A day long general awareness cum training of Fair Price Shop Owners, Panchayats and Beneficiaries or Public Distribution System

Gangtok, May 7 (IPR): Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department organised a day long general awareness cum training of Fair Price Shop Owners, Panchayats and Beneficiaries or Public Distribution System here at Food Godown, Lumsey today.

The Secretary of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Ms. Sarala Rai was present as chief guest and she was accompanied by senior officers and staffs.

Addressing the gathering, Secretary, Ms. Sarala Rai called upon Fair Price Shop (FPS) Owners to follow the guidelines while running the FPS. “Consumers are protected with adequate law under Consumer Protection Act 1986 but most of the consumers are not aware with their rights. So far only few number of cases have been reported in Consumer Forum as people are lacking with their rights and responsibilities and people should be educated and trained or their own welfare and for the general society as a whole,” said Secretary.

Secretary also stated that common people were becoming the main target of exploitation for the market due to lack of awareness, education and ignorance and further informed that now onwards beneficiaries will get grade A rice from FPS.

Earlier, Additional Controller, Shri C.K Sharma emphasized on the Consumer Protection Act 1986 which was implemented in the country to look into the issue of consumer rights.

Shri Sharma informed about various processes which have been initiated by the Department to provide justice to consumers through district, state and national forums. Sharma stated that the shop owners cannot put their own stickers and rate to make an extra profit on the commodities and if anyone found of mal practices will be booked as per law.

During the program shop owners and beneficiaries placed their problems and grievances which was clarified by the Department.

At the end the Department appealed to everyone present to make themselves more aware so as to avoid exploitations and malpractices

1st Round of Training for Counting Supervisors, Counting Assistants and Micro Observers successfully completed

Gyalshing, 7th May, 2019 (IPR): The First round of Training for Counting Supervisors, Counting Assistants and Micro Observers was held at the Community Hall, Gyalshing, West Sikkim. The training was chaired by Shri. Karma R. Bonpo, DC West along with Shri. Karma Lodey Lepcha, ADC West and Shri. Tushar G. Nikhare, SDM (HQ). Shri. Jigme Wangchuk Bhutia, SDM Ravangla was the Master Trainer for the program.
Shri. Karma R. Bonpo addressed the trainees present on the layout of how and where the Counting would take place in the district. He mentioned that a three layered security system would be constituted wherein the State Police, State intelligence Bureau and Central Parliamentary Armed Forces would be deployed to ensure proper security. He also mentioned that separate counting halls for Parliamentary and Assembly Constituency have been designated, Hall 1 (BRC Auditorium Hall, Govt. Girls SSS, Kyongsa) and Hall 2 (Auditorium Hall, Govt. Girls SSS, Kyongsa for Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies respectively.
He also mentioned that the personnel involved in the counting process would be given Identity Cards without which they wouldn’t be allowed to enter the premises. He also advised that every personnel must be alert and vigilant in their duties. He further informed that randomization of the counting tables would start from 5am on 23rd May, 2019. He also informed that the entire process of opening of strong rooms, opening of EVMs would be videotaped for evidence purpose.
Master Trainer Shri. Jigme W. Bhutia spoke on the objective of the training was to learn about the counting of Postal Ballots, Counting of Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballots, Counting of Votes recorded in EVMs, Counting of VVPAT slips and Compilation of data. He also spoke in depth about the filling of different forms, compilation of data, counting teams for EVMs, Postal Ballots and Additional Counting Team for the ECI Observer, Counting Team Compositions (1 Counting Supervisor, 1 Counting Assistant, 1 Micro Observer and one Support staff), Micro Observers and their duties, computation team who have to compile data manually and digitally, process involved in the postal ballot counting, cross checking of results by the ECI Observer and other aspects associated with the counting procedure

Pre-Monsoon Disaster Preparedness held at DAC Namchi

Namchi, 7th May (IPR): A daylong co-ordination meeting on Pre-Monsoon Disaster Preparedness organized by District Disaster Management Authority South (DDMA) at the Conference Hall of DAC Namchi today.

The meeting chaired by DC (South) Mr. Ragul.K was held with an objective to meet the challenges of the impending monsoon. The meeting was also attended by SP(S) Mr. Manish Verma, ADM (South) Mr. Satyam K Pradhan alongside SDMs and HoD’s of line Departments from the district.

During the meeting, issues related to monsoon induced calamities, action plans, coordination between all line departments, and readily available assistance to reinforce normally of lives post disasters were discussed.

Speaking on the occasion, DC (S) Raghul K, highlighted that all the concerned officials and disaster management team to be vigilant and alert during times of monsoon disasters. He also spoke in detail about the availability and access of disaster management equipments and directed the stakeholders to remain vigil and ready to tackle any magnitude of disaster. He also addresses the issues of effective communication during times of disaster and urged the public to report any incidents or casualties to the SDMs or the concerned officers of the area. Matters related to disbursement of ex-gratia was also taken up during the meeting. In addition, the DC urged the representatives of different departments to ensure full preparedness to face
natural calamities of any kind during monsoon season. He called for an active and correct monitoring and implementation for disaster relief plans for the district under Incident Response System (IRS).

The DC took up matters of damaged and vulnerable water pipeline supply in Namchi with the PHE Dept and directed them to get the problem resolved in a timely manner. Similarly, he issued directives to Roads & Bridges Department and the Private stakeholders to ensure restoration of slide prone areas along the highway prior to monsoons and emphasized the clearance of roads inorder to avoid unnecessary traffic. He asked the officials of PMGSY and Roads Department to clear the drains urgently and take preventive actions. He also asked the SDMs to inspect the roads to avoid natural calamities. Likewise, the DC advised the Forest Department to look into the problem of reckless dumping, felling of tilted trees and plantation wherever necessary. All officials were directed to be on high alert during the monsoons and stock adequate supplies of essentials in the respective stations during the course of the meeting.

ALIMCO assessment camp for Senior Citizens and PWDs at BAC Gyalshing

Gyalshing, 1st May(IPR): The Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) in collaboration with the District Administration Centre, West conducted an assessment camp for Senior Citizens and Person with Disabilities (PWDs) at the BAC, Gyalshing. The main motive for the camp was to provide the beneficiaries with the free of cost health checkups along with Medical Assistive devices and equipments to them.
A total of 115 Senior citizens and PWD took benefits from the camp.


Gangtok, May 1(IPR): The 14th episode of Indo-China Border Trade resumed trade and opened today. The event included welcoming of officials and traders of both sides at the Gate. A team of officials headed by Dr. Thomas Chandy, Principal Secretary including senior officers of Commerce and Industries Department and other State Departments as well as Central Agencies were present on the occasion.

The trade takes place from 1st of May to 30th of November each year and is operational for four days a week i.e from Monday to Thursday.

Last year the Value of Trade for Export was Rs. 45.03 crores and for Import was Rs. 3.23 crores and the major items of export and import are as follows:

Export Items:

1. Wheat Flour
2. Dalda
3. Biscuit
4. Utensils
5. Copper Items

Import Items:

1. Readymade Garments
2. Carpet
3. Blanket
4. Shoes
5. China Clay

EVM VVPAT Units Shifted From East District Warehouse In Gangtok To West, South And North District Warehouses

Gangtok, 27 Feb (IPR): With barely three months left for General Elections, today as per direction of Election Commission of India, EVM VVPAT Units have been shifted from East District warehouse located at CEO office, Gangtok to West district, South district and North district EVM VVPAT warehouses.

The Strong Room was opened with the permission of ADC East (Hq), Mr. J.C. Namgyal, who is also the Nodal Officer for EVM VVPAT Management for East district. The Nodal Officers for EVM VVPAT Management of the districts, SDM Mangan, Mr. Samdup Bhutia, SDM Yangyang, Mr. Tshering Gyatso Bhutia, DFO West, Mr. Tenzing Norbu Bhutia and officers and IT staffs of the office of the CEO, Sikkim were also present.

Members from political parties Mr. Raj Kumar (SDF) CEC Member, Mr. Krishna Sharma (SKM) Vice President East District also witnessed the opening of the warehouse and shifting of EVM VVPAT Units.

All the activities of EVMs and VVPATs are now monitored by EVMS (EVM Management System). The New EVM Management System has two components, first is the Web based application and second is a Mobile application. The Web Based Application has core functionalities related to EVM management process used by users like Manufacture, ECI, CEOs, DEOs and Warehouse in charge, whereas the Mobile Application supports application used by temporary users mainly for scanning at warehouse level during sending and receiving in AC Strong Room after first randomization.

The total number of EVM Units shifted to South District is 112 (BU), 115 (CU) and 161 VVPATs, followed by 41 (BU) 46 (CU) and 54 VVPATs to North District and 82 (BU), 87(CU) and 78 VVPATs to West District respectively.

All the EVM VVPAT Units are collected by Executive Magistrate from the respective district concerned. A tracking device has been installed in the vehicle carrying EVM Units as per the norms of Election Commission Of India to monitor and keep track of EVM Units during the transit which is monitored by DEOs and CEO Office. Strict SOP for security is also being followed . The vehicle is being accompanied by armed guards and executive magistrates throughout the transit.