Total tests conducted till date = 41069.
Total Active Cases = 404.
Cured & Discharged = 1220.
Deaths = 03.
Cumulative Total = 1627.
Total Covid-19 Positive Cases Reported today as per IDSP Report = 25 (16 on RTPCR, 5 on TruNat and 4 on Rapid Antigen Testing).
The break-up of Positive Cases on RTPCR:
1 from Gairi Gaon Tadong.
1 from STNM Hospital Staff who was on quarantine after completing COVID duty.
1 from Goli Ground Rangpo.
1 from Seti Pool.
3 from Ranipool.
3 from Saramsa.
5 from Basilakha area.
1 from Pakyong area.
The break-up of Cases on TruNat:
1 from Tamang Gumpa area, Sichey.
1 from Reshi Bazar West Sikkim.
2 from Saramsa.
1 from Mandi Bazar Rangpo.
The break-up of Cases on Rapid Antigen Testing:
1 from 32 No.
1 from Rangpo Screening Centre.(an employee of Teesta Urja Limited)
1 from Mandi Bazar Rangpo.
1 Police personnel, Rangpo.
(Sikkim daily health bulletin on COVID-19 as on 30.8.2020)

Education Department announces State Awards & Commendation Awards to teachers for 2020

Gangtok, August 30, 2020: Education Department, Government of Sikkim has finalized the names of 23 best performing teachers for conferment of Commendation Awards (15) and State Awards (08) for the year 2020. There are 15 Commendation Awards and 08 State Awards for this year. The purpose of Commendation Awards and State Awards is to celebrate the consummate efforts, relentless commitment and unique contribution of some of the finest teachers in the State and to honour them who, through their commitment and industry, have not only improved the quality of education but also enriched the life of the students. The State Award carries a certificate with a cash prize of ₹ 50,000 and the Commendation Award carries a certificate with a cash prize of ₹ 25,000.
As has already been announced that due to the current pandemic situation in the State and the nation, the celebration of Teachers’ Day on September 05 will not take place in the manner as was done in earlier. The celebration this year will be on virtual mode only. Conferment of these awards will take place at a later date in a suitable event and the date for such an event will be communicated once decided.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister Sri Prem Singh Tamang has congratulated all the awardees and has further mentioned that because of the hard work and outstanding performance of such dedicated and committed teachers, the State of Sikkim is able to perform better in the education sector. He has further expressed that these awards and commendations should inspire them to perform even better.
The Hon’ble Minister for Education Sri Kunga Nima Lepcha has expressed his congratulations and mentioned that being awarded is not only recognizing their efforts but also encouraging them in their all endeavours. He has further expressed his expectations that all other teachers will also get inspired by these awardee teachers.
The Additional Chief Secretary Sri G.P. Upadhyaya has also congratulated the awardee teachers. He has mentioned that apart from these 23 teachers at the State level, 02 more teachers have also been selected for National awards for teachers which is a great achievement. He also thanked the panel of officers of the Department for a fair and rational selection and recommendation of award winners to the Government.

DC West chaired a meeting with General Manager (NHPC)

Gyalshing, August 29 :(IPR)DC West, Karma R.Bonpo accompanied by SDM Soreng, RO.AD Soreng chaired a meeting with General Manager (NHPC) at Saagbari NHPC Conference hall, West Sikkim.
The meeting was discussed on a report about the number of twelve dwelling houses that are affected and under the threat of landslide after the incident of flooded Rangit river triggered on 5th August 2020.
DC West carried an hour-long talk with GM, NHPC and with the affected families. He said to constitute a committee for shifting of villagers and taking up onward action. He also listened to the grievances of twelve affected families and assured to provide compensation for their damaged property with a government job to one member each from 10 families on ‘One family One job’ and remaining 2 families a job in NHPC.


Total Tests Conducted till Date = 40515.
Total Active Cases = 404.
Cured & Discharged = 1195.
Deaths = 03.
Cumulative Total = 1602.
Total Covid-19 Positive Cases Reported at 8am today = 26 (11 on RTPCR, 4 on TruNat and 11 on RAT).
The break-up of Positive Cases on RTPCR:
1 from 32 No.
2 from Children Park. (containment zone)
1 from Sichey.
1 from Daragaon Below SNT colony.
1 from Chandmari.
1 from Pani House.
1 from Chota Singtam.
1 from Decheling area.
2 from COVID Care Centre in Paljor Stadium Gymnasium Hall. One was a catering staff and the other was a sanitization staff. The Centre has been contained.
The break-up of Cases on TrueNat:
1 from Forest Colony. He is reported to be an employee of NIC.
2 from Setipool.
1 from 32 No.
The break-up of Cases on Rapid Antigen Testing:
7 cases reported from Rangpo Screening Centre, the details of which is as follows:
1 case reported was a staff of Teesta Urja Limited Mangan.
1 was the staff of Pakyong Airport.
4 Police personnel.
1 person who was under Police custody.
Besides, 2 cases were reported from Melli Screening Centre. 1 was from Sribadam and the other from Dodak in West Sikkim.
2 cases were reported from CRH Manipal, that of a person from 32 No. and 1 from Metro Point, Tadong.
(Sikkim daily health bulletin on COVID-19 as on 29.8.2020)

Farmer’s Outreach Credit Camp held in South District

Namchi, 28th August (IPR): Hon’ble CM Shri. Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) attended the Farmer’s Outreach Credit Camp on the theme “Development Through Credit” organised by Department of Agriculture, Horticulture and AH&VS in coordination with Lead Bank, NABARD and RBI at the auditorium of Namchi Senior Secondary School today.
HCM attended the program in the company of Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Shri Lok Nath Sharma, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism and Commerce and Industries Shri. B.S Panth alongside Chairmans, Advisors, MLAs, Zilla Adhyaksha, Zilla Panchayats and Officials from CMO. The program also saw the attendance of DC South Shri. Ragul.K, DIG (Range)Shri. Pravin Gurung, Secretary to HCM Shri. S.D Dhakal, General Manager (GM) RBI Shri. Ravindra Sangvai, GM Sikkim Regional Office NABARD Shri. Diwakar Hedge, Secretary Agriculture Shri Rinzing.C.Bhutia, Secretary Horticulture Shri. M.T Sherpa, Secretary Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Shri. S.B Subba aside from officers and staff from Agriculture, Horticulture and AH&VS and a large number of bankers and farmers.
Addressing the program, Hon’ble CM announced that a sum of 13 crore rupees has been sanctioned under the scheme in phase 1 of the Development through Credit programme for beneficiaries of South Sikkim. He brought to light that the objective of the Farmer’s Outreach credit programme was mainly being initiated to boost the rural economy and agriculture sector through financial credit from various financial institutions which will offer monetary aid which in turn comes with various features and benefits for farmers all across Sikkim. Therefore, he urged the beneficiaries to utilize the said loans in a judicious manner for the right reasons and advised them on planning how to spend the money based on what resources will benefit them the most and keep their business running. The HCM also reassured the people engaged in agricultural practices that the entire credit process will require minimal documentation and will offer crop insurance coverage, along with subsidies on interest payments to the farmers. He further went on to add that the programme also goes to supplement PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Self-reliant India’ mission which focusses on self-reliance in key economic sectors and improves resilience to future geo-economic shocks particularly during pandemics such as COVID-19. Furthermore, he added that there is a tremendous potential for agri-tech startups to enhance rural livelihoods and reduce costs associated with climatic uncertainties and traditional farming practices. Consequently, he implored the youth of Sikkim to tap opportunities for Start-ups with its core as agriculture, horticulture and livestock development as it can be economically beneficial for them in the longer run. He also spoke at length about the need for the revival of small-scale cottage industries in Sikkim as it contributes towards increasing employment and economic development of a region.
Additionally shifting focus on the health sector of Sikkim, the HCM made a handful of announcements related to the health sector. He stated that there will be further respite for the patients suffering from kidney ailments as the State government will set-up dialysis units in sub-divisional level health centres after realising the current rise in the number of renal failures amongst Sikkimese populace. He updated that the dialysis units set up in District Hospitals at Geyzing and Namchi have so far been instrumental in helping a large number of dialysis patients in both the districts. Shri. P.S Tamang (Golay) also apprised the public that Sikkim shall very soon start the practice of bringing medical specialists and senior consultants from well-established hospitals to the District Hospitals of the state on a monthly manner to prevent patients from travelling to Siliguri and other adjoining areas. Similarly, he also affirmed the establishments of Mobile Village Clinics which will be fully equipped with well trained medical staff and other emergency services for the greater good of the public.
Hon’ble Minister Shri L.N. Sharma in his address informed that the main objective of the Credit Loan Mela is to strengthen the economic condition of the farmers as well as the State since 70% of the Sikkimese populace is dependent on agriculture and farming. He shared that this initiative of the State government focuses on development through credit and also asserted the need to boost the agricultural sector in order to achieve a relative growth in the GDP of the State. Further, the Minister also stated that Sikkim Organic Farming Development Agency (SOFDA) will be laying thrust on providing support and assistance to the farmers of the State in promoting organic farming to facilitate the farmers to double their income.
General Manager (Officer-in-charge), RBI, Gangtok, Shri Sangvai and GM NABARD Shri Diwakar Hedge also addressed the program wherein they both lauded the initiative of the State government towards encouraging farmers to seek financial assistance to enhance their agricultural productivity. The GM’s also informed the gathering that Banks have also initiated credit camps wherein bankers undertake a special initiative to promote financial literacy among the unemployed youths who are eager to engage in agricultural activities for a sustainable livelihood.
During the course of the program a total of 900 processed loans sanctioned to beneficiaries of South District was handed out duly maintaining social distancing norms to support various farming enterprises namely piggery, dairy farming, beekeeping, poultry farming and other allied agricultural practices.

HCM attended the National Sports Day Celebration in Namchi

Namchi, 29th August (IPR): The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang graced the National Sports Day event organised by the Sports and Youth Affairs (SYA) Department at Namchi DAC, Conference Hall today. The program had the presence of Hon’ble Minister Shri. Kunga Nima Lepcha, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Shri. B. S. Panth, Hon’ble Minister of Information and Public Relations Shri. L.N. Sharma, Chairpersons, Advisors, HoDs, Sports Person, Coaches and officials from the Sports and Youth Affairs Department.
This function was simultaneously telecasted via webinar (live telecast) at Gangtok, Gyalshing and Mangan in which Officials, sports players and coaches were in attendance.
Addressing, the occasion Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang extended his warm wishes on the joyous occasion of National Sports Day. He underlined the importance of playing various kinds of sports and informed that the youths of Sikkim should adopt playing one sport or the other so that they can be healthy, physically and mentally fit. He warmly remembered the past and present sports person and thanked them in paving the way for developing the field of sports in the state. He added that the youth to look at these sportspeople as an inspiration as they have represented the state and the country during various sporting competition. The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the Sikkim State Government has consistently supported in elevation of sports so that the players especially from the state of Sikkim can shine with their exemplary sporting ability and can bring about laurels.
Speaking about the pandemic and how it has affected the sporting events in the state the Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the department is looking into various e-sports events so that the sports players, coaches and fitness experts can continue with their activities. He added that post-pandemic sporting events shall be celebrated in a much grander manner. He also informed that sports in Sikkim will be improved and that the State Government will come up with concrete changes and for the same, he requested the sports players and the coaches to come with suggestions and feedback to enhance sports in the state.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister also presented a slew of announcements which he said will come into force after the approval of the Cabinet. Sports Job Reservation will be increased from the existing 2% to 5%. Different kinds of Sports Club to be established in the state the government will also award the 3 sports club.
Annual Sports, Inter-House and Inter-School competition will be made compulsory in the educational institutions. Talent hunt to be made mandatory in schools so that budding sportsperson can be identified and groomed. Running 1 mile in school to be undertaken every week. Playground in school to be mandatory and if Playground is unobtainable then the school staff need to adopt sports which require less space if the educational institutions will require equipments the State Government will provide the same.
With regards to coaches, they will also get a chance to train in their respective field and if needed exposure trip for them will be arranged by the government.
Rural Sports I and II will be held in all the locations the monetary fund shall be arranged by the State Government which will go via the Zilla Panchayat. Sports players will be encouraged to take part in nation level sports events varying from small scale to large scale events.
Regarding Bhaichung Stadium the Hon’ble Chief Minister said that it will be completed at the earliest. This stadium is filled with state-of-art equipment and will assist the sports players to play and practice in a world-class platform.
Speaking regarding the COVID-19 the Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the Sikkim State Government is prepared to tackle any challenges that this pandemic will pose. He also informed that a number of COVID-19 patients from Sikkim has been cured of this virus which was possible as the State Government in a short span of time took prompt action like establishing the first Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory. He also added that District Hospital of Gyalshing has recently installed its first Biosafety Cabinet and Truenat Machines. He said the State Government has arranged the various provisions to fight the virus and additionally informed that soon a Super Specialist will be visiting District Hospitals to strengthen the medical field and to attend the patients who are in dire need of medical attention.
Hon’ble Minister Shri. Kunga Nima Lepcha spoke about the objective of National Sports Day which he said is being observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dyan Chand. He said that Major Dyan Chand is popularly known as the wizard of hockey and brought home three Olympic gold medal. He advocated the youths and the sports players of Sikkim to follow his path and draw motivation from this great sports person that our country has seen. The Hon’ble Minister also spoke about the departments initiative especial during this time of the pandemic. He informed that the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs in collaboration with Sikkim Chess Association organized the North East States Online Chess Tournament 2020 which is the first of its kind in the North East. The tournament was played on the Lichess Application platform and Sikkim commendably stood second in the open competition. The Hon’ble Minister also updated that Sikkim has corporated the Fit India Movement.
Secretary SYA Shri. Kuber Bhandari highlighted the scheme and projects that the department has undertaken to date. He informed regarding online zumba class, online taekwondo class and other new and innovative ventures that the departments have taken to engage the public and to tackle the sedentary lifestyle caused by the pandemic.
The occasion also saw felicitation by the Hon’ble Chief Minister to various individuals who have dedicated their life for the enhancement of sports. The Hon’ble Chief Minister felicitated Shri. Palden Bhutia from Mangalbarey Senior Secondary School for his voluntary service by an individual in the field of Sports. Football and Boxing coach respectively Shri. Suren Chettri and Smt. Sandhya Gurung was accorded with respect. Smt. Gurung was given this fete at Gangtok which was telecasted through a webinar.
Similarly, Strength Lifter Shri. Pema Dorjee, Traditional and Modern Archery Coach Shri. Pujan Rai, Athletic Coach Shri. Ram Bahadur Subba, Athletic long-distance trainer Shri. Norchung Bhutia was also provided with respect in Gangtok by the department.
Likewise, four athletes Shri. Evan Thapa, Shri. Pema Tshering Sherpa, Shri. Rigyal Tamang and Smt. Rinchen Ongmu was also felicitated at Gangtok. These four athletes were collectively representing their various sporting field.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister also released a book titled ‘Biography of the first generation of eminent sports personalities of Sikkim”. Thereafter he along with the dignitaries released the ‘Annual report of Sports and Youth Affairs Department 2019-2020’.
Sports player Shri. Nirmal Chettri and Arjuna awardee Shri. Jas Lall Pradhan shared their valuable experience in particular with sports with the participants of the event.