Hon’ble Minister Shri Sonam Lama attends an orientation programme on Block & District Level Development Planning

Gangtok, February 18th (IPR): A day-long orientation programme on Block and District Level Development Planning was conducted here at Janta Bhawan, Gangtok today.
The programme was organized by the State Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Rural Development Department (RDD), Government of Sikkim in collaboration with Directorate of Panchayati Raj, RDD, Government of Sikkim.
Hon’ble Minister for RDD, Shri Sonam Lama graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. He was accompanied by Principal Secretary, RDD, Shri C.S. Rao, Principal Chief Engineer, Shri Kewal Sharma, Special Secretary, Smt Sarika Pradhan, Director Panchayat, Shri Prabhakar Rai and Director, SIRD&PR, Shri Bishal Mukhia. Hon’ble Panchayat Presidents from all the four Districts, ADCs(Dev), DPOs, BDOs and other RD officials and functionaries also attended the programme.
The main objective of the programme was to orient the participants on the roles of all stakeholders in devising block and district development plan in consonance with the advisory of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of Sikkim.
Hon’ble Minister Shri Sonam Lama in his address said that the programme was vital for the department and the State as a whole. He stressed that the BDOs and officers at BAC were the crucial links between the rural people and the Government and, therefore, asked them to take their role seriously. He also requested the Panchayats to work in coordination with ADCs and BAC officers for strengthening the rural development process. Shri Lama further emphasized on completion of all pending projects and timely completion of all ongoing projects like SGAY, CMRHM etc. for the overall development of the State. In his concluding address, Shri Lama requested the department to work as a cohesive unit covering one another’s shortcomings.
Principal Secretary, RDD, Shri C S Rao (IFS), in his address guided the house in the preparation of the Block Development Plan and District Panchayat Development Plan. He stated that although Sikkim does not have Block Panchayat, it is the direction of the Ministry to prepare a Block Development Plan. He also urged all officials to focus on improving their coordination with Panchayats as well as the coordination between the Zilla Panchayats and Gram Panchayats. Shri Rao then encouraged the officials to regularly visit all GPUs under their jurisdiction as well as implement various RDD schemes on priority.
The inaugural programme also included cheque distribution of Rs. 3 lakhs for Child Empowering GPU and Child Empowerment Centre initiated by State Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and Directorate of Panchayati Raj, RDD, Government of Sikkim. A total number of Twenty Five GPUs from across the State were selected to undertake this initiative for Child protection and empowerment. The programme also included the launching of the Website of SIRD&PR and the Campaign for World Water Day 2021 through the hands of Minister Shri Sonam Lama.
Session on Panchayati Raj and Decentralization, Process and methodology for Block and District Development Planning, Jal Jeevan Mission, issues encompassing General Administration of MGNREGA, SGAY, CMGAY, PMAY, and Swaccha Bharat Mission, SRLM and Mission Antodaya were deliberated during the technical session of the programme.
The session started with the presentation of Mr. K . P Sharma, Principal Chief Engineer who deliberated on the operation and maintenance of all rural water supply schemes sanctioned under Jal Jeevan Mission. He urged all attendance on the importance of preparation of village action plan, user charges and achievement of FHTC (Functional Household Tap Collection).
Mr. Sarika Pradhan, Special Secretary dwelt upon the Sikkim Garin Awas Yojana, MG-NREGA, Swacchh Bharat Mission and urged all participants to comply with the advisory issued by head office for effective implementation of schemes. Mr. Sisum Bhutia, Deputy Secretary, RDD took a session on Mission Antodhaya and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and apprised the gathering on the progress of the programme in the state.
Mr. Prabhaker Rai, Director ( Panchayat ) discussed the process and methodologies to be adopted for the preparation of block and district level plan for the overall development of all tiers of the Panchayati raj system in the state. He emphasized coordination with all elected representatives and functionaries deliver the true essence of decentralization as envisaged on the constitution of India. He also apprised the gathering on the timeline for preparation of block and district development plan which are to be completed by 15th March 2021 and uploaded in gram swaraj portal of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India.
Mr Bishal Mukhia, Director, SIRD & PR who has been nominated as State Nodal Officer for preparation of District Development Plan also addressed the program urged participants to actively took part in every training program organized by the institute
An interaction session among the members of the house also took place at the conclusion of the programme.

The Hon`ble Chief Minister hands over the vehicle keys to seven FPOs

Gangtok, Feb 18th (IPR): The Farmers Producers Organizations (FPOs) of the State received transportation vehicles for the marketing purpose of the agricultural produce on the occasion of the State Level Stakeholder Workshop on Farmers Producers Organization, held at Manan Kendra, today.
The Hon`ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) handed over the Vehicle Keys to seven FPOs and flagged off the subsidised transportation vehicles under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region, Phase 1.
The programme, organised by the Sikkim Organic Farming Development Agency (SOFDA), Department of Agriculture, had the special presence of Hon’ble Minister, Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Husbandry Shri Lok Nath Sharma, Hon’ble Minister, Roads & Bridges and Culture, Shri Samdup Lepcha, Hon’ble Minister, Power and Labour, Shri M.N Sherpa, Hon’ble Chairman, Krishi Kalyan Board Shri Phurden Lepcha, Additional Chief Secretary-cum-Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri A.K Yadav, Secretaries, Officials and Members of FPOs from all four districts.
The vehicle keys were handed over to seven FPOs namely Ragdong Tintek Organic Farmers Producers Coop. Society Ltd. Tumin, East Sikkim, Khamdong Singtam Organic Farmers Producers Coop. Society Ltd, Lingzey, East Sikkim, Ranikhola Farmers Producers Coop. Society Ltd. East Sikkim, Kitam Kamrang Wok Omchu Organic Growers Coop. Society Ltd, South Sikkim, Assangthang Poklok Denchung Organic Growers Coop. Society Ltd. Denchung, South Sikkim, Rinchenpong Organic Producers Coop. Society Ltd. West Sikkim and Melli Dara Kateng Organic Growers Coop. Society, South Sikkim. It may be mentioned here that the remaining Twenty-One FPOs out of the total Twenty-Eight FPOs constituted in the state, will also be receiving the subsidised vehicles under MOVCD-NER.
On the occasion, the State Government also provided compensation from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to the floriculturists and flower growers who had to bear a great loss of flower during the lockdown period of the COVID-19 Pandemic. A total of 282 flower growers were handed over the cheques by the Hon’ble Chief Minister.
Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang in his address stressed the importance of the programme as it helped raise the much-needed awareness about the multiple schemes under the central and state government for the benefit of the farming community. He appealed to the members of the FPOs to gather all the required information and knowhow about these schemes from this workshop. He added that time has come to keep agriculture as our first priority to augment our income and to earn our livelihood. He urged the farming community to grab the unlimited opportunities and incentives created by the Government in dairy farming, agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry sectors. The Hon’ble Chief Minister stated that the Government will implement every scheme on public participation basis to ensure that the beneficiaries take ownership and preserve the project. He also highlighted the Production Incentive scheme of the Government on five crops namely cardamom, ginger, buckwheat, orange and turmeric. The Hon’ble Chief Minister urged the members of the FPOs to ensure optimum utilisation of the transportation vehicles to connect the farmers of the area by transporting their products to the recognised marketing agencies. He assured every possible support to farmers from the Government provided they work sincerely. The Hon’ble Chief Minister appealed to the FPOs to make the best use of the shops/outlets allotted by the Government in the capital. He further appealed to the farming community to increase production and be self-sufficient in food grains and vegetables. He called for the need to realise the vision of Atmanirbhar Sikkim in the agriculture sector. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also appealed to the farming community to avail of the benefits of schemes like PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Ayushman Bharat and numerous other schemes.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister informed that the Government has enhanced the rate of Old Age Pension in various age categories. He informed that the Department of Social Welfare is verifying the anomalies in the distribution of the scheme and making immediate corrections. In conclusion, the Hon’ble Chief Minister stated that the success of any scheme depends on public participation. He urged the FPOs to take ownership of their respective areas and uplift the economy. He announced that the best performing FPOs will be provided annual incentives in cash or kind.
Hon’ble Minister, Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Husbandry Departments Shri L.N. Sharma in his address reiterated the emphasis laid by the State Government on the development of the Agriculture sector in the State. He said that agriculture and horticulture continue to remain the focus area of the Government. He urged the members of the FPOs to ensure that all the available agricultural land in the State is utilized for agricultural production. He informed that the process for creating more FPOs in the State is underway for which he urged the existing FPOs to provide their support and cooperation. He also called for the need to encourage the stagnant FPOs to revitalize themselves to work towards strengthening their economy. He added that this programme has been organised to provide an incentive to the FPOs and to honour their contribution. The Hon’ble Minister called for the need to increase productivity with the utilisation of barren land so that the state of Sikkim can realize the dream of making a self-reliant state through the Agriculture, Horticulture and Livestock Farming Sector. He also urged FPOs to be more proactive to initiate cluster farming and cover the maximum area to enhance farmers membership.
Earlier, Secretary, Agriculture Department Shri Rinzing Chewang Bhutia in his welcome address briefed about the objective of the programme and also highlighted the ongoing schemes and programmes under the Department for the benefit of farmers in the State. He informed that the programme was organised to honour the FPOs from throughout the State for their hard work and to provide them encouragement. He informed that the Government has been providing support to 25800 beneficiaries throughout the State in the form of inputs, technological support etc.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Secretary, Horticulture Department, Shri M.T. Sherpa.


A press briefing held at Samaj Kalyan Bhavan

Gangtok, 18th Feb (IPR): In a press briefing held at Samaj Kalyan Bhavan in Lumsey today, Secretary, Social Justice and Welfare Department, Shri Tshewang Gyachho, elaborated on various deliberations undertaken by the department in order to resolve issues with regard to the delay and non-receipt of Old Age Pension and other pension benefits under National Social Assistance Programme.
Secretary, Shri Tshewang Gyachho, informed that the department had held a coordination meeting with bankers, postmasters and District Level Officials of the department from North and East districts earlier today wherein discussions were held to understand the complaints and grievances of the public regarding the distribution of various pensions.
He said that after much deliberation, it was learned that the delay was mostly caused due to inactive and dormant accounts of some beneficiaries and issues regarding the IFSC codes and variations in account number digits, allowing to the lack of information at the grass-root level.
To resolve these issues at the earliest, the department has assigned Guardian Inspectors and Guardian Officers to each GPU who will be scrutinizing the cases of pending pensions of the beneficiaries and resolve the issues in coordination with the Panchayats, BDOs, SDMs, DCs, ADCs and other concerned officials.
Stressing on the State government’s consistent efforts in providing a basic level of financial support to the beneficiaries, he emphasized that the department aims at achieving error-free distribution of social pension schemes in a period of 90 days.
Shri Gyachho further urged the BDOs, Panchayats and the Guardian Inspectors and Officers to proactively participate in the process of resolving the issues of the beneficiaries.


Honorary Secretary of BCCI called on the Hon’ble Chief Minister

Gangtok, January 6: Honorary Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) Shri Jay Shah called on the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang at his official residence at Mintokgang, today.
During the call on, several points towards the advancement of cricket in the State and further improving the facilities were discussed. Shri Shah and the team also assured us to extend every possible support towards the integration and development of cricket in Sikkim.
It is the first time that the Honorary Secretary of BCCI and senior members have visited Sikkim, showing their intent to focus on the State and motivates the youths who aspire to embrace it as a profession. It is to mention here that since 2018 four states have been included in the National Cricket Organization. In this regard, Shri Jay Shah has been appointed as the Incharge of Sikkim and the other three states, viz. Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.
In the meeting, the Chief Minister proposed to the members to set up a National Cricket Academy in Sikkim which will provide a platform for the younger generation and added that the State Government will extend every possible assistance for it.
The Chief Minister also extended his gratitude towards them for their visit and wished for success in their endeavor. He also hoped that in the days to come, the talents will discover from Sikkim to represent the State and the Nation in major tournaments at home and abroad.
The President, Cricket Association of Bengal, Shri Abhishek Dalmia, Councillor of IPL Governing Council, Shri Mamom Majumdar, Interim CEO BCCI, Shri Hemang Amin, AGM Operations BCCI, Shri Gaurav Saxena, President Cricket Association of Sikkim, Shri Lopzang Tenzing along with other members were also present during the call on.
(Press release from CMO)


Hon’ble Minister of Sports & Youth Affairs inaugurated five-daylong Inter Institution Camp at the indoor hall of Paljor Stadium

Gangtok, 20 Feb: (IPR)Hon’ble Minister of Sports & Youth Affairs, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, inaugurated five-daylong Inter Institution Camp at the indoor hall of Paljor Stadium today in the presence of Sports Secretary, Director, Additional Director and other officers of Sports and Youth Affairs Department along with resource person.

A press release informs that the programme which is being organised by the NSS Cell, Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sikkim will have the participation of 200 NSS cells of 75 Senior Secondary schools, 22 colleges/tech colleges and 03 universities.

The volunteers will also participate in blood donations, Swachha Bharat Abhiyan, Fit India – Yoga and Zumba, mental health and disaster management awareness.

Minister Shri Kunga Nima administered the pledge of the Preamble of the Indian Constitution. The volunteers were also made aware of the Flag Code 2002 of India.

The Roads & Bridges Department has contributed Rs. 13 47,908 to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to support the landslide victims

Gangtok February 20: (IPR)The Roads & Bridges Department, Government of Sikkim has contributed a sum of Rupees Thirteen Lakh Forty-Seven Thousand Nine Hundred and Eight rupees (Rs 13 47,908) to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to support the landslide victims of Chong Village, of Yuksom, West Sikkim.

The amount was formally handed over to the Secretary to the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri S.DDhakal at Tashiling Secretariat today by the Additional Director Accounts Shri Bhola Sharma.

The contribution has been made from the headquarters including a mechanical wing of the department and district offices.

Senior Citizens and Retired Officials of 25th Martam GPU felicitated by Hon’ble Minister Shri. Lok Nath Sharma

Gyalshing, 18th February (IPR): The Senior Citizens and Retired Officials of 25th Martam Gram Panchayat Unit under Gyalshing Bermiok constituency were felicitated and honoured in a special felicitation programme organised at Martam Gram Panchayat Unit, today.
Hon’ble Minister-cum-Area MLA Shri Lok Nath Sharma graced the occasion as the Chief Guest in presence of ADC (Dev) RDD Gyalshing Shri Milan Subba and Block Development Officer Hee Martam Smt. Pavitra Tamang.

During the programme, Minister Sharma acknowledged their contributions and handed over felicitation letter along with a shawl to the retired officials including Ret. Secretaries Shri K. B. Kuwar and Shri T. R. Poudyal, Ret. DFO Kharka Bdr. Gurung, Ret. SE Shri K. S. Gautam, Ret. Headmasters, teachers, Ret. ANM Bishnu Maya Chettri, Ret. Supervisor Laxmi Prashad Sharma, Ret. officials from police department.
Minister Sharma presented shawl and felicitated all the Senior Citizens from Ghaiyabari, Martam SiriJunga, Rathong, Sherpa Gaon, Arithang Daragaon and received blessings from the elderly citizens.

Addressing the occasion, Minister Sharma expressed his happiness on being part of the programme to honour Senior Citizens and Retired Officials. He mentioned that the Sr. Citizens have dedicated their lives and guided generations to transform society to new heights of progress and development. He informed that the State Govt. is committed to initiate welfare schemes for elderly citizens and will enhance Old Age Pension from the financial year 2020-21.

Minister Sharma recalled the healthy lifestyle of the people practised before few decades and advised people to adopt agriculture profession actively, to gain sustainable income and good health in return.

Minister Sharma also informed that the State Government is preparing a strategic plan to combat issues of wildlife interference and assured to compensate damaged property after assessment with the implementation of new policy. Further, he added that the entire government machinery under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P. S. Tamang, is working tirelessly for overall development of the state and to address public grievances. He urged everyone to put an extra efforts in delivering assigned responsibility to ensure better output.
He also informed that long pending demand of Bermiok Gyalshing road connectivity with the construction of Bridge via Rungdu has been completed successfully within eight months of new government formation. Bermiok Sr Secondary School is all set to begin science stream from new academic session. Minister Sharma also underlined the future roadmap of developmental work in his constituency and urged for their support and cooperation to transform Gyalshing Bermiok into a model constituency in the state.

He also shared the innovations in dairy farming and agriculture by farmers in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and also informed on the provision of subsidised loan in the State to encourage farmers towards Agro-entrepreneurship.

Minister Sharma also extended congratulations to the Sr. Citizens and Ret. Officials on behalf of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim.

ADC Development/RDD Gyalshing Shri. Milan Subba, drew lights on ‘Jal Jiwan Mission’ and its objectives to ensure water connectivity throughout the targeted area. He also informed on the guidelines and said that the public need to bear 5% of the total expenditure with a motive to develop sense of ownership amongst beneficiaries, that can be paid through cash or in-kind.
During the programme ADC Development Shri Milan Subba, BDO Hee Martam BAC Smt. Pavitra Tamang, Dy. Director Tourism Shri G. P. Sharma and other officials and social activists were also acknowledged for their contributions towards GPU.

Earlier Minister Sharma inspected the take up point of new road connectivity from Central Martam to 15th Mile, Martam via Lepcha Gaon/ Rafong. He also expressed gratitude to the Land donor and instructed contractor to complete the awarded work within stipulated time with quality.

He also visited Central Martam Secondary School and interacted with the school staff and the students. Minister Sharma extended his best wishes and assured to reward the students of Class X for securing marks 85% and above. Minister also assured to address the requirements of the schools at the earliest.


Gangtok, Dec 5: (IPR) The Department of Information & Public Relations has started a unique initiative of rewarding hard working and efficient employees of the Department every month. The Department recently constituted a Committee headed by Secretary, IPR Department to examine and recommend the name of a deserving employee as the ‘Employee of the Month’. The Award is based on parameters such as punctuality, sincerity, integrity, and approach towards responsibility assigned, initiatives /innovative ideas and overall contribution of an employee to the Department.

On the basis of the recommendation of the Committee, Cameraperson Shri N.B. Chettri was felicitated with the ‘Employee of the Month’ Award by the Secretary, officers and staff of IPR Department today in the office of the Secretary.

Secretary, IPR Department, Ms. Namrata Thapa presented khada and Certificate to Shri. N.B. Chettri and officially declared him the ‘Employee of the Month’ for December, 2019. The Secretary in her address congratulated Shri. N.B. Chettri for being the first recipient of the Award. She said that Shri. Chettri was the first choice for the Award because of his diligence and hard work and valuable contribution to the Department, even beyond the duty hours.The Secretary further said that the Award is being initiated to encourage all the employees to perform to the best of their capacities, and give them due recognition for their performance. She added that the Award would be a regular feature of the Department and urged everyone to excel in their work.

Earlier, Under Secretary, IPR Department, Shri. Gideon Lepcha read out a brief profile of Shri N.B. Chettri.

Shri. N.B. Chettri has a long unblemished record of performing his duties and is known to cover all important functions of the State Government. He has shouldered the responsibilities at the District Information Centre (North) during his posting from 1985 to 1997. He has also taken initiatives in conducting Photography/Videography training in the Department as Instructor. He is known for his dutifulness, multi-tasking abilities and sense of responsibility and is said to have never shied away from his duties even during odd hours and on Government holidays. Due to retire from service in May 2020, Shri. N.B. Chettri has rendered thirty-seven and half years of service in the Department. He is known for his amiable personality and is often found sharing his vast knowledge with his contemporaries and juniors.

In his brief address, Shri. N.B. Chettri expressed his gratitude to the Secretary for initiating the Award and to the Committee for selecting him as the ‘Employee of the Month’. While sharing his experiences of working in the field, he said that he has always taken the numerous challenges in his stride and moved ahead with the sole intention of accomplishing the assigned duty. He said that he valued this award because it was initiated by IPR Department where he has served throughout his career. He also shared some words of advice for the upcoming officers and staff of the Department and wished them the best in their career.

The programme had the presence of Director, IPR Department, Smt. Kincho Doma Lepcha, and officers and staff of the Department.