Electoral Literacy Clubs (ELCs) have been formed in all Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools and Colleges of South Sikkim under SVEEP.

Namchi, 30th June: As part of the SVEEP- (Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation) program, Electoral Literacy Clubs (ELCs) have been formed in all Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools and Colleges of South Sikkim. Young electors outside the purview of educational institutions are catered to by ELCs known as Chunav Pathshala, which has been formed in 144 Polling Stations across South District. Booth Awareness Groups (BAGs) and Campus Ambassadors help the Election machinery to create awareness about elections and the processes involved therein. BLOs of Namthang Rateypani, Shri Mahendra Kharel, Shri Som Bdr Rai, Shri Kul Bdr Ramang, Smt. Kamal Kmri Tamang and Shri Mahendra Timsina engaged the students of Namthang Snr. Secondary School in interactive and fun games on 30th July, 2018 in the school premises. These games are created by the Election Commission of India with the aim to generate awareness about Elections and its processes in a fun way. As feedback, the students said they thoroughly enjoyed the activities and that they learned many things about elections which they were earlier unaware of.

Chief Minister Mr Pawan Chamling attended the Jan Sewa, Jan Samman Abhiyan for Rangang – Yangang and Lingmoo.

Lingmoo, 30th June(IPR): The Chief Minister Mr Pawan Chamling attended the Jan Sewa, Jan Samman Abhiyan for Rangang – Yangang and Lingmoo at Greenvale playground today. This occasion also marks the conclusion of the 32 days long Sikkim Jan Sewa, Jan Samman Abhiyan which is a unique mass outreach program undertaken by the State Government. The Chief Minister was accompanied by SLA Speaker Mr. K. N. Rai, Lok Sabha MP Mr. P.D. Rai, Cabinet Ministers, Chairman’s, Advisors, HoDs, zilla members, panchayats, students and public of the constituency at large.

It maybe mentioned here that Sikkim Jan Sewa, Jan Samman Abhiyan which started from 2nd April from North District is aimed at understanding and addressing the grievances of the public at grass root level. It is also a phenomenal exercise of the State Government which intends to take stock of ground realities and addresses the issues at grassroot level alongside appraising the people on the policies, programs, welfare measures and other developmental activities.

Addressing, the gathering Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling spoke about the aim and objective of Jan Sewa, Jan Samman Abhiyan as a platform wherein the general public and the State Government can gauge the difficulties faced by the public at grassroot level thereby providing an opportunity to develop new possibilities in a corporative and collaborative basis. He traced back the Jan Sampark Abhiyan which commenced from 2nd April onwards and how during that time the entire State Government machinery met and interacted with public to bring forth a variety of advancement. Mr. Chamling deliberated that it is the virtue of the State Government to work with complete determination for the holistic upliftment of the general public. He also mentioned that the State Government has amplified it’s aims and objectives to the convenience of its citizens and created a roadmap in elevation of their socio – economic status.

Series of announcement made during the program by the Chief Minister were:
1) Deliberation will be done at the earliest to transform the Sikkim State University as ‘State Green University’.
2) Specialized subjects will be included in the curriculum at college level in order to skill the students according to the job changing demands of the global world.
3) Free Education for Sikkimese students in state medical college at Sokethang, Gangtok
4) BPL Senior Citizens will be provided with hearing aid and dentures.
5) Amendment in Succession Act, 2008 will be passed during the ensuing Assembly session
6) New Roads will be sanctioned in one month time
7) Jhora protection works will commence
8) Building of Church, Temples and Monasteries will be embarked upon at the earliest
9) DPR will be made depending on the primacy of the work
10) Qualatative implementation of work by the concerned stakeholders

The Chief Minister highlighted the diverse amalgamation of infrastructure expansion such as establishment of Sikkim University, road upgradation that has been brought about in Rangang- Yangang and lingmoo respectively. He also spoke in detail the comprehensive progress which the general public will gain after the building of Sikkim University and Skywalk Project at Bhaleydhunga in Yangang. The CM also emphasized that Yangang is one of the most developing constituency in Sikkim.

The CM implored that the citizens of Sikkim should reshape their thinking process as that of people living in the developed countries of the world. And this is possible through the accumulation of experience, formation of substantial priorities and dignity of labour. He also extolled that Sikkim is the only state in the country to be exempted from Income Tax.

The CM stated that the State Government has given special focus throughout the years in the education sector. Education in Sikkim, is free up to the college level and efforts to improve educational standards in coverage and quality has been a consistent endeavour of the State Government. He also appraised the students to avail free technical education in institutions such as CCCT Chisopani, ATTC Bardang and also in various colleges located in the state.

The CM informed that the State Government has provided with free medical assistance to the public and advocated to utilize the CATCH-an annual health check up programme. He also recommended for the full utilization of cervical cancer vaccine for girl child between the age-group of 9-14. He shared his vision in transforming Sikkim into breast and cervical cancer free state. He exhorted the citizens to publicize the aim of the State Government to make Sikkim free of MDR-TB by the year 2022 and shared that a monthly grant of Rs 3,000 will be provided to every TB patient as nutritional support. He also updated that any medical patients belonging to BPL Category can avail Rs. 25 thousand travelling allowance outside siliguri and up till siliguri the allowance will be up to Rs. 15 thousand.

Speaking, regarding the organic farming scenario the CM enlightened that organic farming can provide a golden opportunity in terms of economic possibilities. The progressive farmers and entrepreneurs can sell organic produce, they can commence on small or medium agro based industry and reap profits which can increase the standard of living of the people. The CM brought to light the list of banned vegetable and advocated the progressive farmers of the area to focus on cultivating organic vegetables in order to be self-sufficient.

Earlier, the CM laid the foundation stone for the up-gradation of 8 room school building at Lingmoo Kolthang Senior Secondary School.

During the course of the program the Chief Minister was felicitated by the students of Lingmoo Senior Secondary School and Greenvale Academy for his unwavering efforts in raising the prestige of the state in domestic as well as in international arena.

EPIC 17K Mountain biking Highest Four Day Stage Race finished at an altitude of 17800ft at Gurudongmar, North SIkkim

Mangan 29th June 2108 (IPR). The EPIC 17K Mountain biking event the Highest Four Day Stage Race in the Country came to a finish at Gurudongmar at an altitude of 17800ft in North Sikkim. The event was organized by the North District Administration with its technical partners Hub Outdoors and Mountain Goats. The event revolved around the theme “Beti Bacho Beti Padhao” and “Secure Himalaya” for protection and Conservation of locally and globally available significant biodiversity and forest resources of Himalayan ecosystem.
The race was very challenging but it was a race of lifetime for both elites and amateurs, as they passed through one of the most panoramic views of the world and experienced the beauty of North Sikkim having covered a total distance of 330km in four days. Over 80 cyclists participated in the event which included amateurs, elites with varied professional background like bureaucrats, doctors, cadets from SSBs.
Issac Rai from SSB who covered a stretch in 13 hours, 32 minutes and 5 second won the converted prize in the Men’s Elite category and took away a cash prize of Rs 70,000. Tandin Wangchuk from Bhutan stood second in the Men’s Elite category completing the stretch in 14 hours 48 minutes and 32 seconds while Shiven from Chandigarh stood third with timing of 14 hours 55 minutes 4 seconds
Issac Rai was also adjusted the winner in the “King of the Mountain” race which was the toughest stage and won a cash prize of Rs 20000. He covered the stretch from Lachung to Thangu spanning a distance of 83km in four hours 47minutes.
The final stage of the race took place on 29th June from Thangu at an elevation of 13,300 ft with Gurudongmar as the final destination at an elevation of 17,800 ft. This stage saw a tie between Asim Sharma from Sikkim and Issac rai of the SSB and both completed the race in 2 hours 29 minutes and 2 seconds.
In the Men’s Master competition which is for riders above the age of 40, the winner was Tashi Dorjee Tangbi from Bhutan who finished the course in 17 hours 3 minutes and 28 seconds. Tenzing Chombay Sherpa from Darjeeling stood second in the category with 18 hours 5 minutes and 12 seconds and Brinda Mohan Subba stood third with timings of 18 hours 43 minutes and 56 seconds. The cash prize of Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000, Rs 10,000 was awarded to the first three riders in Men’s Master competition. A special consolation prize was awarded to all female riders who participated in the event.

The Honourable Forest Minister, Shri T.W Lepcha who was the main sponsor of the event also took part in the race. In the closing ceremony held at Lachen Dzumsa Hall, he said that the race will promote entrepreneurship among the youths and develop tourism in the state. He stated that the youths should capitalize on the event and he also invited feedback from the riders for further improvement in the event in the coming years. He also gifted a cycle to Mr Ching Chang Rai who stood 8th in the race and is a taxi driver by profession.

The closing ceremony of the event was organized at Lachen Dzumsa hall where a grand feast was organized by Lachen Dzumsa and a traditional culture program was showcased. The Honourable Deputy Speaker SLA, Shri Sonam Gyatso Lepcha, Honourable Minister Forests and other esteemed guest attended the closing ceremony. The Medals of the race was distributed to all the winners and participants. Mementos were also distributed to the volunteers and sponsors of the event.

The EPIC17K event was supported by 11 Battalion ITBP commanded by Shri Rajesh Tomar,112 Mountain Brigade of the Indian Army,Lachen Dzumsa ,Lachung Dsumsa, and Shri Kazi Sherpa an eminent Everester from Sikkim,District Hospital,district police force,Sikkim Nationalized Transport.

The District Administration has decided to make the competition an annual feature to be held in the district. The first edition of the race was held on 28th and 29th May in 2017. The event has generated significant attention in the Mountain Biking Community and many organizations have expressed their willingness to be associated in the near future.

Meeting held for ‘World Tourism Day 2018’ celebrations in West District of Sikkim

Geyzing 30th June, 2018 (IPR): The first meeting for organising  ‘World Tourism Day 2018’ was held at Bhanu Salig Bhawan, Kyongsa West Sikkim today. The meeting was presided by Dr. A.B. Karki (SCS) District Collector West, Shri. Tenzing Loden Lepcha (IPS) S.P West, Members of West Sikkim Tourism Society and officials from Sikkim Tourism Gangtok.
The DC shared his vision of making this year’s World Tourism Day 2018 a grand success with all concerned parties working together as one (District Administrative, West Sikkim Tourism Society, Dept. Of Tourism and Civil Aviation, as well as stake holders). He has also requested the formation of a final organising Committee followed by round table meeting where the distribution of responsibilities shall be conducted.
Further, he has requested all Hotels and Homestays to make contributions from their side as capital for the event along with the support from Department of Tourism And Civil Aviation and West District Administration.
It was also decided that the Department of Information And Public Relation (IPR) will be partly taking charge of all publicity related aspects of the festival.
The Special Secretary for Tourism Miss. Namrata Thapa stated 2018 as the ‘Year of Adventure’. She also emphasised on the importance of giving due credits to people who have helped Sikkim Tourism grow.
There was a lot of positive interaction among the Stake Holders and Govt. Officials by the end of the meeting, And was decided that the next meeting would be held on some time of July 2nd and further discussions would be held in detailed.