The Hon’ble Chief Minister interacts with the public of eight GPU’s under Rinchenpong Constituency

Gyalshing, 4 March (IPR): On the fourth-day tour programme in West District, Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) interacted with the public of eight GPU’s under Rinchenpong Constituency at SPWD Bungalow, Rinchenpong West Sikkim, today.
During the four days extensive tour, HCM visited Yaksum- Tashiding Constituency and Rinchenpong Constituency and directly interacted with the rural public of all the GPU’s to gather first-hand information from them.
Speaking to the people, he mentioned that now the opportunity of state-building has been given to him by the general public hence, he would take it as a challenge and as an opportunity to keep the goodwill of Sikkim in priority. He also mentioned that he is thankful to the Sikkimese people for extending their trust in the government. He added that as the Chief Minister of Sikkim he is ready to serve the state with utmost sincerity and keeping in purview the good of the entire Sikkimese people. HCM stated that in the field of development the state government is working in a dedicated manner.
Highlighting the Health sector, he informed about the availability of specialist doctors in STNM and the district hospitals across the state in addition to several other facilities like dialysis, tertiary cancer care unit, availability of ample medicines in all health centres as well as refrigerators and X-ray machines by the new government. He also urged the people to know the value of these specialised health workers and the facilities and to have optimal use of their potentiality, specially meant for the poor and helpless people of the far fetched, nook and corner of the state.
HCM extended his gratitude to the government officials for their relentless services towards the public. He acknowledged the role of employees to be the strong support for the rural public in reaching new heights. He further added that more facilities for their betterment would be given where in return the government expects that all government officials would serve the public with more efficiency. HCM reiterated that district HOD’s should now be monitoring all the works in the district and the government in turn will ensure to render every necessary support to the district.
Earlier this morning, HCM visited Shivalaya Mandir at Rimbi and Rinchen Chholing Monastery at Meghi Dara, Rinchenpong West Sikkim. He was accorded a warm welcome by the committee members where he offered prayers and interacted with the committee and assured every possible support towards their development.

ICAR-IVRI & KVK organizes Kisan Gosthi-cum-Awareness Programme at Mangan

Mangan, 04 March: A day-long Kisan Gosthi cum Awareness Programme was organized by ICAR-IVRI Eastern Regional Station, Kolkatta in collaboration with KVK North Sikkim, Mangan at KVK Hall today. Hon’ble Chairman for State Welfare Commission, Shri Nim Tshering Lepcha was the Chief Guest.
Shri. Nim Tshering Lepcha expressed his gratitude towards ICAR- IVRI and KVK North Sikkim for organizing a beneficial programme for the farmers. He urged the farmers to take up farming on a large scale and set an example of self-reliant.
Senior Scientist and Head- KVK North Shri T. T. Bhutia, Joint Director Animal Husbandry, Dr. Dichen Kaleon, officials of KVK and farmers from Ringhim, Malling, Nampatam, Kalaw, Upper Singhik and Lower Singhik attended the programme.
Shri. T. T. Bhutia welcomed the gathering and briefed them about the programme. Dr. P .K. Panda, Principal scientist ICAR-IVRI briefed the gathering about the activities undertaken by ICAR-IVRI under NEH Programme in different states. Dr. U.K.Bandhopadhya, Principal scientist detailed the farmers about the importance of pig farming on a commercial scale. DR. T.K.Biswas, Principal scientist ICAR-IVRI briefed about the Scientific Piggery Care and Management.
Dr. Dichen Kaleon congratulated the beneficiaries and urged them to take up piggery on large scale. Dr. Hishey Ongmoo SMS(Animal Science) KVK North detailed the gathering about the breed characteristic of HDK-75.
The farmers were benefitted from piglet breed HDK-75, feed and mineral supplements as well as medicines.
Press Release received from KVK North District.

Sashastra Seema Bal 72 Battallon Distributed Dustbins to 19 villages

Today on 4th March: Sashastra Seema Bal 72 Battalion Yuksum under its Civic Action Programme in North Eastern Region distributed 19 Stainless Steel (S/S) twin Dustbins to 19 different villages and Tourist places like Sopakha, Lingay Busty, Kumukh Sepi, Jhankridunga, Karmatar, Intake, Melli Aching, Khechuperi, Rabdentse Fort, Pema Yangtse Monastery etc. of West Sikkim at Community Hall Sopakha (West Sikkim).
The programme was chaired by Sh. S.K. Awadhiya, Officiating Commandant, 72 Bn SSB as the Chief Guest. Other special guests in the programme were Sh. Rajesh Kumar Singh, Dy. Commandant, 72 Bn SSB, Sh. Padam Bahadur Chettri Panchayat President, Rimbi Thingling GPU, Miss Son Kumari Limboo Panchayat President, 11 Darap Nambu GPU, Sh. Mangat Rai Panchayat President Rimbi Timbrong GPU and Panchayat members from various GPU, a large number of local people along with beneficiaries and students also witnessed the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest Sh. S.K. Awadhiya, Officiating Commandant said that the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” or Clean India Mission is the much-needed initiative of all the citizens during these years. To generate awareness about the mission, we can make people understand waste management or the proper disposals of the garbage in our surroundings. By distributing the Stainless-Steel Dustbins at different villages and Common Places or Tourists points we will be able to keep unwanted waste of garbage to dump in the bins. People will also understand the efforts of the Force to maintain the areas clean which will help the Swacchta mission from the very ground level. Further, by taking such a welfare initiative, SSB will able to develop the confidence of local people.
Recognizing all the welfare initiatives and activities undertaken by 72 Bn SSB to the people of the area, the Sopakha Samaj Kalyan Samiti felicitated Sh. S.K. Awadhiya, Officiating Commandant on behalf of the people of the entire Sopakha Gram Panchayat Unit. A memento and letter of gratitude were handed over to Chief Guest by Sh. C.M. Limboo, President, Sopakha Samaj Kalyan Samiti.

Massive Awareness Programme on Production Incentives Schemes launched throughout South District

Namchi,4th March (IPR): One-day awareness programme was held at Officer’s Club, Namchi by Agriculture and Horticulture Department for the field functionaries and progressive farmers under Namchi block, today. The programme was chaired by Secretary, Horticulture Mr M.T. Sherpa
The programme started with a welcome speech by (HDO)Mrs. Purnima Theeng.
At the onset of the programme JD(Horticulture), Mr. Dikendra Bhujel introduced the guidelines of PIS and explained in detail the various programmes of Horticulture through Power Point presentation. He also reflected the direction given to the department by the government regarding the issue of incentives for 5 crops viz cardamom – 20 Rs per Kg, Ginger- 9 Rs per Kg, Turmeric-5 Rs per Kg, Orange- 10 Rs per Kg and Buckwheat- 4 Rs per Kg.
The programme was carried forward by JD (Agriculture) Dr. Pratap Subba. He explained the details of the survey related to PIS and the time frame to complete the scheme. He also highlighted other ongoing schemes along with PIS. He elaborated on the importance of PIS and its advantages for the farmers.
Joint Register (Corporation Department) Mr. D.R. Ghimerey reflected the work done by FPOs, MPCs, SIMFED, DACs along with collaboration with Agriculture and Horticulture.
Mr. Deoraj Subba, Manager, SIMFED, explained the schemes of SIMFED.
Further, Mr. Krishna Pradhan, FPO President, ( Kitam, Kamrang, Wok) highlighted the importance and provisions of FPOs. He also shared his knowledge working as FPO.
The programme also witnessed an open interactive session related to PIS.
During the interactive session, Secretary Horticulture Mr. M.T. Sherpa addressed the queries related with PIS. He also expressed that the scheme needs to have collaborated with cooperative and FPOs for the smooth functioning of PIS.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by Mrs. Kalpana Pradhan (HDO) Namchi.
Press Release From Agriculture and Horticulture Department.

The Culture Department organizes two days Umang Programme-Workshop

Gangtok, March 4th: The Culture Department, Government of Sikkim in collaboration with the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Dimapur (Nagaland) is organizing 2 days Umang Programme-Workshop on paper bags, gift bags making & dry flower/artificial flower bouquets from 4th & 5th March 2021 at Syari, Gangtok, East Sikkim.
The main aim of the workshop is to provide opportunities for the development of artistic skill as per the National Policy of the Government of India for a person with disabilities by making paper bags &gift bags making and Dry flower/artificial flower bouquets etc.
The workshop is being participated by the Special School for speech & hearing impaired and special school for intellectual disability from Gangtok and its surroundings.
Smt. Chung Chung Bhutia, Chairperson of the Khadi Board graced the inaugural session as Chief Guest, OSD, Culture Department and other officials were also present on the programme. The programme was also attended by the caretakers of the differently-abled children from Special school for speech & hearing impaired and special school for intellectual disabilities.
Smt. Chung Chung Bhutia while addressing the function said that such programmes provide exposure to the Divyang (differently-abled children) to express their pain and sorrow to the magnified environment, and helps in providing a platform to show their talents. She also thanked the Culture Department for their initiation of such a praiseworthy task for the exposure of differently-abled children in and around Gangtok. She urged the participants to take full advantage of this workshop for their development and self –sustainability.
The programme ended with a vote of thanks proposed by OSD, Culture Department, Government of Sikkim Shri Bhawani Ghimiray.

Three independent candidates file their nominations for Municipal Election 2021 West Sikkim

Gyalshing, March 4th (IPR): On the fourth day of filing nominations, a total of three independent candidates have filed their nominations for Municipal Election 2021 at the office of the Assistant Returning Officer, West, today.
Shri Durga Singh Karki Chettri has filed his nomination for 05-New Gyalshing ward, Smt. Chunkila Bhutia has filed her nomination for 03-Naya Bazaar ward, Smt. Nirmala Hingmang has filed her nomination for the 02-Byadong ward.
In West District, a single local body will be going for Municipal Election i.e. Gyalshing Nagar Panchayat consisting of 05 wards. The reservations of seats in the said Municipal Areas are as follows: 01-Kyongsa (ST), 02-Byadong (SC), 03-Nayabazar ST (W), 04-Central Gyalshing UR (W), 05-New Gyalshing OBC (S).
It is pertinent to mention that the total number of voters under Gyalshing Nagar Panchayat is 1255 (Male) and 1225 (Female) with a total number of 2480 voters.
Under Gyalshing Nagar Panchayat there will be five polling stations namely, Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Kyongsa for 01-Kyongsa ward, SPWD AE Office for 02- Byadong ward, Community Hall, Gyalshing Room-1 for 03-Nayabazar ward, Community Hall, Gyalshing Room- 2 for 04- Central Gyalshing ward and Community Hall, Gyalshing Room- 3 for 05- New Gyalshing ward respectively.
Further, the State Election Commission under 243ZA of the Constitution of India has appointed Shri M.T. Sherpa, SCS Secretary/Horticulture Department as Election Observer for Gyalshing Nagar Panchayat to oversee the election process and for the smooth conduct of the election.

Twenty-seven candidates file their nominations for Municipal Election 2021 East Sikkim

Gangtok, March 4th (IPR): On the fourth day of filing for nominations, a total of twenty-seven candidates have filed their nominations for Municipal Election 2021 at the Office of Municipal Returning Officer East, today. Smt.Rubina Gurung has filed her nomination for Lower Tadong- 6th Mile ward of Gangtok Municipal Corporation. Ms Hissey Doma Bhutia has filed her nomination for the Tibet Road ward of Gangtok Municipal Corporation. Shri Sandeep Malu and Shri Ramesh Kr. Agarwal has filed their nominations for Upper MG Marg ward of Gangtok Municipal Corporation. Shri Kanayalall Gupta has filed his nomination for Lower MG Marg- Lall Bazaar ward of Gangtok Municipal Corporation. Smt Dikila Bhutia and Smt Diki Bhutia have filed their nominations for the Chandmari ward of Gangtok Municipal Corporation. Shri Chewang Thendup Lepcha and Shri Gyamtso Bhutia have filed their nominations for the Tadong ward of Gangtok Municipal Corporation. Smt Anu Darjee and Smt Bindhya Subba have filed their nominations for the Mandir Line ward under Singtam Nagar Panchayat. Smt. Yad Kri. Kami has filed her nomination for Pipal Dara ward under Singtam Nagar Panchayat. Shri Mukesh Agarwal and Shri Ta.Tshiring Lepcha has filed their nominations for Daragaon ward under Singtam Nagar Panchayat. Shri Kishore Chettri has filed his nomination for Lall Bazaar ward under Singtam Nagar Panchayat. Shri Suresh Kr. Tamang has filed his nomination for the Chisopani ward under Singtam Nagar Panchayat. Shri Menakchi Kanta Sharma has filed his nomination for Daragaon-Lumsey under Gangtok Municipal Corporation. Smt Peden Bhutia and Ms Tashi Lhamu Lepcha have filed their nominations for the Tathangchen ward under Gangtok Municipal Corporation. Ms Srijana Khati and Ms Bindhya Cintury have filed their nominations for Diesel Power House under Gangtok Municipal Corporation. MD. Shafique has filed his nomination for Arithang II ward under Gangtok Municipal Corporation. Shri Suk Bahadur Gurung and Shri Nell Bahadur Chettri have filed their nominations for the Burtuk ward under Gangtok Municipal Corporation. Shri Madan Kumar Karki and Shri Badruddin Ansari have filed their nominations for Rangpo Upper Bazar under Rangpo Nagar Panchayat and Smt. Sanju Manger has filed her nomination for Majhitar ward under Rangpo Nagar Panchayat.

A meeting was chaired at the office of the District Collector West, Gyalshing

Gyalshing, 4th March (IPR): A meeting regarding the Nasha Mukth Bharat Campaign was held at the office of the District Collector West, Gyalshing, today.
The meeting was chaired by the Additional District Collector/West, Shri Agawane Rohan Ramesh (IAS), SDM(HQ)/West, Shri Anant Jain, Deputy Superintendent of Police/West, Shri Sonam Wangdi Bhutia, Deputy Director/Education, Shri Jiwan Prakash Chhetri, Panel Advocate, Shri Pujan Kharka, representatives of concerned departments and NGOs.
ADC West briefed about the Nasha Mukth Bharat Campaign and its objective. He informed that the motive of the meeting is to discuss the management process of mass campaigning on Nasha Mukth Bharat. He suggested conducting sub-divisional level competition where generations of awareness should take place. He reiterated to focus on educational institutions and recommended organizing music, street play and dance on the theme Nasha Mukth Bharat at the Secondary, Senior Secondary and Colleges level. He also suggested designating one nodal officer in each sub-division who can perform actions and further suggested involving those people who could play a vital role in awareness generation programmes.
During the course of the meeting, an interactive session with the officials was also conducted wherein feedback and requirement were discussed in detail.