District Level awareness and sensitisation programme organised by Election Department at Namchi.

Namchi, 29th September (IPR): As part of the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme, a district level awareness and sensitisation programme organised by Election Department was held at Community Hall, Namchi today.

The participants for the said program were Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Blind School Students, Women, SHG members and Young Voters of South district. In a similar manner students from Loyola College and SGC Kamrang, students from Sports Youth Hostel, Namchi were also present. The program was also attended by Resource persons Mr. Joseph Subba, District Youth Icon Ms. Bidhyawati Rai, BDO Namchi Bimal Rai, Under Secretary Elections Ms. Tripti Hangma Subba, Panchayat President Lower Tingrithang Mrs Chandra Rai,
Panchayat President, Assangthang Mrs Pranita Mangar alongside officials from Election, SJE&WD, NYK, Sports and Youth Affairs Department aside from youth from NYK.

Under Secretary Elections Ms. Tripti Hangma Subba addressed the gathering wherein she spelled out the objective of the program which is to create awareness about the importance of elections and voting. She also spoke about the formation of Electoral Literacy Club (ELC) which she deemed as a step to facilitate voters’ education and also updated the participants that ELCs have been formed in all schools and colleges under South district. Ms. Subba highlighted the role of ELC to empower and educate the voters particularly the young and future voters about electoral process by engaging interesting activities conducted in a neutral manner. In addition she also spoke in brief about ‘Chunav Pathshala’ (CP) which constitutes members of Booth Awareness Groups (BAG)and are formed in communities for youth who are not a part of formal education. It was also informed that a total of 144 have been formed out of 155 in all polling stations under South District.

Resource persons for the day Mr. Joseph Subba and Ms.Bidhyawati Rai also spoke on the occasion where they recounted their personal experiences in their respective fields. Both the resource persons, one a motivational speaker and the other an International Muay Thai player motivated the participants of the meeting to cast their votes. They underlined the need for the people young and the old alike to realize how big a part of democracy voting is, and to use the opportunities given to them to make a difference in their state and country.

BDO Namchi cum-AERO also addressed the program where he delved into the importance and impact of casting a vote. He elucidated the audience that casting votes gives an opportunity to the public to choose leaders and representatives who will do things that are important to them.

The program also saw token of appreciations being presented to the resource persons by the organising department.

Preparedness meeting for conducting the state level mock exercise held at Mangan,North Sikkim

Mangan, 29th Sept (IPR): A preparedness meeting for conducting the state level mock exercise to be held on 10th October 2018 was held today at Zilla Bhavan Mangan. The meeting was chaired by the District Collector, North Shri Karma R Bonpo and attended SP, North, SDMs and Head of Departments and other officers of the District.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is conducting a mock exercise in the four districts of Sikkim and ten districts of West Bengal on 10th October 2018. The mock exercise will simulate a scenario of a massive earthquake in the North East India which has caused huge devastation. The objective of enacting the scenario is to put into place a quick response system to tackle such disasters. Departments like Health, Police, Food and Civil Supplies, Fire , Forests, HRDD along with volunteers have been assigned specific roles to be performed during mock scenario . A preliminary meeting on the same was already held and was chaired by the Chief Secretary of Sikkim.
In order to conduct the mock exercise in North District, the District Disaster Management Authority has prepared five scenarios and the mock exercise will be held in Mangan and Chungthang. The District Collector Informed all the stakeholders on their roles and responsibilities under the Incident Response System (IRS) and according in the mock exercise various officers will have to perform those roles. He stated that it was the aim of the District Administration to fully functionalize the IRS system so that the district is better prepared to tackle big disasters in the near future.
The District Collector North stated that entire administration will take part in the mock exercise along with Indian Army, ITBP and the Hydro Power developers. He also stated that the participation of the NGOs and community was must to make the exercise successful in the district.
The NDMA will be sending observers from the Indian Army to see the preparedness of the District to tackle disasters and accordingly will be providing feedback to improve the Disaster Preparedness of the District.

National Tourism Award 2016-17 for Sikkim handed over to Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling at Samman Bhawan,Gangtok.

Gangtok, Sept 29:(IPR) The Hon’ble Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Department Shri Ugen Gyatso along with the Additional C.S Shri S.C.Gupta and Secretary, Shri C.P.Dhakal handed over the award at Samaan Bhawan today to the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling which was conferred to Sikkim during the National Tourism Award 2016-17 at New Delhi on 27th September 2018.

Sikkim was conferred the National Award as the Best State/Union Territory for Comprehensive Development of Tourism amongst Jammu and Kashmir and North Eastern state’s of India. The award was given by MoS (IC) Tourism, Government of India Shri K.J.Alphons. It was stated that Sikkim has set new benchmarks for responsible travel in the country. Homestay has rapidly made way for sustainable community based tourism in less developed areas, while eco friendly policies have lent new vigor to the virgin Himalayan wilderness that drapes the region’s mountains.

Indian Army celebrates two-year anniversary of the surgical strike.

Gangtok, September 28 (IPR): Two day event “Parakram Parv” kicked off today at West Point School which was inaugurated by Brigadier, Ajay Mishra, Black Cat Division. Parakram Parv is being organized by Indian Army, across the country in order to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the surgical strike that was carried out on September 29, 2016 by Indian Army on terror pads across the Line of Control (LOC).

The two day event included equipment displays like; 105 mm Filed Guns of Artillery, small arms equipments of Infantry, Engineer Equipments, Mountaineering Equipments, Medical Equipment for treatments of sick and injured during operation etc. Apart from equipments display, screening of movie on surgical strikes, motivational lecture and career counseling and information kiosks, and band display were put up for the people to come and witness it.

Brigadier, Ajay Mishra, Black Cat Division said that it was a great moment to celebrate the anniversary of surgical strikes, as “Parakram Parv” in the beautiful state of Sikkim. He stated that the army stands in their resolve to protect the nation and would dedicate with commitment to uphold the peace and integrity of the nation. He said that the main idea behind the programme was to showcase their achievements and to remember the troops who have made ultimate sacrifice with their lives for the sake of the nation. Stalls were also put up for the people to get first hand glimpse of different type of guns, equipments and medical equipments which is used by the Indian Army.
He further expressed that there is a special corner stall set up for the Sikkimese Youth to motivate them to join the defence forces.

Students, teachers of various school of Gangtok surroundings, Government Law College, Burtuk, Army officials and invited dignitaries were present in the inaugural day of “Parakram Parv”.

“WORLD TOURISM DAY” celebrated at Pelling, West Sikkim.

Gyalshing, 27th September, 2018 (IPR): The World Tourism Day was celebrated in a grandeur manner at the Pelling School Ground. Chaired by Shri. Ugen Gyatso, Minister, Tourism as the Chief Guest along with Shri. N. K. Subba, Minister, UD&HD; Shri. A. K. Ghatani, Minister, Health & IPR; Shri. Sonam Dadul, MLA; Ms. Chandra Maya Subba, MLA; Shri. S. C. Gupta, ACS, Home Secretary and Principal Secretary, Tourism, guests, other officials and HODs of the Sikkim Government.
Tourism Minister congratulated everyone on the occasion of World Tourism Day and also congratulated the members of World Tourism Day Celebration Committee for their efforts in making it a successful event. He addressed the gathering whilst asking them to work for the betterment of Sikkim with sincerity. He mentioned that one should do away with being self-centered and encouraged the stakeholders and travel agencies to work cooperatively for tourism. He advised the youths of Sikkim to make use of the digital innovations and services to excel in the arena of tourism. He mentioned that tourism is a contributor of economy for the state and hence once should be able to provide world class services in that regards. He advised all present to practice and make use of the opportunities coming their ways. He insisted that the people of Sikkim should always maintain the peace and the treasures of the wild amongst them. Although being a border state, Sikkim has been able to maintain peace and also stated that the people are proud of being Indian and have done everything in their power to make their nation proud.
Shri. S. C. Gupta stated in a similar manner that one needs to follow responsible tourism and sustainable tourism in a nature rich state like Sikkim. He stated that the number of tourists’ inflow in the state is a figure one cannot ignore and the numbers tell the story of how Sikkim is booming in regards to sustainable tourism in the country. He mentioned that since the state is becoming a world class destination hence the standards of service needs to be in a similar lines. He acknowledged the stakeholders contributions towards the celebration.
The Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation presented the appreciation letters to individuals who have contributed towards Sikkim’s Tourism. The Launching of website by the Chief Guest for homestay developed by Mr. Karma Lama was also done during the event where selected beneficiary from all over Sikkim was given.
The ‘PROUD MOTHER SCHEME’ an initiative of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim was launched today during World Tourism Day held at Pelling Tourism spot. The launching was initiated by Hon’ble Health Minister, Shri A.K. Ghatani. During launching 6 Mothers were awarded who have fulfilled required criterion under this scheme.

MODIFICATION OF CMSS GUIDELINES from Industries Department

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.

World Tourism Day 2018 celebrated at Pelling ,West Sikkim.

Gyalshing, 26th September, 2018 (IPR): The Inaugural of the two days long ‘World Tourism Day’ celebration organized on the theme ‘Tourism and Digital Transformation’ commenced at Pelling Senior Secondary School ground. The event is organized by West Sikkim Tourism Society in coordination with District Administration (west), Tourism Department Government of Sikkim, Pelling Tourism Development Society and various tourism stakeholders of West Sikkim.
The Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Shri. Ugen Gyatso Bhutia also the Chief Guest for the program inaugurated the function. Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) Shri. P.D Rai was the Special Guest, Minister Shri. N.K Subba, MLA Ms. Chandra Maya Subba, Special Secretary (Tourism) Ms. Namrata Thapa, D.C (West) Dr. A. B Karki, S.P West, representatives from different travel agencies from around the country and tourism stakeholders were also present in the first day of event.
The highlight of the event was panel discussion held on different aspects of tourism industry and scopes of tourism in Sikkim. The experts also the representatives of popular travel agencies such as Make My Trip,Booking.comYatra.com and heads of well-known chains of hotels of India presented their distinct views and ideas regarding promotions and development of tourism in the state of Sikkim through effective activities based on tourism with participations of people in fruitful way. The panelists shared that Sikkim could capitalize on its natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and its serene environment for development of tourism in the state.
Shri. P.D Rai in his brief address stated that he learnt a lot from penal discussion regarding mechanism related to tourism and he expressed the need of comprehensive work to be done on development of sustainable tourism through involvement of people in progressive way. He expressed that an easy means of livelihood could be created through tourism sector. He also mentioned the necessity of technologies for making tourism a global venture. He added that state’s sustainable tourism goal could be achieved when all mechanisms work in tandem to propel the tourism sector of the state.
Mr. Adarsh Jha, national head of Yatra.com expressed that promotion of tourism depends upon technological assistance and active involvement of people. He added that availability of well-connected tourism network help to propel the tourism prospects of any state in the country.
Mr. Ugen Chopel from Chumbi Group of hotels mentioned that in spite of having won national and international accolades in tourism sector, Sikkim has failed to take advantages of such accolades to take the sector to a newer level. Stressing the need of promotion of Sikkim with a distinct catch line in tourism sector to ensure uniqueness of the state, Mr. Chopel said that catch line adopted by other states of the country have become effective in terms of promotion and propagation of tourism . He further spoke about need of popularizing traditional food items, products and distinct cultural heritage of Sikkim for propagation of state’s tourism sector.
Other expert panelists opined that provision of proper transport network, availability of hotels and homestays with proper hospitality management are key factors that contribute towards development of tourism. The panelist also expressed that tourism industry could act as a gateway to employment opportunities for people if the industry is managed in proper way.
Speaking about technical necessity for making tourism industry far reaching and advantageous to people, the panelists expressed that advancement of technologies have contributed a lot for development of tourism industry and acquiring knowledge about technologies have become essential for the people working in the industry. They also spoke about efficiency of technology to cater the service related to tourism in easy and prompt way.
The panelists answered different questions raised by individuals involved with tourism in relation to issues pertaining to tourism sector.
At the outset, president of organizing committee Sushil Tamang speaking about objective of the World Tourism Day Celebration informed that effort is on for making the celebratory event informative and constructive for the tourism stakeholders of state. He added that in order to make tourism a prosperous sector, activities based on tourism is most needed.
Organizing committee felicitated Minister N. K Subba and M.P Lok Sabha Mr. P. D. Rai and awarded persons involved with tourism sector and other personalities for their contributions towards the society.