Residential Electrician Training concludes successfully at ITI, Gyalshing

Gyalshing, 30 Sept (IPR): Twenty-five-daylong Residential Electrician Training which had commenced on 06 Sept successfully concluded at Government ITI Gyalshing campus. The chief guest for the closing ceremony was District Collector, West, Shri Karma R. Bonpo, accompanied by Shri Om Prakash Singh, Deputy Commandant 72 BN SSB Yuksam and Principal ITI.

The DC West, in his address, congratulated the 25 trainees from different parts of Sikkim who had completed the 25 days long training successfully. He advised the trainees to expand the knowledge that they have gained in the training period and get enrolled in the Government.

ITI centers to enhance their skills further in order to be capable for the coming future. He also mentioned that as they have learnt they should make themselves more capable to achieve greater heights in the future.

The State needs self-sufficient and reliable youths who can make the State proud and Govt. ITI is an institute which caters to the need of empowering youths to be skilled and be self-reliant. He also mentioned that skilled workforce is the demand of the industries and hence they should be able to gather more experiences and skills in order to establish themselves.

He also enlightened them about the various avenues and opportunities available in India and abroad for which they should try. He also mentioned schemes and projects for the youths who are willing to do something in life.

Principal ITI also addressed the gathering under the similar lines and encouraged the participants to take part in similar training and make themselves self-sufficient.

The 25-daylong residential electrician training programme was organized by the 72 BN SSB Yuksam under the Civic Action Program North East Region. The main trainers for the training programme were Shri Sanjiv Ramudhamu and Shri Dhani Raj Rai (Faculty of Govt. ITI Gyalshing).

Poshan Maah campaign concludes in North district

Mangan, 30 Sept (IPR): Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department, North District, Government of Sikkim organized the closing ceremony of “Poshan Maah” campaign here at the conference hall of Zilla Bhawan in Mangan today.

It is to be mentioned, the entire month of September was celebrated as Rashtriya Poshan Maah (National Nutritional Month). This year the theme was Complimentary Feeding. Prime Minister’s Overreaching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment (POSHAN ABHIYAAN) is a multi-ministerial convergence mission with the vision to address malnutrition with the targeted approach by 2022.

The closing ceremony of Poshan Maah campaign was graced by Smt. Chungkipu Lepcha. The ceremony also had the presence of District Collector, North, Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon, Chief Medical Officer, North, Shri D.C. Sharma, Additional District Collector (Development), North, Shri Somnath Adhikari, POSHAN Abhiyaan, Mission Director, Phuchung Bhutia, ICDS, District Co-ordinator, North, Miss Sonam Wangmu, CDPO/Mangan, Smt. Lhanzay Donka Bhutia, CDPO/Chungthang, Smt. Sonam Laden Lachungpa, and CDPO/Dzongu, Shri Nedup Lepcha, Integrated Child Development Service, Supervisor, North, Smt Aruna Rai, BDOs, Accredited Social Health Activist workers, ICDS staffs, Anganwadi workers, teachers, parents and students.

Chief guest Smt. Chungkipu Lepcha, in her short speech, praised the efforts put up by the Aganwadi, ASHA and ICDS workers who are making the difference in the rural community by spreading awareness on leading a healthy lifestyle. Further, she said that this month long nutritional campaign was an eye opener for mothers and children in the community.

POSHAN Abhiyaan, Principal Director, Phuchung Bhutia apprised everyone about the importance of POSHAN Maah campaign as the previous nutritional programmes in the country had failed to bring any results. He informed everyone that POSHAN Maah is the world’s largest nutritional programme. The target of this campaign is to reduce stunting in children by 2% per annum.

DC/N, Shri Kaleon, in his address gave a brief outline of POSHAN Maah initiated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Congratulating the Aganwadi workers he said that the POSHAN Maah campaign has far reaching consequences on the country’s economy as healthy population leads to healthy economic growth.

Further, he said that the statistics of high numbers of stunted and anemic children in the district is alarming. He hoped that this month long nutritional campaign would bear fruits in the future and that this campaign will continue beyond this month.

CMO/N, Shri Sharma explained two types of nutrients (micronutrients and macronutrients) which is necessary for a person to lead a healthy life. He underlined the importance of having a healthy community as a society full of health issues only bring economic and social productivity loss. It was reported during the meeting that the main causes of malnutrition are 1) Inadequate intake and 2) Faulty diet habits. Shri Sharma hoped that the POSHAN Maah month will correct the faulty dietary habits amongst the general public in the district.

CDPO Mangan, Smt. Bhutia spoke on the first 1,000 days of baby’s life is a very crucial period where physical, intellectual and emotional development takes place. She emphasized to the general people to take care of new born baby right from birth to 2 years of age.

CDPO, Chungthang, Smt. Lachungpa gave a concise data on Anemia and its causes. She explained that the anemia is caused when a person’s body has decreased amount of Red Blood Cells and in order to tackle it a person can reach nearest health centre or ICDS centre to get Iron tablets, syrups, iron tablets for women and deworming tablets.

CDPO, Dzongu, Shri Lepcha spoke about Diarrhea management through the use of ORS packets which will be provided for free at any ICDS centres in the district. He urged everyone to boil the water before drinking. In addition, he said that proper hand washing technique plays a vital role in preventing diarrhea and others water borne diseases.

ICDS, District Co-ordinator, Miss Sonam Wangmu gave a report on the activities done by the ICDS during POSHAN Maah campaign. According to the report, there has been 1,622 activities and participation of 37,590 personnel in this campaign. These activities included Poshan Melas, school based events, recipe demonstration, village awareness programme, cleanliness drive, and community based events, hand washing demonstration, anemic camp and home visits.

On the occasion, Northern Bikers who participated in the POSHAN Maah bike rally in the district and the schools who actively participated on closing ceremony were felicitated by the organizing body.

Last Day for nominations at East for 24-Martam Rumtek & 27-Gangtok Assembly Constituency

Gangtok, Sept 30: (IPR) On the last day of filing nominations for the upcoming Bye-Elections, the following candidates have filed their nominations at the office of the Returning Officer, East district Shri Raj Yadav in the presence of the General Observer, Smt. Madhurima Baruah (Sen). The total nominations received today for 2 Constituencies was 14 out of which 8 nominations were received for 24-Martam Rumtek and 6 nominations was received for 27-Gangtok.

1. Nuk Tshering Bhutia – SDF- 24-Martam Rumtek
2. Sonam Tshering Venchungpa – BJP – 24- Martam Rumtek
3. Mingma Tshering Sherpa – SRP – 24- Martam Rumtek
4. Nima Lepcha – HSP- 24- Martam Rumtek
5. Passang G. Sherpa – Independent – 24- Martam Rumtek
6. Sonam Tashi Bhutia – Independent- 24- Martam Rumtek
7. Mechung Bhutia – Independent – 24- Martam Rumtek
8. Chewang Dadul Bhutia – Independent – 24- Martam Rumtek
9. Delay Namgyal Barfungpa – SNPP – 27-Gangtok
10. Yomg Tshering Lepcha – BJP – 27 Gangtok
11. Rinzing Ongmu Bhutia – SDF – 27-Gangtok
12. Song Tshering Lepcha – SRP – 27-Gangtok
13. Bhaichung Bhutia – HSP – 27-Gangtok
14. Karma Yenthen Chankapa – Independent – 27-Gangtok

Last Day for nominations at South for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency

Namchi, 30th September (IPR): On the last day of filing of nominations for Bye – Elections for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency Returning Officer (South) Mr. Ragul K. informed that a total of seven nominations were received from four candidates, today. The candidates filed their nomination papers to the RO were received in presence of General Observer Mr. Alak Kumar Saharia. After filing the nominations RO administered the oath of affirmation.

The names of the candidates are as follows:

1) Mr. Prem Singh Tamang , Party – Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM)
2) Mr. Kharka Bdr Rai, Party -Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM)
3) Mr. Moses Rai, Party -Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF)
4) Mr. Yadhu Kumar Rai, Party – Sikkim Republican Party (SRP)

Bihari Jagran Manch hands over donation for affected people of Tsong village

Gangtok, 30 Sept (IPR): President, Bihari Jagran Manch, Shri Swami Nath Prasad, along with General Secretary Shri Birendra Prasad, and Shri Varun Pandey called on Secretary to Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri S.D. Dhakal, at his office this afternoon and handed over cheque of Rs 1 lakh for Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

The Secretary to HCM thanked the Bihari Jagran Manch for their gesture and support which they have shown for the affected people of Tsong village of West Sikkim.

He also informed that the fund received will be utilised to build the houses of affected people from Tsong who were displaced by the landslide which occurred on 16 September, 2019.

Also present on the occasion were Special Secretary, Chief Minister’s Office, Mrs Tenzeen Kezom, and Joint Secretary, Ms. Karnitmit Lepcha.

Last day of filing nominations in East district for the upcoming Bye-Elections

Gangtok, 30 Sept (IPR): On the last day of filing the nominations for the upcoming Bye-Elections, the following candidates have filed their nominations till 1 pm at the office of the Returning Officer, East district, Shri Raj Yadav, in the presence of the General Observer, Smt. Madhurima Baruah (Sen).

  1. Nuk Tshering Bhutia – SDF- 24-Martam Rumtek
  2. Delay Namgyal Barfungpa – SNPP – 27-Gangtok
  3. Yomg Tshering Lepcha – BJP – 27 Gangtok
  4. Sonam Tshering Venchungpa – BJP – 24- Martam Rumtek
  5. Rinzing Ongmu Bhutia – SDF – 27-Gangtok

1st randomization of EVMs and VVPATs for ensuing Bye Elections 2019

Namchi, 29th September(IPR): The first randomization of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) for the upcoming Bye Elections for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency was held at the conference hall DAC in presence of Returning Officer South Mr Ragul K., representatives of political parties along with the elections officials today.

The entire process of randomizationion was done through EVM Management System (EMS) as per the directions of the Election Commission of India. In this session, the RO informed the attendees about the procedure of randomization of the EVMs and VVPATs.

After the randomization, the EVMs and VVPATs were shifted to the strong room set up at annex building DAC, South. In addition, 24×7 adequate security measures has been made for the strong room where the machines are kept and is guarded by armed forces. The fire emergency vehicles is also stationed at the strong room premises to avoid any untoward incidents. Further, CCTV cameras have been installed at different locations to monitor the movements.

In the South district, a total of 42 number of EVMs and VVPATs have been allocated to 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency.

District Level Workshop on Child Rights-cum-Formation of Block Level Child Protection Committees of North District

Mangan, September 29th : (IPR) The North District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) under Integrated Child Protection Scheme, Social Justice and Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim organized a day long District Level Workshop on Child Rights-cum-Formation of Block Level Child Protection Committees of North District here at DAC Conference Hall, Mangan today.

The programme had the presence of the District Collector, North, Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon, Chairperson, Child Welfare Committee (CWC), North, Smt. Mingma Doma Bhutia, District Child Protection Officer (DCPO), North, Smt. Wendy Lepcha, State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA), Project Officer, Shri Peter Rai, Police Personnel, BDOs from the District, Zilla Panchayat members and CDPOs.

The DC/N, Shri Kaleon acknowledged and appreciated the formation Block Level child protection committee in the district. He said that this workshop was very important for concerned stakeholders and the general awareness on child rights, sexual abuse and other laws which protects children must be spread among the general public so that most of the people can imbibe the legal lesson pertaining to the protection of child. He called the people to take the matter such as child sexual abuse and Child in Conflict with the Law very seriously.

DCPO/N, Smt. Lepcha gave a brief description on why there is a need to form Block Level Child Protection Committee in rural areas. Speaking on the subject, she emphasized on generating awareness on Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act and Juvenile Justice Act 2015 to the people of rural areas where reportedly child marriages and child sexual abuse have been appeared.

Smt. Lepcha mentioned the two categories of children who are given service by DCPU and CWC in the district. They are 1) Children in Need of Care and Protection (CNCP) and 2) Children in Conflict with Law (CICL). CNCP includes children who are orphans, surrendered or abandoned by parents/guardians. CICL includes children who are under 18 years of age who have broken the law.

The DCPO/N urged the gathering to actively participate in the fight against child sexual abuse and encouraged them to report such cases to the competent authority immediately. The toll free child helpline number is 1098. She also asked the BDOs to create child friendly GPUs in rural areas.

SARA, PO, Shri Peter Rai, gave brief information about fundamental principles of rules governing adoption in India. It was informed that the process of adoption of Orphaned, Abandoned and Surrendered (OAS) children included online registration by parents, verification from DCPU and SARA and the last process involving filing application from court to finally adopt the child.

CWC, Chairperson, Smt. Bhutia spoke on Child Welfare Committee and how it works. She further explained about protection, care and rehabilitation process by the Committee and the legal procedure in relation to Children in Need of Care and Protection.

Meeting regarding the Implementation of Solid Waste Management held at Rabdentse

Gyalshing, 28th September 2019 (IPR): A meeting with all ADC/Dev, SDMs, BDOs, MEO and DFO Wildlife/Territorial regarding the Implementation of Solid Waste Management, upcoming Swachhata Abhiyan programme on 2nd October 2019, Modalities of One Family One Job and Electors Verification Programme was held at the Conference Hall of District administrative Centre, Rabdentse.
The programme was commenced under the chairmanship of Justice A. P. Subba, Hon’ble Chairman for State level Environmental Monitoring Committee and District Collector, Shri. Karma R. Bonpo accompanied by Shri. Karma L. Lepcha ,ADC/W and Shri. Tushar G. Nikhare, SDM/HQ.

Addressing the house, DC explained in details about the solid waste management rule, 2016. He emphasized on sensitization and awareness of Gram Panchayats and public at large regarding proper management and segregation of waste right from sources till the Resource Recovery Centres(RRCs). He suggested the BDOs and present officials to start the segregation process from their office itself. He directed all BDOs to frame the Bye laws holding the special gram sabha and submit the action plan to DC office shortly. He also directed that all the GPKs should establish Commom Service Centres (CSC).
Informing about the 2nd October programme he said that the Swachhta Abhiyaan will be held across the district at all prominent tourist places.
Shri. Nikhare, SDM/HQ gave the demonstration on Elector Verification Programme (EVP) and hands on session on ERO NET to all the concern BDOs present.