House-to-House re-verification of Electoral Roll

(PRESS RELEASE issued by District Election Officer-cum-D.C.)

Gangtok, 12 Feb: Chief Electoral Officer, Sikkim has directed to organize 10-daylong extensive House-to-House re-verification programme to ensure enrollment of all eligible electors and any correction/modification in the final roll. The final electoral roll was published on 31.01.2019 and is available with Electoral Registration Officer, Assistant Electoral Registration Officer, and Booth Level Officers.

Electors can check their names and may apply in case if their names are missing or any corrections required. Voters can check their names through our websites and

For this purpose the District Election Officer/East has issued a letter to the Head of the Department concerned to release the BLOs for period of 10 days.

The BLOs have been directed to identify and fill up the forms for all the unenrolled eligible electors. Registered voters may also apply for correction, shifting of voter list during this period. Political parties have been informed to depute the BLAs being appointed in the respective Polling Stations to assist the BLOs.

The Electoral Registration Officer (EROs) has been informed to achieve 100% completion of the task and to ensure no voter to be left behind. They have been directed to submit the daily progress report of the BLOs.

It is hereby also to inform all general public who are yet to be enrolled (eligible), has to shift or has to make any correction in the electoral roll may contact the concerned BLOs during the specified period as above. Or you may visit our website for online submission of the forms.

HRDD felicitates Jorethang SSS’s band display team for securing first position at the National Level Band Competition in New Delhi

Jorethang, 12 Feb (IPR): The Department of Human Resource Development felicitated the band display team of Jorethang Government Senior Secondary School, South Sikkim at the school premises today.

The chief guest for the occassion was Minister for Healthcare, Human Services & Family Welfare cum Area MLA Salghari Zoom Constituency, Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani. Also present were Additional Chief Secretary, Mr. G.P. Upadhyaya, State Project Director, Samagra Shikshya, Mr. Bhim Thatal, along with officials of HRDD and school staff.

Mr. Ghatani along with the officials presented a letter of appreciation to the band team. He also congratulated them for their outstanding achievement by securing the first position at the National Level Band Competition which was held at New Delhi on 21 Dec, 2018.

It may be also mentioned here, the team also interacted with Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, at his official residence in New Delhi and also performed at the National Police Academy in the presence of the Union Defence Minister wherein they received a trophy as a mark of appreciation.

Prep meets commence for Hon’ble Vice President of India’s visit to the State

Gangtok, 11 Feb ( IPR): The first preparatory meeting in regards to the upcoming visit of Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, was chaired by the Chief Secretary of Sikkim, Shri A K Shrivastava, today.

Held at the Conference Hall at New Tashiling Secretariat, the preparatory meeting was attended by Head of Departments and officials of all the departments of the State Government, Central Organizations and Agencies which are involved in the visit of the Hon’ble Vice President.

After briefing the officials about the tentative itinerary of the Hon’ble Vice President’s visit, the Chief Secretary took stock of the proposed programmes on the venues where the Vice President is scheduled to visit. He took updates of the current status on roads, security and various other essentials that are required to be in excellent form for the success of the high level visit.

The Chief Secretary directed all to ensure that the salient responsibilities under each of the department/ organization concerned is looked after and adhered to. He also informed that alternate plans for the carcade and reception are put in place and ready for implementation in case of weather setbacks and other emergencies.

Shri AK Shrivastava also directed the officials of all the venues where the Vice President is set to visit ,to submit draft invitations, dais plans, draft speeches and other proposals at the earliest. He solicited cooperation from all those involved towards a grand and successful reception from the State during the visit of the Hon’ble Vice President to Sikkim.

The Hon’ble Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, is scheduled to visit Sikkim on 25 Feb. His two-day schedule is set to take him to Raj Bhawan, Mintokgang, National Research Centre for Orchids at Pakyong and Rajya Sainik Board Complex and the Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences at Gangtok where he will be laying foundation stones of important infrastructures, visiting the complexes and meeting and interacting with the officials,students and staff at the proposed venues.

Minister-cum-Area MLA of Salghari Zoom constituency inaugurates CMRHM houses

Gyalshing, 11 Feb (IPR): Minister-cum-Area MLA of Salghari Zoom constituency, Mr Arjun Kumar Ghatani, inaugurated three newly constructed house under Chief Minister’s Rural Housing Misssion (CMRHM) in his constituency today.

Mr Ghatani inaugurated a CMRHM house at Pipaley under Samsing Pipaley GPU and handed over to the beneficiary Mr Mani Kumar Kami. Thereafter, he inaugurated two CMRHM houses of the beneficiaries namely Mr Roshan Kumar Pradhan and Mr Mahesh Manger of Ward No.2 under Mabong Sigeng GPU. He also interacted with the local people and informed on various initiatives taken up by the State Government to uplift people socially and economically.

Hon’ble Minister AK Ghatani handed over newly constructed CMRHM house at Central Zoom

Zoom, 09 Feb (IPR): Information & Public Relations Minister-cum-Area MLA of Salghari Zoom constituency, Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani, inaugurated a newly constructed house under Chief Minister’s Rural Housing Mission Scheme at Central Zoom under Zoom GPU. He handed over the house to the beneficiary, Mr. Mohan P.K. Rai, today. Additionally, Mr. Ghatani congratulated the family members of the beneficiary and also highlighted the various pro-people policies and programmes of the State Government under the leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Mr. Pawan Chamling.

Hon’ble Health Minister visits STNM Multi Speciality Government Hospital to take stock of its functioning

Gangtok, 08 Feb (IPR): Minister for Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Department, Mr Arjun Kumar Ghatani, visited new STNM Multi Speciality Government Hospital to take stock on functioning of the hospital at Sichey today.

The Minister along with the Medical Superintendent, Dr. KB Gurung, Director, Health Services, Dr. Jigme Tobgay, and other officials meticulously visited newly shifted departments including Surgery OPD, Orthopaedic, Gyenocology OB OPD, ENT, Eye, Pathology, Histopathology, Biochemistry, Dermatology, Dental department and Registration section.

The Health Minister interacted with the officials and staff of each department and asked about the visit of patients, collection of samples, availability of various medical services and other facilities. He also urged to maintain data properly and to provide quality services with complete dedications and new spirit.

Heads of the departments explained about management of all required facilities arranged for the patients in respective departments. He also instructed concerned officials to expedite installations of other technical equipment for early functioning of other departments as well.

HC,HS&FW Department observes National De-worming Day at Lumsey Junior High School

Gangtok, 08 Feb (IPR): Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim observed National De-worming Day at Lumsey Junior High School today.

The Minister for Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Department, Mr Arjun Kumar Ghatani, graced the occasion as chief guest in special presence of Mission Director, National Health Mission, Dr Bimal K. Rai, Director, Dr Jigme Tobgay, health officials, school staff and students. Mr. Ghatani administered albandazole tablet to the children to begin the daylong de-worming campaign for the State of Sikkim.

The campaign was launched in Feb 2015 as a part of National Health Mission with the aim to de-worm all children from 01-19 years of age and is observed two times a year at 6 months interval. In Sikkim, HC, HS & FW Department has also been observing the day every year since 2016.

Addressing the students, Mr Ghatani drew lights on availability of governmental facilities of free education system up-to university level in the State of Sikkim.

He encouraged students to do hard work to get selected in most admired scheme of Chief Minister’s Meritorious scholarship schemes and Dr BR Ambedkar Scholarship Scheme to grab the opportunity to study in renowned Public Schools in the country at the expanses of Government of Sikkim.

He also urged students to take benefit of studying at the State capital.He urged them to be joyful and stress free to live a healthy life.

The Minister also informed on various initiatives of the Health Department envisioned by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling including Proud Mother Scheme, financial assistance of Rs. 3000/- to TB/MDR Patients, initiation of HPV Vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine, CATCH Programme, etc.

He also urged school administration to visit 1000-bedded Multi Speciality Hospital at Sichey along with the students.

Earlier, Additional Director-cum-SIO, Dr. Phumjey Bhutia, gave an overview on the importance of National De-worming Day and informed that the children from one to five years of age will be provided albandazole tablet at Anganwadi centres and 6 to 19 years of age at their respective schools. A total of one lakh and sixty four thousands (approx.) of targeted beneficiaries are expected to be covered in daylong State wide campaign. If any child missed today’s dose, they must be de-wormed on mop-up day that falls on 14 Feb 2019, she informed.

ECI organises video conference with CEOs of 20 different States and UTs of India

Gangtok, 08 Feb (IPR): The Election Commission of India (ECI) organised a video conference with Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) of 20 different states and Union Territories of India on preparatory of Roll out of EVM Management system for general election.

The Deputy Election Commissioner, ECI, Shri. Sudeep Jain chaired the video conference.

Chief Electoral Officers of 20 States and Union Territories viz; Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Daman, Goa, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and West Bengal attended the video conference.

Shri. Sudeep Jain informed that ECI is going to launch new software called EMS on February 25th for upcoming general election. The new software will replace old ETS software that is used by the Commission.

Meet held in Gyalshing with District Level Officer, School Heads, Officers-in-Charge of Government infrastructures used as Polling Station

Gyalshing, 08 Feb (IPR): A Meeting with District Level Officer and School Heads, Officers-in-Charge of Government infrastructures used as Polling Station was organized by the District Election Cell at the Conference Hall of Zilla Bhawan in Gyalshing. Present during the meeting were Shri Karma Lodey Lepcha, ADC (West); Smt T. Eden Bhutia, Addl. Dir. (HRDD); Shri. Surat Kr. Gurung, ADC/Dev.; Shri. Gayas Pega, ADC, Soreng; Shri. Tushar G. Nikhare. SDM, Gyalshing along with HoDs of Schools and Departments.

Shri Karma Lodey Lepcha urged all the government functionaries to aid the Election Department for the upcoming general Elections of 2019. He asked all to participate and help them to conduct a free and fair elections in a successful manner. He further informed that a batch wise training for the Polling and Presiding Officers would be conducted soon.

Shri Tushar G. Nikhare also spoke to the gathering in relation to various issues of available facilities like ramp for the physically challenged voters which needs to be constructed if the polling stations are close to the road. He also mentioned that vehicles would be made available for physically challenged voter to reach the polling stations in respect to the population. He urged the Power Department to send their respective J.E’s to the respective polling stations for electrifications and proper management. He also informed that from 15-25 Feb, 2019 the Booth Level Officers would be conducting house to house verification of the Electoral Roll.

The school heads were asked to facilitate the stay of polling parties and appoint a nodal contact staff for them. He also spoke about that school grounds have been identified as venues for election meetings. The concerned political party need to inform school heads beforehand only. The list of such venues will be given to school heads through Addl. Dir. (HRDD). He also informed that few critical & hyper-sensitive polling stations will be covered under webcasting.

The programme was conducted for the heads and in-charges of various schools and governmental infrastructures to be made aware of the election procedures and the necessary actions to be followed prior to the commencement of the Election day.