Awareness rally on Har Ghar Tiranga program commences at M.G. Marg

Gangtok, August 12 (IPR): Under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Advisors and Chairpersons under the Government of Sikkim organised an awareness rally on Har Ghar Tiranga programme today that commenced from M.G. Marg and culminated at Ridge Park in Gangtok today.
At the onset, a brief event was held at M.G. Marg that featured patriotic songs presented by Culture Department, a display band performance by Sikkim Police, and a helicopter flower drop shows by Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC).
The awareness rally had the participation of senior Advisors, Advisors, and Chairpersons of different capacities under the Government of Sikkim along with Councillors, officials and staff of the Culture Department, STDC and TAAS members, and other dignitaries.
The rally concluded with the address of Political Advisor to HCM, Shri S.G. Kaleon, wherein he extended gratitude to all for their active participation in the rally, reflecting the spirit of brotherhood and unity within the State.
Advisor, IPR Department, Shri Birendra Tamling, informed that similar programmes were carried out in the districts of Namchi, Soreng and Gyalshing on 7th August under the guidance of Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang. The rally today has been conducted with the collaborative efforts of Advisors, Chairpersons and Councillors of the State Government for Gangtok, Mangan, and Pakyong districts.
He urged all citizens to strengthen the Har Ghar Tiranga movement in the State and appealed to take a pledge to hoist the Tiranga in their homes between 13-15 August.

HCM inaugurates an Old Age Home at Boomtar

Namchi, 12th August (IPR): The Chief Minister Mr. Prem Singh Tamang inaugurated Old Age Home (Jyestha Nagrik Sewa Samman Kendra) at Boomtar, Namchi District, today. He was accompanied by his spouse Ms. Krishna Rai, Minister Women and Child Development Department Dr. M. K. Sharma, Secretary Women and Child Development Department Ms. Ganga D. Pradhan, Secretary Social Welfare Department Mr. Tshewang Gyacho, DC (Namchi) Mr. M. Bharani Kumar, General Secretary Drishti NGO Mr. Passang Bhutia and Official from various departments.
The approximate cost of constructing this home is Rs. 587.70 lakhs and has been funded by North Eastern Council (NEC), Ministry of DoNER, GOI with a 90: 10 center-state funding pattern.
It may also be mentioned that this Old Age Home has been handed over to a Namchi-based Non-Government Organization named Dristhi, for further functioning of old age home.
After the inauguration, the Chief Minister along with other dignitaries inspected the home and its surrounding premises. It may be mentioned that the total built-up plinth area of the building is 2227 Sqm. This structure can accommodate 70 people. There are double and triple-bedded rooms with attached bathrooms that can accommodate 48 people and two dormitories that can accommodate 16 males and 6 females respectively. A wide ramp links all the floors. There is a dining hall, a kitchen, a reception room, a caretaker’s room and an administrative office. A separate dispensary unit has also been accommodated with a doctor’s chamber, a nurse station and male and female wards. The complex can park 15 vehicles at a time and is replete with fencing for security purposes aided by CCTVs. Care has been taken for the supply of adequate potable water for the residents. Additionally, an area has also been provided wherein the residents can offer their daily prayers.

A district level competition organized by the Office of the Chief Education Officer Pakyong District

A district-level competition as a part of the “Har Ghar Tiranga “ Campaign under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to mark 75 years of Independence was organized on 11th August 2022 at Dikling Sr. Sec School, Auditorium by the Office of the Chief Education Officer, Pakyong District, Education Department.
The programme was attended by Shri Sonam Denzongpa, Director Exam/Scholarship, Education Department along with CEO Pakyong, JD Pakyong and Rangpo Sub-Division, Deputy Directors, Principal Dikling SSS, Assistant Directors, AEOs, block officials, CRCCs, Heads of schools, escort teachers and contestant from all five blocks under Pakyong District.
The programme started with the lighting of lamps by the Chief Guest. Shri AD Chettri, CEO Pakyong highlighted the different activities on AKAM undertaken at the school level, cluster level, block level and finally the district level competition. He stated that such activities should be taken as an integral part of teaching-learning. He also focused on the importance of such activities for the holistic development of students in his address.
During the programme, a quiz competition, patriotic song competition, elocution competition, self-composed poem recitation competition, and essay and painting competition was conducted where Mr PR Rizal, and Pradip Lamsal were a panel of judges in poem and elocution competition. Mr KB Chettri, Mr. Kamal Dahal and Deo Raj Bagdas judged the patriotic song competition and painting competition.
Addressing the gathering the Chief Guest Shri Sonam Denzongpa, Director, remembered the freedom fighters and he made the gathering aware of the importance of freedom and independence of India.
Shri KB Chettri, JD Rangpo announced the result of the competition. In the Painting competition Chitish Gurung of Pachey SSS, Adarsh Chettri of Lower Dalapchand PS and Tayalong Rai of Thungsung PS stood first, second and third position respectively. Ruchi Hangma Rai of Chujachen SSS, Ankita Sharma of Parakha JHS and Ayushka Rizal of Tareythang SS came first, second and third respectively.
In the Essay writing competition Pramila Chettri of Rhenock SSS stood first, Sishtri Sharma of TL Niraula SSS stood second and Rinchen Sherpa of EMRS Parakha came to the third position.Bishal Bashtakoti of bering SSS Sukriti Chettri of Rhenock SSS and Ashmita Chettri of Duga SS stood first
second and third respectively.
In the patriotic song competition, Rangpo SSS, Duga BAC became the winner whereas KPT SS Rongli, Regu BAC and Linkey Cluster, Parakha BAC stood second and third position respectively.
The winners were awarded certificates and trophies by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries. The winner of the patriotic song Competition- Rangpo SSS will participate in state level competition on13th August 2022 at Modern Sr. Sec. School, Gangtok.

Press Release from Road & Bridges Department Namchi District

Namchi, 11th August: The Construction of a 55m Steel Bridge over Kateng Kali Khola, Namthang, Sikkim having a total span of 55 m has been constructed with a total estimate of ₹. 11.83 Crores which was funded by the North Eastern Council under the North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS).
The work commenced in January 2020 and has been completed. The load carrying capacity of the bridge is 70R with a carriageway width of 7.5 m.
The constructed bridge would enable reliable all-weather connectivity for Namthang and Melli under Namchi District. Besides, providing dependable connectivity for the local inhabitants, institutions in the nearby towns and rural marketing centers, it will also enable the shortest connectivity to Siliguri for the people residing in Namthang, Passi, Kateng area. The completion of this bridge at Kateng would also serve as important intra-district connectivity.
Now, the department is fortunate to complete the bridge and inaugurate today on the auspicious occasion of India celebrating the 75th year of Independence i.e., Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and we are grateful to the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Hon’ble Minister and Hon’ble Advisor for their timely support for completion of this bridge. We are again thankful to Shri Samdup Lepcha, Hon’ble Minister, Roads & Bridges Department and Shri Sanjit Kharel, Minister, Building and Housing and Transport Department who is also the area MLA for dedicating the bridge to the Sikkimese people for the overall development of this region which would definitely contribute in the socio-economic development of the local inhabitants and the state as a whole in general. We are also thankful to the Contractor Shri Madan Tamang for the completion of the bridge within 30 months despite several hindrances like Covid – 19 Pandemic and natural calamities.

The 9th day of the Independence day celebration at Gyalshing

Gyalshing, 11 August (IPR): Along with the nation, the Gyalshing district continues to celebrate its ongoing District Level 76th Independence day celebration and enters into the 9th day of the celebration with patriotic fervour and reverence.
The celebration has the gracious presence of the Hon’ble Minister for Power & Energy and Labour Department Shri. M. N. Sherpa as the chief guest of the day in the esteemed presence of the Hon’ble Minister PHE & Water Resources-cum-Chief Patronage (IDCC), Gyalshing Shri Bhim Hang Limboo. The guest of the honour was Shri. Sonam Dorjee Bhutia, Additional Chief Engineer, Power Department, Gyalshing in the special presence of Shri. Hari Narayan Subedi, Chairman PHE and District Collector, Gyalshing Smt. Yishey D. Yongda.
The chief guest, guest of honour and the dignitaries were accorded a warm welcome with offerings of traditional scarves and a flower bouquet followed by the lightning of the ceremonial lamp and honouring the Nation Anthem.
Addressing the august gathering, Hon’ble Minister Shri. Sherpa extended his deepest appreciation and gratitude to the Celebration committee for the honour. He emphasized and informed the gathering about the Sikkim Building and Other Construction Workers(BOCW) Welfare Board and the welfare benefits that can be availed by the construction workers registered under the BOCW act. He drew limelight upon the following welfare benefits in favour of building and construction workers under the leadership and direction of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. P. S Golay.
1. Maternity benefits Rs.30000
2. Marriage benefits Rs.20000
3. Minor injury assistance Rs.20000
4. Funeral Expenses Rs. 20000
5. Medical assistance Rs. 20000
6. One-time pension of Rs. 500000
7. Partial disability assistance Rs. 10000 to 300000
8. Permanent disability assistance/death in course of employment Rs. 500000
9. Natural death of registered workers Rs. 20000
10. Free education to the children of registered workers and hostel accommodation in Gangtok.
11. Coverage under Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana(PMSYMS)
12. Coverage under Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Jan Arogya Yojana(PMABJAY).
In his concluding remarks, he congratulated the District Administration and the organising committee for celebrating the national event in a befitting and grandeur manner.
The organising committee of IDCC, Gyalshing handed over the momentous to the chief guest and the guest of honour as a token of honour and appreciation.
The football tournament of the day was kicked off with the women’s football match played between Sports Wing West District Versus USSCA Aho Gangtok and the former team emerged as the winner with a score of 4-0. Subsequently, the veteran’s football match was also exhibited between the Gyalshing-Bermoik constituency versus the Yuksam-Tashiding constituency comprising national and quality players of veterans. This match was organised to boost up the sporting spirit of the younger generation of the region. The latter team won the match by 4 nil.
Finally, the most awaited and the highlight of the celebration kick-started with the immersing football match played between Local Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA), Gyalshing versus Darpan FC in which LTDA secured its place safe for the semi-finals of the tournament by 1 nil followed by the second match contested between PHE department versus Jan Kalyan Samaj, Nayabusty where the former team emerged as the second semi-finalists by 2 against 1.
In the midst of the event, the Minister-cum-chief guest of the day handed over the cheques of rupees 5000 each as the COVID financial assistance to the construction workers registered as beneficiaries. The assistance was distributed under the Buildings and Other Construction Workers(BOCW) Welfare act 1996 and approximately 700 beneficiaries have availed the benefit under Gyalshing District.
In between, an announcement was made on the Medhavi skills University established at Bermoik Berthang under Gyalshing – Bermoik constituency is all set for admission with the facilities of 100% job placement. The pamphlet consisting of courses and specialization was also distributed for information and wide publicity.
Among the guests attending the celebration were SDM(HQ), Gyalshing, Joint labour commissioner, Labour Department, SE Power, SE RDD, Officials of the district and the spectators at large.
At the outset, the welcome address was presented by Shri. K. B.Limboo CLC General Secretary Yangthang and the celebration for the day concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Shri. Nosang Limboo, General Secretary IDCC, Gyalshing.

Press Release from the Office of BDO Rhenock

Pakyong, August 11: MLA Rhenock Shri. Bishnu Kumar Khatiwara graced the program with his presence on Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav organized at the premises of the Block Administrative Centre-Rhenock, today. The program was also attended by Zila Adhyaksha East- Shri. S.S. Bangkhim, Chairman SSCS Shri. Santosh Pradhan, Shri. Damber Pradhan, SDM Rongli -Shri. D.S. Limboo, SDPO Rongli-Shri. Motilal Pradhan, SHO and staff of Rhenock PS, Dty Commander SSB Shri. Jashbir Singh and Jawans, BDO Rhenock Shri. R.K. Gurung, BDO Reghu Shri. Sawan Dhakal, ADM Rhenock College Shri. Dilli Prasad Adhikari, Assistant Director, Sports and youth affairs Shri. Pitso Bhutia, Zilla Panchayat Rhenock-Tarpin Smt. Indira Hingmang, Aritar Zilla Panchayat Shri. N.B. Chettri, Panchayat President Rhenock Shri. Bhushan Adhikari, Panchayat President Aritar Shri. Hem Chandra Pradhan, other Panchayat members,SHGs, ASHA workers, School Heads, HDO Horticulture, in Charge of Fire and Emergency service, BAC Staff, Students from different schools and all other dignitaries.
At the outset of the program, Shri khatiwara flagged off the Chief Minister 1 mile Run from Tarpin Sec. School to BAC Rhenock. The program started with the hoisting of the national flag, followed by a guard of honor by SSB Jawans and the national anthem.
Different cultural dances and patriotic songs were performed by the students of Rhenock Sr.Sec. School, Rhenock Bazar JHS, Ratna Bdr Gurung Sec. School, Tarpin, Reshi P.S, Rungdung P.S, Tarpin Salghari P.S, Greenwood academy and BAC staff.
The program was also addressed by Panchayat President Rhenock GPU Shri. Bhushan Adhikari.
In between the program, the volleyball final match was also played between Fire Service Rhenock defeating Rhenock GPU.
Shri Bishnu Kumar Khatiwara in his speech focused on the importance of celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. To encourage the participants, he also announced cash prizes to the cultural team, ASHA and ICDS workers. To mark the sacrifice of freedom fighters he has instructed the public of Rhenock to light the candle on the evening of 15th August 2022 in Rhenock Bazar.
The program concluded with the prize distribution of the various sports events which was conducted on the 10th & 11th of August, in the category of Men’s and Women’s double Badminton, Chess, CM 1 mile Run, Volleyball boys etc.

Press Release by Sikkim State Council of Science & Technology Department

Sikkim State Council of Science and Technology/Department of Science and Technology organized a year-long celebration of VIGYAN UTSAV under AZADI KA AMRIT MAHOTSAV ‘One Month One Theme Initiative’ on STI Ecosystem of Sikkim.
Sikkim State Council of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology, Government of Sikkim in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology, Government of India has been celebrating a yearlong VIGYAN UTSAV as a part of AZADI KA AMRIT MAHOTSAV, starting from September, 2021 to August, 2022 with ONE MONTH ONE THEME INITIATIVE to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence.
The celebration of VIGYAN UTSAV under AZADI KA AMRIT MAHOTSAV which culminated on 10th August 2022 was entirely on the Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Ecosystem of Sikkim. The Virtual Programme was attended throughout the year by Scientists, Technologists and officials of the Ministry of Science and Technology and all the State Council of other states, and Central and State Institutes within Sikkim. The Youtube link has also been created and all the recordings of Virtual Presentations on various themes of the STI Ecosystem of Sikkim have been uploaded to the Ministry of Science and Technology website (sstp.dst.gov.in/vigyanotsav). The total no of institutes based in Sikkim that participated during this celebration of Vigyan Utsav comprised 12 Central S&T Institutes, 3 S&T-based NGOs, 7 Government Departments and 5 Colleges and Schools totaling 27 Institutes which delivered a total of 60 virtual presentations on STI Ecosystem of Sikkim during this one month one theme initiative of Vigyan Utsav.
While celebrating VIGYAN UTSAV under AZADI KA AMRIT MAHOTSAV from September 2021 to August 2022 covering 12 themes, all aspect of the STI Ecosystem of Sikkim was presented and discussed in the national forum.
The Department of Science and Technology is thankful to the Government of Sikkim for all the necessary guidance and support provided while organizing the year-long program. We are thankful to the Department of S&T Government of India and NIC Sikkim for providing VC links and YouTube links respectively throughout the year. We are thankful to all Central Government Institutes based in Sikkim, Participating State Government Departments, Deemed and Central Universities in the state, Science-based NGOs in Sikkim and Educational Institutes who participated in showcasing the STI Ecosystem of Sikkim. Various themes under which the Virtual program was organized under a one-month theme initiative.

The 11th day of the Independence Day football knockout tournament

Pakyong, August 11 (IPR): The 11th day of the Independence Day football knockout tournament organized by Pakyong Sporting Club, reached the second quarter-final today.
The matches were between Sahara Gumpa, Pakyong defeating Sikkim Police 2-0 and Chujachen Sports Club conquering Pakyong Sporting Club 1-0.
Mr. Biren Chemjong and Mr. Sobodhe Shane were awarded player of the match for the day.
The day was to observe women’s empowerment amidst all the women guests for the event, with Mrs. Mingma Lhamu Bhutia-Chairperson, Power Department, Mrs. Chung Chung Bhutia- Chairperson Khadi Sikkim Board, Mrs. Bhim Kumari Chettri- Advisor, Culture and Heritage Department, along with other dignitaries graced the event with their presence.
Also present were M.L.A Shri Em Prasad Sharma with his spouse Mrs. Tika Dulal.

Press Release by Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority

A meeting on mitigation strategies for Landslide in Lumsey Area was held at the conference hall of Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA), Land Revenue & Disaster Management Department on 11/08/2022. On the directions of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, the meeting was organized under the chairmanship of Shri. G.T. Dhungel Hon’ble, Member of Legislative Assembly, Tadong Area and had the representation of Heads of Departments of Urban Development, Water Resources, Power, Gangtok Municipal Corporation, Mines and Geology, Roads and Bridges, Gangtok District Collectorate, Forest along with the presence of Hon’ble Councillor and Project Coordinator, Mangan mitigation project.
The meeting commenced with Welcome Address by the Relief Commissioner cum Secretary, land Revenue & Disaster Management Department where he welcomed the Chairman of the meeting and the representatives of the departments and agencies. He highlighted the presence of senior officers in the meeting which he stressed showed the commitment of the departments to find a possible solution to the landslide problem at Lumsey Area. This was followed by Shri. Rajiv Roka, Additional Director, SSDMA briefed the attendees on the objective of the meeting and highlighted the importance as has been emphasized by the hon’ble Chief Minister to find a possible solution to the landslide problem at Lumsey Area. The District Collector, Gangtok Shri Regul K gave a brief report on the inspection of the affected area with the release of immediate ex-gratia payments to the affected people. The Joint Director, Mines and Geology Department, Shri. K. K. Luitel gave the report on the preliminary geological observation of the area and further informed that an extensive study report will be shared with Land Revenue & DM Department on the 1st of September. The Project Coordinator, Mangan Landslide Mitigation project gave a detailed presentation on the Mangan Landslide Mitigation project and informed the house that a similar extensive study should be undertaken in the Lumsey area with the involvement of multilateral agencies.
Shri. Prabhakar Rai, Director, SSDMA highlighted the technical guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on fund allocation and norms of usage. He suggested that the vulnerable areas should be declared as no construction zone to identify the area as affected by a state-level Disaster. He further informed that as per the Disaster Mitigation norms an appraisal committee would inspect the area along with the technical team and a Detailed Project Report will be formulated and sent to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Hon’ble MLA, Tadong, Shri G.T. Dhungel in his address thanked active participation from all the departments and directed the departments to put words into action. He emphasized that the State Government is committed to reducing risks to the people and is working towards finding long-term mitigation plans. The House agreed that line departments will provide initial inputs by 18th August and after receiving the report from Mines and Geology Department, a final report will be presented. In the meantime, Nodal officers specifically for Lumsey Mitigation were appointed from the line departments. The Final Report from SSDMA will be prepared by 9th September. It was informed that the next meeting will be held under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Chief Minister.
The vote of thanks was proposed by the Director, SSDMA.

Independence Day Celebration Cup enters into the 13th day of celebration

Soreng, August 11 (IPR): The 76th Independence Day Celebration Cup organized by the Singling Sporting Club in coordination with IDCC, Soreng district entered into the 13th day of celebration at Soreng Senior Secondary School playground, today.
The chief guest for today’s event was Shri Karma Giley Bhutia, Vice President, Sikkim Cricket Association (SICA) and he was accompanied by the guest of honor Shri T. Chewang Lama, General Secretary (SICA), Shri Naresh Agarwal, Treasure (SICA) and Members of the Badminton Association of Soreng.
The 1st Semi-final of the Inter-Department football tournament was played between Police Department Soreng and Education Department which resulted in Police Department winning the match and entering the finals.
The Open Football tournament 4th Quarterfinal was played between 2nd IRB Pipalay Sikkim and Mixed Up Boys Kurseong and the match was won by Mixed Up Boys Kurseong.
The participants from different schools performed Zumba, Yoga and Cultural Dance and traditional instruments were performed by the senior citizens.
The event also had the story-telling by the Soreng BAC and Kaluk BAC.