Cold storage at Mangan Lal Bazaar to be functional by 05 May

Mangan, 30 Apr (IPR): A meeting regarding operation of the cold storage located at Lal Bazaar, Mangan which had remained non-functional for a couple of months took place here at the chamber of District Magistrate (DM), North.

The meeting was chaired by DM, North, Shri Raj Yadav, in the presence of District Planning Officer (DPO), North, Shri Pempa Bhutia, District Zilla Panchayat (NDZP), Councilor of Mangan Nagar Panchayat, Shri Karma Jigdal Bhutia, and concerned officers of line department.

The sole purpose of the meeting was to preserve organic vegetables for long time at cold storage and to levy consistent price of vegetables in the district, buying of vegetables directly from farmers and keep proper maintenance of account for cold storage.

It was decided in the meeting that a new Bank Account for marketing and other transaction related to cold storage will be opened by the month of May.

The meeting also decided that the cold storage will remain open daily from 8 AM to 4 PM after the storage is operational.

The DM said that the cold storage situated at Lal Bazaar in Mangan will be open for the public by 5th May. A rate board will be placed outside the cold storage in which rate of vegetables will be displayed in a daily basis.

Vegetable vendors who wish to keep their vegetable in the cold storage will be charged as per the rate fixed by the concerned department.

Meeting with regard to counting day held at Sichey DAC

Gangtok, 29 Apr (IPR): A meeting was held at the conference hall of DAC Sichey today with the contesting candidates and election agents regarding preparation for counting day. It was chaired by DEO/East, Shri Kapil Meena, and attended by SP/East, Shri Hem Raj Rai, ADC/East, Shri Bharani Kumar, SP/Traffic, Shri Tshering Gyatso, and the contesting candidates/election agents of Parliamentary Constituency and all Assembly Constituencies of East district.

The contesting candidates/elections agents were briefed in detail about the various arrangements that have been made in connection with the counting of votes which is scheduled to be held on 23rd May, 2019 from 8 AM.

All the candidates were informed about the provisions regarding filling and timely submission of Form 18 for appointment of Counting Agents. They were also intimated about the provisions for appointment of counting agents, their training and the number of such agents that could be appointed.

The DEO/East also explained in detail about the counting plan for Assembly Constituencies/Parliamentary Constituency, along with the plan made for the movement of EVMs and VVPATs from strong room to the Counting Halls. Further, he also elucidated the plans on counting of postal ballots and ETBPS, and the new guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India regarding counting of VVPATs.

Moreover, he described the details of access control, restrictions on use of mobile phones and security arrangements made at the place of counting. It was also intimated to all the candidates and their agents that the strong room would be opened on 23rd May at 07:30 am in the presence of all candidates and their agents.

The SP East also briefed everyone about the traffic and transportation arrangements made for the counting day. He appealed to everyone for maintenance of law and order on the counting day and said that they were ready to ensure that the counting of votes is carried out in a peaceful manner and without any disturbance to law and order.

Governor calls for more promotion in Ayurveda sector

Gangtok, 29 Apr (IPR): Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad today afternoon paid a visit to Regional Ayurveda Research Institute in Tadong. On reaching the institute, he was accorded warm reception by the team of doctors and researchers headed by Assistant Director and Centre In-charge, Dr. Shriprakash.

The Governor sought information on the facilities and technical aspects of the institute and interacted with the research officers and staff.

In a brief function, a formal presentation was made on various therapeutic process of Ayurveda including ‘Panchakarma Chikitsha’ and ‘Swasthya Vritt’ by Dr. Rahul and Dr. Shravan Kumar Shahu respectively.

In his address, the Governor stressed on the need to promote Ayurveda for health and well being of the masses. Ayurveda, being the ancient health and medical practice with deep scientific base, was developed over centuries of research and experiments in India and it must be brought forth for the balanced and rational treatment of ailments, the Governor said. He also appealed all to adopt Ayurveda and keep healthy lifestyle for happier and healthy life.

The Governor while appreciating the research based activities carried out by the centre also urged the institute to take greater role in community health, reaching out to the masses with its services.

The first round of training to Counting Supervisors and Counting Assistants

Gangtok, April 28:(IPR) The first round of training to Counting Supervisors and Counting Assistants was held on 26th and 27th April at the Conference Hall, EDZP. Over 240 Counting Supervisors and Assistants attended the training. The resource persons were Sh. Sunil Mothay, SDM/HQ and Sh. Yadav Krishna Sharma, DPO/EDZP.

The counting of votes for General Elections- 2019 shall be conducted on 23rd May, 2019 from 8 AM at Biraspati Parsai Sr Secondary School.

Training for officials who are vested with the task of vote counting

Mangan, April 27 (IPR): The officials, who are vested with the task of vote counting on 23rd May, General election 2019 of three different constituencies of north district, 29-Kabi-Lungchok, 30-Dzongu and 31-Lachen-Mangan, underwent training on the intricacies of vote counting and its process at conference hall of District Administrative Centre, Mangan, today.

SDM, Kabi, Shri. Mahesh Sharma, imparted the training. The officials were trained on how to handle the electronic voting machine (EVM), Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), counting of votes, tabulation and data entry, counting of postal ballot & Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS), declaration of results and follow up actions, including sealing of EVMs and others after final result.

The officials were intimated that counting will commence at 8.00 am. Whole counting process will be carried out in presence of the General observers, Returning officer and Candidates/election agents of all political parties of the district.

The polling was held on 11 April in first phase in the State. The counting is scheduled on May 23 at all district headquarter based counting centre

Block Level sensitization programme on Protection of Child from Sexual Offence

Mangan, April 27 (IPR): Two days long Block Level sensitization programme on Protection of Child from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act, 2012 and Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act, 2015 for stakeholders comprising of Anganwadi Workers (AWW), Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and government employee under One Family One Job was concluded today. The programme which was held at Block Administrative Centre (BAC) of Dzongu and Chungthang was organized by the District Child Protection Unit, North to build cooperation among stakeholders in the field of child protection and to make them aware on the Acts related to children and child protection mechanisms under Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department.

The District Child Protection Officer (DCPO), North, Ms. Wendy M. Lepcha, highlighted about the types of sexual offenses punishable under POCSO Act, 2012 and provisions for child friendly judicial process. She also informed that any person, who has fear of an offence under POCSO Act is likely to be committed or has knowledge of such an offence has been committed, he or she should provide such information to the Special Juvenile Police Unit/the local police. She informed to the participants about toll free 24/7 Childline number 1098 and for any assistance in child protection related issues, they may call the number or inform the office of the District child Protection Unit, North at Mangan Nagar Panchayat. She also requested the AWWs to sensitise the children about good touch, bad touch and alerted the ASHA workers to report on any illegal adoption/transaction of new born children from the hospitals as adoption has to be as per JJ Act, 2015.

The Chairperson, CWC, Mrs. Mingma Bhutia, shared about domestic violence affecting children and the provision of sponsorship, foster care and institutional care that could be availed by such children and other vulnerable children through Child Welfare Committee, North.

The programme was attended by the CDPO, Dzongu, BDO, Dzongu, CDPO, Chungthang and ICDS supervisors. They motivated their staff to work towards building a safe environment for the children in the district by being alert citizens

Coordination Meeting cum counselling for parents and students for admissions for Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) held at DAC, West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 26th April 2019 (IPR): A coordination meeting cum counselling for parents and students for admissions Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), Gerethang, West was held at the Conference hall of District Administration Centre (DAC), Rabdentse. Shri. Tushar G. Nikhare, SDM (HQ); Smt. T. Eden Bhutia, Addl. Director HRDD along with Smt. Sushma Mohra, Principal, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), Gerethang, West Sikkim.
SDM (HQ), in his address motivated the present students, while advising them on having dignity of labour towards studies and also encouraged them by informing about the learning opportunity that they should take full advantage. He also mentioned the importance of extracurricular activities while keeping academics as their main target.
Further, he urged the parents for their constant support and attention towards school activities. In similar context, he asked them to work cooperatively by engaging themselves in to productive activities in regards to make school and its environment better for the children.
SDM (HQ) asked the students not to indulge in activities like sloganeering & concentrate all their efforts in studies in this phase of their life. He also advised the Parents to cultivate habits of newspaper reading themselves so that their wards can emulate them. Also parents were asked to actively participate in SMC forums & contribute with their ideas & efforts for betterment of school.
Lastly, he concluded his address by advising the students on importance of performing well in academics, to which he informed that, it will fetch them with best opportunities in future.
The Addl. Director, HRDD informed and highlighted the necessary guidelines of the school, in regards to which she formally advised the parents of the students to go through guidelines of the school thoroughly and also to take good understanding of the norms disclosed in under taking forms without fail. Further she, strongly advised to disclose the illness of their wards, if they are suffering from any. She than asked parents to submit any kind of complains in written form addressing to Additional Director duly forwarded by the Principal.
After the program, filling of admission forms and relative information was also given by the Principal and the staffs of the school

Hon’ble Governor concludes his two-daylong visit to West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 25 Apr (IPR): Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad, on the 2nd day of his tour to West Sikkim visited the SSB Camp at Uttarey wherein he planted tree sapling prior to the short interactions with the SSB Jawans, Sikkim Sisters NGO, members of the Pawan Dristi Girls home and locals of the area.

In his address to the gathering present at the SSB Camp, he expressed his gratitude to the SSB jawans, the girls from home and officials for the programme prepared by them. He mentioned that the country is proud of the SSB Jawans’ duties and how they have kept the country’s borders safe.

He further congratulated the Sikkim Sisters NGOs for their contribution towards the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Parao’ campaign of the Prime Minister and raising the kids in a safe environment.

The Governor then distributed sweets and blankets to children of Pawan Dristi Girls home. Similarly, sweets and khadas were offered by the Hon’ble Governor to the Jawans as a form of gratitude for their services to the country.

He then visited Rainbow Trout Breeding cum Demonstration Farm Uttarey where he was briefed by the Director, Fisheries. Followed by his brief visit and interaction with the Students and teaching faculty of Dentam Senior Secondary School. He stated that he was filled with gratitude and awe to see so many students of Dentam SSS doing well in academics and extracurricular activities.

He mentioned in his brief address that the students are the future of a State and are ‘lumps of clay’ which needs to be molded and shaped in the best shape possible to keep the name of the state and society high. He also acknowledged the role of the teachers who are the tool to build the future if the state through their impartation skills of how well moral values and knowledge are stilled in the children by them. They are indeed the pushing factor which can help the students in the process of state and nation building.

During his two-daylong tour to West Sikkim the Hon’ble Governor released grants of Rs. 50,000/- to Pawan Dristi Girls Home. Similarly, a sum of Rs. 25,000/- from Raj Bhawan fund and Rs. 25,000/- personally by the Governor was given to the Dentam SSS Library.