Press Release from the office of BDO, Poklok-Nandugaon

Jorethang, 30 Aug: The first phase of Jal Shakti Abhiyan was conducted under the aegis of Block Development Officer, Poklok-Nandugaon, Mr. Tenzing Bhutia, today.

The programme consisting of various inter school competitions viz painting, slogan making, quiz and elocution on the theme ‘Water Conservation and Water Security’ was judged by the juries, Ms. Ripa Lepcha (Assistant Director-Education), Mrs. Namgyal Lepcha (Assistant Director-BAC), Mr. L.P. Pradhan (Assistant Engineer, BAC) and other BAC staff.

Six schools namely Dong JHS, Denchung JHS, Nandugoan SSS, Salghari SS, Tinik Chisopani JHS and Bhaisalgoan JHS actively participated in the event.

The students took part in the competitions with great enthusiasm. They made many meaningful and wonderful painting and slogans. It was indeed a treat to hear them come out with their unique and fearless points of view through elocution competition.

For quiz competition, all the school teams were well prepared and the competition was likely to be witnessed from all the members of each team. The students surprised the audience with their in-depth knowledge and information on Jal Shakti Abhiyan.

The competition concluded with the prize distribution followed by refreshment to all the participants and the accompanying teachers.

Health Department conducts training programme for media personnel on Suicides, Tuberculosis, Drug Abuse & Mental Health

Gangtok, 30 Aug (IPR): Health & Family Welfare Department organized a sensitization training programme on Suicides, Tuberculosis, Drug Abuse and Mental Health for media personnel at the auditorium hall of New STNM Multispecialty Hospital today.

The programme was commenced with a welcome speech by Dr. Sonam Lasopa followed by talks and elaboration on early identification of mental illness, current trends in suicide & reporting of suicide by Dr. Bibhusan Dahal, Psychiatrist.

He said that the youngsters are the most vulnerable group that commits suicides.

“Suicide is a condition/situation not an illness which can be prevented. The majority of people who commits suicide are between the age group of 15 and 19 years. Awareness has to be created among family members and friends on prevention of suicide. They should be very sensitive and observe the behaviors of the person who is inclined to commit suicide. The media, society and the community should work together to prevent this social evil,” he added.

Dr Bhawana, Medical Officer elaborated on the prevention and control of Tuberculosis. She informed about the DOTS or Directly Observed Treatment Short course which is the internationally recommended strategy for TB control that has been recognized as a highly efficient and cost-effective strategy.

Mr. K.C. Nima also elaborated on the role of Crises Centre Helpline and highlighted its activities such as:

  • 4 years in service attending 254 calls
  • Home Visits
  • Hospital Patient Attendant
  • Counseling in all Forms
  • Phone Answered in Three Rings
  • HELP! A CALL AWAY
  • Counseling to MDR Patients at New STNM Hospital
  • Strive to be the change.

He also urged media persons to aware the masses about the 24×7 Crises Centre Suicide Prevention Helpline Number i.e 18003453225/03592-202111 and 104 where anyone can call and seek for help.

The main objective of the programme was:

  • To create awareness among the general masses about prevention of suicide through authentic report released by media
  • To motivate students and people to create awareness among family, friends and peer group members on prevention of suicide

During the interaction session, discussions were made to improve collaboration with the health system and civil society and the need for broader and more effective reporting on TB.

Responsible reporting takes the opportunity to educate the public about suicide. There are many misconceptions about suicide, and the media can play a role in dispelling various myths.

The factors that lead an individual to commit suicide are usually multiple and complex, and should not be reported in a simplistic, dramatic or sensational way. Suicide is never the result of a single factor or event. Mental illness is a strong predictor of suicide.

Also, impulsiveness plays an important role. Mental disorders, such as depression and substance use disorders may influence a person’s ability to cope with various life stressors and interpersonal conflicts.

Cultural, genetic and socio – economic factors need to be taken into account as well. Almost always, it will be misleading to attribute a suicide to an individual event like exam failure or relationship breakdown particularly in circumstances where the death has not yet been fully investigated.

Suicide should certainly not be depicted as a means of coping with personal problems. The complexity of the act has a devastating impact for family members and friends, often leaving them searching for causes, wondering whether there had been signs they may have missed, mourning their loss, and feeling guilty, angry, stigmatized or abandoned.

Reports of suicide that explore some of these effects will further serve to educate the public. Avoid language which sensationalizes or normalizes suicide, or presents it as a solution to problems, perhaps more than anyone, media professionals recognize the importance of language in conveying nuanced meanings. Language which conveys that suicide is a significant public health problem will serve to educate the community. Such language should not sensationalize suicide.

Terms like ‘increasing rates’ should be used in preference to hyperbolic phrases like ‘suicide epidemic’, and caution should be exercised in using the word ‘suicide’ in headlines. Language that misinforms the public about suicide or normalizes it should be avoided, informed by the resource persons.

Cleanliness drive to be conducted every Friday at DAC Mangan premises

Mangan, 30 Aug (IPR): A cleanliness drive was conducted at District Administration Centre in Mangan today.

The cleanliness drive initiated by District Collector, North, Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon, and DFO (T), Shri Pempa T. Lachenpa, will be conducted every Friday from now onwards.

Volunteers from Forest Department, North, participated in the weeding out and gardening of the surroundings of the DAC.

Also present were, ACF, Shri Manil Kharel, ROs and BOs from the Forest Department of the district.

‘D’ category EVMs and VVPATs successfully shifted from Pentok to DAC Mangan warehouse

Mangan, 30 Aug (IPR): In compliance with the directions of the Election Commission of India, the North District Election Office successfully shifted ‘D’ category EVMs and VVPATs i.e., unused Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) during General Elections 2019 which was stored at earmarked strong room at Zilla Bhawan in Pentok to the District EVM Warehouse, District Administration Centre, Mangan today.

A total of 75 Control Units (CUs), seventy eight Ballot Units (BUs) and 67 VVPATs were shifted in the presence of State Nodal Officer, Election Department, Shri P.W. Lepcha, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Mangan, Shri Karma Thendup Bhutia, and Head Assistant, Election Department, North, Shri John Bhutia.

The whole shifting process was carried out under the surveillance of the Police personnel & authorized Government officials after opening the strong room at 11:00 A.M.

Later, the EVMs and VVPATs were kept according to their respected constituencies at warehouse.

The Strong Room was locked and sealed at 2:46 p.m. in the presence of SDM, Mangan and police personnel.

HCM chairs meeting with Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation at Tashiling Secretariat

29th Aug 2019: (IPR) Hon’ble Chief Minister stated that the department of Tourism is a business industry and it is the most important revenue generating department in the State of Sikkim.

In the continuation of the meeting with Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, the second day commenced with an elaborate information on Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Ecotourism which is located at Chemchey, by the Chief Administrator of IHCAE, Mr. D.N. Bhutia.

Mr. Bhutia informed that a centre like IHCAE is only operational in Sikkim and in Malaysia. IHCAE located in chemchey is the only institute in India where tourist guide training can be availed and adventure ecotourism along with leadership training is provided.

The Chief Minister suggested in developing homestay in Chemchey and to equip the youths to carry out the business area.
The Chief Minister also suggested to build a trekking route from Chemchey to Mainaam and build a camp site, which will add to the tourism destination and businesses in Sikkim. He said that these areas have scenic natural beauty which must be highlighted as a Eco tourist destination.

The Chief Minister put forth his wish to make Chemchey a hub to authorise certificated to mountaineers and to implement adventure sports like bunjre jumping, cycling and trekking in the area.

Secretary, Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. T. T. Bhutia gave a detailed presentation on hotels, homestay, tourist footfall, STDC and its activities, Heli Service, properties that are leased out by the department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, IHM, List of Schemes Sanctioned by the Ministry which are under works and that have been completed and Bhaleydhunga Skywalk Project.

The Chief Minister asked the Department of Toursism to build a standard policy procedure for all the hotels and homestays in Sikkim to bring under one umbrella.
He was informed that out of 1067 hotels that are registered in Sikkim only 135 pay GST, to which he asked the department to arrange a survey report from all the constituencies, execute needed measures on them and asked the department choose properties and give it to deserving beneficiaries.

The Chief Minister asked the department to adopt a village or an area to build model homestay as an example for other homestays to implement for quality outcome both from the proprietor and the guests. He assured to sanction primary supplementary fund for the development of homestays in priority. Further, He stated that allotment of homestays to the beneficiaries would be on the basis of progress in the sector but not on the basis of political choice like in the past which has led to total failure of the scheme.

He also suggested to upskill local tourist guides and to provide them with a uniform.

The Chief Minister suggested on revenue collection from star hotels that are registered within the department and to use manpower and work in co-ordination with all the departments that affect in the tourism business of Sikkim.
He asked the department to have proper assessment on tourist footfall which is a must to monitor security and generate revenue.

The Chief Minister asked the department to develop STDC properties at Rangpo, Bagdogra and Kolkata for proper revenue generation and increased productivity in terms of employees as well as tourism business. He assured to give incentives to all the employees for their hard work and increased productivity.

The Chief Minister ensured to give priority expenditures on projects so that it does not become a liability to the State Government.

The day also witnessed power point presentation ‘Suggestion on Tourism Department’ made by D.K.Chettri, OSD(CMO).

Others issues like Internet connectivity, enhancement of permit rates, construction of film & Television Institution, Tourist Guide Institution and amendment of lease deed were discussed on the meeting.

The meeting concluded with a presentation on Idea Illustration in Sikkim Tourism for Enhancement and Up-gradation of Tourism Sector in Sikkim, it’s Promotion and branding through use of Information & Communication Technology, by My. Bikash Basnet.

EDZP passes its Annual budget during the District Planning Committee Meeting

Gangtok, 29th August: (IPR) The East District Zilla Panchayat passed its Annual budget of Rs. 1132.24 lakh during the District Planning Committee Meeting held at the Conference Hall, EDZP today. The meeting was attended by Minister RDD Shri Sonam Lama as Chief Guest and was chaired by Adhyashya, EDZP.

During the meeting the Minister expressed his happiness to have met the Zilla Panchayat from all over the east district and also expressed his satisfaction over the plan and proposals placed by the concerned Zilla Panchayat members for the overall development of their territory. The Minister was also positive towards the various proposals of the Zilla Panchayat members which he said is targeted towards the benefit of the rural areas and the masses. He assured that the plan and suggestions placed during the meeting shall be taken up positively by the government. The minister further said that the government shall always try to develop the rural areas of the state and with the support of rural representatives and asked the zilla panchayats to come forward in support of the government for the betterment of the state. The Minister further added that the rural representatives will be given free hand in working in the villages and will not pressurize while working in the field. At the same time he asked the Zilla Panchayats to work honestly and diligently in the larger interest of the state. He assured the house that the government is working for maintaining proper coordination between Gram and Zilla Panchayat.

Adhyakshya, East District Zilla Panchayat in his address said the this District Planning Committee Meeting can be termed as a historical event as this is the first time that any minister has attended such meeting of the Zilla Panchayat. At the same time he thanked the minister for his presence. He further asked the representatives to recommend genuine cases for the approval of the government. He elaborated on the importance of Gram Sabha and District Planning Committee in passing the proposals meant for the rural areas.

The day long meeting discussed and unanimously passed the Shelves of Schemes under MGNREGA under East District, Gram Panchayat Development Plan for Pakyong Sub- Division, Estimate Budget for GMC, Estimate Budget for Rangpo Nagar Panchayat and Singtam Nagar Panchayat, discussed Schemes under 4th SFC 2019-20 (I and II Phase), EDZP and Schemes under 4th SFC 2018-19 Improvement Grant ,EDZP.

The meeting also included interactive session wherein Zilla Panchayats and the line department officials raised and discussed on various issues related to rural development.

Amongst others the meeting was attended by Upadhyakshya, EDZP, District Collector cum Sachiva, East District Zilla Panchayat, Commissioner, GMC, ADC, Development (Gangtok and Pakyong), Zilla Panchayat Members of East District, Block Development Officers of East District and officers from various line departments.