West Sikkim awarded at New Delhi for 90% Full Immunization Coverage

New Delhi, 31st October 2019 (IPR): The West District, Sikkim was awarded with a Certificate and a medal for achieving 90% Full Immunization Coverage under Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) programme. The Award was conferred on the occasion of “Pulse Polio Silver Jubilee” commemorative event held at the Dr Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi. The event was graced by Shri J. P. Nadda, Hon’ble Former Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harshvardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Shri. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Hon’ble Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare. The Award was received by the District Collector, West Shri. Karma R. Bonpo and Chief Medical Officer, West Dr. Tsheten Namgyal Bhutia on behalf of the District.

West District, Sikkim is among the 16 other district of the country which has achieved 90% immunization coverage. The efforts in achieving 90% immunization coverage was due to the efforts of the frontline workers of the Health Department, doctors, nurses ably led by the Chief Medical Officers and supported by the West District Administration.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Harshvardhan stated that India has been declared Polio free in the year 2014 and the fight against Polio was a long and momentous journey. He stated that it all began with a single thought that if ballot papers can reach each person, two life saving drops of vaccination too can reach every child. The success of the Polio vaccination on 2nd October 1994 when Dr Harsh Vardhan was the Health Minister of Delhi led to a countrywide Pulse Polio program from the year 1995. In a span of twenty long year, India was finally free of the virus and the success of the campaign was done to the strong Government leadership, hard work and dedication of frontline health workers, community and religious influencers, State Government, civil society organization and professional bodies like IMA, IAP etc , partners such as WHO, Rotary Club and UNICEF.

The Hon’ble Minister stated that the learning from Pulse Polio Campaign has helped in other immunization programme such as the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) which is a flagship scheme of the Government of India.

West District Observes Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

Gyalshing, 31st, October, 2019 (IPR): The Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day was observed in the District Administration Center, Rabdentse, West Sikkim. The pledge was administered by Shri. Tshering Topgay Bhutia, SDM (Gyalshing) at the Office premises.

The Rashtriya Ekta Diwas commemorates the Birth Anniversary of Shri. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel also known as the “Iron Man of India”.

Similar program was observed at different Sub Divisional and Block Level Offices of West Sikkim.

Sikkim SLSA holds commendation ceremony for best PLVs & Legal Aid Panel Lawyers

Gangtok, 25 Oct (IPR): Sikkim State Legal Services Authority under the directions of Hon’ble Judge, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, who is also the Executive Chairperson, Sikkim SLSA, organized the State meet of Para-Legal Volunteers and commendation ceremony of the best PLVs and Legal Aid Panel Lawyers on 24th Oct at the conference hall of Sikkim SLSA.

The programme was chaired by Hon’ble Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Arup Kumar Goswami, who is also the Patron-in-Chief of Sikkim SLSA, as chief guest along with Judges, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, and Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, as guests of honour.

Justice Arup Kumar Goswami, in his address, informed the august gathering that the role of the PLV is to bridge the gap between the legal system and the common people. He also informed that every State has problems peculiar to the region and that issues regarding these problems have to be addressed differently as per that region.

It was also informed that Sikkim SLSA is blessed with very effective and functional PLVs and Panel Advocates who are the bedrock of the system for making “Access to Justice” available to all sectors of the society and that even though all PLVs and Panel Lawyers have been doing excellent work.

Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, in her address, stated that the programme was held to acknowledge the contribution of the works carried out by PLVs and Panel Advocates towards legal services that are being carried out. It was also informed that PLVs are selected from different walks of life as well as from amongst long term convicts who are lodged in the State Central Prison, Rongyek, East Sikkim and that due to extensive training and refresher courses they are very well equipped with the knowledge of legal aid services, Schemes of National Legal Services Authority as well as in other legal aspects.

She added that Remand Lawyers have been appointed for all the Courts of Sikkim and that if the services of such lawyer are to be availed at the time of pre-arrest, the PLVs avail the services of such Remand Lawyers or when the persons who are apprehended/arrested for any offence and produced before the Courts seeking police or judicial custody.

The Panel Lawyers were also requested to inform the Police Officers/Officials that for assisting the Police the PLVs have been appointed and not for disturbing them.

While complementing the PLVs for their efficient work, she also informed of the Corporate Social Responsibility wherein the Pharmaceutical Companies are aiding the Old Age Homes with ration and medical supplies and that it is the responsibility of the PLVs visiting such Homes to inform the SLSA of any lapse by such Companies. The Panel Advocates were also commended with regards to spreading awareness with regard to drug abuse in Sikkim which is a growing concern.

The fear of human trafficking and missing children, though small in number in Sikkim is an alarming factor and hence it is the role of the Panel Lawyer and PLV to spread awareness so that the problem can be nipped at the bud.

Also present during the programme were Registrar General, High Court of Sikkim, Member Secretary, Special Secretary and other Officers of Sikkim SLSA, Principal Secretary to the Hon’ble Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Registrar-cum-Principal Secretary to the Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Secretary, District Legal Services Authority (East), Officers of High Court of Sikkim, Senior Advocates,Panel Advocates and Para-Legal Volunteers from all the Districts, Press and Media and staff of Sikkim SLSA.

The welcome address was delivered by Shri Sonam Palden Bhutia, Member Secretary while the vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Bikash Sharma, Deputy Secretary, Sikkim SLSA.

Final Counting Results for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency

Namchi, 24 Oct (IPR): The counting process of votes for Bye Elections of10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency concluded in a peaceful manner at District Administrative Centre today.

Mr. Prem Singh Tamang from Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) secured total votes of 10811 followed by Mr. Moses Rai from Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) with 1858 votes and Mr. Yadhu Kumar Rai from Sikkim Republican Party (SRP) got 125 votes. Similarly, 76 votes were casted in the None Of The Above (NOTA) category, 18 were rejected and there were 01 tendered votes.

Further, total number of electors from 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency was 15737 while the total number of votes polled were 12794.

Returning Officer (South) Mr. Ragul K. handed over the Certificate of Election to the winning candidate Mr. Prem Singh Tamang from Sikkim Krantikari Morcha in the presence of General Observer for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency Mr. Alak Kumar Saharia.

After the completion of counting process, the Electronic Voting Machines and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail were stored and sealed at DAC, Namchi.

Excise Department holds meet with liquor manufacturing units

Gangtok, 23 Oct (IPR): A meeting with the liquor manufacturing units was convened by the Excise Department, Government of Sikkim on 22 Oct. The Managing Directors of two Breweries and four Distilleries were present for the meeting along with the Mrs. Binita Chettri, Special Commissioner-cum-Commissioner, Excise Department, Mrs. Anupa Tamling, Joint Secretary-cum-Joint Commissioner, Excise Department and staff from the Department.

The meeting was conducted under the chairmanship of Shri Tenzing Gelek, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Personnel and currently holding additional charge of the Excise Department.

The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss increase in revenue generation by the Department. The Excise Department being one of the highest revenue generating departments under the Government of Sikkim, different ways of enhancing the revenue was discussed at length with the manufacturing units. The Units assured of continuous cooperation and support to the Department like they have been doing till date.

The Department briefed the house on the progress in development of e-Abkari system in line with the Ease of Doing Business, which was unanimously appreciated and welcomed by all.

The meeting concluded on a high note with the decision that quarterly meetings are to be held between the department and the manufacturing units for better coordination and exchange of innovative ideas for enhancing the revenue and taking the department and the State forward.

Grievance Redressal Camp (NCPCR) held at Gyalshing, West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 22nd October, 2019 (IPR): The Grievance Redressal Camp on Matters of Child Rights organized by the National Commission on Child Protection Rights and Sikkim State Commission on Child Protection Rights in collaboration with the District Administration Gyalshing, West Sikkim was held at the Conference Hall, Zilla Bhawan, Gyalshing, West Sikkim. The Meeting was chaired by Smt. Pragna Parande, Member NCPCR along with Smt. Dikila Bhutia, Chairperson (SCPCR); Shri. Karma R. Bonpo, DC West; Smt. Jwala Thapa, Principal Magistrate (JJB); Shri. P. V. G. Satish, ASP West and Shri. Karma L. Lepcha, ADC West.

Smt. Pragna Parande in her key note address mentioned the importance of the Camp and how the NCPCR has been functioning under the guidelines of Central Government. She mentioned that the NCPCR is a statutory body of the Government of India formed under the CPCR Act, 2007. The core mandate of the Commission is to enable all children to enjoy their rights as enshrined in Constitution and provisioned under different Acts/Laws. She also spoke on the importance of the Camp and how each individual is also crucial. She mentioned that the Camp is being held in the Aspirational Districts of India to improve the Health and Education indicators. She mentioned that the Camp was an opportunity for the State to crosscheck their own functioning and perform better after the shortfalls come into light. She also mentioned that the Camp is a medium through which the resolving of disputes in the District in relation to the Child Rights can be done swiftly.
She also mentioned that rights of the children should be protected since the NCPCR was formed with that intention. She further emphasized on the importance of how child rights needs to be given in order to felicitate the proper growth of the children in a peaceful environment.

DC West thanked the NCPCR team for visiting the West District and taking keen interest into the child related issues of Sikkim. He also mentioned that the West District Administration is working closely for providing a conducive environment to the children where they can have proper education. He also mentioned that the camp was a child centric program and the District Administrative Officials have dedicated their entire day towards the children and their rights. During the hearing of cases, the DC West assured the students of various schools that the District Administration in compliance with the other departments would solve the issues in the coming times and urged the students to concentrate on their studies and other matters would be solved.

During the Camp a total of 106 complaints were filed and heard. The complaints were mainly from Schools regarding the infrastructure, drinking water problems, scholarship disbursement delays, library, Mid-Day Meal and sanitation issues which were heard by the NCPCR and SCPCR along with the DM West. Positive and swift solutions were put forward by the NCPCR in coordination with the SCPCR and directives were given by the NCPCR to the concerned authorities in regards to the issues presented by the student representatives. Compensation to POCSO victims were also raised where the CWC members were asked to put forward the cases to the competent authority. In regards to rehabilitation of children with disability were handed over to the Spastic Society, Gangtok. All Sikkim NGOs Association also put forward their grievance which was heard by the Member NCPCR and SCPCR. Children Welfare Committee (CWC) West and South also put forward their issues in relation to Adoption procedures for single parent, Child Welfare, Child Care Institutions (CCI), Children park in urban areas for the children and Menstrual Hygiene in Schools were placed before the NCPCR.

Member NCPCR along with Chairman SCPCR urged the departments to solve the complete the issues raised by the complainants within a specific time frame. Prior to the commencement of the Camp the Member NCPCR visited Kapinzal Home (Specialized Adoption Agency, Gyalshing); Child Friendly Rooms in Police Station (Gyalshing) and Himalayan Open Shelter Home, Gyalshing, West Sikkim.

During the program the official launch of ‘Child Friendly GPU’ at 23 Radhu Khandu was done by Smt. Pragna Parande, Member NCPCR along with Smt. Dikila Bhutia, Chairperson (SCPCR); Shri. Karma R. Bonpo, DC West; Smt. Jwala Thapa, Principal Magistrate (JJB); Shri. P. V. G. Satish, ASP West and Shri. Karma L. Lepcha, ADC West.
Also present were the NCPCR Team Smt. Shaista K. Shah, STE, NCPCR Co-coordinator of the team along with Ms. Bhavna Bajaj, Senior Consultant (NCPCR); Ms. Urvashi Jain, Consultant (NCPCR) and Ms. Bharti, DEO (NCPCR).