SSCSOA felicitated 18 retirees

Gangtok, February 26th (IPR): Sikkim State Civil Service Officers Association (SSCSOA) today felicitated 18 retirees along with six newly inducted IAS officers and 17 officials who have been promoted to the rank of Under Secretaries.
It is to be mentioned that Sikkim State Civil Service Officers Association was registered and established in the year 1986 and has been working for the welfare of the State Civil Service (SCS)Officers.
During the felicitation ceremony, President(SSCSOA) Shri, Tshewang Gyachho went on to express his gratitude towards Chief Minister, Shri PS Tamang and the State Government for promoting SCS officers to the post of Special Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries and Under Secretaries.
He further informed that 44 Under Secretaries have been promoted to the post of Deputy Secretaries by the Government but there are still few from the same batch who are yet to be promoted. We are sure and hopeful that all such left-out officers would also be promoted soon, he added.
Further, he stated that the Association of SCS was inactive for a very long time but with the help and support of all the members the Association was revived in the year 2019.
He further mentioned that the executive members were duly elected and selected to the designated post of the Association and have been serving the Association since inception considering the welfare of all SCS officials.
He appealed to all the SCS officials across the State to be part of the Association with the idea of empowering the Association in the days ahead. He also informed that the SSCSOA is planning to institutionalize the best SCS “Officer of the Year” award very soon.
He said” We all are one family and there are many newly promoted officials serving at the Under Secretaries level wherein we feel hand holding of such newly promoted SCS officials from the Inspector, Office Superintendent position by the seniors is a must”.
Furthermore, he appealed to all the officials to be more sincere and dedicated towards their work and serve the welfare and larger interest of the public.
He lastly mentioned that as a servant of the public the officers must be truly devoted to the public and loyal to the Government and added that serving the Government meant serving the public at large.
It was also informed during the ceremony that the Annual General Meeting of the SSCSOA would soon be held at the earliest.

District Collector West chairs a meeting

Gyalshing, 26th February (IPR): A meeting pertaining to conducting various sports activities in schools under West District was held in the office of the District Collector, West, Gyalshing, today.

The meeting was chaired by the District Collector West, Shri Karma R. Bonpo along with ADC West, Mr. Agawane Rohan Ramesh, Additional Director/Education, Mr. K.C. Gyatsho, Deputy Director/Sports, Smt. Nickjey Lamu Bhutia, and Head Master/Middle Gyalshing Secondary School, Mr. Tashi Ongyal Bhutia.

DC West suggested preparing a precise school’s activities calendar and include every Saturday as sports day without getting the classes disturbed so as to imbibe positive sport spirit among students. He further suggested conducting interschool tournaments in the field of football, basketball and badminton based on conditions. He stated that interschool and block-level sports activities are very much important as the children will get a chance to showcase their talents.

DC West informed that fourteen basketball courts are under the project at West district and ground repairing will be done gradually. He also informed about the increase in sports centers with more sports activities in the days to come. Participation in sports contributes to improving academics with no time for the students to unacceptable activities, Shri Bonpo added.

A coordination meeting regarding the Sikkim Global Film Festival 2021

Gangtok, Feb 26th (IPR): A coordination meeting regarding the Sikkim Global Film Festival 2021 was held at the conference hall, Tashiling Secretariat today.
The meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim, Shri S.C Gupta and also had the presence of Advisor, IPR Department, Shri Birendra Tamling, Chairperson, Sikkim Film Promotion Board, Ms Pooja Sharma, Secretary, IPR Department, Smt Siphorah Targain, Director, IPR Department, Smt Benu Gurung, Joint Director, IPR Department, Shri Bishal Khawas along with senior officers from all line Departments.
The meeting was primarily conducted to discuss agendas and action plans for the forthcoming Sikkim Global Film Festival 2021 to be organized by the Sikkim Film Promotion Board under the IPR Department during the month of April 2021.
Various agendas including the date for program, venue, budget provision including nomination of Sikkim Film Promotion Board members and future actions to be taken were vitally discussed during the meeting.
Also, Sikkim Film Policy, Terms of Reference of SFPB and other important issues related to the prevailing COVID-19 situation were discussed at length.

Cyber Crime Workshop amongst children

Namchi, 26th February (IPR): An online safety workshop on the prevention of cybercrimes amongst children was conducted at DAC, Namchi by Sarvahitey a Delhi-based Non-Governmental Organization. This workshop is an initiative of DC (South) Shri. M. Bharani Kumar in collaboration with DCPO (South).

The workshop covered topics like Bhishing, Phising, Cyber Bully, adverse effects of hate speech and comments on social media platforms. The workshop also explored various preventive measures to protect from getting trapped in such crimes. Shri. Amit Gupta from Sarvahitey shared Helpline numbers, websites to register complaints in situations detrimental to the well-being of children so that a secure online environment can be established.

Girls from Namchi Mayallang Children’s Home were the participants of today’s workshop. It may be mentioned here that this is a first of its kind workshop held with the children to educate, protect as well as promote internet safety.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister visits Ralang Monastery

Namchi, 26th February (IPR): The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang along with his spouse Smt. Krishna Kumari Rai visited Ralang Monastery, today. They offered prayers at the Monastery for the well-being of the state and its people. His Holiness the 12th Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche also blessed them.

During their visit plantation of a sapling was also carried out by the Hon’ble Chief Minister and his spouse.

The concluding day of training programme of Presiding & Polling Officers-1

Gangtok, February 26th (IPR): The concluding day of the training program of Presiding and Polling Officers-1 for the upcoming Municipal Elections 2021 was successfully conducted here at East District Zilla Bhawan, Sichey today.

Additional District Collector, East, Shri Tushar Nikhare facilitated the training for the Polling and Presiding Officers. He was joined by Sub-Divisional Magistrate HQ, Shri Anand Sharma.

A total number of sixty-seven trainees attended the training today., out of which there were Thirty Presiding Officers and Thirty Seven Polling Officers.

The trainees were briefed about the importance of having a clean and efficient Municipal election.

Issues such as DOs and DON’Ts were explained to the trainees in detail. Information about the mechanism and workings of the EVMs and VVPATs was also explained.

The training also saw hands-on sessions where the trainees were allowed to get a first-hand experience on the EVMs.

PM-FME awareness programme at DAC, South

Namchi, 26th February (IPR): An awareness programme on ‘Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PM-FME) Scheme’ was held at the conference hall at DAC, today. Organized jointly by DAC, South and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Division, Commerce and Industries Department had Chairman, Farmer Welfare Board Shri. Phurden Lepcha as the Chief Guest was accompanied by Director State (MSME) Shri. Ravi Kumar, DC (South) Shri. M. Bharani Kumar, AD (MSME) Smt. Bimla Chettri, General Manager, DIC (S/W) Smt. Sukmaya Subba, General Manager (SBI) Shri. Amit Lamichaney and local entrepreneurs.
Chairman, Farmer Welfare Board Shri. Phurden Lepcha informed that this scheme aims to make India self-reliant by giving impetus to local manufacturing, the local market and the local supply chain. He also spoke about the objective of this scheme which can strengthen the capacities of the micro-entrepreneurs and that this scheme can assist the individuals to adapt from the unorganized sector to the formal sector. He also applauded the innovative ideas proposed by the young stakeholders and said that they should relentlessly work towards building up their occupation. He further asserted that the concerned department will aid in making their choice of profession a success as these young entrepreneurs can in future construct a mega-corporation that can employ other masses from the state.
Director State (MSME) Shri. Ravi Kumar informed that the initiative of the scheme is to encourage the micro-entrepreneurs of the state and to generate equitable entrepreneurial opportunities in rural as well as urban areas of Sikkim, particularly among the educated unemployed to become Self Employed by setting up Manufacturing, Services, Business and allied activities by availing the loan. He added that this scheme has been launched under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises (PM-FME) Scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme and aims to enhance the competitiveness of existing individual as well as the upcoming micro-enterprises. He also gave a short presentation on MSME whereby he highlighted the various potential possibilities that the budding individuals can build their business on, these business can vary from Organic Agriculture which can be Fruits and Vegetables, Floriculture, Ornamental Plant Nursery to Food Processing which can include pickle, juice making and many more. He also updated about the loan and other subsidies available with the department as a part of this scheme. He added under the PM-FME scheme, capacity building is an important component and the department will give necessary training as well.
DC (South) Shri. M. Bharani Kumar spoke about the various opportunities that the entrepreneurs can explore in the State. He cited examples such as developing homemade wines, face mask, sanitisers and others that the entrepreneurs can create a market and generate revenue as well.
AD (MSME) Smt. Bimla Chettri explained in detail how the masses will get the benefits from this scheme. She also spoke about the eligibility criteria and other documents to be submitted by interested participants.
During the course of the programme, an interactive session was so conducted in which the participants put forward their suggestions, queries to the officials from the department.