One-day Workshop cum sensitization to the Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committee of West District on AYUSH and its activities was organized by Sikkim State AYUSH Society at Zilla Bhawan

Gyalshing, Nov 30 (IPR): One-day Workshop cum sensitization to the Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committee (VHSNC) of West District on AYUSH and its activities was organized by Sikkim State AYUSH Society at Zilla Bhawan,Gyalshing, today. All Aganwadi workers under Gyalshing along with other members of the VHSNC participated in the programme. SPO,AYUSH MISSION,Sikkim,DRCHO from Gayzing District hospital and Doctors of Ayurveda,Yoga &Naturopathy were present as resource person for the workshop. The objective of the workshop was to sensitize the VHSNC about AYUSH and its activities in Sikkim,to know the common medicinal plants which are found in Sikkim and its uses in home remedies,Yoga and its benefits,to have a holistic approach towards disease prevention,treatment and adopt a healthy lifestyle. A session of Y- Break was demonstrated by Doctor of Yoga and Naturopathy wherein participants practiced 5 minute Yoga protocol to de-stress, refocus and refresh wherever they are working


Gangtok, November 30: A meeting on plastic waste management with special focus on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) was organized by the State Pollution Control Board Sikkim at the Sidkeong Tulku Conference Hall in Forest Secretariat, today. The meeting presided over by the Chairman SPCB Sikkim, Dr Thomas Chandy was attended by officials of SPCB Sikkim, Urban Local Bodies, Forest and Environment Department and other departments apart from the distributors of consumer goods, industrialists, leading waste management agencies of the country and representatives of small and medium enterprises.
Welcoming the gathering, Member Secretary, SPCB-Sikkim Dr. Gopal Pradhan stated that the purpose of the meeting was to generate awareness among stakeholders on the concept of EPR. He stated that EPR did not have the desired effect in the State so far, as there was a gap in the plastic waste generated and collected. He stated that Producers, Importers and Brand Owners (PIBO) had an obligation by law to collect the plastic waste generated by the products they introduced into the market.
Executive Environmental Engineer, SPCB Sikkim Shri Ranjan Rai made a power point presentation on the principles and stipulations of EPR in the proposed new law of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change which will take effect shortly.
In the interactions that followed the participants gave inputs about their experience on the working of the EPR mechanism and made suggestions to improve waste collection in the State.
Extended Producer Responsibility is a concept that is part of the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 which casts an obligation upon all producers, importers and brand owners to collect the plastic waste generated by the marketing of their products. The PIBOs are obligated to collect 100% of the plastic waste put out by them by 2023-24 and reuse and recycle most of this waste.
Dr Thomas Chandy in his closing remarks stated that there was a good opportunity for local entrepreneurs to enter the recycling business which is economically viable due to the thriving fast-moving consumer goods market in the State

2nd edition of Sikkim Global Film Festival scheduled to be held in the State from 10th to 14th December 2021

Gangtok, November 30 (IPR): Minister for Information and Public Relations Department, Shri Lok Nath Sharma, addressed a press conference at the conference hall of Tashiling Secretariat, today, about the upcoming 2nd edition of Sikkim Global Film Festival scheduled to be held in the State from 10th to 14th December 2021. The Minister was accompanied by the Chairperson, Sikkim Film Promotion Board (SFPB), Ms Pooja Sharma, and Secretary IPR Department, Smt. Siporah Targain.
Chairperson, SFPB, Ms Pooja Sharma, briefed the gathering about the array of events to be hosted during the Sikkim Global Film Festival, 2021 organised under the aegis of SFPB, IPR Department, Government of Sikkim, which will include open movie screenings from 10th to 14th December at MG Marg, Gangtok with a fashion show, cultural exhibition and art performances.
She informed that various eminent personalities from Sikkim who have contributed to mainstream Indian cinema will be honoured with awards in various capacities during the main event of the festival to be held at Manan Kendra on 11th December.
Likewise, various other artists and filmmakers who have given excellence in the film sector at the State level will also be awarded during the function, she added. The further informed that the event will also feature the distribution of awards to ten production houses along with various category awards for short film competition (Best Film), best films for the tribal, indigenous and regional film competition, 1-minute video competition and special awards for Documentary made in Sikkim, Best Short Film (International), Best Debut Filmmaker and Special Social Cause and short awareness film, etc.
The Chairperson further informed that investors and producers meet will also be held on the sidelines of the festival on 12th December that will aim at facilitating a great platform for the stakeholders to explore the film sector as a potential business avenue.
It was also informed that the Sikkim Global Film Festival 2021 will be attended by Bollywood Actress Malaika Arora as the star celebrity campaigner of the fest along with a host of star guests including Bollywood Actress Sayani Gupta, Singer Mohit Chauhan, distinguished Bollywood producers, renowned actors and filmmakers from Nepal, Darjeeling and Kalimpong.
Addressing the press conference, Minister Shri L.N. Sharma said that the Sikkim Global Film Festival 2021 will offer a platform for the young local talents to present their creative works to help them make a mark domestically as well as globally. He added that the importance of the festival extends beyond the development of the filmmaking sector as it will also highly influence the various aspects of tourism and hospitality, thereby boosting the economic development of the State.
Stressing on the importance of the scheduled investors and producers meeting in generating a better understanding of a well-connected network in the film industry, the Minister informed that around 20 contractors from the State have also been invited to participate in the meeting through the Contractors Association of Sikkim to evaluate the future prospects of film-related business opportunities.
The Minister expressed gratitude to Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang for supporting the film sector in the State by announcing various film-friendly schemes including the subsidy scheme of up to Rs 1 crore (as per Sikkim Film Policy) to international and national filmmakers who wish to shoot in Sikkim, which has led to the State being adjudged as the ‘Most Film Friendly State’ of the country at the 67th National Film Awards 2021. He further urged the line departments to work in tandem for the successful execution of the festival and appealed to all for their active participation in amplifying the global impression of the hospitality of the State of Sikkim.
Earlier, a board meeting of the SFPB was held at the conference hall of Tashiling Secretariat, which was chaired by the Minister in the presence of the SFPB Chairperson and the Board members, wherein a tentative report on the Film Festival was presented. The meeting was followed by a series of discussions and deliberations over the efficient flow of events during the festival

The inauguration of Nine houses under Sikkim Garib Aawas Yojana

Gyalshing, 30th November, 2021 (IPR): The inauguration of Nine houses under Sikkim Garib Aawas Yojana(SGAY) of Soreng-Chakung Constituency was done by the Chairperson (Agriculture and Horticulture Department), Shri C.K. Rana, today under the Soreng Sub-division. He was accompanied by the BDO (Soreng) Smt Sabina Subba and the respective ward Panchayats. Shri Rana also gifted blankets to the beneficiaries on behalf of Shri Aditya Golay, MLA (Soreng-Chakung).
All the beneficiaries expressed their gratitude and thanked the Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang for being to able to access such schemes.
The beneficiaries names are as follows:
1. Shri Bikash Gurung – Arubotay Chotasamdong GPU
2. Shri Bijay Tamang- Mangsari Mangerjung GPU
3. Shri Mangal Singh Subba- Karthok Bajek GPU
4. Shri Nar Bahadur Dahal- Timberbong GPU
5. Shri Ong Tshering Lepcha- Timberbong GPU
6. Shri Bimal Chettri Ghimiray- Timberbong GPU
7. Shri Kumar Pradhan- Timberbong GPU
8. Shri Krishna Bahadur Gurung- Singling GPU
9. Shri Damber Bahadur Gurung- Singling GPU

ASHA Sammelan 2021, organised by All Sikkim ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) Welfare Association in collaboration with Health and Family Welfare Department was held at Manan Kendra

Gangtok, November 30(IPR): ASHA Sammelan 2021, organised by All Sikkim ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) Welfare Association in collaboration with Health and Family Welfare Department was held at Manan Kendra, today.
Chief Minister, Shri. Prem Singh Tamang graced the function as the Chief Guest.
Minister for Education Department, Shri. Kunga Nima Lepcha, Political Secretary to CM, Shri. Jacob Khaling, Advisor Health Shri. K. B. Gurung, Mayor GMC Shri. Neel Bahadur Chettri, Deputy Mayor GMC, Smt. Tshering Palden Bhutia, DG cum Health Secretary, Dr.Pemba T Bhutia, Advisors, Chairpersons, Additional Political Secretaries from all the four districts, DIG, Superintendent of Police, Officials from Health Department and ASHA workers of all the four districts were present at the function.
The Chief Minister in his address extended his congratulations for organising this historic convention for the first time and gratitude to all the ASHA workers for their sincere work. He mentioned that ASHA means hope and that the Sikkimese people place their hopes and expectations towards them for their work, assistance and support as they are directly involved with the grassroots people. He also mentioned that without the support of ASHA workers, it would have been difficult to manage the COVID-19 pandemic during its 1st and 2nd waves in the State.
The Chief Minister mentioned that health remains a top priority sector for the State Government and the government has been working relentlessly to upgrade and bring reforms for its growth and development for the convenience of the public. He apprised the gathering about the implementation of various schemes, policies and new infrastructure in the health sector during the years from 2019 to 2021. The Chief Minister also assured to enhance economic facilities for the ASHA workers in the future.
He concluded his speech by extending his gratitude to ASHA Association for the felicitation and honour conferred to him.
DG cum Secretary Health in his address mentioned that Sikkim has 667 ASHA workers and they have implemented various new schemes in the villages of Sikkim. He mentioned that currently, ASHA workers are supporting the immunization/ vaccination drive in villages amongst many other activities and that they are an integral part of the Health Department family.
Earlier, Welcome Address was presented by General Secretary, All Sikkim ASHA Welfare Association.
During the programme, a district-wise presentation was given by ASHA representatives, followed by a felicitation of eight ASHA workers by the Chief Minister.
The programme also saw various cultural performances by the ASHA workers