession in a uniform manner. The Chief Justice mentioned that in the last few years, significant strives have been made in providing continuous legal education especially to judicial officers with the establishment of National Judicial Academy at Bhopal.

The Chief Justice further said that Judiciary is the guardian of rights of men and it protects these rights from all possibilities of individual and public encroachments. If there is no adequate provision for the administration of justice, the liberty of the people is jeopardized for there is dearth of means which should accept and decide rights, punish crimes and protect innocent from injury and observation, he stated.

Hon’ble Chief Justice further stated that today the judiciary, judicial officers and advocates have had to face new challenges. It is in these changing circumstances that Institute such as the Sikkim Judicial Academy will aid the learning process, he added. “These learning processes need to be supported by institutional mechanism that provides vital support and knowledge, resources to the members of the judiciary and members of judicial fraternity. The importance of ensuring the learning methodologies and curriculum of this institution are always kept effectively and evolve according to changing of social scenario and circumstances. We must always remember that stagnation and lack of innovation sounds the alarm on any Institution” Hon’ble Chief Justice added.

The Hon’ble Chief Justice recorded his appreciation for the role of the State Government under the leadership of the Chief Minister for successfully completing the Sikkim Judicial Academy.

Addressing the function, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling said that he was delighted to be present on this momentous occasion and to see the Sikkim Judicial Academy inaugurated. He stated that the establishment of Sikkim Judicial Academy is an important milestone in our journey of establishing equitable society. He expressed hope that the judicial officers and lawyers of Sikkim will benefit immensely from this institute in times to come. He added that the modern time is full of complexity of law and wide variety of litigations, and judicial officers and lawyers are facing new challenges. Thus, to tackle and overcome these challenges, specialized judicial education and training have become an absolute necessity. Training and imparting legal knowledge will surely enhance proficiency of lawyers and legal professionals and strengthen judiciary in the state, stated the Chief Minister.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister further mentioned that judiciary plays a crucial role in the development of the society, and maintaining rule of law is the most important attribute of judiciary in a democracy. “The subordinate judiciary is the foundation of judicial system in our Country. The society looks forward to Judicial Officers, who are knowledgeable, proficient in law, honest, dedicated and lovers of humanity. The establishment of Sikkim Judicial Academy will surely be helpful in achieving this objective,” he stated.

“I hope Sikkim Judicial Academy will fulfill its duties and obligation of imparting quality training to judicial officers, young lawyers and the students of law in the state. We must work together in the larger interest of our nation. I am certain that one day, this institute will be one of the best institutes in the country in imparting judicial knowledge and training” concluded the Chief Minister.

The Principal Chief Engineer-cum-Secretary, Buildings & Housing Department, Mr R.B. Thapa while submitting the Technical Report informed that the Academy Complex (Phase-I) comprises an administrative block, academic block, auditorium block and approach road with car park and central courtyard. The Administrative block is a G+2 storied RCC framed building built up in an area of 4800sft has office of Director, Registrar along with general administrative accounts section. The Academic block is also a G+2 storied RCC framed building with a total built area of 21,195 sft has library, lecture theaters, computer lab, conference hall and 8 pax lift. The Auditorium block is a RCC framed structure with a total built up area of 5300 sft and has a sitting capacity for 280 persons. This block has Judges Lounge, recreation room and dining hall.
He informed that in 2012-13, State Government acquired 2.92 acre of land for the construction of Judicial Academy. The department decided to take up construction work in phase wise and now phase-I construction works completed at a cost of Rs. 15 Crore, which has four components (administrative block, academic block, auditorium block and approach road with car park and central courtyard) as against nine.

During the function, esteemed dignitaries on the dais also launched Sikkim Judicial Academy, High Court of Sikkim, Souvenir-2018.

Earlier the function began with welcome address by Director, Sikkim Judicial Academy, Mrs Samita Sharma.
The function also saw the rendition of a patriotic song by choir members of the Sikkim Bar Association.

Curtains were drawn on this historic occasion with the vote of thanks proposed by Mr K. W. Bhutia, Registrar, High Court of Sikkim.

DC visits Yuksam Senior Secondary School felicitates State toopers and interacts with students and teachers.

Gyalshing, 27th June, 2018 (IPR): The District Administration Center headed by Dr. A. B. Karki, DC visited the Yuksam Senior Secondary School with an objective to motivate and encourage the students. The District Collector felicitated the state CBSE toppers in Govt. School Category.
Indrajeet Sharma who scored 94% and Anisha Chettri with 92% emerged as state toppers were felicitated by the DC who was accompanied by the SDM and BDO along with other officials. Further, the DC also felicitated the School Principal Winne Fred Rai and the teachers for their selfless work and dedication.