Dentam Holds the “District Level Mega Health Campaign”

Gyalshing,1st Dec 2018 (IPR): A Two day’s District Level Mega Health Campaign at Dentam Stadium was formally inaugurated today in an grand manner. Dr. A D Subba, Adviser for Health Dept. graced the occasion as a Chief Guest. accompanying the Chief Guest was Shri. N k Subba, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development and Housing, Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs cum Area MLA.
Dr. A D Subba in his deliverance urges and strongly feels the opportunity that is being provided to the people of Dentam should be utilized in an full extent as these types of Health opportunities are very scared and once in a lifetime opportunity. He also applauded the organizers who put up and gave their effort for the fulfillment of the vision of HCM. He lastly thanked the amount of in percentage offers that various health agencies had provided on the day and also for further necessary treatment respectively.
Mr. N K Subba in his deliverance informed as well as urged to the people for taking most of the benefits out these Health Expo as he feels that this camp is not only for the people of Dentam but for all of West Sikkim can come and take the advantages of various health checkups and medication that is being provided to the public. While conveying the wish of HCM’s vision of improving Sikkimese people health, he informed that the main reason of conducting these type of Expo is an essential and important step towards full filling the vision. He even talked about the various Governmental schemes through which people can get an essential assistance for their health related issues. Further, he also informed about the special day, which would be on 11th December of this month where Senior Citizens over the age of 60 and above can get treatment and necessary consultation. Later while informing about various good schemes being implemented in the Health sector, he also informed that from 2nd January onward the beneficiaries of the scheme ‘One Family, One Government Job’ will come in to implementation.
The campaign also saw the installments of various health related stalls where Chief Guest along with the dignitaries present visited and examined the stalls and also took valuable information of the services being provided to people who had come from nearby and far for consultation with the concern representative in matters on their issue of health.
Along with the Health Expo the event also had the Program related to ‘Consumer Awareness’ organized by the Legal Methodology Unit and Consumer Protection Cell where people were informed about the various free of cost judicial procedure involved.
Also present dignitaries were Mr. J. B. Tamang, Advisor, Food security and Agriculture Dept., Mr. Phurba sherpa, Chairman Juvenile Justice Board, Mr. Tsheten Namgyal CMO, West; Dr. Bikash Pradhan, DTO West, Mr.Digam Gurung, District Project Manager, Zangmu Bhutia, Vice Chairperson, Gayzing Muncipal, Mr. R.B Bhandari, SDM Dentam, Mr. Surat Gurung ADC Dev.,Officials of Line Departments, Zilla Panchayat and members of Organizing Committee.

Health Minister Mr Arjun Kumar Ghatani chaired a plenary and valedictory session of two days International Ambedkar Conclave at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi

New Delhi, December 1: (IPR) Minister for Health Care Human Services and Family Welfare, Information and Public Relations Deptt Deptt Mr Arjun Kumar Ghatani chaired a plenary and valedictory session of two days International Ambedkar Conclave at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, today.
He expressed heartfelt gratitude to the forum and delegates for their invaluable deliberations and inputs.

Minister, in his address, highlighted recently initiated monthly pension scheme to the farmers above 50 years of age envisioned by the Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling and urged forum to put proposal for similar pension scheme before the union govt in favour of SC/ST farmers all over the country.

He also urged the August house to celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti in the national capital with the presentation of culture and tradition of different states.

He suggested Forum to publish an annual book incorporating contents and inputs given by eminent speakers during the technical sessions.

He also touched upon Organic potential, Cleanliness, Education and good governance in the state of Sikkim.

The panel was also joined by the President of Forum of SC/ST Legislators and Parliamentarians Mr Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, Mr Jayesh Khade Advocate World Trade Centre (NM), Mr. Mohinder Kumar IAS (Retd) Former Vice Chancellor, Professor SM Sungoh Dean NEHU Shillong, Mr RP Singh Former Indian Ambassado , Ex. Minister Telengana Mrs Pushpaleela.

Earlier two technical session was held on Education and Skill Development, Economy and Entrepreneurship on the 2nd Day of the conclave.

Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling inaugurated international symposium on evergreen oak forests in the Eastern Himalayas

Gangtok, Nov 20: (IPR) An international symposium on evergreen oak forests in the Eastern Himalayas was formally inaugurated by Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling this morning at Chintan Bhawan. The international symposium was organized by Forests Environment & Wildlife Management Department, Government of Sikkim in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbett (GIZ), Gmbh under Climate Change Adaptation – North Eastern Region (CCA-NER) Project.

Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling in his inaugural address welcomed the international conservation experts and scientists participating in the symposium. He expressed hope that the symposium would deliberate on environmental threats and adoption of successful conservation practices like that of Sikkim for larger benefit. He called for collaborative approaches in understanding and adopting best conservation policies amongst nations, states and organizations. He added that the Government of Sikkim would make efforts towards developing appropriate forum for initiating strong regional cooperation amongst regional countries and north-eastern states initially, and the Himalayan states and mountain nations worldwide in time to come. “I foresee common conservation policies and coordinated approached, which should be effective to withstand and reduce the impacts of different global environmental threats in the region,” he stated.

He congratulated the State Forest Department for collaborating with ‘German International Cooperation’ for the conservation and regeneration of Oak forests of Sikkim using innovative ideas of direct seeding. He expressed hope that the pilot study would be a benchmark for other states in the country to replicate. He added that the outcome of the pilot study could be up-scaled for regaining the oak forests to their original pristine level. He appreciated the GIZ for collaborating with the Government of Sikkim for the conservation of Oak forests of Sikkim and also welcomed cooperation from other international experts and agencies for interventions in addressing biodiversity conservation and climate change.

Speaking about Oaks forests in Sikkim, the Chief Minister said that the evergreen trees with good canopy cover are very close to the Himalayan people for their deep rooted relationship, giving high socio-cultural and environmental benefits. He suggested that Oak forests can be grown in the agro-forestry systems to reduce pressure on natural forests. He added that broad leaved Oak forests can also be a response to global climate change. He called for appropriate scientific and management interventions to improve the natural regeneration of Oak forests in natural eco-system in the Himalayas as well as other naturally occurring oak forests in the world. He said that these conservation efforts should ensure that the Oak forests continue to provide eco-system services to people and environment and sustain continuity of such benefits to the next generation.
Prof. Dr. H.C. Jurgen Huss, Chair of Silviculture, University of Freiburg, Germany) in his address said that he was highly impressed with the emphasis laid on forest conservation in the State. He presented a brief background on the work being done under conservation of Oak forests elsewhere in the World. He also highlighted the importance of Oak forest in the Eastern Himalayas and added that the symposium followed by the field trip would help in understanding the subject to a great extent.

Project Director, GIZ CCA-NER Project Dr. Peter Gross in his address said that the symposium would deliberate in detail about opinions and strategies for management of evergreen Oak forests with special focus on the Himalayan eco-system.

Earlier, PCCF-cum-Principal Secretary Forest Shri M.L. Srivastava in his welcome address highlighted some facts about the geography and biodiversity of Sikkim, and also shared some of the features of the Oak evergreen forests.

Team of Members of Parliament representing Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce called on Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling at Mintogang

Gangtok, Nov 20: (IPR) A team of Members of Parliament (both Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha) representing Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce called on Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling at his official residence at Mintogang this evening.
The team led by MP Shri Naresh Gujral, the Chairperson of the Committee, had nine other MPs namely Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Shri Jitendra Chaudhury, Dr. Haribabu Kambhampati, Smt Roopa Ganguly, Shri Ram Kumar Kashyap, Shri Rakesh Sinha, Shri K.R.P. Prabakaran, Shri Dipsinh Rathod, and Shri Khan Saumitra. The MPs were accompanied by officials from the Parliamentary Secretariat. The Committee Members are on a study tour to the State to understand in detail about export of organic products, and the challenges and opportunities associated with it. MP Sikkim Shri P.D. Rai was also present in the meeting, along with Secretary and officials of the Agriculture Department.

It was a courtesy meeting of the Members of the Committee with the Chief Minister where they shared about their experiences and observations from their brief visit and the discussions held in the Committee meeting earlier in the day.

The Chairperson of the Committee, MP Shri Naresh Gujral lauded the State’s initiatives in agriculture and the economic upliftment of the farmer. Sharing about his interaction with some farmers, he said that they are earning upto Rupees Eighty Thousand from a single crop. Shri Gujral stated that the Government of India is investing on Food Parks in most of the States and granting huge subsidies. He suggested that Sikkim too could partner with local entrepreneur and establish food parks. He also suggested for setting up of a Central University for Agriculture and Floriculture which can become a model for other States to follow. He added that it could give a boost to tourism and will also help in employing large number of people. Several other issues were discussed during the meeting.

MP Dr. Farooq Abdullah stated that the State should enhance its air connectivity and one or two more airlines should start service to and from Pakyong airport. He also shared his opinions on the organic products of Sikkim and their potential in the larger market. He said that he was highly impressed with the overall development in the State.

Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling thanked the MPs for visiting the State and observing the overall development taking place. He shared some information about the indigenous Orchids of Sikkim and other organic produce of the State. He also shared that the State is generating substantial revenue from clean energy such as hydroelectricity projects in the State. He also highlighted some of the unique initiatives taken by the State to improve the socio-economic condition of the people. The Chief Minister suggested that the Central Government should start a subsidy for organic fertilizers along with the subsidy given for chemical fertilizers, and give the people the freedom to choose from either. The Central Government should consider this as a policy decision, he added. He informed that the State of Sikkim has not taken any subsidy for chemical fertilizers in the last seventeen years. He added that the Central Government should compensate this by providing subsidy for organic fertilizers. He suggested that a policy decision should be taken in this regard.

West District successfully completes First Level Checking (FLC)

Geyzing, 20th November 2018 (IPR): The First Level Checking (FLC) of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) & Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) was completed on 19th November,2018 in the presence of District Magistrate-Cum-DEO, Dr. A. B Karki, Shri. Karma Lodey Lepcha, ADC(W), Shri. Tushar Nikhare, SDM Gyalshing, Election Officials along with the representatives of different political parties of the State here at the warehouse located at Kyongsa, West Sikkim.
Mock poll on 23 machines was successfully conducted todayas per the instructions of the Election Commission of India in the presence of Political parties. Further training and awarness would be conducted after November and a total of 40 each machines have been alloted for training purposes in presence of Political parties.
A total of 390 Control Units was checked out of which 6 were rejected. 390 Ballot Units were checked out of which 1 was rejected. A total of 412 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) were checked out of which 19 were rejected.
The defective EVMs and VVPATs would be shifted to the manufacturer (BEL) as mentioned by the Returning Officer.
The Mock poll details are as follows:
1.1200 votes in 1% machines (5 machines)
2.1000 votes in 2% machines (9 machines)
3. 500 votes in 2% machines (9 machines)

Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Khichudumra, South Sikkim observed its Convocation and Annual Day

Namchi, 20th November (IPR): Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Khichudumra, South Sikkim observed its Convocation and Annual Day function 2018 at their college premises today.

SLA Speaker Mr.K.N. Rai attended the event as the Chief Guest accompanied by Guests of Honour Commanding Officer, 4 BN NCC, NCC Training Institute, Kamrang, Colonel Gulshan Chadha and Principal Kamrang Government College Mr. Parshuram Sharma. The program also saw the attendance of Principal SSS Mr. Lakpa Gyalpo Sherpa, Principal ITI Geyzing Mr. T.N. Sharma, BDO Sikip Mr. Ranjan Rai, IO Fire Department Mr. K.B. Gurung alongside Panchayat members, NGO representatives, school heads, senior citizens, staff and students of ITI, Namchi.

Principal ITI, Mr. M.N. Bhutia welcomed the gathering at the onset of program and presented the annual report of Government Industrial Training Institute. The Principal in his presentation stated that ITIs are post-secondary schools in the country constituted under Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGET), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to provide training in various trades. He also stated that a total number of 126 trainees are currently undergoing technical training in the institute.

Addressing the gathering Chief Guest Mr. K.N. Rai congratulated the second batch of pass-out trainees of the Institute for successfully completing their course from Government ITI. He emphasised the importance of skill development and capacity building in the context of today and credited the State Government and the leadership of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for making Sikkim the first state to initiate and enable capacity building programmes for the benefit and greater good of Sikkimese youth. He also threw light on the global status of youth opting for service sector and urged the students and youth alike of Sikkim to develop keen interest in allied activities and entrepreneurial opportunities. The Chief Guest also expressed that the immense resources of youth if tapped can work as a major driving force of socio-economic change in our society. He added that it is therefore needed to create increasing opportunities for them to develop their personalities and their functional capacities and thus make them economically productive and socially responsible individual of the state. Additionally, the Speaker opined that skill development has been identified as a major strategy to make human resources more efficient and more productive and hence the youth should equally tap such opportunities provided by the Department of Skill and Entrepreneurship Development , Government of Sikkim.

AD, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Department Dr. I.B.S. Yadav spoke and lauded the numerous capacity building programmes of the State Government which aids the youth to be skilled and efficient and facilitates placements for these youths within and outside the State. He also made the students of the institute aware that the Department is committed towards supporting well trained youth the state to empower them holistically.

The program was also addressed by Guest of Honour Colonel Gulshan Chadha where he spoke about the opportunities and scope for ITI Diploma Holder in Defence Force. He urged the students of the institute to forge their career path in the armed forces apart from conventional employment opportunities. He also assured to organise a recruitment drive for NCC in the campus for the benefit and larger good of the ITI students.

Earlier Chief Guest Mr.K.N. Rai inaugurated the newly constructed badminton court in the ITI premises. The Chief Guest and dignitaries present also visited the exhibition stall put up by the students of Government ITI. Convocation certificates and prizes were also conferred by the Chief Guest and dignitaries to the 71 trainee pass-outs on the said occasion.

Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling attends Silver jubilee celebration of Prajapati Brahma Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Sikkim

Gangtok, Nov 20 (IPR):Prajapati Brahma Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Sikkim celebrated its Silver jubilee and 25 years of service in Sikkim at the auditorium of Manan Kendra here today.Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Pawan Chamling graced the event as the Chief Guest along with the MLAs, senior
officials from line departments, members of Brahma kumaris from within
and outside the state including followers from Bhutan and Indonesia.

The function started with the lighting of ceremonial lamps
by the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Chief Minister,Shri Pawan Chamling.The
event saw soulful cultural performances by the members of
Brahmakumarisand the release of the magazine” Smaranjali” by the
Hon’ble Chief Minister.

Speaking during the event,HCM thanked Brahmakumaris, Sikkim for
providing the opportunity and inviting him on the auspicious occasion.
HCM emphasised on the significant role played by every religion in the
world today and stated that religion is the amalgamation and
assimilationof pure thoughts and views. HCM highlighted on the
achievements and the accomplishment of the State Government in the
religious sector in the state over the last 25 years and added that
the Government has always respected and protected the religious rights
of all the communities in the state.HCM stressed that religions have
taught humanity to co-exists with the nature in harmony and has helped
pave the way to know about the truth of life and has enabled the
people to learn about the art of living one’s life.

HCM further stated that Sikkim is the only secular state in practice
in the whole country and the State Government has left no stone
unturned to secure and protect the secular fabric in the state.He also
mentioned on Sikkim being the most peaceful and prosperous state in
the country. He said, “There is no insurgency in the state and there
has been no conflict in the name of religion in our state.There hasn’t
been any destruction of religious monuments in the state. Therefore,
religion helps to know ourselves from within and is the only way which
makes our life balanced and peaceful”.

Also speaking to the gathering,HCM urged the people and religious
organisations to rise above all the caste,creed,petty politics and
think for the welfare of all as a whole.“We have always abided by the
constitution and have followed and approached our religions according
to what the constitution has granted us”, he added. HCM further
mentioned, “With the initiative of the government, various religious
monuments, temples, monasteries, churches, mosques, etc have been
constructed in the state and that has helped to accelerate pilgrimage
tourism in the state.”

Earlier,speaking on the occasion, Rajyogini,B.K Sonam Didi welcomed
Hon’ble Chief Minister and congratulated all the members of
Brahmakumaris from within and outsidethe state for their valuable
service over the last 25 years. Rajyogini,B.K Sonam Didi highlighted
on the achievements and the accomplishmentsof the organisation over
the last 25 years in the state. She mentioned that there were 14
Brahmakumaris centres all over the state including the headquarter in
Gangtok and especially thanked every individuals for their valuable
efforts and contributions. She said that the organisation is such
where people from every religious background can practice and acquire
necessary knowledge and wisdom. She also spoke on the essence of one’s
life and added that self- transformation can only help bring about
positive transformation in the world .She lastly thanked the HCM for
his valuable contribution and his tireless efforts to allocate the
land for the construction of Brahmakumaris Centre (Shanti Kund) at
Development Area.

Earlier, a video message conveyed by Raj Yogini Dadi Jankiji was also
telecasted before the gathering. The members from Brahmakumaris,
Sikkim also felicitated HCM with a shawl and a plaque as a mark of
respect and appreciation.

After the function at Manan Kendra,HCM inaugurated the newly
constructed Brahmakumaris Centre also known as Shanti Kund at
Development Area. Later,HCM also visited the 3D hall and the
meditation hall at Shanti Kund and offered his prayers at the centre.

DC, West conducts a surprise visit at BAC and PHSC, Chumbung

Gyalshing, 20/11/18 (IPR): Under the program ‘File to Field’ initiated by the District Collector, Dr. A. B. Karki, the District Collector along with his team visited the Block Administrative Center at Chumbung, West Sikkim.
During his surprise visit to the BAC he gave strict orders to the office bearers to be accountable for their respective duties and that their negligence in terms of work would not be tolerated. He also asked the staffs of the BAC to be present so that the public’s work should not be hindered in anyway. He also reminded that they are there to serve the public hence their punctuality and work attitude matters. He later asked the authority to install a Bio-metric system in the office and maintain cleanliness. He along with the staffs of the BAC Chumbung carried a cleanliness drive within the Office premises.
He then visited the Primary Health Sub Center of Chumbung and interacted with the staffs and wished to help them in any way possible in the near future.

Department of Commerce and Industries conducted meeting on Ease of Doing Business

Gangtok, Nov 19: (IPR) A meeting to discuss Ease of Doing Business organized by the Department of Commerce and Industries was held in the Conference Hall of the Chief Secretary today at Manan Kendra which was chaired by the Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Shrivastava.

The welcome address was presented by the Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries Department, Shri Thomas Chandy who gave a brief background about the earlier meetings whereby it was decided that all the 13 Departments concerned in issuance of permits for registration of new industries in the state would have their own web portal where details for permits and application download from potential applicants would be given. He also pointed out that due to software development issues the matter has not been able to be implemented by the Departments and thus has remained a big hindrance.

The Principal Secretary suggested for a single window integrated format where requirements of individual Department needed from potential applicants for industries are collected and disseminated to the concerned Departments. Websites and portals of Departments already existing can link it with Industries Department for easier access to forms, applications and various other details, he said.

At the end of the deliberations, the Principal Secretary asked for active cooperation from all the Departments and said that with active coordination cooperation the growth of industries in Sikkim can be placed in the roadmap of the country soon.

Discussion and inputs from all the representatives of the line Departments also took place whereby various suggestions were placed and discussed upon.

The Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Shrivastava thanked everyone for the good discussion on this important matter and said that though industrialization in Sikkim is still in an early phase, we must all work together so that the state move towards more progress and prosperity.
The meeting was attended by HODs and representatives from various Departments and the vote of thanks was delivered by Director, Commerce and Industries Shri Tashi Chopel.

Health Minister Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani inaugurated six houses at 08-Salghari Zoom Constituency

Gangtok, November 19: (IPR) Minister Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani
inaugurated Six houses in his 08-Salghari Zoom Constituency out of
which five houses were constructed under Chief Minister`s Rural
Housing Mission (Phase – 1) in Samsing Pipaley and Baiguney Gelling
Gram Panchayat Unit and a house was established under Pradhan Mantri
Awas Yojna- Grameen, today.

Minister began the series of house inauguration from Pipaley/ward no.
5 under Samsing Pipaley GPU and handed over to the beneficiary Mr. Mat
Parsingh Rai. Thereafter, he inaugurated two CMRHM House at Sawaligaon
/ward no 2 and handed over to the beneficiaries Mrs Tila Rupa Sharma
and Bindra Maya Kami and a PMAY House to Nar Bdr Kami in the same GPU.

Later, the minister inaugurated two more CMRHM House of the
beneficiaries Mr. Arun Chandra Rai and Mr. Ram Bdr Rai who expressed
their heartiest gratitude to the state government for providing the
house.
During the programme he interacted with the people, listened to their
grievances and also informed about the vision and pro-people policy of
the state government under the great leadership of the Chief Minister
of Sikkim Mr Pawan Chamling.

During the programme he was accompanied by the Block Development
Officer Chumbong BAC Mr CL Sharma, officials from RMD Deptt, Panchayat
President Mr. Anil Rai, Panchayat members and youths.