Hon’ble Minister Mingma N. Sherpa interacts with Power Grid Corporation officials

Gangtok, 10 Jun (IPR): A meeting chaired by Hon’ble Minister of Energy & Power and Labour Departments, Mr. Mingma N. Sherpa, with the officials of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. was held on 9th June at Jalipool Power Grid Guest House.

The meeting held with an objective to review and take stock of the power distribution system in the State of Sikkim under Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening of Transmission & Distribution System had the presence of Executive Director Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, Mr. N.K. Ohdar, Senior General Manager (Rangpo station), Mr. C. Nandi, Deputy G.M. (Tokal station), Mr. H. Jena, G.M. (Gangtok station), Mr. S.K. Purokyastha, and Chief Manager (Mangan station), Mr. H.P. Gurung, alongside Engineers deputed at Power Grid Corporation.

The Minister reviewed the status of affairs of all Power Grid Corporation office set-ups based within Sikkim and thoroughly examined the project status of the ongoing projects in the state. Similarly, assessment and compensation issues, speedy forest clearances in order to resume tower erection and transmission line work, sub-station composition and current vacancies in respective stations were discussed extensively.

Mr. Sherpa also looked into the pressing demands of lack of Field Engineers required for projects across Sikkim and assured all help to resolve genuine matters on a timely manner. He was also apprised about the structure of the High Level Implementation Committee.

A second meeting with the members of the committee in the month of July to discuss the progress of work, status of work undertaken by Power Grid Corporation Sikkim will be pursued, stated the Minister.

DTFI for Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign ’19 held at Gyalshing DAC

Gyalshing, 10 Jun (IPR): The coordination meeting regarding District Task Force for immunization (DTFI) for Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign 2019 under District Hospital, Gyalshing was held at the conference hall of District Administration Centre (DAC) in Rabdentse,West Sikkim today.

The meeting was presided over by Additional District Collector, West, Mr. Karma L. Lepcha, along with Chief Medical Officer, West, Dr. Tsheten Namgyal, District Reproductive Child Health Officer, Dr. Anusha Lama, Senior Welfare Officer, Mr. S.K. Alley, Child Development Project Officer, Mr. H.B. Shanker, Deputy Director, Human Resource Development Department, Mrs. K.D. Bhutia, Dy. Director (HRDD), Mr. P.L. Limboo, and other officials.

During the meeting, a detailed discussion was held on MR vaccination campaign implementation strategy besides other key aspects of the vaccination campaign in the district.

The ADC asked all the line departments, educational institutions and other related departments to extend their full cooperation and support within their respective jurisdictions to ensure successful conduct of the campaign.

He instructed the Education, ICDS Departments to furnish the list of students to the Health Department well in advance so that no child is left without vaccination and ensure enormous support from the District administration.

At the outset, Mrs. Lama (DRCHO) informed the meeting that in order to ensure proper implementation of the vaccination campaign the collective and effective involvement of all the departments is very important. She asked all the departments to come forward with committed effort in order to achieve the objective of the campaign i.e to rapidly build up immunity for both measles and rubella diseases and ensure that all the children should receive MR vaccine during the campaign.

Stressing on spreading mass awareness regarding the vaccination, she emphasized on circulating informative materials at public places and asked the IPR Department to make an optimal use of effective communication tools such as social media, electronic media, print media, etc.

She further informed about the involvement of the services of ASHA and Anganwadi workers for the campaign. The training of the required staff to ensure the hassle-free conduct of vaccination campaign was also stressed upon.

The vaccination campaign will be started after summer vacations in the district. The campaign will be carried out in schools, community centers and health facilities. All children from 09 months to less than 15 years of age will be given a single shot of Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination during the campaign.

Pertinently, the Measles-Rubella campaign is a part of global efforts to reduce illness and deaths due to measles and rubella/CRS in the country. India, along with ten other WHO South East Asia Region member countries, has resolved to eliminate measles and control rubella/congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020.

Hon’ble CM to attend NITI Aayog meet on 13 Jun in New Delhi

Siliguri, 10 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) arrived at Bagdogra Airport today from Gangtok. He was received by officials from different departments at the airport. The CM leaves for New Delhi for a six-daylong official tour. He will be attending the NITI Aayog meeting which is scheduled to be held on 13 Jun. During his stay, he will also call on Central leaders, it was informed.

Press Release from District Legal Services Authority (South)

Yangang, 09 June: District Legal Services Authority (South) and Taluk Legal Services Committee (South) in coordination with the Sikkim State Legal Services Authority organized a Legal Services Camp at Government Senior Secondary School, Yangang, South Sikkikm on 09.06.2019.

The purpose of a Legal Services Camp is to spread awareness about welfare legislations on various Schemes and to strengthen the community’s access to the schemes being implemented by the Legal Services Authority and other Departments of the Government.

The aim is also to identify and connect people to welfare schemes to ensure that fruits of the welfare schemes are passed on to the eligible people. The Camp also looks upon understanding the legal needs of the people by addressing their legal problems and giving appropriate legal advice.

Today’s camp focused mainly on NALSA (Legal Services to the Workers in the Unorganized Sector) Scheme, 2015.

The programme was launched by the Ld. Chairman, DLSA (South) Mr. Jiwan Kumar Kharka in the presence of Secretary DLSA (South), Ms. Jwala D. Thapa. Also present were Ld. Panel Advocates, Mr Bhim S. Pradhan, Ms Sushila Thapa and Mr. Manoj Subba, Doctors and Medical team from Kins Hospital Siliguri (focusing on orthopedic, general medicine and diabetic checkup), P.I., Mr. Chandan Chettri (SHO Ravangla Police Station), S.I., Mr. C.K. Subba (Yangang Out Post), Ms. Arpana Karthak and Ms. Sita Chettri from Social Welfare Department (South), Mr. Basant Kumar Rai from Labour Department (South), Mr. Laxuman Tamang (School Vice Principal In-Charge), Ms. Raj Kumari Thapa (Area MLA Yangang), Ms. Ranjita Gurung (Ex-Para Legal Volunteer of DLSA South), Panchayat President Yangang, Mr. Lakho Tshering Lepcha, Panchayat Vice President Yangang, Mr. Jairam Gupta (Para-Legal Volunteer, DLSA South) and students of the School and the local gentries of Yangang, South Sikkim.

During the programme, two video clips were shown to the public broadcasting the benefits of National Legal Services Authority and Sikkim State Legal Services Authority. Stalls had been set up with representatives from the Health Department, Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department, Police Department and Labor Department giving out information relating to various relevant schemes from each of their Departments.

The Ld. Panel Advocates also disbursed information on the legal services provided by the SSLSA and DLSA, specifically Free Legal Aid. The health camp also provided check-up, diagnosis as well as advice to the attendees.
There were more than 400 person who attended the program and received benefits from the camp.

Members of Sikkim Women’s Council meet Hon’ble CM

Gangtok, 09 Jun (IPR): Members of Sikkim Women’s Council met Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) today. The 14-member delegation led by President, Smt Rukmini Sharma, placed major demand of providing an office premises for the organisation. They also informed about the various activities which is being carried by the Council and briefed about the numerous areas where they focus such as women empowerment and other social causes.

The CM also informed them about the various programmes of the State government and further assured all possible support from their side.

Hon’ble Chief Justice, HCS, Justice Bist, visits Ravangla

Namchi, 09 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Vijai Kumar Bist, arrived at Power Guest House in Ravangla today. Upon his arrival, the Chief Justice was given the guard of honour by Sikkim Police led by Mr. Prakash Tiwari.

He was accompanied by Registrar General, Mr. N.G. Sherpa, Principal Secretary to the Chief Justice, Ms. Jyoti Kharka, Officer on Special Duty, Ms. Subarna Rai, alongside District and Sessions Judge (South), Mr. Jiwan Kharga, and other officials from District Court, Namchi.

It maybe mentioned here, the Chief Justice was on a two-daylong tour to South and West Sikkim wherein he visited various Sub-division Courts.

Hon’ble CM Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) visits Rongyek Central Jail

Gangtok, 09 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) made a surprise visit to the Rongyek Central Jail today and took stock of every necessity and also enquired about the well being of the inmates there.

He was welcomed by Jailer, Shri Vinod Tamang, and was accompanied by the staff and the local people who warmly welcomed the CM.

The CM assured all possible support from the State government which included discussion of urgent issues and necessary help such as for repair work, gym facilities and allowance.

Hon’ble Chief Justice, HCS, Justice Vijai Kumar Bist, visits West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 08 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Vijai Kumar Bist, visited West Sikkim. He was accompanied by Registrar General, HCS, Mr. N.G. Sherpa, Principal Secretary to the Chief Justice, Ms. Jyoti Kharka, and Officer on Special Duty, HCS, Ms. Subarna Rai.

Justice Bist visited the Court of Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate, Jorethang Sub Division, Court of Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate, Soreng Sub-divisions and the District and Sessions Court, Gyalshing in West Sikkim wherein he also met with the District Collector, West, SDPO, West and interacted with the staff and Bar members.

The Chief Justice is scheduled to visit places of interests in West Sikkim tomorrow after which he along with his entourage will be headed to Gangtok via Ravangla, South Sikkim.

Swastik CE calls on Hon’ble CM Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay)

Gangtok, 08 Jun (IPR): Chief Engineer, Swastik, Shri Harendra Kumar, accompanied by Director, Works, Shri Saroj Kumar Pradhan, called on Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) at his office at Tashiling Secretariat in Gangtok today.

The CE informed the CM about the works being undertaken in East and North districts of Sikkim. Shri Kumar also apprised him about the plans and projects in the pipeline and briefed him about the monsoon preparedness from their end. Strategic roads around the border areas were also discussed.

The CM thanked Shri Kumar for his visit and said that they should work with mutual cooperation for the overall benefit of the State.

Co-ord meet regarding traffic situation in the State conducted in the presence of Hon’ble CM

Gangtok, 07 Jun (IPR): A close co-ordination meeting regarding the traffic situation in the State was chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S. Tamang (Golay) and was attended by UDHD Minister, Shri Arun Upreti, RMDD Minister, Shri Sonam Lama, Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, ACS, Shri S.C. Gupta, Director General of Police, Shri S.D. Negi, Special DGP, Shri A. Sudhakar Rao, DIG (Range), Shri D.B. Giri, RMDD Secretary, Shri C.S. Rao, UDHD Secretary, Smt Ganga Pradhan, SP (Traffic), Shri Tshering Namgyal Gyatso, Chief Engineer (RMDD), Shri L.D. Lamtha, and others.

After numerous deliberations, the CM stated that the State government has to come up with alternative measures since land is limited and solution has to be procured with what is available at hand. He directed Roads and Bridges Department that the road from Shyari to Ranipool should be opened for light vehicle at the earliest.

Another road alternative that the State government should work upon is the Ranipool/Ray Khola/Sichey alternative road which should be considered for de-congestion of the National highway, he added.

The CM said that the problem of traffic congestion is not just a problem of the State government but it is the problem of the whole people of the State. He directed that all roads whose work had started or was under progress should be completed at the earliest.

He also directed that a meeting with proper Power Point Presentation with GREF, Sikkim Police, NHIDCL should be convened at the earliest so that feasible roadmap should be brought forward for easing the traffic problem in the capital.

Framing of policies like time limit for completion of work, relaxation period and penalty in case of non-completion should also be put in the Agreement, the CM added. Plying of more Government run buses for the employees could also be one of the solutions, he stated.

Minister, UDHD, Shri Arun Upreti, suggested that a Committee should be formed which should check the work of contractors who have been assigned crucial projects. He also put forth his suggestion for restoring the route from Lal Bazaar area to Nam Nang so that it could ease the highway load.

Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, stated that the meeting today was for a thoughtful analysis of the traffic situation which has impacted all the people of State in their daily lives. He said that the population of the State has taken a quantum jump but the land holding had remained the same. This could be because of migration of people from rural to urban areas and also because of surge of educational institutions in the State, he added.

The CS stated that diversion of traffic movement from the main highway was necessary and he suggested various alternatives such as rope-way, efficient city buses, walking to office/school once a week, ban on private car during certain hours and ban on site allocation along the highway.

Additional CS, Shri S.C. Gupta, said that good public transport system for students should be created which would aim at mass transport alternative. Battery operated mode of transport in the long run would also help with car pooling as the best short term alternative for the government employees.

Director General of Police, Shri S.D. Negi, also gave his valuable inputs about the various components like land use and the engineering aspect of road which contribute to traffic congestion. He suggested a tie-up with all the required departments so that result oriented implications could be ascertained.

Special DGP, Shri Sudhakar Rao, suggested the State government to tackle the problem on short term, mid term and long term basis. For short term result, he suggested car pool for officers, flyovers at various points, pedestrian walking and bus stoppages at correct places.

Secretary, Transport, Shri S.D. Dhakal, also gave his valuable suggestions. He suggested that L.P.G gas distribution should be done only during the weekends so that truck congestion could be restricted. He also proposed that the road from Arithang to DPH be reconstructed along with mid-term solution like private parking in available areas.

Secretary, UDHD, Smt Ganga Pradhan, elucidated that there are in total 54 roads in and around Gangtok. Immediate solution she pointed out to ease the traffic situation in the capital was pedestrianisation and improvement of walkways for the general people and link roads such as from Paljor Stadium Road to Bye Pass area/Daragaon to Jor Dhara/NH31 to Gairi Gaon, etc.

She also suggested for introduction of travel pass in Gangtok Rope-way for employees from Deorali to Secretariat with fixed timing and increase in cable frequency to accommodate all during the peak hours.

Smt Pradhan also suggested for cable car as mass transport alternative from Ranipool to Burtuk with numerous stations which would be beneficial to the commuters. She also informed that numerous car parks with multi level car parking facility proposals are already in the pipeline.

Superintendent of Police, Traffic, Shri Tshering Namgyal Gyatso, gave an in-depth account of the traffic situation in the capital and placed few points where immediate action needs to be taken. He suggested that the tourist permit office be shifted back to the old venue in M.G. Marg since it has added to more traffic woes at Zero Point.

He also said that few approach areas like the bend at Old Sadar Thana, entry point of Syari from the highway and entry point of Convoy Ground road to ICAR all need to be expanded so that there is smooth vehicular flow without obstructing the traffic.

Shri Gyatso also suggested for upgradation of Bye-pass road leading to the new STNM hospital since there is heavy flow of traffic now. Similarly, he placed his suggestions for alternative road from Tadong College to Manipal and a review of the drainage system of the State.

The CM gave a patient hearing to all the suggestions of the august gathering and said that the meeting was a step forward at the right time in the right direction. He called for collective co-operation in handling the traffic situation and hoped for result oriented solutions at the earliest from all the concerned departments.