Mangan, 4th November (IPR): His Excellency, the Honourable Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad is on a three days tour to North Sikkim. His first visit during the tour was the Eklavya Model Residential School at Sweyem. In the school, he was accorded a warm welcome by Honourable Deputy Speaker cum Area MLA Shri Sonam Gyatso Lepcha along with the students , teachers and officials of the District. The District Collector Shri Karma R. Bonpo IAS formally welcomed the Hon’ble Governor and briefly spoke on the academic performance and achievements of EMRS. Principal EMRS Shri D.B Mishra presented the school report and placed the requirements on behalf of the School.
The Hon’ ble Governor during his address to the students and delegates present said that EMRS being a Model Educational Institute under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has a special contribution in the development of a strong human resource base for the society. He stated that education is the only instrument that can alleviate the humanity of the many problems it faces. He said that Sikkim, is soon turning into a 100%literate State and applauded the State government for its efforts. Sikkim is often termed as the “Indrakil” and said that the blissful environment of the State has inspired its people to be peace loving, pious and conscious. Speaking on the occasion he said that teachers have a great responsibility to mould the students, to become good human beings who can build the Nation. He said that to build a strong nation it requires its people to cultivate a sense of diligence, hard work and sacrifice . He expressed that Sikkimese people, hold great love for the Nation, which is amply reflected in the face of the students when they are singing the National Anthem. The Honourable Governor presented to the School with a cheque of Rs 25000/- from the Governors Fund and sweets to the Children as a token of love. He also announced to provide a vehicle to EMRS as requested by the Principal earlier.
The Honourable Governor then proceeded to Hee-Gyathang in Dzongu Sub division where an interactive session was held with Public, Panchayats and students at the School Auditorium. The Governor was warmly welcomed by the school students with a rendition of a Lepcha song. The Panchayats of Dzongu put forward the demand for better roads and requested the Governor to take forward their demands with the concerned central agencies. While stating that their region is natural calamity prone, the Pancahyats put forward their demand for helipads to cater to the remotest villages of the region. The Panchayats of Upper Dzongu also put forth their grievances related to the loss of connectivity due to the landslide of Dzongu. The Honourable Governor gave a patient hearing to the people and stated that assured to take up the issue for early solution. He also distributed the Diwali sweets to the school students.
The Honourable Governor while addressing the public at Dzongu expressed his happiness, in reaching out to the people of this remote corner of the state. He stated that the due to the blissful environment of the State, development of tourism sector was the most feasible industry. He also shared that focus should now be on the development of village tourism and converging it with organic farming. The benefits of development should flow to the Grams as the development of villages is very important to the overall development of the state. The Honourable Governor alluded to Mahatma Gandhi, who stated that India lived in its villages and village development would lead to the development of the Nation. He also stated that recently the central government had commissioned the Statue of Unity in Gujarat which is tallest statue in the world. The Statue of Sardar Vallabai Patel was dedicated to the great man who was responsible for a united India built by uniting about 562 princely states after Independence of India from the British rule. He urged the students to follows the ideals of such great leaders and work toward building strong and united India. It is the duty of the students to make the new India of tomorrow and the teachers should work dedicatedly in equipping the students for that future. He urged the students to work hard in building the Country and stated the ‘’success follows hard work’’. Stating that time and tide wait for none, the students should use their time judiciously, in constructive things and carve a future that would make their parents proud.
The Honourable Governor also made a visit to Mantam lake where he surveyed the damages caused by the monsoons. The District Collector briefed the Governor about the currently connectivity situation in the area and stated that the work on providing temporary vehicular connectivity is being carried out in full swing.
The Honourable Governor then proceeded to ITBP camp at Pegong where he was given a guard of honor and warmly welcomed by the Officers and jawans. The Honourable Governor had a brief interaction with the jawans and distributed the Diwali sweets to the jawans.
In his address to the Jawans of the ITBP he stated that citizens of the country can sleep well knowing full well the brave soldiers of the nation are guarding the borders. He said the freedom of the Country was a hard fought struggle with countless sacrifices made by the martyrs. It was therefore a noble duty to protect that freedom. He stated that though far their homes, the frontier guarding forces are doing their duty diligently and he was proud and happy to be amongst their midst. He also urged everyone to work hard for the making India a developed nation and one which would lead others in the near future.
The North District is the first district where the Honourable Governor has embarked on a tour. The public and Panchayats expressed happiness to the Honorable Governor for undertaking the tour to understand their district and its problems.
Chungthang, 3rd November (IPR): A sensitization programme for Senior Citizens/Retired Government Officers/Officials under NALSA (Legal Services to Senior Citizens) Scheme was held today at Panchayat Bhawan, Chungthang North Sikkim. The program was organized by the State Legal Services Authority in coordination with District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) North Sikkim.
The Sensitization programme was chaired by the Hon’ble Mr Justice Vijai Kumar Bist, Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim who is the patron in chief of SLSA, Sikkim. The programme was also co-chaired by Hon’ble Mrs Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, Judge High Court of Sikkim and Executive Chariperson of Sikkim SLSA. The programme was attended by the Judges from the District Court, North Sikkim, District Collector North, SP North, SDM Chungthang, DIO, officials from Chungthang sub-division, Panchayats of Chungthang, Pipons of Lachen and Lachung and local public of the sub-division.
The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Sikkim who was attending the first programme in Sikkim after his swearing in recently stated that he was happy to visit Chungthang sub division. Speaking on the topic of Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 he stated that it is a duty of the children to accept the responsibility of taking care of their parents. As per the Indian traditions and customs parents are considered as “Pitri Devta” and their contribution to the welfare of the children cannot be compensated. The role of the mother and father in raising the kids despite their difficulties cannot be forgotten. He urged the para legal volunteers to help the Senior Citizens in getting Redressal to various legal issues being faced by them. He also urged the district officials to give a sympathetic and helping attitude while dealing with the cases involving Senior citizens.
The Hon’ble Mrs Justice Meenashi Madan Rai while addressing the gathering stated that the main role of the SLSA and DLSA was to provide awareness to the people on various acts and laws. She urged the public to make full use of these camps for making themselves aware on various provisions of different laws. She stated the intention of the today’s session was to provide awareness on the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007. Today when there is rising number of cases of diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s in senior citizens, it is the duty of the children to provide care to their parents. As per the Act, it was the duty of the children to maintain their parents and if a person fails to maintain their parents then the senior citizens can approach the tribunal of Sub Divisional Magistrate for providing Redressal. The District Magistrate is the appellate authority and can be approached if they are not satisfied with the order of the SDM. The Hon’ble Justice also advised the Panchayats and Pipons not to settle cases under POCSO and other grievous crimes and the elected representatives should not mediate in such cases. She stated that such non compoundable cases should be strictly dealt only by the courts.
During the programme, Shri Liladhar Ghimerey, Accounts Officer from Finance Revenue and Expenditure Department explained the state pension scheme and benefits under the scheme to the retired employees of the state Government. The Joint Director Social Justice Shri Nordern Lepcha provided an overview of the pension schemes under the National Old Age Pension (NOAP) scheme admissible to the senior citizens and Widow Pension Scheme and Family Pensions Scheme The Sr Superintendent of Police Shri K Shanderpa briefed the gathering on the do and don’t regarding the safety of senior citizens.
The Hon’ble Chief Justice also visited the site for the construction of sub-divisional Judicial Complex at Chungthang and inspected the progress of the work. He directed the concerned engineers and contractors to make rapid progress and hand over the complex on the scheduled time.
Mangan, 2nd November ( IPR): The Indian Army Century Brigade Mountain Cycling expedition from Khongjakma Pass in North Sikkim to Sevoke Military Station reached Singhik today where they held a short interaction with the students of Singhik Secondary School. The team consisting of twenty army men from 5 Gorkha Regiment is undertaking the expedition from the Indo China border to reach Sevoke station over a period of seven days. The expedition is being conducted to celebrate the 32nd rising Day of Century Brigade Sevoke and also to convey the message on important themes like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Career prospects in the Indian Army and Swatch Bharat.
Army Major Shri Harshvardan and Captain Sarin of 5 Gorkha Regiment is leading the expedition and the cadets who participated in the joint military expedition in the high altitudes of North Sikkim will be cycling all the way to the plains of Sevoke. The team will be stopping at various points and interacting with schools and public to convey their message.
The expedition team was warmly welcomed by the Principal, teachers and students of Singhik schools where a short interaction program was held. The SDM Mangan, Shri P.W Lepcha representing the North District administration also attended the programme along with DIO/N.
Addressing the students in fluent Nepali , Major Harshvardhan stated that Sikkim is a blessed state where women enjoy equal opportunities and it is the cleanest state which has attained Open Defecation free status. He stated that the career in the Indian Army is a very rewarding one and motivated the students to join the Army. He also answered the queries of the students on how to join the Indian Army and preparation required to get into the National Defense Academy in Dehra Dun, Indian Military Academy and Officers Training Academy in Chennai..
Captain Sarin spoke on the importance of maintaining physical health and urged the students to work hard and excel in their studies. Apart from the above program by the Indian Army two other programs were also held in the school.
A sensitization campaign under SAATHI (Sikkim Against Addiction and Towards Healthy India) was also held at Singik Secondary School. SAATHI is an initiative under the Chief Minister’s Youth Empowerment and Self Reliant Mission. It works on peer education model to deal with various issues of substance abuse at various government schools. The aim of SAATHI is to significantly reduce the use of substance abuse across the State and to educate students and Community at large. The NSS volunteer students from Mangan Senior Secondary school put up meaningful plays and recitations to educate their peers of Singhik secondary school on how children fall into the trap of substance addiction and the medical and socio economic implications.
The SDM Mangan also conducted a Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) in the school wherein he spoke on the electoral registration process of the first time voters. He spoke on the importance of registration of voters and their participation in the electoral process of the country.
Gangtok, October 31 (IPR): Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad today flagged off the “Run for Unity” from Palzor Stadium to commemorate the 143rd birth anniversary of Sadar Vallabhbhai Patel. The run was organized as part of Rashtiya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) by Sports Department to mark the birth anniversary of India’s first Home Minister.
The programme was attended by Chief Secretary, Shri A.K Shrivastava, Additional Chief Secretary to Governor, Dr. K. Jayakumar, Secretary of Sports Department, Shri S.D Dhakal, Director of Sports Department, Shri Kamal Chettri and officials of state government, ITBP and participating students.
While paying tribute to the great freedom fighter, Hon’ble Governor said, “National Unity Day is being celebrated nationwide on the auspicious occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. We are very grateful to the creator of national modern India and the Iron Man so let us all pay homage to him and take the pledge to further strengthen the unity and integrity of the people by promoting brotherhood in the society as responsible citizens and contribute to nation building.”
He further said that we should unite with feeling of brotherhood and integrity towards our great nation and participate in today’s run with the determination of strengthening the path towards nation building. Hon’ble Governor further stated that building of nation starts from the family itself and we should start by being good human beings and inspire youths for shaping the nation towards further great heights.
Hon’ble Governor further highlighted that in Gujarat today the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is dedicating the Statue of Liberty built as a tribute to the freedom movement icon Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai on his 143rd birth anniversary. He said that this statue is a symbol of India’s integrity and unity and how we should learn how to grow from strength to strength and always stay united. He encouraged the students to always look forward to rekindle the spirit of oneness and serve the country with their best capabilities.
A large number of school students from all the four districts including Gangtok surroundings, youths including sports enthusiasts, ITBP jawans took part in the run which was flagged off from Palzor stadium and which would culminate at the same venue.
Earlier, Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava highlighted the contribution of the Iron Man of India, Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He elaborated on how the great freedom fighter is responsible for us living in a unified India today. As such, it is appropriate to celebrate his birth anniversary as the National Unity Day since it is a historic and inspiring occasion for all Indians, he said. The country’s youth should take a leaf out of Patel’s life on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the country’s great personality and bow to the great stalwart who unified India and served the nation tirelessly, he stated.