International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Observed at Gangtok.

Gangtok, June 26: (IPR) The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed in the capital today in a function organized at Chintan Bhawan under the joint aegis of Social Justice Empowerment & Welfare Department and SAATHI. The Hon’ble Minister for Roads & Bridges and the Cultural Affairs & Heritage Department, Government of Sikkim, Shri. G.M Gurung was the Chief Guest for the day.

Hon’ble Minister for Health Care, Human Services & Family Welfare Department and the Information & Public Relations Department, Shri A.K Ghatani; Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) Shri P.D Rai; Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department, Smt. Tulsi Devi; Hon’ble M.L.A, Gangtok, Shri Pintso Chopel Lepcha, Hon’ble Mayor, Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC) Shri. Shakti Singh Choudhary; Hon’ble Deputy Mayor (GMC), Ms. Lashey Doma Bhutia; OBC Board Commissioner, Shri T. N Sharma; Hon’ble Secretary for Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare Department, Ms. Sarala Rai, Heads of Departments, officials, staff, representatives of various NGOs, students along with the press and media were present at the event.

Shri G.M Gurung addressed the gathering stating that drug/substance abuse was a serious and grave issue that we all need to deal with. He made light-hearted parallels to his childhood, giving the students examples from his early years but driving home the point that one shouldn’t waste away his life on drugs and harmful substances because no matter where one comes from, he/she can always go to great heights if the mind and body is healthy. He even took a moment and made everyone stand up, placing their hands on their hearts and asked all to realize that every breath, every heart beat was precious because we have only one life to live. He asked all the people gathered there to value their lives and use their freedom with a good balance of authority and responsibility both. He advised the students to work hard for perseverance was the key to success. He also spoke on the importance of personal and family relationships and the roles of parents in shaping a child’s future. He ended his note, urging the students to never hold back, work with determination and to sensibly be in control of their own lives.

Shri A.K Ghatani spoke on the harmful effects of drugs and its direct impact on the abuser’s family and the society at large. Keeping the theme in mind, he stressed the students to “Listen First” to their own hearts and not to waste away by indulging on toxic substances. He also asked all the departments and NGOs to work collectively in curbing away and fighting the drug and illicit trafficking of harmful substances.

Smt. Tulsi Devi Rai spoke with zeal and provided some information on the factors related to drug and substance abuse. Based on studies conducted by experts in the field, she enlightened the gathering that unemployment and poverty were actually not the reasons for depression leading to drug abuse, disturbed state of mind and suicide. She stated that we have to work on our coping skills with the help of family, friends and peers instead of looking to justify our behavioral disorder. She cited examples of America and the former President, Barack Obama, explaining that he developed the country and took America to even greater heights because of the support and involvement of the public, particularly the youth. She asked the students to realize the difference between being literate and educated. She advised them to develop their personality with confidence and to never fear from dreaming big and achieving their goals.

Hon’ble MP (Lok Sabha) kept his speech succinct, stating that addiction was a behavioral disorder and we need to correct our behaviour. He emphasized that every life was precious therefore losing even one child to drug abuse and suicide was a tragedy. He then informed all that a Centre for Addiction Medicine at Chuwatar, Singtam was inaugurated yesterday and stated with confidence that it would function with a proper eco-system to meet the desired results in fighting addiction.

Principal Director (HC,HS&FW) gave a presentation on the Mental Health Program of the State and their achievements while Additional SP (East) Shri Tshering Namgyal spoke on the police department’s role in combating the drug problem in Sikkim and highlighted the important points of the Sikkim Anti Drugs Act (SADA). He also spoke about cases registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

Dr. Satyadeep Chettri spoke on the Sikkim Against Addiction Towards Healthy India (SAATHI) programme, which was established in 2013. SAATHI works on a peer education based model to deal with issues of substance abuse at various Government Schools of Sikkim and it has been taken under the Chief Minister Youth Empowerment & Self Reliant Mission. He gave example of Iceland, explaining how a sparsely populated country could evolve excellently if the focus shifted from punishment to remedies. He invited all, especially the professionals and experts to come forward with their suggestions and solutions as SAATHI was still under the learning process.

Mr. Udai C Rai from Serenity Home and Ms. M Lepcha from Ashi Foundation also addressed the audience on the work and survey done by their respective centres.

Later there was a rally flag off from Chintan Bhawan via Kazi Road to M.G Marg (Tourism Information Centre).

The programme ended with a cultural performance at M.G Marg where students from Tadong Senior Secondary School, Bojoghari Government Senior Secondary School and Rongyek Government Secondary School and members from Sikkim Rehabilitation & Detoxification Society, Nimtar 32 No, Freedom Facility, Serenity Home, Drishya, Jeewan Marg, Jagriti (Ashi Foundation) presented songs and dance as well as yoga demonstration.

The EPIC 17K, the Highest MTB 4 Day Stage Race in India was flagged off by Honourable Minister, Forests Env and Wildlife Management Department from Mangan

Mangan: 26th June 2018 (IPR): The EPIC 17K, the Highest MTB 4 Day Stage Race in India was flagged off today by the Honourable Minister, Forests Env and Wildlife Management Department from Mangan today at 7:00 am. It is the Highest Mountain Biking stage race in the Country.the riders will start from an elevation of 3000ft and reach up to an altitude of 17800ft in the Himalayas where the oxygen levels are as low as 2% to 4%.
A total of 66 athletes from various parts of the country and riders from Bhutan are competing in the event. Today the participants will be riding from Mangan to Lachung covering a total of 51 kms. The time for completion of the race is 7 hours.

Issac Rai stood first and completed the stage in 2:35:30 hrs while Shiven stood second having completed the stage in 2:42:10hrs. Innus Ali completed the stage in 2:45:21hrs and stood third.

The participants will halt at Lachung today where there will be preparing for the next stage tomorrow.
The EPIC 17K event is the first of the kind being organized by the District Administration in collaboration with Hub Outdoors and Mountain Goats . it is supported by Lachen Dzumsa Lachung Dzumsa. The Indian Army , ITBPF and IHCAE, Chemchey also supported the event by providing medical facilities and rescue operation for the riders.

State Bank of Sikkim observed its Golden Jubliee Year Celebrations at Namchi.

Namchi, 25th June (IPR): State Bank of Sikkim observed its Golden Jubliee Year Celebrations at Community Hall, Namchi today.

The program was attended by SLA Speaker Mr.K.N Rai, MD SBS Mr.Hem Kumar Chettri, CGM Mr. Phurba Wangdi Bhutia alongside District Administration Officials, HOD’s, Advisors, Chairmans, SBS Staff members, SBS customers, former SBS officials, school heads and students of various schools under South District.

Chief Guest on the occasion SLA Speaker Mr.K.N Rai extended his congratulatory wishes to the staff of State Bank of Sikkim for achieving a huge milestone in banking by marking an existence during which it has continually worked in partnership with development projects in Sikkim. Speaking about the history of early banking which dates back to around 2000 BC, the Speaker spoke about how banking began with the first prototype banks where the merchants made grain loans to farmers and traders who carried goods between cities. He then went on to speak about the banking history of our country which originated in the last decades of the 18th century where the Bank of Hindustan were the first banks which was established in 1770 and liquidated in 1829–32. The Speaker also took to the occasion to urge public to choose SBS for all their banking needs as they can enjoy direct deposit without having waste time on the cash cheque places. He highlighted that SBs has opened in every nook and corner in the state equipped with well trained and experienced staff which ensures the efficiency of management.

The program also saw MD SBS, Mr.Hem Kumar Chettri address the gathering wherein he stated that State Bank of Sikkim was constituted and established in the year 1968 under the State Bank of Sikkim Proclamation, 1968. Further, he spoke about how SBS an autonomous body under Government of Sikkim operates within the jurisdiction of the State of Sikkim. Mr. Chettri also informed the gathering about the varied facilities and features of SBS among which the Core Banking Solution (CBS) as a facility established on April 2017 across most SBS branches.

The program also saw felicitations being accorded to Senior Technical Director, NIC, New Delhi Mr. IPS Sethi, Technical Director, NIC, New Delhi Mr. Sanjay Kumar Sinha, SIK, NIC, Sikkim Mr. Birendra Chettri, Senior Technical Director, NIC, Sikkim Mr. L.P Sharma and SBS Golden Jubliee Logo Designer Ms. Mimanshya Pradhan. Chief Guest Mr. K.N Rai alongside the officials of South District Administration and former officers of SBS were also felicitated for their unwavering support towards the development of SBS.

SBS also handed over awards and certificates to winners of Essay Competition held on the topic “ State Bank of Sikkim and its impact in the Banking Service in Sikkim” to Yapchungla Bhutia, Remikala Rai and Persis Chettri, students of Namchi SSS, VCGL Government SS and Namchi Government Girls SSS respectively. Similarly, the program was also marked by presentation of a sum of 10,000 rupees as School Development Grants to 10 schools under South District through the Chief Guest present.

Earlier in the day, a plantation drive as a part of the environmental initiative, 10 minutes to Earth programme was held at Rhododendron Enclave, Chardham, Namchi.

The ten minutes to earth program was observed in Mangan,North SIkkim

Mangan,25th June (IPR):The ten minutes to earth program was observed across North district. The Hon’ ble Minister Forest Env. and Wildlife Management Deptt. Shri Tshering Wangdi Lepcha, joined by Hon’ble Chairman SNT Shri Pintso Namgyal Lepcha, the District Collector North,ADC/ Dev., DFO and other officers planted different species of trees in the District Court complex. Later in the day the Honourable Minister addressed the students of Mangan Senior Secondary School. He stated that the ten minutes to earth is a unique initiative of the Honourable Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Pawan Chamling . He said that Sikkim is endowed with rich forest cover and our tourism industry, climate and general well being is dependent on it and he sought the help of all to conserve it .

Minister for Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Deptt. inaugurated Centre for Addiction Medicine at Chuwatar, Singtam.

Singtam, June 25 (IPR): Minister for Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Deptt. Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani inaugurated Centre for Addiction Medicine at Chuwatar, Singtam in presence of Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) Mr P D Rai and Area MLA Mr. Gopal Baraily, today.

It may be mentioned here that eleven bedded Centre for Addiction Medicine was constructed in phase wise manner involving project cost of 14 L( Fourteen Lakhs) in Phase I and 45 L ( Fourty Five Lakhs) in Phase II. Third phase for Vertical extension of the centre is likely to be commenced at the earliest at the cost of 30 L (Thirty Lakhs). Out of total estimated cost of 89 Lakhs amount of Rs. 50 L ( Fifty Lakhs) have been funded under Member of Parliament Local Area Development Programme.

The two storied building will facilitate the requirements of Male wards and rooms for Doctor, Counsellor, Psychologist, storage, Waiting Hall, MDR Card, Pharmacy and recreation, Multipurpose Hall, Canteen along with kitchen for OPD patients etc.

Mr Ghatani, in his address said that the state govt is working tirelessly in the field of Mental Health. He said that the state govt. under visionary leadership of Hon`ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling has strong political will to address the issues of mental health and other diseases. Minister expressed his happiness over establishment of the Centre for Addiction Medicine and assured to provide qualitative medical services to the patients and urged concerned authority to ensure security of health staff in the institution. He urged concerned officials to maintain newly inaugurated centre with full sense of responsibility.

He also appealed for joint coordination and collaborative efforts to work together to curb menace of substance abuse in the state of Sikkim.

He also sensitized public on HPV vaccine that is to be launched in the state of Sikkim for female of 9-14 years of age.
In the context of newly installed machines at District Hospital Singtam minister said that the installation and inauguration of CB-NAAT machine for the detection of Tuberculosis/ MDR TB and HbA1C for diagnosis of diabetes is another notable achievement to provide advance medical services . He also informed that the State Govt. is providing financial assistance of Rs. 3000/- to the TB patients for nutritional support on monthly basis.

He also urged concerned health officials to accelerate CATCH programme so that many silent killer diseases can be detected at the early stage in their door steps.

Member of Parliament Mr. PD Rai, in his address said that he was delighted for successfully establishment of the de-addiction centre and marked the asset as genuinely needed infrastructure to combat issues of Mental health in the state of Sikkim.
He came out with suggestions to adopt holistic approach of scientific and Social aspects together to root out substance abuse and addiction from the state.
Mr. Rai also advised to develop a relation with All India Institute of Medical Science so that the Centre for Addiction Medicine can be raised to the centre of excellence for the entire North East region.

He also expressed thankfulness to the Hon`ble Chief Minister for his initiatives to address the issues of Mental Health.
He also expressed deep concern over existing Total Fertility Rate and urged people to be committed to save children and youths from suicide and substance abuse.

Area MLA of West Pandem Constituency Shri Gopal Baraily expressed gratitude to the department of health for the establishment of Centre for Addiction Madicine at Chuwatar.

Commissioner-cum-Secretary proposed welcome address and also presented technical report of the construction.

Earlier, the programme began with plantation drive to observe Ten Minutes to Earth in the premises. Health Minister Mr. Ghatani, MP Mr. PD Rai, MLA Mr. Baraily, Secretary and officials of health deptt. planted saplings of Areca nut species.

Afterwards, Minister, MP and Area MLA also inspected ongoing construction of ANM Training School-cum-Hostel and Drug Testing Laboratory at Chuwatar

Foundation Training for Sikkim State Civil Service Probationers started at Administrative Training Institute (ATI)

Gangtok, June 25 (IPR): Foundation Training for Sikkim State Civil Service Probationers which is a three month long course started today at Administrative Training Institute (ATI). The training is being organized by ATI, Department of Personnel, Administrative Reforms and Training (DoPART) for 12 Probationer of 2017 Batch.

The Officer on Special Duty (OSD), DoPART, Shri. Kapil Basnet graced the inaugural session of training as the chief guest and Guest Faculty of Indraprastha Institute of Information and Technology, Prof. K. M. Pathi was the resource person of the day.

While congratulating young Probationers, the chief guest, Shri Kapil Sharma urged the State Civil Service Probationers to keep public interest foremost in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities and to work hard in their long career. He motivated the young probationers to be good human beings, which will be the best guide for them in their career.

OSD, Shri Sharma said that conditions prevailing today are much more different than before, he asked the young officers to take three months foundation training seriously and use it to make their foundation solid and resourceful.
He added that civil service officers should ensure people friendly initiatives and make sure that the government’s initiatives and policies reach the people on priority.

Earlier, while delivering the welcome address, Director of Administrative Training Institute, Shri Pravakar Rai highlighted the necessity and importance of three months foundation training for civil service probationers.

It was informed that three months training will have field visit across the state, residential training at SIRD&PR, Karfectar, Jorethang, South Sikkim and SICUN, Assam Lingzey, East Sikkim

The Senior Faculty of ATI, Officers were also present on the inaugural session.

The inaugural session was followed by technical session.