Press Release

Namchi District, Sikkim
Namchi, 31 March : District Administration, Namchi and JNV South Sikkim calls for making Pariksha pe Charcha, a public movement to ensure stress-free exams.
5th edition of the Prime Minister’s interaction programme ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ to be held on 1st April, 2022.
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Crores of students, teachers and parents from India and abroad to participate virtually.
Around 15.7 lakh participants registered enthusiastically for the creative writing competition.
31st March, 2022
Namchi
Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will be interacting with the students, teachers and parents all over the world during the 5th edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha on 1st April, 2022. Pariksha Pe Charcha is a much-awaited annual event in which the Prime Minister responds to questions related to examination stress and related areas posed by students in his uniquely engaging style in a live programme.
This year’s PPC is important in wake of the country coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and exams shifting back to offline mode. The 5th edition will be held in New Delhi in a town-hall interactive format from Talkatora Stadium at 11 am. Crores of students, teachers and parents from India and abroad will be participating.
Pariksha Pe Charcha is part of the larger movement – ‘Exam Warriors’ – led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to create a stress-free atmosphere for youngsters. It is a movement that is driven by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to bring together students, parents, teachers and the society to foster an environment where the unique individuality of each child is celebrated, encouraged and allowed to express itself fully.
The event will be live telecast on Doordarshan (DD National, DD News, DD India), radio channels, TV channels, digital media including YouTube channels of EduMinofIndia, narendramodi, pmoindia, pibindia, Doordarshan National, MyGovIndia, DDNews, RajyaSabha TV, Swayam Prabha

The Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang has extended his warm greetings and respects to H.E. Swami Bal Tapaswi Satguru Om Nanda Jyu

Gangtok, March 31 (IPR): The Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang has extended his warm greetings and respects to H.E. Swami Bal Tapaswi Satguru Om Nanda Jyu (Master God Angel ,Guruhajur) on the occasion of his Birth Anniversary.
The Chief Minister has also prayed for his long life, wishing that the light of his wisdom continues to guide the people. He added that the teaching of Guru Hajur serves as an inspiration for all and may he continue to spread joy and happiness in the lives of the people

The Sikkim Legislative Assembly passed the General Budget of Rs. 10,116.11 crore for the financial year 2022-23 on the third day of the Sixth Session of the Tenth Assembly

Gangtok, 31 March (IPR): The Sikkim Legislative Assembly passed the General Budget of Rs. 10,116.11 crore for the financial year 2022-23 on the third day of the Sixth Session of the Tenth Assembly (Budget Session 2022-23) of the SLA today.
During the discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the Governor’s address and general discussion on Budget 2022-23, both of which were presented in the House on the second day of the Budget Session on 29th March 2022, several questions were raised by the various MLAs in the House.
In reply to concerns put forth by MLAs, Shri D.R.Thapa and Shri D.T. Lepcha, with regard to the unprecedented economic impacts faced by the tourism stakeholders owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chief Minister, also the Leader of the House, Shri Prem Singh Tamang, informed that the State government has undertaken major programmes for this financial year. The State government will organize Sikkim-Global Investment Confluence and Visit Sikkim-2022 as an abode of green investments in the State. Likewise, the State government has already identified the High-Value Tourism Corridor and is working to implement the projects. Under the Mega Home Stay Project, 1000 traditionally designed homestays will be built by the Government.
With the query set forth by MLA Shri D.R. Thapa for the conservation budget on traffic, the Chief Minister informed the House that the State government has already submitted a proposal for the rope-way project in PPP mode with the Centre. Also, all the possible alternate routes that are being proposed for decongesting the roads in the capital have been brought into effect to mitigate the traffic problem troubling the State capital.
Regarding the steps taken by the State Government to provide seats to the Limboo Tamang communities in the SLA, the Chief Minister informed the House that the State government’s firm resolve to get the LT seats has been indicated through its constant negotiations with the highest authorities in the Centre.
Replying to the query put forth by MLA Shri Sonam Venchungpa, the Chief Minister informed the House that the State government is positively considering all efforts to make it convenient for the 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim. A sum of 1 crore rupees has been allocated in the budget this year for it. The State Government has left no stones unturned in pursuing the matter.
Replying to the queries raised by MLA, Shri G.T. Dhungel, Chief Minister and Leader of the House, Shri P.S. Tamang, gave an in-depth report on the hydropower sectors in the State, mainly pertaining to the Teesta Urja Limited (Teesta III Hydropower Project) and the Amalgamated Transpower India Ltd. (ATPIL). He said that the State government has constantly been making efforts to reduce the debt burden.
In reply to concerns raised by MLA Shri D.R. Thapa in the context of the recent teacher appointment, the Chief Minister said that enquiries are underway to robustly assess the issue. He further assured that the State government will stand by its pledge of protecting and conserving the sanctity of Article 371(F) of the Constitution which provides special status to Sikkim.
Replying to the query raised by MLA Shri Karma Sonam Lepcha, the Chief Minister stated that Rabindranath Tagore Park will be constructed at Rinchenpong.
Regarding the queries laid by MLA Shri D.T. Lepcha for the live telecast of the Legislative proceedings, the Chief Minister said that the matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Assembly Chair. Addressing Shri D.T. Lepcha’s concerns over employment issues, the Chief Minister stated that the State government will soon start Foreign Workers Training and Recruitment Institute (FWTRI) mainly to provide employment opportunities to the Sikkimese people in foreign countries. He also informed that the Institute will be set up in coordination and cooperation with various Foreign Embassies in India and other international job recruitment agencies.
Replying to Shri D.T. Lepcha’s query on the condition of the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation(NHIDCL) projects in the State, the Chief Minister said that NHIDCL falls under the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India and added that its development, maintenance and management is only entrusted to the GoI. Additionally, the status of the fair-weather roads in the State will also be followed up by the State government for consideration in future.
Similarly, the Chief Minister, in his reply to MLA Smt Sunita Gajmer over the query on the status of medical seats reserved for Sikkimese students, informed that the National Medical Commission (NMC) has approved 50 free seats for the local students at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences (SMIMS) sponsored by the State Government. The seats will be free of cost for those who aspire to be a doctor and those who qualify for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Regarding the matter put forward by MLA Shri Pintso Namgyal Lepcha in the context of the pending allotment order under the Chief Minister Rural Housing Scheme (CMRHM), the Chief Minister said that the matter will be addressed soon.
In his concluding note, the Chief Minister thanked the Members of the House for their active participation in the proceeding and further assured that the State government will ensure the channelling of all the Central and State benefits to the beneficiaries across the State.
During the Financial Business, Separate Demands for Grants were also presented for discussion and voting under the charge of:
(i) Minister, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Services, Horticulture, Information & Public Relations and Printing & Stationery Departments
(ii) Minister, Tourism & Civil Aviation and Commerce & Industries Departments
(iii) Minister, Education, Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Land Revenue & Disaster Management and Sports & Youth Affairs Departments
(iv) Minister, Urban Development and Food & Civil Supplies Departments
(v) Minister, Rural Development, Cooperation and Ecclesiastical Departments
(vi) Minister, Health and Family Welfare, Social Welfare & Women and Child Development Departments
(vii) Minister, Sikkim Public Works (Buildings & Housing) and Transport Departments
(viii) Minister, Forest and Environment, Mines & Geology and Science & Technology Departments.
(ix) Hon’ble Minister, Sikkim Public Works (Roads & Bridges) and Culture Departments.
(x) Minister, Public Health Engineering and Water Resources Departments
(xi) Minister, Power and Labour Departments
(xii) Chief Minister, also the Minister-in-charge of Home, Finance, Development Planning & North East Council Affairs, Excise and other Departments not specifically allotted to any other Ministers
Thereafter, Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang, also Minister-in-Charge of Finance Department, introduced the Sikkim Appropriation Bill, 2022 (Bill No. 07 of 2022) for Annual General Budget 2022-23 which was passed by the House. The House thereby passed the Annual General Budget 2022-23.
Speaker Shri L.B. Das adjourned the House for the day till 10:50 am of 1st April, 2022

The fire broke out at the ground floor of three storied Stage-cum-Store located at the public ground of Baluwakhani/Legship

Gyalshing/Legship, March 28 (IPR): The fire broke out at the ground floor of three storied Stage-cum-Store located at the public ground of Baluwakhani/Legship, this morning, caused massive damage to the properties.
The Minister-cum-Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency Shri Lok Nath Sharma carried out the inspection visit at the fire accident spot. He enquired about the damage caused by fire and loss of properties in detail. Minister Shri Sharma also handed over financial assistance to the caretaker of the infrastructure for immediate relief, at his personal level.
Later, Minister Shri Sharma also took the opportunity to interact with the emerging cricket players practicing at the public play ground.
He was accompanied by the Chairman of Coordination Committee of Rangit NHPC, Shri Ram Kumar Chettri, youths and others

General Information from District Administration Centre

An ‘Epic Himalayan Duathlon’ under Nasha Mukth Bharat Abhiyan is being organized by Namchi District Administrative Centre on 9th April 2022.
The event will be flagged off from Bhaichung Stadium covering Namchi to Bhanjyang and vice versa.
Hence, the traffic movement on Namchi to Bhanjyang road will be halted from 7:30 am to 9:30 am on the 9th of April.
For further information and registration please visit

The second day of the Sixth Session of the Tenth Assembly (Budget Session 2022-23) of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, which was presided over by Speaker

Gangtok, 29 March (IPR): The second day of the Sixth Session of the Tenth Assembly (Budget Session 2022-23) of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, which was presided over by Speaker, SLA, Shri L.B. Das commenced today with the Governor’s address.
Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad, began his address by extending his warm greetings and best wishes to the Speaker and all the Members.
He informed that this year’s Union Budget aims to strengthen the infrastructure with its focus on inclusive development, productivity enhancement and investment, energy transition, and climate action, the overall goal being ‘Development’. Likewise, the State of Sikkim’s budget this year also aims at holistic development while expediting the process of the upliftment of the people of Sikkim.
He further said that the State Government has introduced “BAHINI” scheme that focuses on providing free sanitary pads, safe and healthy environment for girls studying in classes 9 to 12 in different schools in Sikkim. He also spoke about “Sikkim AAMA Sashaktikaran Yojana” which will provide One-Time Assistance of Rs. 20,000/- and this fund can be utilized for medical care, support educational requirements, renovation of houses, and establishment of any source of income.
The Governor apprised the House about the ‘Vibrant Village Programme’ that has been launched this year by the State government to ensure that development gains reach the farthest corners of the State. This programme will cover border villages with a sparse population, limited connectivity, and infrastructure.
He also highlighted the major up-scaling of the health sector in Sikkim through improvement in infrastructure, capacity building, and manpower placement to ensure the smooth functioning of healthcare facilities. Shortages in dialysis units, blood banks, ICU in district hospitals have also been efficiently addressed by the State government, he added.
Focusing on the education scenario in the State, the Governor reiterated the State government’s commitment to providing quality education in Sikkim with a major focus on the digitization of education. To allow easy access to online education, the State government provided SMART-TVs to the students from Classes 8-11 under the E-Vidya programme. This significant and historic step has made it possible for every student to access digital education in the comfort of their homes by facilitating access to the Swayam Prabha channel and also various apps including Sikkim Edu. Tech, the Governor stated.
He further highlighted that the State government has been successfully implementing all flagship programmes and schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), Sikkim Garib Awas Yojna (SGAY), Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna-Gramin (PMAY-G), Swachha Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G), Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), etc.
He also said that the State government in tandem with the Central government has been constantly making efforts to develop a sound network of roads for smooth connectivity and solve issues of recurrent maintenance of roads.
He expressed hopes that this year’s Budget will enhance the goals of the State Government towards the development of Sikkim in a progressive way.
After the Governor’s address, Speaker, Shri L.B. Das reported the address of the Governor. Subsequently, the Chief Minister and also the Leader of the House Shri Prem Singh Tamang moved the Motion of Thanks on the Governor’s address.
Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang, in his motion of thanks for the Governor’s address, said that the Members of Sikkim Legislative Assembly assembled in the Session are deeply grateful to the Governor of Sikkim for his address which he has been pleased to deliver today, the 29th of March, 2022.
The Motion of Thanks was seconded by Member, SLA, Shri Sonam Tshering Venchungpa. The discussion and voting on the address of the Governor will take place on 31st March, 2022.
During the Financial Business, Shri Prem Singh Tamang, Hon’ble Chief Minister, also the Minister-in-Charge of the Finance Department presented the General Budget of the Government of Sikkim for the financial year 2022-23.
The Chief Minister, also the Minister-in-Charge of the Finance Department, while delivering his Budget Speech, highlighted the key areas of the Budget for the financial year 2022-23 along with the budgetary profile. He presented an Explanatory Memorandum of the government of Sikkim, Annual Financial Statement, Estimates of Receipts, Demands for Grants for Financial Year 2022-23.
Explaining the budgetary profile for the year 2022-2023, the Chief Minister informed that against a gross expenditure provision of Rs 10419.71 crore, (Rupees Ten Thousand Four Hundred Nineteen Crore and Seventy One Lakhs), the net outgo comes to Rs 10116.11 Crore (Rupees Ten Thousand One Hundred Sixteen Crore and Eleven Lakhs) after taking into account recoveries amounting to Rs 303.60 Crore (Rupees Three Hundred Three Crore and Sixty Lakhs). The fiscal deficit remains in adherence to the fiscal management targets set in the Sikkim Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2010, i.e. not more than 4% including additional borrowing space of 0.5% of GSDP on certain criteria for performance in the Power sector. The contribution from own Tax Revenue is of the order of Rs 1336.42 Crore (Rupees One Thousand Three Hundred Thirty-Six Crore and Forty Two Lakhs) and that of Non-Tax Revenue Rs 990.09 Crore (Rupees Nine Hundred Ninety Crore and Nine lakhs).
Further, he explained that the total gross expenditure includes allocations amounting to Rs. 9.56 crore (Rupees Nine Crore and Fifty Six Lakhs) under the dispensation of the North Eastern Council, Rs. 255.48 Crore (Rupees Two Hundred Fifty-Five Crore and Forty Eight Lakhs) under Non-Lapsable Pool of Central Resources, and Rs. 2660.45 Crore (Rupees Two Thousand Six Hundred Sixty Crore and Forty-Five Lakhs) only under the Centrally Sponsored Schemes.
While presenting the Annual General Budget for the Financial Year 2022-23, the Chief Minister said that the consistent efforts and perseverance have resulted in achieving many laurels in different fields after the formation of the government as enlisted below:
i) Pakyong Police Station ranked as the 7th Best Police Station in the Country.
ii) Sikkim also received the Most Film Friendly State award in the Country during the 67th National Film awards.
iii) All four districts of Sikkim were ranked in the top 20 among 120 districts of the North-East region in the Sustainable Goals, with East Sikkim ranking 1st, South Sikkim 6th, North Sikkim 14th, and West Sikkim 17th.
iv) Sikkim also received the India Today State of the State Awards for the best performing State in Economy, Most Improved small State in Law & Order and Environment and was also adjudged as the best performing small State in cleanliness.
v) Sikkim ranks 1st in Public Affairs Index 2021 under “ Good Governance” category published by Public Affairs Centre (PAC)
vi) Sikkim tops North East and Hill states in NITI Aayog innovations rankings.
vii) Sikkim is adjudged among the top 5 states with the highest score in the overall Smart Policy Index, 2021.
viii) Sikkim has attained the first position with 92% eligible population administered with the second jab of the COVID-19 Vaccine.
ix) Sikkim has been ranked as the 5th Happiest Indian State/Union Territory.
x) Sikkim achieved the highest Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Higher Education, with 75.8% in Higher Education, in the age group of 18 to 23 years as compared to the National average of 27.1%.
The Chief Minister of the State informed about the allocated 18 acres of land to Khangchendzonga State University at Temi – Tarku of which the foundation stone was laid by Hon’ble Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu recently. The total project cost is estimated to be Rs 581.57 Crore and the construction and other programmes including academic and ordinances will be started soon.
Likewise, for Gyalshing Degree College Rs. 25.13 crores was allocated in the first phase, and Rs. 59.02 crore was allocated in phase II and over 45% of the work has been completed, he said.
He apprised the House about the initiative taken for the establishment of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University of Excellence at Chakung in West Sikkim and that the State Government has already allocated 32 acres of land for the University campus.
Similarly, he added that the State has a range of private universities located in rural areas of Sikkim including Medhavi Skill University at Bermiok (West Sikkim), Sikkim Professional University at Budang (West Sikkim), Capital University at Zoom (West Sikkim), Sikkim Alpine University at Kamrang (West Sikkim), Sikkim International University at Sreebadam(West Sikkim) and Sikkim Skill University at Passi under Namthang-Rateypani Constituency.
The Chief Minister also highlighted the various fellowship schemes under the State Government that are primarily aimed at harnessing inner talents and providing training-oriented platforms for young students. One such scheme is the Chief Minister’s Internship Fellowship which provides Rs 10,000 to over 100 students who have either graduate degrees or are class twelve passed.
He added that the Government of India under its Operation Ganga mission evacuated 36 Sikkimese students from Ukraine and the State Government has set aside a sum of Rs 1 Crore in this fiscal year to provide secure and smooth facilitation to complete their studies on time and in devising ways forward to this effect.
For the cause of Environmental Protection and Climate change, the State government has operationalized a ban on the use of plastic more effectively including the use of plastic water bottles.
The Chief Minister also said that the State government has also started some major interventions for Dairy Farmers wherein a remunerative price incentive of Rs. 8 per litres of milk and a minimum procurement price of Rs. 40 to all the dairy farmers under the newly initiated Milk Production Incentive Scheme (MPIS), thereby increasing the supply up to 56,000 litres per day. Similar incentives are extended to piggery farmers under the Pig Production Scheme Incentive Scheme (PPIS).
The Chief Minister concluded his speech by urging all to collectively re-dedicate themselves in order to elevate Sikkim to greater heights of progress and development through the implementation of sustainable policies and also asked everyone to take a pledge to maintain the peace and tranquillity of our State and to set an example at the national and international level.
The discussion and voting on the General Budget 2022-23 will be taken up on the 31st of March, 2022.
The House then passed the Demands for Excess Grants/Appropriation for the expenditure of the Government of Sikkim relating to 2012-13 which was moved for consideration by Chief Minister Shri P.S. Tamang, who is also the Minister-in-Charge of the Finance Department.
Subsequently, the House also passed the Sikkim Appropriation Bill, 2022 (Bill No. 05 of 2022) for Demands for Excess Grants/Appropriation 2012-13 which was moved for consideration by Chief Minister Shri P.S. Tamang, also the Minister-in-Charge of the Finance Department.
The Sikkim Appropriation Bill, 2022 (Bill No. 05 of 2022), is introduced in pursuance of clause (1) of Article 204 read with sub-clause (b) of clause (1) of Article 205 of the Constitution of India to provide for the appropriation out of the Consolidated Fund of the State of Sikkim of the money required to meet the expenditure incurred in excess of the appropriation charged on the Consolidated Fund and the Grants made by the Sikkim Legislative Assembly for the financial year ended on 31st day of March, 2013.
Thereafter, the House passed the Demands for Excess Grants/Appropriation 2013-14 for the expenditure incurred during 2013-14 which was presented and moved for consideration by the Chief Minister, also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance Department.
The House also passed the Sikkim Appropriation Bill, 2022 (Bill No. 06 of 2022) for Demands for Excess Grants/Appropriation 2013-14 which was presented by Chief Minister Shri P.S. Tamang, also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance Department.
The Sikkim Appropriation Bill, 2022 (Bill No. 06 of 2022) is introduced in pursuance of clause (1) of Article 204 read with sub-clause (b) of clause (1) of Article 205 of the Constitution of India to provide for the appropriation out of the Consolidated Fund of the State of Sikkim of the money required to meet the expenditure incurred in excess of the appropriation charged on the Consolidated Fund and the Grants made by the Sikkim Legislative Assembly for the financial year ended on 31st day of March, 2014.
The Speaker adjourned the House till 10:50 am of 31st March, 2022

A Coordination Meeting with Head of Education Department, School Heads and Nodal Officers

Mangan, 29 March (IPR): A Coordination Meeting with Head of Education Department, School Heads and Nodal Officers of Beti Bacho Beti Padhao for Senior Secondary Schools, Secondary Schools and Junior High Schools on the Beti Bacho Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme was held at election hall of District Administrative Centre Mangan.
The meeting was chaired by District Collector Mangan, Dr. A.B Karki.
Also had the presence of ADC Mangan, Chief Education Officer, Joint Director Education Department, Sr. AO, LRDMD, Principals, Headmasters, Teachers, newly appointed Nodal Officer of senior secondary and secondary schools,APO and Dealing Officials of BBBP.
The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss the implementation of the BBBP Scheme in all the schools in the Mangan District.
District Collector Mangan shared his views on the scheme and asked all the Nodal Officers to work with full zest and help students take full advantage of the scheme.
He said under the BBBP scheme education of a girl child will be given top priority and any possible help will be assisted for betterment of a girl child in the field of education, sports, and many more.
Many competitions were announced by the DC Mangan to be held in the district, so that students will inculcate the sense of competitiveness and hard work.
On the outset of the meeting a brief on the Beti Bacho Beti Padhao scheme was given by Sr. AO, LRDMD.
An interactive session was also held during which dignitaries , principals, headmasters, teachers and other participants shared their suggestions and gave innovative ideas for improving the quality of work in the scheme