Announcements made by Hon’ble Chief Minister during meet with Council of Ministers

Gangtok, 27 Jun (IPR): In a meeting held at Tashiling Secretariat with the Council of Ministers, Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) announced the following:

1. Setting up of Commission for Identification of genuine BPL families for formulation of suitable schemes for them. Also Identification of BPL families among business community. The Commission has to submit report within 90 days.

2. Waiver of mutation fee on ancestral land while registering in the name of siblings.

3. Teaching fraternity acquiring higher qualifications will be made eligible for applying for higher posts. This would give a great boost to the morale of the teachers.

4. Laptop to Sikkimese students studying in private Colleges and Universities in Sikkim.

5. Land donor of Government schools will be provided job as per their qualification.

6. Salary of Primary and Jr. High School teachers and staff members will be disbursed from their respective BACs.

7. Reinstate of old Academic Annual School calendar from next academic session.

8. All syndicate and taxi stand will be handed over to Taxi Driver Association.

9. Online booking system of registered taxi to be introduced in coming days.

10. Motor vehicle tax payment:

Motor vehicle tax with provision of payment option for one year and five years. This facility will provide more option to the public as per their will -annually or one time for 5 years to be introduced very soon.

  • Online payment system:

Online payment of motor vehicle tax with an option of payment annually and one time for five years will be made operational very soon.

With the introducing of this new system it would allow the public to pay their vehicle taxes online sitting at home in addition to the existing services. With this reform it will not only provide easy service but also save lot of energy and time of the public.

Further, in the coming months the Transport Department, Government of Sikkim shall take steps towards more online citizen centric services like online vehicle registration, transfer of ownership, fitness, online permit in 2nd phase.

11. Online system to be introduced for registration and mutation of land in coming days.

12. Online payment of utility bills (Electricity, Sewerage, water and garbage) will be introduced in coming days in the state.

13. Online trade license registration and renewal payment system will be introduced in the coming days in the state with an option of payment annually and one time for five years.

14. E-services to be introduced through e-district project in the coming days and subsequently the online facilities to be provided in all GPUs.


Gangtok, 27 Jun (IPR):

  1. Declared Saturday as a gazetted holiday for care and cure.
  2. Enhanced the salary of MGNREGA from Rs. 177 to Rs. 320 for semi skilled workers and Rs. 335 for skilled workers.
  3. Approval of the government for the appointment of 170 numbers of Sanskrit Graduate Teachers in all Secondary and Senior Secondary schools in the state under Rastriya Sanskrit Sansthan.
  4. Regularization of Service of 382 employees of National Health Mission for all categories.
  5. The bus conductor of SNT has now started getting a seat in a bus which was deprived earlier.
  6. Weekly permit is introduced for the taxi on payment of Rs. 100/= (Rupees one hundred), however the taxi used to get one day permit with the same fee.
  7. Granted option of graceful retirement to all the officers who were given Extension/Re-employment.
  8. The departments have been directed for shifting of Government Offices running in private buildings to Government owned premises.
  9. Replaced Special Task Force by IRB and Sikkim Police for the security of Hon’ble Chief Minister.
  10. Removed pilot vehicles which were assigned to the Ministers except Dy. Speaker, Speaker and the Hon’ble Chief Minister.
  11. Replaced expensive vehicle with Scorpio for the use of Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers.

Awareness & health camp for Scheduled Caste persons of West district conducted successfully

Gyalshing, 27 Jun (IPR): National Scheduled Castes Finance Development Corporation (NSFDC) in collaboration with Government of Sikkim organized an “One day Awareness-cum-Health Camp for Scheduled Castes Persons of West District” at the Community Hall in Gyalshing.

Chairman-cum-Managing Director, NSFDC, Delhi, Shri Shyam Kapoor; District Collector (W), Shri Karma R. Bonpo; Managing Director, (SABCCO), Sikkim, Shri Kayzang Chhophel; General Manager, NSFDC, Delhi, Shri C. Ramesh Rao; General Manager, NSFDC, Delhi, Shri Rajesh Bihari; CEO, Mahavir International, Usha Kapoor; SDM(HQ), Shri Tushar G. Nikhare; and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The NSFDC was set up in 1989 as a “Company not for profit” under Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013 with the objective of financing income generating activities of SC beneficiaries living below Double the Poverty Line limits (presently Annual Family Income Rs.98,000/- for Rural Areas and Rs.1,20,000/- for Urban Areas). NSFDC assist the target group by way of loans, Skill Training, Entrepreneurship Development Programmes and Providing Marketing Support through State Channelizing Agencies (SCAs), RRBs, Public Sector Bank & Other Institutions.

District Collector, West, Shri Bonpo, exhorted the gathering present on the occasion to make full use of these schemes made available by the NSFDC. He particularly emphasized on investing on tourism sector which has been ruling the market of Sikkim flawlessly. He also assured to sensitize the Panchayats and spread the information to the public generally. He expressed gratitude towards the NSFDC for organising such programme in the district.

During the medical camp, doctors including general physician, eye specialist, gynecologist were available for free consultation and tests such as blood sugar test, eye test, ECG, etc. were also available. Medicines and spectacles as required were distributed free of cost.

Managing Director, Shri Shyam Kapoor, and General Manager, Shri C. Ramesh Rao, also addressed the gathering and has apprised about various schemes being run by the Corporation for the welfare of Scheduled Caste families.

Some of the beneficiaries share their life changing experiences and suggested availing the facilities for a better tomorrow.

West district gears up for Measles Rubella vaccination campaign

Gyalshing, 27 Jun (IPR): Measles Rubella ( MR) vaccination campaign for 090-15 years children will start from 29th July 2019. The first two weeks of the MR campaign will be conducted in schools and there after, next two weeks will be conducted in facilities and communities. The meeting and sensitization training of Principals, Block Development Officers and School Nodal Teachers are being carried out by the District and Block PHCs.

Once the Principals and Teachers are trained, the schools will conduct Parent-Teacher meeting on MR campaign. The main objective of the campaign is to eliminate Measles and Rubella cases from India by 2020 as informed by Chief Medical Officer, West, Dr. T.N. Bhutia.

Director General of Border Roads calls on Hon’ble Chief Minister

Gangtok, 26 Jun (IPR): Director General of Border Roads (DGBR), Lieutenant General Harpal Singh, AVSM, VSM, called on Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) at his office at Tashiling Secretariat today.

The meeting was in connection with the inspection/review of progress of on-going strategic infrastructure works on Eastern Border and road network of North Sikkim.

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed in the capital

Gangtok, 26 Jun (IPR): “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” was observed at the State capital in Chintan Bhawan today.

Organised by Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim, the celebration had the presence of Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare and Health Care, Human Services & Family Welfare Departments, Dr. M.K. Sharma, as chief guest.

Also present on the dais were Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, ACS-cum-Secretary, HRDD, Shri G.P. Upadhyaya, Principal Secretary, SJEWD, Shri K. Srinivasulu, and Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Health, Shri Vishal Chauhan.

The international level celebration had the participation of stakeholder departments like the HC,HS and FWD, HRDD, Police Department, State Legal Services Authority and various NGOs.

The programme commenced with the presentation of silk scarves and flower bouquets to the guests on the dais and ceremonial lighting of lamps by the chief guest and other dignitaries after which Principal Secretary, SJEWD, Shri Srinivasulu, delivered the welcome address where he thanked the dignitaries for gracing the celebration which further cements the resolve to tackle the menace of drug abuse and trafficking in the State.

Chief guest, Dr. M.K. Sharma, in his address stated that this problem needs to be handled with sensitivity and not treated as a taboo in the society. He took time out to reflect from his past experiences where many a times, drug abuse is treated as a heinous mistake and the abuser is treated with stigma even by their near and dear ones, which causes the situation to become even more grave than it actually is.

Hence, he called for active and non-discriminatory action from the society, friends and families of the victim which will encourage them to seek help and counseling and set sights on the path to recovery. He stated that drug abuse is a vicious cycle and all of us as conscious citizens need to come together to break this cycle.

The Minister acknowledged that one needs to first understand the reasons for an individual to fall prey to this menace and effectively prevent it instead of focusing on various curative measures as this is a completely preventable matter he stressed. He highlighted the importance of family, friends and the society in helping the victim overcome this obstacle as this close circle is the first check point that plays an extremely vital role in preventing an individual from falling into this trap of drug abuse.

He commended the wonderful job that the NGOs are doing in helping rehabilitate and reform victims of drug abuse and trafficking and also acknowledged the sluggish pace of government mechanisms in this respect and resolved to bring in more progressive reforms and actions to completely curb this problem plaguing the State.

Dr. Sharma concluded his address with commitment and utmost positivity stating that with collective and careful efforts, the State shall successfully overcome this problem effectively and remove its existence right from the root.

Chief Secretary, Shri Shrivastava, in his address to the gathering stated that the State is no longer causal about the problem of drug abuse and illicit trafficking and expressed positivity that this problem will be tackled with utmost professionalism. He stressed on the need to raise consciousness and increase awareness on this matter and brought attention to the role of the society in combating this problem.

The CS also spoke on the various laws that are in place nationally and internationally that focus on handling the offence in a holistic manner which provides fir reform and rehabilitation to the victim. He called for strengthening the society to effectively grapple this issue and eliminate it.

The function also saw various presentations being delivered by Head of Departments and representatives of stakeholder government departments and NGOs namely:

  1. Secretary, SJEWD, Dhan Jyoti Mukhia
  2. Commissioner cum Secretary, HC,HS & FWD, Vishal Chauhan
  3. SCERT Coordinator Ranju Pradhan, from HRDD
  4. Member Secretary , Suraj Chettri, from State Legal Services
  5. DIG Range, Sonam Tenzing, from Police Department
  6. KC Nima from Freedom Home and Uday Rai from Serenity Home NGOs.

Earlier, housemates of Freedom Home NGO presented a welcome song which greatly instilled a sense of encouragement and consciousness amongst all present.