Final Publication of Electoral Roll released

Gangtok, Jan 31 (IPR): The final publication of the Electoral Roll with reference to 1.1.2019 as qualifying date was released today by Chief Electoral Officer, Sikkim, Shri R. Telang in a press conference organized by the office of the CEO, Sikkim, at the conference hall of District Administration Centre, East.

The program had the presence of District Election Officer (East) Shri Kapil Meena, Additional CEO Smt Roshni Rai, officers of District Administration Centre, East, Director and officers of Printing and Stationeries Department, representatives of recognized political parties and members of the press and media.

A soft copy each of the final Electoral Roll was handed over to representatives of recognized political parties by the CEO. A soft copy of the Electoral Roll was also handed over to Director, Printing & Stationeries Department for immediate publication.

Addressing the press conference, Shri R. Telang said that the hard copies of the Electoral Roll would be available in a few days and a copy each would be provided free of cost to all recognized political parties, while registered political parties and members of the public can obtain it from office of CEO or District Election Officer on payment of a nominal amount fixed by the Commission.

The CEO further said that there could still be some additions and some deletions in the list till seven days prior to the filing of nominations. He shared that the total electors/voters as on date is 4, 23,325 which includes 2, 16,222 male voters and 2, 07,103 female voters. He informed that as on date, two persons are from the third gender and 2000 voters have identified themselves as PWD or Persons with Disabilities. He added that since the population profile of Sikkim is young, maximum voters fall within the age group of 18 to 45 years.

The CEO informed that a total of 16,012 voters have been added in the Summary Revision during the months of September and October 2018.

Shri R. Telang further informed that there will be 567 numbers of polling stations for the upcoming general elections, which includes 51 Sangha polling stations.

The CEO further said that the purpose of today’s program was also to raise awareness about Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trial (VVPAT) to members of the media and the political parties. He informed that the First Level Checking (FLC) of the EVM machines have been completed and have been shared with all political parties. He briefed the audience on various aspects of the polling process and the role of political parties. He urged the political party representatives to sensitize their colleagues about the role of polling agents and booth level agents to aid the voters in the polling process.

The CEO said that it is also the voters’ responsibility to check their names in the voters list. He informed that voters can check their names through three modes:

1. Visit the website

2. Download Voter Helpline App on smart phones

3. Call Toll Free Number 1950. The number will be operational from 1st February 2019 and will be available between 9am to 6pm on all working days

He said that the Office of the Chief Election Officer is generating adequate awareness about voter awareness so that every eligible voter can exercise his/her right to vote. He added that the State of Sikkim aims to successfully accomplish the national theme ‘No Voter is Left behind’. He also informed that the recently appointed Election Icons will voluntarily spread awareness about the importance of voting, ethical practices and urge people to come forward to vote. He said that messages from these icons will be disseminated in public domain at regular intervals.

The CEO also spoke briefly about the EVM and the value addition that the VVPAT will bring to the election process.

In the end, the CEO said that all political parties can submit any further concern in writing so that the same can be forwarded to the Election Commission of India. He also urged the political parties to give their feedback on the functioning of the Toll-Free Helpline Number 1950.

Earlier, a brief presentation on the functioning of the EVM and VVPAT was made by ADC East Shri Bharani Kumaar. Short video films on voter awareness drive were also screened on the occasion. He informed that thirty sets of EVM and VVPAT which have undergone first level checking are being used for Training purpose.

The press conference was also attended by ADC East Shri Jamyang C. Namgyal.

After the press conference, members of the media were given hands-on demonstration of the EVM and the VVPAT by ADC East Shri Bharani Kumaar.

Training of Trainers and Facilitators for upcoming general election commences at CEO office

Gangtok, 31 Jan (IPR): A three-daylong Training of Trainers and Facilitators (TTF) for the upcoming general election began today at the conference hall of Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Sikkim.

Ms Nupur Purohit and Mr B. Majumdar are the Resource Persons from Hero Mindmine Institute, New Delhi under IIIDEM, Election Commission of India for the three-day training programme with the objective of empowering people and enhancing their professional skills and attitudes.

The Election Commission of India has set up the India International Institute of Democracy & Election Management (IIIDEM) as its advance training and resources wing. IIIDEM is an initiative of the Commission for fulfilling its high aspiration on democracy and election management.

The training had the participation of State Level Master Trainers, District Level Master Trainers and Assembly Level Master Trainers of East and North districts.

Simultaneously, for South and West districts, the training is being held at SIRD, Karfectar, South Sikkim.

State HRDD & Microsoft India sign MoU for transforming educational landscape in the State

Gangtok, 31 Jan (IPR): With an aim to transform the educational landscape in the State, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Human Resource Development Department, Government of Sikkim, and Microsoft India in the capital toady.

Minister for Human Resource Development Department, Mr. R.B Subba was the Chief Guest of the event.
The memorandum was signed by Director HRDD Mr Bhim Thatal and his counterpart at Microsoft, Director Education (Advocacy)- Microsoft Dr Vinnie Jauhari, in the presence of the Additional Chief Secretary- HRDD Mr. G.P Upadhyaya, HRDD Directors Mr D.K. Pradhan and Mr Y.P. Nepal, and Regional Manager- Microsoft, Mr. Jaydev Rath.

Mr. R.B Subba in his address said that the Government was committed to harnessing the power of technology to transform e-governance and core sectors in Sikkim hence partnering with Microsoft India to prepare the future generation was the logical and much needed step. He said that the vision was to make the youth future-ready with the essential digital skills and Microsoft was an ideal partner for transformational initiatives.

Mr. Upadhyaya in his address thanked the Chief Minister and the State Government for being far-sighted and for working consistently towards the progress and development of human resource. He spoke on the importance of technology and the transformation that is inevitable in the future. He also explained the role of Microsoft India in the laptop distribution scheme to students in Sikkim, which was managed at a reasonable budget, therefore leading to this current partnership for empowering students and educators. He highlighted the gravity of science and technology in sectors like A.I, Cloud Computing, Robotics and said that the basic objective was to make our children innovative. “We have the capacity to do better and we must not be complacent in our attitude,” he said.

The objective of this partnership is to revamp the education system in Sikkim by aiming to enhance the digital literacy and build new age tech capacity among students and faculty in the government schools within the State.

As a part of this collaboration, Microsoft will support the State in the following:

· Integration of IT content in the State Board Curriculum to build student capacity.

· Whole school reform through the Microsoft Innovative Schools Program.

· Building teacher capacity through the Microsoft Educator Network and Innovative Educator Program

· Enhancing digital literacy and digital citizenship.

The government will integrate Microsoft’s IT courseware and content in the State board Curriculum for classes 6 to 10 and will train 100 master trainers on the curriculum at the State Council for Research and training (SCERT)/labs nominated by the government.
Based on the agreement, two schools in the State will be identified and adopted for implementing this plan. The teachers and students will be trained on Microsoft’s curriculum on creative coding and gaming through apps, robotics, entrepreneurship and tools for collaboration, creativity and communication. The training will be imparted through conducting workshops at these schools as well as online webinars to equip them with technology skills to counter real life challenges. Microsoft will provide its Innovative Educator Program to all educators of primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary education to help them use ICT effectively and innovatively in classrooms.
Teaching with Technology (TwT) will also be made available through the Microsoft Educator Network and free resources, tools and software will be provided. A batch of 20 District Education Officers and Principals of the Government Schools nominated by the Government will be trained on Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum & Certification, who will go on further to train other schools within the district.

Training for Trainers Facilitators commences at SIRD Karfectar

Jorethang, 31st January(IPR): A three-daylong, Training for Trainers Facilitators (TTF) commenced at the conference hall of Sikkim Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Karfectar today. This training is held under the direction of Election Commission of India (ECI). The resource persons for the day were Mr. Nilay Majumdar and Mr. Sanjiv Deb from Hero Mindmine which is a part of Hero Group that provides various kinds of learning solutions to manifest better quality and enhanced productivity. Present during the training were district level master trainers and nodal officers from West and South District.

The resource persons delved upon the objective of today’s training which they shared is a platform wherein the attendees can learn the ideals to become an equipped master trainers. The resource person also spoke in-depth about the roles and responsibilities of the trainers and how they can impart valuable suggestion and knowledge to various kinds of gathering while conducting different types of exercise.

During the course of the training the gathering was displayed with a detailed PowerPoint presentation which touched upon topics namely that of designing, delivering and managing training. Additionally, a series of interactive activities was also held between the participants so as to encourage better teamwork and co-ordination.


Gangtok, Jan 30: (IPR) Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Mr. K.J. Alphons, inaugurated the Swadesh Darshan Project at Zero Point today. Present with him for the inaugural were the Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Sikkim, Mr. Ugen .T. Gyatso, Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource Development Department, Mr. R.B Subba, Chief Administrator, Mrs. R. Ongmu, Chief Secretary, Mr. A.K Shrivastava, Mayor (GMC), Mr. Shakti Singh Choudhary, Deputy Mayor (GMC), Mrs. LasheyDomaBhutia, heads and officials of various departments and engineers from the Tourism & Civil Aviation Department.

Along with the Minister of State (IC), were Assistant Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Mrs Bharati Sharma and Regional Director (North East), Mr. S.S. Dev Barman.

Secretary Tourism Department, Mr Tshering Thendup Bhutia welcomed the gathering and spoke about the birth and growth of the tourism sector in Sikkim. From infrastructural development to rural tourism and pilgrimage tourism, he stated that the sector has grown tremendously because of the stability of the State and the guidance and support from the State Government. He informed that Rs. 95.32 crore had been sanctioned for the SDP-I under which, the Tourist Interpretation Centre cum Live Demonstration of Handicraft and Handloom was inaugurated today. SDP-II is on-going and has been sanctioned for an amount of Rs. 98.06 crore while a proposal for SDP-III has been made for an amount of Rs. 99.98 crore.

Mr. K.J Alphons addressed the gathering, expressing his happiness in being able to visit the State. He praised Sikkim for the development and growth and most of all for the hospitality and security. He appreciated the efforts and work of the State Government and applauded the State on maintaining cleanliness and hygiene, communal harmony and efficient administration. He also spoke on the commendable growth of rural areas in Sikkim and said that the State was one of the firsts and a leading example in creating tourist spots and activities in all corners, thereby dispersing destination resulting in a pragmatic progress. He cited examples of home-stays and wellness tourism and also encouraged further development of trekking trails so that the people can experience Nature as close as possible. He asked the Forest and Tourism sector to work together in protecting nature but also to be able to let the people into these areas so as to have a sense of belonging and ownership.

He reminded the people that capitalizing hospitality is essential and the potential to do so is immense. He spoke on the importance of equity in terms of employment and said that hospitality generates jobs, resulting in welfare and progress. “It is not the business of the Government to run the business,” he said, stressing on the role of the private sectors and stakeholders. He talked about universal philosophies leading to overall growth and remarked that Tourism must be transformative.

He concluded his address by praising the State Government for being clairvoyant and making progress in extraordinary measures, like the new multispecialty hospital. “Sikkim is the best State in the North-East region,” he said, referring to development, security and stability. He thanked the Department for hosting him and reminded the people that the way to move ahead was through dignity in life and asked them to be respectful and subservient towards each other, especially towards the under privileged.

Special Secretary, Tourism, Ms. NamrataThapa delivered the vote of thanks and expressed her gratitude to Mr. K.J Alphons for his time and presence as well as to the State Government for the development of the tourism sector and the constant support and guidance of the Chief Minister. She thanked the department and everyone present for coming together in making the inaugural program a success.

The Tourism Interpretation Centre cum Live Demonstration of Handicraft and Handloom is located inside the premise of the Directorate of Handicraft and Handloom at Zero Point. It is a five-storeyed structure that consists of two blocks. Block A has 21 stalls with 3 basements; ground floor with an area of 4392 sq.ft. and first floor with an area of 651sft. Block B consists of 7 stalls with 2 basements and an open terrace, covering an area of 1005 sq.ft. The project was started on the 29th of March 2016 and was completed on 24th of November 2018. The total cost of the project is Rs. 439.43 lakh.

Martyrs’ Day observed at Tashiling

Gangtok, Jan 30: (IPR) Martyrs’ Day was observed today in Tashiling Secretariat, Gangtok. Additional Chief Secretary Finance cum Development Commissioner Shri V.B. Pathak administered two-minutes silence to all officers and staff of the Secretariat and adjoining offices.
Likewise, Martyrs’ Day was observed throughout the State with two minutes’ silence in the memory of those who gave their lives in the struggle for India’s freedom.
All work and movement including the traffic stopped exactly from 11 am to 11:02 am throughout the State. The day was observed with due solemnity.

Training of PHC Medical Officers on Substance abuse disorder, Suicide Prevention and other Mental Health Problems

Gangtok, Jan 30: (IPR) Three days training on Mental Health was conducted by the Health Care, HS & FW department for Medical Officers at European Commission Hall, STNM Hospital from 28th to 30th January 2019.

The objective of the training is to strengthen the primary care services on mental health. The PHC Medical Officers were trained in various topic of mental illnesses including assessing and managing the mental health related problems at the PHC level.

The Resource Persons for the training were Dr. C. S. Sharma , HOD Psychiatry Dept. STNM Hospital along with other Senior Psychiatrists – Dr. Netra Thapa, Dr. Geeta Gurung , Dr. Satish Rasaily, Clinical Psychologist of STNM Hospital, Dr. Sonam Lasopa and Dr. Rinzing Lhamu, Addl. Director, NCD.

The health department in partnership with NIMHANS is conducting an integrated programme to address the problems of substance abuse and suicide in Sikkim and Dr. C. Naveen Kumar, Additional Professor of Psychiatry was here in Gangtok as one of the resource persons from the nodal institute of mental health in the country—The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. During his visit to Sikkim he had a detail discussion with the Commissioner cum Secretary and the doctors on the delivery of the Suicidal Behavior Prevention Action Network (SPAN) Project.