Winter Coaching Camp 2020

Gangtok,31st Jan (IPR) : A month long Winter Coaching Camp 2020 organized by the Sports & Youth Affairs Department successfully concluded today at Palzor Stadium.
Hon’ble Minister for Forest & Wildlife Management Department, Shri Karma Loday Bhutia attended the closing day of coaching camp as the chief guest and Political Secretary to HCM, Shri Jacob Khaling as a guest of honour.
In total 340 children had participated in this winter coaching camp in five disciplines (Badminton, Basketball, Football, Karate and Taekwondo).
Addressing on the occasion, Minister, Bhutia appreciated the interest of the parents who manage to send their kids for the camp and said that this camp would definitely bring positive impact in their lives in the long run. He encouraged the children to excel in field of sports along with the academic.
Khaling while extending his gratitude to the Sports & Youth Affairs department for have successfully concluded the camp and also informed that government under the leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri P.S Tamang is committed to bring overall development in the field of sports with world class infrastructure and more tournaments in various disciplines.
Secretary, Sports & Youth Affairs, Shri Kubir Bhandari speaking on the occasion informed that the department is conducting District level women football league for the first time from March 2020. Further, he informed that the department of Sports and Rural Development Department jointly organizing GUP level sports meet from 25th Feb 2020 to 29th Feb 2020 throughout the state.
On the occasion, Sikkim football team along with the Manager handed over the runner- up trophy of Dr. T Ao Cup held at Kohima, Nagaland recently to the Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs.
The closing day also saw the demonstration of different sports by the students, distribution of token to the coaches and certification to the children by the chief guest and guest of honour.

State Level Workshop on Jal Jeevan Mission

Gangtok, January 31(IPR): A day-long State Level Workshop on Jal Jeevan Mission was conducted here at Manan Kendra, Gangtok, today.

Jal Jeevan Mission is an initiative taken by the Government of India to provide Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to every rural household by 2024.

The workshop was organised by Rural Development Department, Government of Sikkim in collaboration with stakeholders of the state to share the importance of conservation of water. The main objective of the programme was to disseminate the Government’s water mission scheme to rural governing bodies of Sikkim.

The workshop was attended by Minister for Rural Management & Development, Panchayati Raj & Cooperative and Ecclesiastical, Shri Sonam Lama, Representative from Jal Shakti Mission, Government of India, Shri A. Muralidharan, Principal Secretary, Rural Development Department, Shri C.S. Rao, District Magistrates from all districts, Additional District Collectors (Development), SEs, AEs, JEs, Zilla Adhyaksha from districts, Government officials from various Departments, Panchayats and Zilla Panchayats.

Minister Shri Sonam Lama in his short address hoped that the mission to provide water to every household will be a successful mission. He urged the rural governing bodies to use natural spring water to implement water mission for continuous in their respective areas and requested coordination of all line departments to serve the people of Sikkim.

Shri Muralidaran in his address talked about importance of conserving water due to alarming reports of depletion of water supply in rural areas of India. He stated that it was the vision of Prime Minister, Shri.Narendra Modi in the form of Jal Jeevan Mission to provide sufficient water supply to the rural areas. It was reported that it is the largest water supply mission in the world.

Shri Muralidaran gave a brief note on Trinity programme under the mission to provide infrastructure, sustainability and grey water area. He reminded that the District Magistrate play a big role in the mission as the Chairman of Water Mission in their respective districts. After concluding his speech, he interacted with the stakeholders

During the workshop, the role of Panchayati Raj Institution for Water Mission was also propagated.

Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad granted an audience to representatives and students of Sikkim Lepcha Youth Association (SLYA) at Raj Bhavan

Gangtok, 30th Jan (IPR): The Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad granted an audience to representatives and students of Sikkim Lepcha Youth Association (SLYA) at Raj Bhavan.

Hon’ble Governor interacted with school students of Lepcha and other communities of class X and XII who are undergoing winter coaching camp organized by SLYA in collaboration with the State Education Department for final year students of Class X & XII. The association has been encouraging such coaching camps since 1997.

Encouraging the young minds, in his speech Hon’ble Governor urged the students to inculcate the competitive spirit in them so that they can equate themselves at par with the other students as several institutions provide a wide range of opportunity.

The Governor also handed over a cheque of Rs. 51 thousand to the association as a discretionary grant from Raj Bhavan. He further announced to sponsor students of Lepcha community excelling in board exams.

Hon’ble Governor expressed his gratitude to the association for their initiatives and encouraged them to organize more such coaching camps across the State in the near future.

During the programme, Hon’ble Governor also felicitated teachers and members of the association and students of coaching camp who shared their experiences.

As a token of gratitude, SLYA offered Lepcha musical instrument ‘Tungbuk’ to the Governor.

The function also witnessed participation of Addl. Secretary, Thakur Thapa, Officials of Raj Bhavan and representatives of the association.

A meeting of HCM with MD, NCDC on development partnership with Cooperatives of Sikkim through NCDC was held in Sikkim House, New Delhi

New Delhi, 30th Jan: ( IPR) A meeting of Hon’ble Chief Minister Sikkim Shri Prem Singh Tamang with MD, NCDC on development partnership with Cooperatives of Sikkim through NCDC was held on 30.01.2020 in the Sikkim House, New Delhi. The meeting was attended by senior officials from Govt. of Sikkim and from NCDC.
After the felicitation of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang and welcome by MD, NCDC, a release of a document on “NCDC IN SIKKIM” was made by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang on the occasion. A presentation on the NCDC, its schemes, strategy to develop cooperatives with special focus on opportunities and possibilities to finance projects of Rs.3000 crores for Sikkim for cooperatives was made by MD, NCDC.
In the deliberations, MD, NCDC highlighted the mega projects by NCDC in the recent past for Dairy, Piggery and other Livestock projects in the North-Eastern states of Meghalaya and Nagaland with the support of state governments. MD, NCDC also assured the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang that NCDC can assist the Sikkim govt. for cooperatives in all possible ways and at all levels.
It was also added that Sikkim being a pioneer state for organic produce, the issues related to marketing, branding and tie-up with ASEAN countries for high-value realization can be made possible through a cooperative model of business and value chains. NEDAC, an international platform for Asia and Pacific countries for strengthening agricultural cooperatives, can also help in this tie-up in case the state govt. takes up its membership.
Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang agreed to the observations of the MD, NCDC and highlighted that the areas of the tourism especially homestay, fisheries particularly trout fish, dairy, marketing of organic agriculture products like honey, ginger, cardamom are the immediate priorities and focus areas of the state govt. The state govt. has already initiated a scheme to incentivise the farmers to increase production in fisheries, dairy and agriculture. He expressed his keen desire to seek appropriate financial assistance for scaling up of these activities from NCDC being Govt. of India statutory organisation. He also showed his interest in MoU with NCDC to be finalized before budget so that adequate provisions can be kept in the state budget to implement the identified activities in cooperatives through NCDC lending. Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang suggested holding a meeting in Sikkim shortly with the Chief Secretary and his team of Head of relevant departments and MD, NCDC to work out the specific plan for cooperative development and associated lending by NCDC. It was brought out by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang that ‘seeing is believing’ and in this spirit, a team of senior officials and personnel from the cooperative sector of the state may be taken on field visit to Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to study successful cooperative societies in the priority areas for possibilities of cooperative development in Sikkim.