Minister for Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare, IPR and Printings Department Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani who is also the executive member of Forum of SC / ST Legislators and Parliamentarians addressed the International Ambedkar Conclave at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi

New Delhi, 30th November  (IPR): Minister for Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare, IPR and Printings Department Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani who is also the executive member of Forum of SC / ST Legislators and Parliamentarians addressed the International Ambedkar Conclave at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, today.
The two days conclave was inaugurated by the Hon`ble President of India Mr. Ram Nath Kovind in special presence of the Governor of Haryana Mr. Satyadev Narayan, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Thawar Chand Gehlot, MoS Social Justice & Empowerment Mr. Vijay Sampla, Former Dy Speaker Dr. Chiranjit Singh Atwal, Minister Health/IPR Govt. of Sikkim Arjun Kumar Ghatani, Minister Social Justice Govt. of Gujarat Mr. Ishwarbhai Parmar, Member of Parliament Mr. Rajinder Pal Gautam, National Working President of Forum of SC/ST Legislators and Parliamentarians – Sri Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, delegates from various states of the country.

In his inaugural address the President of India Mr. Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the forum for organizing a challenging event of International Ambedkar Conclave. He stressed upon incredible role played by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar in framing Indian constitution and underlined preamble, directive principles and fundamental rights as its key components. He drew lights on importance of women participation in democratic process and paid due credits to the pivotal role of Ambedkar and his visions. The president of India called for proper coordination between the organizations working for economic reformation of the weaker sections of the society. He urged the house to extend support for upliftment of underprivileged marginalised population who have been left behind in journey of development and progress of the country.

Minister Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani, after sharing dais with the President of India in the inaugural session, chaired a technical session on the Constitution and Role of Judiciary. Minister Ghatani, in his deliberation said, the judiciary is true dispenser of justice, protector of the rights of the people, guardian of the constitution of the state, arbitrator of the centre-state disputes, protector against the unconstitutional legislative and executive excesses by means of judicial review and a provider of rule of law and justice. Judicial system is the key aspect in democratic way of life and that upholds peace, harmony and good governance. The judiciary or court in Indian federation works as a balancing wheel which keeps the equilibrium between the fundamental rights and social justice, he added.
Addressing the august house, he proposed a suggestion to establish 24 X 7 helpline number to report and address the issue of atrocities in national scenario which was unanimously welcomed by the house with huge round of applause.
He took the opportunity to elaborate implementation of political, religious and educational rights in the state of Sikkim. He added that the state govt. under visionary leadership of the Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling ensured social justice to every communities along with political rights from Legislative Assembly to Municipalities, Zilla Panchayat and Gram Panchayat level. The govt has established Atrocities court for the protection of rights of SC community, he added.

He informed details about the benefits and vision of Dr. Ambedkar Student Scholarship Scheme implemented in Sikkim, dedicated to the district topper students of class v standents from SC community, exclusively. He also highlighted on Chief Minister’s Meritorious Scholarship Scheme (CMMSS) implemented since 2010 to provide a prestigious educational platform of free education in renowned public schools of the country. Establishment of Ekalavya Model Residential School and Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya is a unique and commendable effort of the Government to benefit underprivileged students in Sikkim, he added.

He also came out with various suggestions to encourage entrepreneurship in the field of Tourism, Health Care, Industrial Sector, Education , initiation of SC/ST youth exchange programme.
He also urged the forum to adopt invaluable suggestions put forth by eminent speakers from various background and drew lights on the responsibility of citizens, cooperation of bureaucracy and implementation of constitutional rights.
Minister Mr Ghatani also handed over copies of the book titled Pawan Chamling: Champion of Social Justice, Bhim Chetna (literary magazine), and Sikkim Herald to the President of India, Union and other delegates.
The panel of the technical session chaired by Mr. Ghatani was co-chaired by
N Biran Sing Ex Minister Manipur, Mr. Manoj Gorkhela Dy. Advocate General Supreme Court of India, Mr. H Hanumanthapa Ex MP Former Chairman National Commission for SC&ST GoI, Advocate Suresh Chandra, Bhadant Harsbodhi President of Maha Bodhi Cheritable Trust, Vinod Chauhan Faculty of Law-Delhi University,

Earlier, in the inaugural session, Union Minister Mr Thawar Chand Ghelot emphasized on programmes and schemes implemented under the Ministry in the country.

Mr. Vijay Sampla, MoS Social Justice articulated on the role of Ambedkar and his determination, and dedication amidst unfavourable stigmatised environment against Scheduled Caste and marginalised section.

WORKSHOP ON FINDING SOLUTIONS TO TRAFFIC PROBLEM HELD AT CHINTAN BHAWAN

Gangtok, 30th November (IPR): The Urban Development & Housing Department, Government of Sikkim conducted a consultation and workshop on finding short term and long term solutions to the traffic problems in Gangtok at Chintan Bhawan today. Hon’ble Minister for UD&HD Mr. N.K Subba was the Chief Guest for the day and Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Mr. P.D Rai was the Guest of Honour.

Deputy Mayor (GMC), Mrs. Lashey Doma; Secretary- UD&HD, Mrs. Ganga Pradhan; IG (Law & Order), Mr. Gyanendra. K. Verma; ASP (Traffic), Mrs. Ongmu Bhutia, SP (East), Mr. Hemraj Rai Pr Scientist- State Pollution Control Board, Dr. Gopal Pradhan, along with officials of various departments, Colonel G. Banerjee and Colonel B.N Chetan from the 17th Mountain Division, representatives from Feedback Infra, National Highway & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC), Mercerdez Benz, the Truck Drivers Association were also present at the workshop.

Chief Town Planner (UD&HD), Mrs. Devika Sharma welcomed the gathering. MP (Lok Sabha) delivered the keynote address, setting a balanced tone to the gathering by applauding the work done so far by the government as well as welcoming feedback for measures to be implemented.

Hon’ble Minister (UD&HD) in his address encouraged more interactions and awareness programme on traffic decongestion and urbanization. He also informed the future projects of the government in providing solutions to tackle the traffic menace like widening of various roads at busy junctions and construction of pavements and foot-paths for efficient pedestrian movement, thus reducing car movements. Other projects in the pipeline include dismantling older structures like the BSNL building and converting it into taxi stoppage points.

Mr. Nitin Upreti of Feedback Infra gave a presentation on a Comprehensive Mobility Plan, based on a study made on Gangtok terrain and traffic movement. He provided possible solutions of decongestion through cable cars, creation of ring roads that help movement on inner ring road and outer ring road of Gangtok. He also cited examples of cities all over the world like Suwon in South Korea, Bandung in Java, Indonesia and Medellin in Columbia whose topography resemble Gangtok in many ways and suggested the measures they have taken, like skywalks, eco-mobility festivals etc. to instill a sense of ownership to the public utilizing these public commute services.

Mr. Ankush Malhotra of UMTC provided a detailed presentation on Techno-Economic Feasibility of Cable Car as Public transport. A study based on travel characteristic of Gangtok while keeping in mind the safety measures, he said that locations have been identified as stations and a model drawn for cable cars to implement as a mainstream public transport. He also cited various examples of cities from all across the globe who use cable cars as their mode of transport and concluded that it would work if integrated in co-ordination with other mode of public transport.

Mr. Kailash Pradhan of Architects of Sikkim gave a presentation on Ownership Model. He put forth the unique and peculiar ways of Gangtok town and stated that while this was a problem to find solutions for, it was also an opportunity to prove our selves as concerned citizens with a sense of belonging. He presented a schemetic connection draft made by architects and designers and suggested that a collaboration with a technical and financial team would bring about fruitful results. He stressed on the public taking responsibility and coming on board for infrastructural ventures.

Mr. Vijay Kalakala, Deputy General Manager- Mercerdes Benz spoke on Safe Roads providing data of road fatalities and reminding the public to focus on feasible safety measures.

The interactive session had points put forward from stakeholders, traffic police administration, government officials as well as the public. UDHD as well as officials from the Motor Vehicle Department took the feedback so as to come up with solutions and measures.

In the post lunch session, the workshop was divided into six groups who each discussed on various topics like traffic management, surface improvement solutions, alternative mobility solutions etc.

One member from each group presented their ideas andproposals after the discussion.

In conclusion, the Hon’ble MP (Lok Sabha) summarized the reports put together and stressed on sustainable development goals while also asking the stakeholders and entrepreneurs to work together in moving capital for efficient implementation of these measures. He ended his note reminding all that the traffic congestion affects everyone and therefore to act collectively and responsibly.

HM HRDD Lays the Foundation Stone of SC/ST Students Hostel at ATTC, Bardang

Bardang, 30th November : (IPR) The Hon’ble Minister, HRDD Shri R B Subba laid the foundation stone for the upcoming 48 bedded SC/ST hostel funded by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) at ATTC, Bardang. Other dignitaries who attended the ceremony and Bhumi Puja were Area MLA, Shri Gopal Baraily, Additional Chief Secretary, HRDD Shri G P Upadhyaya, Principal Chief Engineer, HRDD Shri B.S.Gautam and his team, Special Secretary cum Director, Higher & Technical Education, HRDD Shri D K Pradhan and other officials of the HRDD, Government of Sikkim.

The Principal Chief Engineer and other officials of the Engineering Wing, HRDD presented the building and site plan of the proposed structure to the dignitaries during the ceremony. The Hon’ble Minister, HRDD wished the very best to the Principal, ATTC and all faculty members and hoped the new infrastructure would be a welcome addition for the further development of ATTC. He also hoped that this hostel would also help in fulfilling the dream of Hon’ble Chief Minister of providing technical and professional education free of cost to even the most underprivileged sections of the society. ATTC has established a name for itself in providing good quality technical education with 100% placement, the Minister added.

Training of Trainer (TOT) Programme for Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation Planning in Water Sector in Himalayan region

Gangtok, Nov 30: (IPR) UNDP-SDC in collaboration with Rural Management and Development Department (RMDD), Government of Sikkim organized a 3 Days Training of Trainers workshop on “Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation Planning in Water Sector in Himalayan region” from 28th to 30 th November 2018.

While inaugurating the programme Dr. K Jayakumar IAS Additional Chief Secretary, the Chief Guest spoke about the necessity of such capacity building programme for sustainable planning for management and efficient uses and planning of water resources in the state. Dr. Jayakumar also shared about strengthening the Panchayati raj institutions for increasing community resilience and also introducing emerging concepts like Water panchayats in this region.

Welcoming the participants from various departments, Dr.Surajit Baruah State Project Manager UNDP spoke briefly about the various climate adaptation initiatives being undertaken with state nodal agency that is Department of Science Technology and Climate Change and other sectoral depts in focal sectors Water, Forests and Disaster Risk Reduction under UNDP-SDC project on Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Actions in the state. One of the major outcome envisaged under the project is to increase the capacities and capabilities of state government depts to initiate appropriate climate adaptation and mitigation actions and to mainstreame climate change in state plans and policies. Its also to help the state government to operationalize State Action Plan on Climate Change in Sikkim.

Mr. C.S. Rao IFS Secretary Rural Management and Development Department highlighted the efforts of RMDD in successfully implementing the Dhara Vikash (Spring-shed Development Programme) for reviving many critical water sources (springs and lakes) for ensuring water security. He appealed to all the concerned departments to join hands with RMDD for upscaling and improvisation of Dhara Vikash to cover more areas.

Mrs Sarika Pradhan Additional Secretary RMDD gave a detail account of the initiatives taken by RMDD on Dhara Vikash (Spring-shed Development Programme) with support from other agencies since its genesis way back in the year 2008 which has been recognized as one of the best practices of the state. In the backdrop of Spring-shed Management becoming a national policy, she also highlighted the need for the State to prepare and build human resource and build capacities to meet the emerging needs for imparting training in the days to come.

While conducting the 3 days training, Dr. Sandhya Rao, INRM New Delhi gave a detail presentation on the climate change impacts on Water resources from national, state and to local level. Dr.Rao mentioned about various modelling techniques and presented SWAT model and its interpretations with regards to state scenario. She also discussed about the various assessments like IPCC AR4 and AR5 with regards to climate change impacts and the vulnerability assessment and adaption options.

Mr.Sanjeeb Pradhan Technical Expert Water & Forest concluded the valedictory session with way forward and presented the vote of thanks.

 

 

WORKSHOP ON FINDING SOLUTIONS TO TRAFFIC PROBLEM HELD AT CHINTAN BHAWAN

 

Gangtok, 30th Nov (IPR): The Urban Development & Housing Department, Government of Sikkim conducted a consultation and workshop on finding short term and long term solutions to the traffic problems in Gangtok at Chintan Bhawan today. Hon’ble Minister for UD&HD Mr. N.K Subba was the Chief Guest for the day and Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Mr. P.D Rai was the Guest of Honour.

Deputy Mayor (GMC), Mrs. Lashey Doma; Secretary- UD&HD, Mrs. Ganga Pradhan; IG (Law & Order), Mr. Gyanendra. K. Verma; ASP (Traffic), Mrs. Ongmu Bhutia, SP (East), Mr. Hemraj Rai Pr Scientist- State Pollution Control Board, Dr. Gopal Pradhan, along with officials of various departments, Colonel G. Banerjee and Colonel B.N Chetan from the 17th Mountain Division, representatives from Feedback Infra, National Highway & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC), Mercerdez Benz, the Truck Drivers Association were also present at the workshop.

Chief Town Planner (UD&HD), Mrs. Devika Sharma welcomed the gathering. MP (Lok Sabha) delivered the keynote address, setting a balanced tone to the gathering by applauding the work done so far by the government as well as welcoming feedback for measures to be implemented.

Hon’ble Minister (UD&HD) in his address encouraged more interactions and awareness programme on traffic decongestion and urbanization. He also informed the future projects of the government in providing solutions to tackle the traffic menace like widening of various roads at busy junctions and construction of pavements and foot-paths for efficient pedestrian movement, thus reducing car movements. Other projects in the pipeline include dismantling older structures like the BSNL building and converting it into taxi stoppage points.

Mr. Nitin Upreti of Feedback Infra gave a presentation on a Comprehensive Mobility Plan, based on a study made on Gangtok terrain and traffic movement. He provided possible solutions of decongestion through cable cars, creation of ring roads that help movement on inner ring road and outer ring road of Gangtok. He also cited examples of cities all over the world like Suwon in South Korea, Bandung in Java, Indonesia and Medellin in Columbia whose topography resemble Gangtok in many ways and suggested the measures they have taken, like skywalks, eco-mobility festivals etc. to instill a sense of ownership to the public utilizing these public commute services.

Mr. Ankush Malhotra of UMTC provided a detailed presentation on Techno-Economic Feasibility of Cable Car as Public transport. A study based on travel characteristic of Gangtok while keeping in mind the safety measures, he said that locations have been identified as stations and a model drawn for cable cars to implement as a mainstream public transport. He also cited various examples of cities from all across the globe who use cable cars as their mode of transport and concluded that it would work if integrated in co-ordination with other mode of public transport.

Mr. Kailash Pradhan of Architects of Sikkim gave a presentation on Ownership Model. He put forth the unique and peculiar ways of Gangtok town and stated that while this was a problem to find solutions for, it was also an opportunity to prove our selves as concerned citizens with a sense of belonging. He presented a schemetic connection draft made by architects and designers and suggested that a collaboration with a technical and financial team would bring about fruitful results. He stressed on the public taking responsibility and coming on board for infrastructural ventures.

Mr. Vijay Kalakala, Deputy General Manager- Mercerdes Benz spoke on Safe Roads providing data of road fatalities and reminding the public to focus on feasible safety measures.

The interactive session had points put forward from stakeholders, traffic police administration, government officials as well as the public. UDHD as well as officials from the Motor Vehicle Department took the feedback so as to come up with solutions and measures.

In the post lunch session, the workshop was divided into six groups who each discussed on various topics like traffic management, surface improvement solutions, alternative mobility solutions etc.

One member from each group presented their ideas andproposals after the discussion.

In conclusion, the Hon’ble MP (Lok Sabha) summarized the reports put together and stressed on sustainable development goals while also asking the stakeholders and entrepreneurs to work together in moving capital for efficient implementation of these measures. He ended his note reminding all that the traffic congestion affects everyone and therefore to act collectively and responsibly.

International Ambedkar Conclave at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi

New Delhi, November 30 (IPR): Minister for Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare, IPR and Printings Department Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani who is also the executive member of Forum of SC / ST Legislators and Parliamentarians addressed the International Ambedkar Conclave at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, today.
The two days conclave was inaugurated by the Hon`ble President of India Mr. Ram Nath Kovind in special presence of the Governor of Haryana Mr. Satyadev Narayan, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Thawar Chand Gehlot, MoS Social Justice & Empowerment Mr. Vijay Sampla, Former Dy Speaker Dr. Chiranjit Singh Atwal, Minister Health/IPR Govt. of Sikkim Arjun Kumar Ghatani, Minister Social Justice Govt. of Gujarat Mr. Ishwarbhai Parmar, Member of Parliament Mr. Rajinder Pal Gautam, National Working President of Forum of SC/ST Legislators and Parliamentarians – Sri Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, delegates from various states of the country.

In his inaugural address the President of India Mr. Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the forum for organizing a challenging event of International Ambedkar Conclave. He stressed upon incredible role played by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar in framing Indian constitution and underlined preamble, directive principles and fundamental rights as its key components. He drew lights on importance of women participation in democratic process and paid due credits to the pivotal role of Ambedkar and his visions. The president of India called for proper coordination between the organizations working for economic reformation of the weaker sections of the society. He urged the house to extend support for upliftment of underprivileged marginalised population who have been left behind in journey of development and progress of the country.

Minister Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani, after sharing dais with the President of India in the inaugural session, chaired a technical session on the Constitution and Role of Judiciary. Minister Ghatani, in his deliberation said, the judiciary is true dispenser of justice, protector of the rights of the people, guardian of the constitution of the state, arbitrator of the centre-state disputes, protector against the unconstitutional legislative and executive excesses by means of judicial review and a provider of rule of law and justice. Judicial system is the key aspect in democratic way of life and that upholds peace, harmony and good governance. The judiciary or court in Indian federation works as a balancing wheel which keeps the equilibrium between the fundamental rights and social justice, he added.
Addressing the august house, he proposed a suggestion to establish 24 X 7 helpline number to report and address the issue of atrocities in national scenario which was unanimously welcomed by the house with huge round of applause.
He took the opportunity to elaborate implementation of political, religious and educational rights in the state of Sikkim. He added that the state govt. under visionary leadership of the Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling ensured social justice to every communities along with political rights from Legislative Assembly to Municipalities, Zilla Panchayat and Gram Panchayat level. The govt has established Atrocities court for the protection of rights of SC community, he added.

He informed details about the benefits and vision of Dr. Ambedkar Student Scholarship Scheme implemented in Sikkim, dedicated to the district topper students of class v standents from SC community, exclusively. He also highlighted on Chief Minister’s Meritorious Scholarship Scheme (CMMSS) implemented since 2010 to provide a prestigious educational platform of free education in renowned public schools of the country. Establishment of Ekalavya Model Residential School and Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya is a unique and commendable effort of the Government to benefit underprivileged students in Sikkim, he added.

He also came out with various suggestions to encourage entrepreneurship in the field of Tourism, Health Care, Industrial Sector, Education , initiation of SC/ST youth exchange programme.
He also urged the forum to adopt invaluable suggestions put forth by eminent speakers from various background and drew lights on the responsibility of citizens, cooperation of bureaucracy and implementation of constitutional rights.
Minister Mr Ghatani also handed over copies of the book titled Pawan Chamling: Champion of Social Justice, Bhim Chetna (literary magazine), and Sikkim Herald to the President of India, Union and other delegates.
The panel of the technical session chaired by Mr. Ghatani was co-chaired by
N Biran Sing Ex Minister Manipur, Mr. Manoj Gorkhela Dy. Advocate General Supreme Court of India, Mr. H Hanumanthapa Ex MP Former Chairman National Commission for SC&ST GoI, Advocate Suresh Chandra, Bhadant Harsbodhi President of Maha Bodhi Cheritable Trust, Vinod Chauhan Faculty of Law-Delhi University,

Earlier, in the inaugural session, Union Minister Mr Thawar Chand Ghelot emphasized on programmes and schemes implemented under the Ministry in the country.

Mr. Vijay Sampla, MoS Social Justice articulated on the role of Ambedkar and his determination, and dedication amidst unfavourable stigmatised environment against Scheduled Caste and marginalised section.