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)

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.

Namchi Girls Senior Secondary School selected as Model ELC (Electoral Literacy Club) School of South District

Namchi, 19th November: Government Girl’s Senior Secondary School Namchi  has been selected as the Model ELC (Electoral Literacy Club) School of South District by Election Department, Namchi. Under the SVEEP (Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation) plan the students of Model ELC School were asked to compose a theme based song. This exercise was completed under the constant guidance and support by Campus Ambassdor Mr Dzongri Lepcha and Nodal Officers (NO)of Model ELC School Mrs Punam Rai and Assistant NO Mrs. Merina Lepcha.

It maybe mentioned here that the participants have to use the medium of music to spread election awareness amongst people specially focussing on the women folk. The theme based song encourages all to awaken and exercise their right to vote and to build a strong country.The song is an example of women empowerment wherein the girls sing and play the instruments themselves. The students performed in two different schools on 19th Nov, 2018 i.e. in Perbing SS and Rateypani SS targetting young and future voters.

Campus Ambassador Mr Lepcha addressed the gathering and informed them about Elections and its various aspects like Booth Level Officers, National Voters Service Portal, None of the Above and on other various kinds of Forms. Nodal Officer Mrs Merina then gave a brief about how the song came into being and that it focussed on encouraging maximum women participation during elections. She also thanked Election Department, Namchi for involving their students in such activities. Through a very peppy song the members of Model ELC have been successful in putting across the message to all. Also present were the Booth Level Officers of Namthang Rateypani Assembly Constituencies along with their BLO Supervisor.

‘Swach Bharat World Toilet Day’ observed at Officer’s Club, Namchi

Namchi, 19th November (IPR) : ‘Swach Bharat World Toilet Day’ organised by office of ADC (Dev), RM&DD & GVKs was observed at Officer’s Club, Namchi today .The program was chaired by ADC (Development) Namchi, Milan Subba.

The Chief Guest of the event was Adhakshya South, Shrimati Farwanti Tamang. Other attendees of the program were BDO Namchi, Shri Bimal Rai, Panchyat Presidents and Members of Namchi Circle along with other guests and dignitaries.

The Chief Guest Shrimati Farwanti Tamang spoke about the signifiance of sanitisation in the developing nation and Sikkim’s Open Defecatation Free status and Image being appreciated outside the state. She also expressed her gratitude to the Swacha Grahi for their commendable job in helping attain the prestigious title.

ADC (Dev) Milan Subba also addressed the gathering wherein he gave highlighted and underlined the imperativeness of Defecation free state. Similarly, he also spoke about sustainability in the context of Sikkim and urged the stakeholders to ensure coordination so as to enable futuristic innovations in terms of sustainable toilets.

Addressing the program, BDO Bimal Rai threw light upon sustainability and Twin Pit Toilet, 14 FC and slipbacks of ODF and retrieving in all GPUs. He also made the panchayat bodies and its executive members aware about household sanitary complications and appealed them about the timely compilation and submission of beneficiary by 31st November.

The program also saw distribution of token of appreciation to the Swachh Grahi workers through the Chief Guest present.

Legal Services Awareness Program organised at Tarku Zero Point, South Sikkim

Namchi, 17th November: 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 as well as a Legal Awareness Program at Horticulture Conference Hall, Tarku Zero Point, South sikkim today.

The purpose of the program was targeted to spread awareness about welfare legislations and schemes and strengthen the community’s access to the schemes being implemented by the Legal Services Authority and other Departments of the Government. The program aimed at identifying and connecting people to welfare schemes to ensure that fruits of the welfare schemes are passed to the eligible people. The program also looked upon understanding legal needs of the people specially the senior citizens and widows and addressing their legal problems by giving appropriate legal advice. Today program focussed mainly on NALSA (Legal Services to Senior Citizens) Scheme, 2016, Widow Pension Scheme, Unmarried Pension Scheme and Old Age Pension Scheme.

The program was launched by the Hon’ble Chairperson, DLSA (South) Ms. Jyoti Kharka in the presence of the Ld. Chief Judicial Magistrate (South) Mrs. Sonam Denka Wangdi, Secretary DLSA (South) Ms. Urvashi Pradhan, Ld. Panel Advocates, Social Welfare Officer Mr. Nakul Rawat, BDO Temi BAC Ms. Krishna Kumari Gurung, Para-Lagal Volunteers, Panchayat Prseident and members of Tarku Tanak GPU and people from Lower Tarku, Karmar Gaon, Upper Tanak, Lower Tanak, Middle Tarku, Upper Tarku and Temi GPU, South Sikkim.

There were around 134 people who attended the program and 56 were the number of beneficiaries. The attendees interacted with the officers and representatives of the Departments present to address their problems and to procure appropriate advice and guidance.

First Level Checking of EVMs starts in North Sikkim

Mangan, 16th November 2018 (IPR): In view of the ensuing General Elections 2019, the First level Checking of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) began at North District Zilla Panchayat Bhavan Hall at Mangan today.
The FLC process of EVMs is being done under the supervision of the District Election Officer Shri Karma R Bonpo, ADC Shri Somnath Adhikari and SDM Mangan, Shri P.W Lepcha. The checking of the EVMs will be done by the certified engineers from Bharat Electronic Limited and will be assisted by the staff of the election department of district. The area where the FLC process is being conducted is under strict vigil of the Sikkim Armed Police and security arrangements are being monitored by the Superintendent of Police North Shri K.D Shangderpa.
Today the strong room where the EVMs are stored were opened in the presence of the representative of the political parties such as the SDF, SKM and BJP. The entire process FLC is being done as per the guidelines of the Election Commission of India. The process of FLCs aims to check the functioning of the machines and defective machines will be sent to the manufacturing company for repairs. Recording of the above is being through CCTV cameras and the FLC process is also being webcasted to the office of the CEO to ensure transparency.
The FLC process in the district will take about a week to complete given that the district has only three assembly constituencies. The District Election Officer North has appealed to the political parties to ensure that their representatives are present throughout the procedure.

West District Elections Department Conducts FIRST LEVEL CHECKING (FLC) at Kyongsa, Gyalshing.

Gyalshing, 13th November,2018 (IPR) : The First Level Checking (FLC) of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) & Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) was conducted today in the presence of the 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 at the Kyongsa Warehouse, Gyalshing, West Sikkim.

Hon’ble Governor Mr. Ganga Prasad offered prayers at Siddheshwara Dham, Namchi

Namchi, 13th November(IPR): On the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja Hon’ble Governor Mr. Ganga Prasad and the first lady Mrs. Kamala Devi offered prayer at Siddheshwara Dham, Namchi today. Amongst others present were DC (South) Mr. Prabhakar Verma, SSP (South) Mr. Shami Rai, SDM (HQ) Mr. Hemant Rai, SDM ( Ravangla) Mr. Jigme W Bhutia alongside other officials.

It maybe mentioned that Chhath Puja is one of the most ancient Hindu Vedic festivals which is widely celebrated in the country. Chhath Puja is dedicated to the worship of the Sun god or Surya Dev and his wife Goddess Usha.

Thereafter, Hon’ble Governor and the first lady also visited Tathagata Tsal wherein they both took a brief tour of the premises, visited the main shrine of the Tsal and extended their prayers.

Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad called on Shri Nitish Kumar the Chief Minister of Bihar at his office at Patna

Nov 12: (IPR) Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad called on Shri Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar at his office in Patna on 10 th November 2018. It was a courtesy call by the Hon’ble Governor during his stay at Patna.

In a brief interaction with Hon’ble Governor, Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar suggested and offered to provide logistics for building a guest house for Sikkimese pilgrims at Bodhgaya. It may be mentioned that thousands of Sikkimese people congregate at Bodhgaya for annual
spiritual sojourn during the month of December and January.

Hon’ble Governor thanked the Chief Minister for his goodwill gesture towards Sikkim and said that such infrastructure will certainly help the people to people bonding between Sikkim and Bihar.