First Level Checking of EVM/VVPAT started by District Election Office, North

Mangan, 07 Mar (IPR): The First Level Checking (FLC) of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) was started by District Election Office, North today at Zilla Bhawan, NDZP.

The Strong room for EVM/VVPAT located NDZP Bhawan, Pentok was opened with the permission of DM-cum- DEO, North, Shri Raj K. Yadav, in the presence of FLC supervisor-cum- SDM, Mangan, Shri Samdup Bhutia, US, Election Department, North, Shri Santosh Pradhan, authorized representatives from political parties, Shri Kapil Sharma (SDF) and Shri Dawa Tshering Tamang (SKM).

The authorized engineer from Bharat Electronics Limited Bengaluru carried out the FLC process of total 44 Ballot Units, 46 control units and 56 VVPAT. The work included removal of address tags and stickers, cleaning of superscription on control unit and ballot unit of EVM and clearing of earlier poll data. 

Besides physical and visual verification of cases, control unit, ballot unit, connecting cable, connector are duly checked to ensure no breakages. They will also check the components of EVM/VVPAT and accordingly certify that the components of EVMs are original.

If any EVMs is found to be defective then it will taken to factory of Bharat Electronics Limited within seven days. The government officials and police personnel took part in the process.

Annual general board meet of Sikkim Primitive Tribe Welfare Board held in Lumsey

Gangtok, 06 Mar (IPR): The Annual General Board meeting of Sikkim Primitive Tribe Welfare Board was held at the conference hall of Samaj Kalyan Bhawan in Lumsey today. Chairman of Primitive Tribe Welfare Board, Shri Sonam Dupden Lepcha, chaired the meeting.

The meeting was attended by Chairperson of Social Welfare Board, Smt. Phurmit Lepcha, Principal Secretary of Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department (SJE&W), Shri K. Sreenivasulu, who is also a Member Secretary of Board, Director Human Resource Development Department, Shri Sonam Lepcha, Director of Health Department, Dr. K.J. Topgay, officials of Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department, representative of Lepcha associations, non-official members of board and students of Sikkim University (Lepcha Department).

The State government has constituted the Primitive Tribe Welfare Board to oversee various welfare schemes meant for the socio-economic and educational development of the tribe in Sikkim.

Addressing the gathering, Chairman Shri Sonam Dupden Lepcha informed about the various steps taken by the board for the welfare of primitive tribe in the state and further mentioned that the board is going to take up various projects in Sikkim which is related to primitive tribe in collaboration with various agencies.

Highlighting the various measures and policies of the board, Shri Lepcha asked for support and participation for the betterment of the primitive tribe and board in the state.

Chairperson of Social Welfare Board, Smt. Phurmit Lepcha, said, “For the development of primitive tribe, the State government has implemented numerous schemes to fulfill our dreams and thus we must all work together with better coordination and cooperation.”

Principal Secretary of SJE&WD, Shri K. Sreenivasulu, highlighted various schemes and initiatives taken by the State government for upliftment of the tribe. He informed that the State government has already recognized Dzongu as Indigenous Habitat and urged everyone to come forward to preserve and protect the culture, customs, tradition and language of the primitive tribe.

During the meet, Annual Report of Sikkim Primitive Tribe Welfare Board was also released by the dignitaries.

Earlier, Director of HRDD and Health also shared their ideas, views and put forth their suggestions for the betterment of the board.

Office of the CEO holds review meet with all political parties

Gangtok, 05 Mar (IPR): Taking into consideration the upcoming Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls, a review meeting with all political parties was organised by the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (O/o CEO) at Conference Hall in Balwakhani.

The programme was chaired by Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Shri R. Telang, accompanied by Special CEO, Shri Prabhakar Verma, Additional CEO, Smt Roshni Rai, and Superintendent of Police (East), Shri Hemraj Rai.

During the training, resource person, Assistant Director (IT), Shri Debahish Shilal, briefed about the newly launched IT applications of Election Commission of India for use during General Election, 2019.

Shri Shilal elaborately explained the concept of IT applications cVigil mobile application which is an innovative mobile application for citizens to report violation of Model of Conduct during elections. He stated that the android based mobile application will work within the specified jurisdiction and will be operational after the implementation of Model Code of Conduct.

Later, he covered the various topics like Go verify 1950 a voter help line number which will help citizens to verify their names in the Voter list, their polling station details and even demonstrated how it functions. Topics like Voter Helpline App and PwD App, National Grievance Redressal Service and Suvidha Application were covered during the presentation.

Further, there was a discussion among the different political parties members where their queries on MCC were answered by the Chief Electoral Officer, Shri R. Telang. He also discussed on various aspects of election expenditure for upcoming election and urged every political parties to to go through the ECI guidelines carefully for conduct of a free and fair election.

Lastly, vote of thanks was proposed by Additional CEO, Smt Roshni Rai.

DC West conducts coordination meeting with the district officials

Gyalshing, 05 Mar (IPR): The Coordination Meeting of District Officials was conducted at the conference hall of Zilla Bhawan in Gyalshing. District Collector, West, Shri Karma R. Bonpo, chaired the meeting along with Superintendent of Police, West, Shri Tenzing Loden Lepcha, Additional DC, West, Shri Karma Lodey Lepcha, and Sub Divisional Magistrate, Gyalshing, Shri Gilbert Lepcha.

The DC West, while addressing the officials, urged for complete cooperation in order to conduct a peaceful and well organized election. He urged the officials to adhere to the Model Code of Conduct and to maintain positive communication amongst themselves. He also mentioned that all pending works of different departments need to be completed at the earliest.

He also advised that due to the lack of sufficient manpower all officials are requested to perform well and help out in every way possible. He further requested the designated officials that roads, electricity and water supplies need to be completed and made well for the polling stations so that non of the Election machinery would face problems during the time of Elections. 

The coordination meeting was mainly conducted for the newly transferred District Officials to interact and plan out the strategies for the Upcoming General Elections.

Training of Presiding Officers conducted at NDZP in Mangan

Mangan, 05 Mar (IPR): Training of Presiding Officers with regard to the upcoming general election 2019 was held here at the conference hall of North District Zilla Panchayat in Mangan, North Sikkim wherein National Level Master Trainer-cum-Sub Divisional Magistrate, Kabi, Shri Mahesh Sharma, conducted the training. Some 60 Presiding Officers participated and learned about the fair and free process of conduct of the election.

During the training, the master trainer briefed about the duties, role and responsibilities of presiding officers as to conduct free and fair process of dealing with the voters and above all how to ensure smooth polling in their respective polling station.

The trainer emphasized on preparation of mock poll certificate as per annexure 14 by conducting mock poll on EVM/VVPAT machine and sealing of EVM/VVPAT. Presiding Officers were also briefed about the duly collection of polling materials, EVM/VVPAT machines as listed in annexure 19.

Other allied aspects like tendered vote, person entitled to enter polling station, statutory and non-statutory covers were also discussed at length.

Hands on training on connection and proper use of EVM/VVPAT, Ballot unit was done on its second round of training. Under Secretary, Election cell, North, Shri Santosh Pradhan, coordinated the said training.

Anden Eco-tourism fest commences at Malling in Mangan

Mangan, 05 Mar (IPR): Rimghim Nampatam GPU Eco-Tourism Committee organized two-daylong “Anden Eco-tourism” festival at Malling village in Mangan, North Sikkim. The festival being sponsored by the Eco-tourism Division, Forest Environment and Wildlife Management Department, Government of Sikkim commenced on 05 March and will conclude on 06 March.

The inaugural session of the festival was graced by Ex-Upadhakshya, North, Shri N.T. Lepcha, President, MNP, Ms. Zangmu Bhutia, and other local dignitaries.

The said festival focuses and motivates on social responsibility, personal growth and environmental sustainability of an individual towards his or her community.

The main attractions of the festival were traditional stalls, cultural show, sports like archery, tug of war, community dance, etc.

DC South cum DEO briefs on do’s and don’ts laid by ECI in a meet with representatives of various political parties

Namchi, 02 March (IPR): A meeting with the representatives of various political parties was held at the chamber of District Collector (South) cum District Election Officer (DEO), Mr. Ragul K., today. Present amongst others were Superintendent of Police (South), Mr. Manish Verma, Additional DC (South), Mr. Satyan Pradhan, SP (Traffic), Ms. Linda Palmo, alongside other officials and representatives from other political parties namely that of Sikkim Democratic Front, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha and Congress.

The DEO explained in brief about the do’s and don’ts laid by the Election Commission of India (ECI) that the registered political party need to adhere to. Mr. Ragul urged the participants to go through the ECI website in order for them to be well-versed with the various rules and regulations of the commission. He updated that there are a total of 160 polling stations under DEO (South) and informed that Booth Level Officers (BLOs) have been appointed in those stations.

Additionally, he updated that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have arrived in DAC, South and that the first level checking has already commenced. Furthermore, he requested for peaceful, free and fair conduct of the upcoming elections.

During the course of the meeting, Chief Accounts Officer, Mr. Sunil Sharma, explained in detail the various facets of election expenditure and strongly encouraged the attendees to maintain and submit the election accounts.

Updates from STNM MS on the ongoing shifting process to the new multi-speciality hospital

Gangtok, 02 Mar (IPR): Medical Superintendent, STNM Hospital, Dr. K.B. Gurung, in a press release gave a brief overview of the ongoing shifting process from STNM to the new multi-speciality 1000 bedded hospital at Sochaygang.

He said that for the benefit of the Sikkimese people, the hospital has been trying to do its best to expedite the whole process thereby making the shift hasslefree and in the quickest duration of time possible. Dr. Gurung said that phase-wise shifting has been undertaken keeping in mind the situation of serious patients and because it involves heavy equipments and machineries, it takes time to set up for immediate action. He also enlightened that the whole shifting process will be completed by next week.

Talking about the functionality of the new hospital, the MS briefed that from 4th February 2019, clinics have already started. Almost 30 departments have shifted and labour rooms, wards and OT are also functional in the new hospital. Free bus services to and fro is also in place for the convenience of the people which plies from old STNM Hospital every half an hour.

Dr. Gurung also informed that any serious patients needing medical assistance immediately will be referred at Central Referral Hospital till the shifting process is over where they will be attended free of cost and the same has been relayed to the Medical Superintendent of CRH and all CMOs of districts. He stated that all indoor patients have also started being shifted and that a special facility called Yatri Niwas has been set up in the new hospital whereby one attendant of the patient will be given free meal and stay.

He also said that this is a new era in public healthcare which has all the latest equipments with renowned specialists and thus he appealed to the people to extend cooperation and utilize the services and facilities which have been created for their convenience. At the end, he extended his thanks to SP East and SP Traffic for all the help extended.