Hon’ble CM inaugurates Rabong Cho-Dzo, announces commencement of Janta Mela from 17 Dec

Ravangla, 28th October (IPR): Chief Minister Mr.Pawan Chamling inaugurated the three day long Rabong Cho-Dzo Fest 2018 organised by Cho Dzo Celebration Committee at Cho Dzo Lake premises today.

Present in the inaugural function were SLA Speaker Mr. K.N Rai, Minister Power and Energy cum Area MLA of Barfung constituency Mr. D.D. Bhutia alongside Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chairmans, Advisors, HODs, zilla members, panchayats, students and public of the constituency at large.

Addressing the program, Chief Guest Mr. Pawan Chamling extended his wishes to the Area MLA, organising committee members as well as the public for the inception of such a colossal tourist site in their constituency. Citing the spot as a major melting point for all commercial and tourism related activities, he dedicated the project to the public and spoke about how Cho Dzo Lake will provide innumerable employment avenues which focuses on sustainable development of the entire area. The CM underlined the infrastructure upkeep and maintenance of the tourist spot and urged the youth of the constituency to develop a sense of ownership amongst themselves. Among many announcements made on the day, the CM assured the fulfilment of demands such as development of a museum showcasing the rich culture of Bhutia, Lepcha and Nepali communities, underground meditation centres, construction of a ropeway facility and a children’s park in the Buddha Park Cho Dzo premises. The CM also announced to provide a sum of 1000 rupees to all the farmers above the age group of 50 and above who are involved in Organic Farming after Diwali. He also reiterated the announcement of an annual reward of of 1 crore rupees to a progressive farmer who makes optimum use of his land for cultivation, produces maximum and quality organic products in the state. Furthermore, to give impetus to Organic Farming in the State, the Chief Minister also announced to assigned of a resource personnel at every GPU Level to facilitate and train public on Organic Farming and marketing of organic goods. He also assured employments on MR and adhoc basis to atleast one member of every jobless family until December 2018 to provide job security to the youth of the state. Similarly, the announcement of various religious establishments all over the state and sanctioning of road upgradation, infrastructure development were also done during the program.

Additionally, the CM further announced that Janta Mela will commence from 17th December 2018 where all the beneficiaries who have been devoid of government benefits will be presented with the required aid. He also called upon the public and administrators alike to work towards making Sikkim an exemplary state in the country and abroad. He also spoke about the unprecedented growth of Sikkim in the field of education, health, rural development, agriculture, horticulture, tourism, environmental conservation, women empowerment and how it set new benchmarks in terms of infrastructure expansion, quality and delivery mechanism.

Minister Mr D. D. Bhutia also addressed the program where he highlighted the features of Cho Dzo Lake and how it is an asset for the public of Barfung constituency. He also spoke about the attractions for the ongoing Rabong Cho Dzo fest 2018 which features Northeast Riders meet, Traditional Houses, Northeast Handicraft, boating, tree houses, fashion and talent show, international travel desk and a musical night by local artists.

The Chief Minister also launched an Organic Food Product named Rural and Multi Readily Organic Output of Sikkim (RAMROO) by Sikkim Pragatisheel Cooperative Society on the occasion. Distribution of land parcha under Land Bank scheme to 19 earthquake effected families of Borong Dhargoan was also done through the Chief Guest present.

The program also saw felicitation of CM by the Rabong Cho Dzo Celebration Committee for his recent achievement ‘Future Policy Gold Award’ conferred by Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome. Several enthic programs by students formed the cultural fabric of the program.

Health Minister Arjun Kumar Ghatani inaugurated the newly constructed PHSC at Gangyap,West Sikkim

Kongri/Tashiding, October 27 (IPR): Six micro villages under geographically difficult area of Gangyap/ West Sikkim have been bestowed with new Primary Health Sub Centre, today. Earlier, the PHSC was running in a rented house for last twenty eight years, since 1990.

Minister for Health Care Human Services and Family Welfare Deptt. Govt of Sikkim Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani inaugurated the newly constructed PHSC in presence of Area MLA of Yuksam Tashiding Constituency Mr.Sonam Dadul Bhutia at Gangyap.

The newly constructed six roomed PHSC has OPD section, Labour room, dressing room, Maternal and Child Health, Antenatal Care and Postnatal Care section. The construction work was commenced in April 2015 at sectioned cost of Rs. 19,72,200/-.

After the inauguration, Health Minister interacted with the people and the staff of the health centre and highlighted developmental activities carried out by the government in health sector since 1994. He said that the new PHSC is a historic achievement the people of the Gangyap and its peripheral areas and further, urged community for cooperation to maintain newly inaugurated departmental asset for the benefit of the local people. He also assured to act promptly further to provide additional medical facilities at the earliest.

Thereafter, Minister Mr Ghatani along with the Area MLA of Yuksam Tashiding Constituency Mr Sonam Dadul Bhutia made an inspection visit to far-reaching area of west district and visited Kongri Primary Health Sub-Centre.
Health Minister meticulously inspected every sections including injection & Dressing Room, Out Patient Deptt, Labour Room, Maternal and Child Health Clinic of the health centre. He also visited Class 3 – two unit quarter and Class four – single unit quarter and further instructed concerned officials to carry out renovation work of existing infrastructures which are at repairable stage.

Minister interacted with the staff and took stock on number of patients visiting health centre, institutional delivery and disease prevalence in the peripheral areas. During an interaction, it was decided to organise Chief Ministers Comprehensive Annual and Total Check up for Healthy Sikkim (CATCH) Programme on 16th November 2018 at the Kongri PHSC. Minister advised to incorporate component of IEC / counselling to generate awareness massively on Mental Health, institutional delivery, HPV Vaccine Tuberculosis amidst thorough health check-up after complete mobilisation of the community, as envisioned by the Chief Minister Mr Pawan Chamling.
Afterwards, Minister Mr Ghatani visited Tashiding Primary Health Centre while plying down from Kongri PHSC, West Sikkim in the evening. He thoroughly visited each and every wards including Maternal and Child Health Clinic, Emergency ward, OT, Dressing Room, Male Ward, Female Ward, Isolation ward, Labour room and Store. He took stock on availability of medicines and other medical facilities and further assured to fulfill demands of X-Ray machine, lavatory for staff, and manpower for laboratory investigations. He advised Panchayats to cultivate organic vegetables in unoccupied land of the health centre.

He also articulated vision of the Chief Minister Mr Pawan Chamling to avail medical facilities in all nook and corner and far-flung areas in the State of Sikkim.
The minister was accompanied by Zilla Panchayat Kongri Labdang Tashiding territory Smt. MM Shanker, Panchayats, Principal Director Dr Pempa T Bhutia, Chief Medical Officer West Dr. Tsheten Namgyal, SE Mr. Basant Tamang, officials and others.

Organic Farming introduced in 89 Secondary, Senior Secondary and Junior High Schools

Namchi, 27th October (IPR): An introduction of Organic Farming in 89 Secondary, Senior Secondary and Junior High Schools alongwith orientation of school heads and students was held at the conference hall of Kewzing Senior Secondary School, today. Organized, by State Project Office, Samagra Shiksha, Human Resource Development Department had Minister Mr. R. B. Subba as the Chief Guest and Additional Chief Secretary HRDD Mr. G. P. Upadhayay as the guest of honor. Also, present amongst others were Director (SCERT) Mr. Robin Chettri, Additional Director HRDD (South) Ms. Binita Thapa, Principal Kewzing Senior Secondary School Mr. M.L. Koirala alongside principals, school heads from other districts, panchayats, school management committee and students at large.

Addressing, the gathering Chief Guest Minister HRDD Mr. R. B. Subba spoke about the significance of Organic Farming and how it has brought about laurels to the state including the recent prestigious Future Policy Gold Award that the Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling received at the United Nations FAO, headquarters in Rome.
Mr. Subba stated that this is the second launch of Organic Farming being introduced in schools thereby making it the second phase of this program. He brought to light that the State Government has consistently worked towards the development of educational scenario in Sikkim and is in the process of filling up the vacant post at the various kinds of educational institutes. He also spoke about the imperativeness of the principals and teachers to be available in the schools especially in extreme rural areas. Mr. Subba underlined that education should be holistic and all inclusive in nature and that it shouldn’t be bound to only four walls of the classroom. Additionally, the Minister also encouraged the students of the school to aim and get selected for the Atal Tinkering Lab as these lab will acquaint the students with innovative and state-of-the-art equipment. The Minister also shared the State Governments vision in establishing an Organic University in Sikkim in near future which will further accelerate the study, implementation and research on organic farming. Moreover, he underscored that a conference for teachers will be held at the earliest wherein concrete suggestions with regards to the teachers will be looked upon.

Speaking, during the occasion Additional Chief Secretary HRDD Mr. G. P. Upadhayay detailed about Organic Farming and emphasized that the students to practise and learn about this farming. He highlighted that since, Sikkim has been presented with the tag of being the first Organic Farming state in the country it has propled the intectualls from far and wide to study about Organic Farming of the State and urged the students to be knowledgeable in this type of beneficial farming. He also advocated the students to become entrepreneurs in organic farming as it is an emerging and luractive business globally.

Director SCERT, Mr. Robin Chettri briefed about the new text book ‘Organic Farming’ which has been developed by NCERT and SCERT which he informed will be distributed to the selected schools. He updated that the content of the textbook has been designed by the representatives of NCERT and the officials of HRDD, and further termed this collaboration a pioneering concept. He also detailed about the features of the textbook which will include various success stories on farmers and villages of organic farming, various methods on traditional organic farming along with marketing and certification process of the organic farming produce. Mr. Chettri also informed that if permitted UNESCO will be showcasing the success story of Organic Farmers of Sikkim at various international forums from next year onwards.

During, the course of the program various important aspect of Organic Farming was imparted by Mr. Karma Sherpa Joint Director, Organic Farming Mission. Additionally, a ppt presentation on organic farming practised by the schools all over Sikkim was showcased to the attendees.

The Chief Guest along with the dignitaries distributed certificates to various students who has excelled in academics, sports and organic farming. They also handed over financial aid to Kewzing Senior Secondary School and Eklavya Model Residential School, North. On the occasion, the Chief Guest also planted a sapling of rhododendron in the school premises. Earlier, the Minister along with the officials inspected the organic outlet and various other stalls put up at the school.

Second edition of North Sikkim Open Badminton tourney to promote physical activity

Mangan, 26th October (IPR): The 2nd North Sikkim Open Badminton Tournament is being organized from 25th to 27th October by Badminton Association of Mangan (BAM) and the event is co sponsored by NHPC Stage IV Power Project. The tournament is being organized around the theme “Khelo India – Hum Fit toh India Fit”
The tournament was inaugurated yesterday by the Honourable Minister, Forest Env and Wildlife Management Department Sri T.W Lepcha.. Today the semifinal matches in Under 16 Girls and Boys, Open Men and Women Single, Open Women Double and Veteran Double Categories was held in the auditorium of the Mangan Nagar Panchayat.
The Chief Engineer of NHPC Stage IV who is the president of Badminton Association of Mangan welcomed the participants and the guest and the said that the sports was to promote interest in the sport and promote physical activity. The BAM is organizing the second edition of the tournament to further promote the sport in the district.
The Chief Guest Shri Karma R Bonpo, District Collector North stated that sports plays an important role in the development of the nation. He urged the participant to use the platform to further refine their talents and strive for higher goals.
Shri Shammi Rai, Sr SP South graced the tournament as Special Guest and he was instrumental in organizing the first edition of the North Sikkim Open Badminton Tournament. The organizers felicitated Shri Shammi Rai for his contribution to the development of the sports in the district.
The tournament has generated tremendous enthusiasm among the sports lovers of the district and the finals will be played tomorrow.

First meeting of State Level Advisory Committee on School Safety conducted.

Safety of school children during the time of natural calamity and disaster has assumed ever greater importance at both State and National Levels. The State Level Advisory Committee on school safety was recently constituted and notified by the State Government.

The Committee was chaired by the Chief Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary, Human Resource Development Department, State Relief Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department and Director (School Education) are its Members.

The first meeting of the said Committee was conducted under the chair of Chief Secretary today in which various aspects relating to school safety and steps taken by the State Government were reviewed in detail by the Committee. It may be pointed out here that various steps on school safety are taken jointly by Human Resource Development Department (HRDD) and Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA). Government of Sikkim has been conducting Disaster Management preparedness activities involving various line departments including schools and colleges on a regular basis. Mock drills are periodically being conducted in the State, with the very recent one conducted on 10th October 2018.

Apart from that, regular sensitization programmes including safe evacuation drills for the school students are being conducted in all the schools in Sikkim. School Safety Programmes covering preparation of School Disaster Management Plan, Rapid Visual Survey of school buildings and sensitization are being taken up. Now, with the recent directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and as per the guidelines from National Disaster Management Authority on School Safety Policy, a State Level Advisory Committee was constituted on July, 2018 which had its first meeting on 26th October 2018 at Manan Bhawan under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim, Shri A.K. Shrivastava and the Members including Additional Chief Secretary, HRDD, Shri G.P. Upadhyaya, State Relief Commissioner-cum-Secretary, LR&DMD, Shri Tsegyal Tashi and Director, School Education, HRDD Mrs. Hondala Gyaltsen as the Member Secretary. A detailed presentation on the activities conducted under the School Safety Programme was made by the Director, School Education. After reviewing the State Action Plan on School Safety, and the Chief Secretary has instructed that similar advisory committees also need to be formed at the district and sub-divisional levels. He further directed that meetings of the advisory committee be conducted twice a year to monitor the implementation of the guidelines.

Chief Secretary further directed that Fire Extinguishers be installed in all the schools and structural safety of the school building to be included as one of the pre condition by HRDD while granting recognition to any private schools. He also desired that more training on preparedness to be imparted to school teachers in association with NDMA preferably at State Level. It was further informed in the meeting, that State Action Plan on School Safety has already been prepared jointly by HRDD and SSDMA. The matter being of utmost importance, it was desired by Chief Secretary to hold the next meeting of the Committee after six months.

DC South chairs meet for upcoming Namchi Mahotsav.

Namchi, 26th October (IPR): DC (South) Mr Prabhakar Verma chaired a    co-ordination meeting for the upcoming Namchi Mahotsav at the conference hall of DAC Namchi, today. Present during the meeting were Chairman (STDC) Mr. R. N. Rai, Chairman Power and Energy Department Mr. Gagan Rai, ADC (South) Mr. Satyen Pradhan, SDM (Hq)Mr. Hemant Rai, ADC (Dev) Mr. Milan Subba, ASP (South) Ms Linda Palmu alongside HODs and stakeholders.

Addressing, the gathering, DC(South) informed that Namchi Mahotsav will commence from 3rd to 5th November. He said that the three day long affair will be organised by DAC South in coordination with the South Sikkim Tourism Development Society. Additionally, he also outlined in detail about the significance of holding Namchi Mahotsav, which in the past has garnered a huge success. The DC also allocated various roles and responsibilities to the respective departments and issued directives for effective par taking from all line departments to make the celebrations a grand success. During the course of the meeting the DC briefly allocated the various responsibilities to each department and to the Namchi Mahotsav Management Committee in order to transform the event into a successful one.

It was decided in the meeting that utmost importance should be given to showcasing of unique ethnic traditions and culture of the state, setting up of traditional stalls, decorations and beautification of venue. The meeting also emphasized that there should be uninterrupted supply of power and water and that the upkeep of law and order should be focused upon. Moreover, a brief interaction session was held wherein various suggestions and proposals were put forth by the attendees.

Namchi, 26th October (IPR): DC (South) Mr Prabhakar Verma chaired a co-ordination meeting for the upcoming Namchi Mahotsav at the conference hall of DAC Namchi, today. Present during the meeting were Chairman (STDC) Mr. R. N. Rai, Chairman Power and Energy Department Mr. Gagan Rai, ADC (South) Mr. Satyen Pradhan, SDM (Hq)Mr. Hemant Rai, ADC (Dev) Mr. Milan Subba, ASP (South) Ms Linda Palmu alongside HODs and stakeholders.

Addressing, the gathering, DC(South) informed that Namchi Mahotsav will commence from 3rd to 5th November. He said that the three day long affair will be organised by DAC South in coordination with the South Sikkim Tourism Development Society. Additionally, he also outlined in detail about the significance of holding Namchi Mahotsav, which in the past has garnered a huge success. The DC also allocated various roles and responsibilities to the respective departments and issued directives for effective par taking from all line departments to make the celebrations a grand success. During the course of the meeting the DC briefly allocated the various responsibilities to each department and to the Namchi Mahotsav Management Committee in order to transform the event into a successful one.

It was decided in the meeting that utmost importance should be given to showcasing of unique ethnic traditions and culture of the state, setting up of traditional stalls, decorations and beautification of venue. The meeting also emphasized that there should be uninterrupted supply of power and water and that the upkeep of law and order should be focused upon. Moreover, a brief interaction session was held wherein various suggestions and proposals were put forth by the attendees.

“State level Science,Mathematics and Environment Exhibition for Children, 2018-19” concludes

Gangtok 26 OCT (IPR): A 3 day long “State level Science,Mathematics and Environment Exhibition for Children, 2018-19” was held from 24th Oct till 26th Oct at Brihaspati parsai SSS, Ranipool which was organised by State Council of Educational Research and Training, Human Resource and Development Department, Govt of Sikkim in association with National Council of Educational Research and Training,New Delhi.
The main theme of the exhibition was “Scientific Solution for challenges in life” and a total of 47 students from different schools participated in the exhibition.

Today being the last day of exhibition, the programme was chaired by M.P/Lok Sabha , Shri P.D Rai who was accompanied by Additional Chief Secretary HRDD,Shri GP Upadhaya, Assistant Professor NCRT , Dr.C.V. Shimray, guest dignitaries, teachers and students from various districts.

While addressing the gathering, Mr. PD Rai stated that young minds should be vibrant enough to understand the problems plaguing the society and they should envisage solutions with skilled minds and recreate positive thoughts. He added that Sikkim is an organic state and the youth and the future generations should focus on maintaining the organic culture through the help of science and newer technologies. He congratulated the teachers and students for taking part in this exhibition.

Later Shri.GP Upadhaya Additional Chief Secretary HRDD said that students should come up with more ideas and solutions to the problem that society is facing and should inspire everybody. “For future growth of Sikkim we need young men and women to lead the society” said Mr. Upadhaya. He expressed happiness in seeing students and teachers coming from some remote area despite facing a lot of difficulties.

Dr.C.V.Shimray said that one can’t always expect Scientists to bring the solutions for the problem we are facing, so students should innovate and devise ideas without depending upon scientists and engineers .She suggested that students should first understand the problem then come up with ideas and implement them. Later in the programme MP Lok Sabha , Shri PD Rai distributed the trophies and certificates to the winners and other participants were given certificates.

A total of 47 schools participated in the three day long exhibition; 20 from East, 06 from North ,17 from South and 17 from west. Out of the 47, 10 schools have been selected for the Eastern India Science Fair which is going to be held on 8th to 12th January 2019 at Kolkata.

The ranking of the participating school in the exhibition were adjudged as follows:
1.Tashi Namgyal senior secondary school
2.Rangpo senior secondary school
3.Ranipool school
4.modern school
5.Deorali Girls school
6.Namchi Girls school
7.Magan senior secondary school
8.Mamring school
9.Tadong senior secondary school
10.Sadam senior secondary school

Lastly, the vote of thanks was given by Joint Director SCERT which concluded with a group photo.