With a view to make the Chief Minister’s Startup Scheme more effective towards achieving its objectives and providing self employment opportunities and developing entrepreneurship in the State, the following amendments have been made to the scheme guidelines with the approval of the State Government.
1. Uniform rate of 35% of the bankable projects as front ended financial assistance as against the twin rate of 25% & 35%.
2. Beneficiaries’ upper age relaxed from 40 years to 45 years.
3. In addition to the recognized public sector banks and financial institutions, private sector banks and co-operative banks having valid license issued by the RBI and State Bank of Sikkim can finance projects under CMSS.
4. For the East and North Districts DIC(East/North) at Udyog Bhawan, Tadong will be issuing and receiving CMSS forms while for the South and West Districts DIC(South/West) Jorethang will be issuing and receiving CMSS forms. Forms can also be downloaded from the government website.

Governor Shri Ganga Prasad attends Silver Jubilee Celebration of Loyola College of Education at Namchi.

amchi, 25th September(IPR): The Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad attended the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Loyola College of Education at Namchi, today. The guest of honour for the occasion was Dr. K. Jaya Kumar (Additional Chief Secretary to the Governor) also present amongst others were Mr. D.K. Pradhan (Director, Higher Education), Dr. Sandhya Rai ( Principal, Loyola College), Mr. Prabhakar Verma (DC, South), Mr. Shami Rai (SSP, South) alongside other dignitaries, officials and a host of students and teachers.

At, the onset of the celebration the Governor inaugurated the Loyola Jubilee Hall and inspected the various installations focussing on the diverse aspects of teaching and learning which was vividly displayed at the college premises.

Addressing, the gathering Governor Shri Ganga Prasad extended his congratulations and best wishes on the Silver Jubilee festivity of the college. The Governor expressed his delight on the college being the first in terms of ‘higher educational centre of teachers education’ in the state and underlined the college to consistently strive for excellency in the field of education. He also highlighted how the college has during the course of time brought about trained, capable and displined teachers. Shri Prasad emphasized that the teachers should aim to rear the students to be mentally strong so that they can withstand the challenges of life and world thereby transforming the society into a better and cultivated place to live in.

Shri Prasad also articulated how Sikkim has progressed as a state in providing quality education and urged the attendees to vigorously utilize the facilities laid by State Government under the education sector. Calling upon, the youths the Governor updated that they should bring about substantial and positive changes in order to build our vast country and the state. He also encouraged the youths to be more attentive and take advantage of the various endeavours of the Central Government namely that of Make in India, Swatchh Bharat Mission, Ayushman Bharat Yojana and many more.

Speaking, on the occasion guest of honour Dr. K. Jaya Kumar presented a brief ppt presentation on National Enterprise Portal and said that the portal will focus on aspects which will assist in uplifting the rural villages. He mentioned that the portal will include various innovative workshops and demonstration techniques which will aid the village and its citizens to connect via internet to different stakeholders.

Similarly, Principal Dr. Sandhya Rai, spoke in detail about the history of the institute. She underscored that the college is affiliated to Sikkim Central University and was established in the year 1993 wherein the first batch of teacher students was admitted in July, 1994. Dr. Rai informed that the mission of the college is to bring about an effective and efficient value oriented radical change with regard to education amongst the enrolled students. She also updated that the college has adopted a variety of community and eco-friendly practises through installation of water harvesting tanks and solar equipments.

The Chief Guest Governor Shri Ganga Prasad alongwith the dignitaries released the college annual magazine themed ‘Human Rights in Education’ and a book written by Rev. Fr Francis A.V.,Vice-Principal, Loyola College.

Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad visits Sikkim State Cooperative Union (SICUN) and the ICAR Complex ,Gangtok.

Gangtok, 21st September (IPR): Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad along with Addl. Chief Secretary to Governor Dr. K. Jaya Kumar, IAS and other senior officials from Raj Bhawan visited various places of Organic farming at Assam Lingzey, Sikkim State Cooperative Union (SICUN) and the ICAR Complex today.

In the morning the Governor visited Organic Farm of Shri D.N. Sapkota, a leading farmer in Organic vegetables at Assam Linzey and inspected the farm including the chilli pepper green house and various other organic crops including its preparation and how it is being used in every farming household of Sikkim. Organic farming is a farming method that involves growing and nurturing crops without the use of synthetic based fertilizers and pesticides, Shri Sapkota added. Hon’ble Governor also saw the manufacturing of Vermi Compost and manually produced fertilizers etc.

Major objective for visiting the farms was to know about the methods of Organic Farming in Sikkim and to study about the processing activities, the methods of cultivation of different fruit crops and to have an understanding of the economic activities of a self processing farming unit.The Hon’ble Governor was also briefed about how the mix crops including fruits, vegetables, cash crops are cultivated as an organic vegetation.

Farmers and villagers of Assam Lingzey, GPU and Senior officials from Agriculture and Horticulture Departments shared details about the organic farming and its various methods. Further the Hon’ble
Governor was explained about the importance of Organic farming, packaging practices of various crops and also about its production and Marketing.

During the interactive session, senior officials from concerned department also briefed about the schemes and initiatives provided to the farmers of Sikkim by the state government. Representatives from local Self Help Group also shared their experiences on organic farming and its benefits.

In the afternoon, the Hon’ble Governor visited Sikkim State Cooperative Union (SICUN) and met with the Panchayats and public gathered there where he was informed and briefed about the function of SICUN and ts role in the state of Sikkim.

Hon’ble Governor also visited the ICAR Complex in Tadong which is also an Organic farming Unit and which produces high quality products from nature. During his visit, Power Point Presentation was presented on up gradation of ICAR as a National Organic Farming Institute. Hon’ble Governor also gave away Vanaraja chicken to two tribal beneficiaries under the Vanaraja Chicken Farming scheme.

Hon’ble Governor on his visit to Local Areas expressed his gratitude and appreciated organic farming practiced by the farmers in Sikkim. Talking about the organic farming he appreciated and congratulated
the State, and said that the reason behind the attraction of tourists/outsider in Sikkim is because of practices which has made a mark throughout the globe. He also urged the public and concerned officers to disseminate and create more awareness about the benefits of Organic Farming as much as they can and assured them all possible help from his side.

During the Visit Hon’ble Governor was welcomed with the Token of Love and Affection in the form of Organic Vegetables and Organic Products manufactured by the Self Help Groups.