Press Release by Pritam Lama accredited reporter from Yoksum Tashiding Constituency

SLA Hon’ble Deputy speaker -Cum- MLA Shri Sangay Lepcha Inspects progress of Infrastructure works in Yuksam-Tashiding.
GYALSHING, May 24 (IPR): Sikkim Legislative Assembly Hon’ble Deputy Speaker -Cum-Area MLA Shri Sangay Lepcha led a joint inspection visit to Yuksam and Tashiding today to expedite progress of bazar beautification works.
MLA Shri Lepcha was accompanied by UD&HD-SE Keshav Niroula, Yuksam SDM Tshering T. Bhutia, UD&HD-AE Pramod Das, Local panchayats, Contractors and others.
The MLA led team inspected Tashiding and Yuksam bazar extensively and directed the officials of concerned department to accelerate the bazar beautification works. He stressed that the work must be carried out with the best workmanship and quality aspect must not be compromised.
Earlier, the MLA checked the quality of road blacktopping from Yuksam to Tsong

The first District Level Meeting of Narco Co-ordination Centre was held in the office of Distric Collector, Mangan

24th May, Mangan ( IPR): The first District Level Meeting of Narco Co-ordination Centre was held in the office of Distric Collector, Mangan today.
Along with DC Mangan,Shri. A.B. Karki, the meeting had the presence of ADC North, Shri. Sonam Lepcha, SP North, Shri. T. N. Gyatso, representatives of Northern Riders Motorcycle Club, Chathang Yargay Association and Pentok Welfare Association along with officials of concerned line departments.
The meeting was organised in order to discuss relevant data and presentation pertinent to works related in field of drug abuse management in the district. Effective coordination amongst the Drug law enforcement agencies as well as departments dealing with the supply, demand and harm reduction aspects of drugs problems was done.
DC, Mangan, in his address mentioned that such meetings regarding the drug issues will be conducted again and will require the involvement of Panchayats, Forest Department , Councillors, Hardware Shops and Chemists. He talked about the need to make the district Nasha Mukt and said that Gram Sabha will be held in rural areas and the GPU that will be declared Nasha Mukt, Drug free will be awarded

Awareness programme under Swaccha Bharat Mission was organised at Dochum Junior High School at 42-Sirwani GPU at Khamdong

Gangtok, 24th May (IPR): Awareness programme under Swaccha Bharat Mission was organised at Dochum Junior High School at 42-Sirwani GPU at Khamdong, today.
The occasion was graced by the Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri. Ganga Prasad as the Chief Guest. In his speech the Governor stressed on the importance of Swaccha Bharat Mission and on creating more awareness in the State. The Governor also granted ₹5,00,000/- (Rupees five lakh) for the renovation of the Dochum Jr. High School Auditorium.
Programme also had the presence of ADC Development, Joint Director, Gram Panchayat and BDO, Khamdong.
Shri. Bimal Lamichaney (Brand Ambassador, State SBM, Sikkim) in his welcome speech spoke about the programme and Swaccha Bharat Mission.
A cultural programme was also organised by the school and other organisations.
Brand Ambassador, North East, Shri. Sotai Kri. was also present in the programme and graced the occasion with a short speech.
Vote of thanks was presented by BDO, Khamdong, Shri. Tikendra Sharma.
Plantation and Safai Abhyaan were also carried out as a part of the programme

Press Note issued by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Gangtok

6th State Level Coordination Committee (SLCC) Meeting for the State of Sikkim
The 6th State Level Coordination Committee (SLCC) Meeting was conducted by Reserve Bank of India, Gangtok on May 23, 2022 at Lemon Tree Hotel, Gangtok.
The meeting was Chaired by Shri S. C. Gupta, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim and convened by Shri Kesavan Ramchandran, Regional Director (RD), RBI, Kolkata.
The other participants in the meeting were Shri Kishore Pariyar, GM & O-i-C,RBI, Gangtok, Secretary-cum-LR, Law Department, Comptroller-cum-Secretary, Finance Department; DIGP, Range, DIGP, Special Branch, SP, CID and Director, Information & Public Relations Department.The meeting was also attended by senior officials from Registrar of Companies (RoC), Kolkata and SEBI, Kolkata.
Shri Kishore Pariyar, GM & O-i-C, RBI, Gangtok welcomed all participants and informed that this forum was constituted for concerted / co-ordinated action by the regulatory authorities / agencies against delinquent NBFCs and unincorporated bodies and monitoring compliance with the orders of the Company Law Board passed against some of the NBFCs, cooperation among regulators, information sharing among members to identify regulatory gaps and overlaps at the very earliest and take immediate corrective action, co-ordinated action by regulators where jurisdiction is not limited to a single regulator, protection of customers against unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices, review and facilitate faster action on issues of mutual interest, create investor awareness etc.
In his opening remarks, RD, RBI, Kolkata mentioned the objective of the joint forum and importance of holding such meetings in periodical intervals. He also mentioned about RBI’s “Sachet Portal” which is an initiative of the SLCC to curb the illegal acceptance of deposits by unscrupulous entities. Shri M. Thapa, SP, CID apprised the house regarding the statistics on cyber cases registered in the state. He also mentioned about the new National Helpline Number 1930, through which complaints on cybercrime can also be registered.
Government of India has passed an umbrella act called Implementation of Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes (BUDS) Act, 2019.The Chief Secretary gave direction to frame rules for the State of Sikkim in this regard to protect the gullible investors.
In order to keep track of the complaints against incidents of unauthorized acceptance of deposits by unscrupulous entities, Chief Secretary directed to form a Sub-Committee of SLCC to be chaired by IG,CID with members from Finance Department, Law Department, RBI, SEBI, RoC, IRDAI.
The Chief Secretary mentioned that awareness among the citizen to prevent unauthorised deposits by unscrupulous entities is the need of the hour and accordingly he advised that, RBI, State Government, SEBI, RoC should work together to spread awareness among the masses

Road and Dam-site Inspection by DC Soreng and Officials from District Administrative Centre, Soreng

Soreng, May 24 (IPR): A daylong local tour to inspect the alarming landslides situated along the state highway between Pipalay and Baiguney was conducted by the DC Soreng Shri Bhim Thatal and other Officials. His team included ADC Soreng Shri Dhiraj Subedi, SDM Soreng Shri Ranjan Rai, RO/AD (LR&DM) Shri B.B. Rai, SI Naya Bazar PS Shri Rinzing Lepcha along with the officials from Department of LR&DM and Roads and Bridges.
During the inspection of the landslides many concerning issues especially during the Monsoon season, such as the houses at close proximity of the landslides, inconvenience to be faced by the commuter, traffic congestion and other issues were highlighted and discussed thoroughly by the visiting delegates. DC Shri Thatal enquired all the properties located in and around the landslide zone. He has asked the concerned department to provide another temporary alternative for those who might have to be shifted, if and when needed. Regarding the issues related to traffic, he directed the concerned to construct speed-breakers along the length of the road wherever necessary and as per the prevailing rules. Adding to this, he has instructed the police authorities to take stern actions against over speeding vehicles and drivers who are engaged on their phones while driving. Simultaneously, the personnel at the fuel pump have also been asked to submit a weekly report on availed stock to the Disaster Management Office for the purpose of rationing during the monsoon season.
Next the entourage visited construction dam site of Reshi along with the NHPC officials. He directed the officials to provide proper drainage system and to widen pedestrian walk-in road diversion tunnel of Reshi. He interacted and inquired Deputy Engineer of the Hydel project to submit identity documents of labours to Reshi bazar police station for proper record keeping. The team then visited the desilting chambers on the damsite and other adjacent areas of the Project. He has also instructed the site manager of the NHPC to ensure strict adherence to the labour laws and stipulated standards concerning the working hours and over-time works


A meeting with Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Commissioner and all Councillors of Gangtok Municipal Corporation and some shop keepers of Lall Bazar was held in the Conference Hall of Gangtok Municipal Corporation on 23rd May, 2022 to discuss the launch of Shramik Samparka Abhiyaan.
Secretary, Labour Department appraised the on-line registration of shops and commercial establishment under the Sikkim Shops and Commercial Act, 1983, individual registration of workers under Sikkim Labour (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 2021, registration of workers as beneficiaries under Building and Other Construction Act, 1996 and Labour Clearance Certificate. Workers can also avail these facilities by registering themselves on-line which in turn would decrease the gatherings at the Checkposts. For any queries or assistance on labour matters Toll Free Helpline Number 18003451474 has been made available for information to all.
Secretary acknowledged the support and coordination received from Councillors and Panchayats on registration of workers in both rural and urban areas. She further requested all the Councilors to kindly assist the Labour Department in organizing awareness programme in all the Constituency of Sikkim so that the workers can be made aware about the Labour Laws enforced in the State of Sikkim.
She further stressed upon mandatory registration of individual workers working in Sikkim and informed that no principal employer or employer or service provider or sub-service provider or owner of establishment to which the Sikkim Labour (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 2021 applies shall employ worker in the establishments unless a worker possesses a registration card under the said Act.
Commissioner, GMC stressed that a joint inspection of shops and commercial establishment should be conducted at an early date to check the defaulters and the number of employees engaged in the shops and as suggested by all the Councillors, banners/hoardings on Labour Laws in Nepali language should be installed at a prominent place in all the wards of Municipal Areas for information to all


State Level Nodal Agency (SLNA) with the Division of Social Forestry ( Project Implementing Agency)North, Forest & Environment Department, Government of Sikkim organized Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav with full fervor. Under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana(PMKSY) WDC, Watershed Development Component 2.0 there are many projects yet to be started in the State of Sikkim. Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav(AKAM) is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of it’s people, culture and achievements. Hence SLNA teamed with the PIAs had selected the school students as an exceptional way to celebrate and commemorate the rich history, culture and diversity of India
PHENSONG ,MAY 19:Phensong Sec. School and the nearby Northway Academy participated in AKAM. The staff faulty representative Shri Tsezear Bhutia shared the problems of water source being faraway affecting the school midday meals. He also highlighted requirement of fencing around the area of School premises as the nearby cattle grazes on the freshly planted saplings and plants. Mrs Angel Ongmu Chettri, DFO-cum-CEO, SLNA, F&E Department, acknowledging the problem proceeded to brief about the Importance and Role of Forestry about Conservation. She also made sure the house is interactive by quizzing the students, who answered questions fittingly.
The second presentation was about importance of spring water & Springshed mainly known as “Dhara Vikas” by Dr. Subash Dahal Assistant Director, Rural Development Department. He gave a basic idea about how spring water depends on “dips” and “faults” of rocks. He also informed that Sikkim is the pioneer in Valley to Valley approach of spring water in India. Under the leadership of Sandeep Tambe, IFS, the RDD had managed to conserve, preserve and rejuvenate many Springs of Sikkim. Being highly knowledgeable in the hydrological aspects he familiarized and enlightened the mass with importance of terms like DE concretization, de-siltation,trenches, etc.
The programme was followed by plantation drive by students, staffs, officers in and around the school campus. The programme was attended by the Shri. Jigdel Lachungpa, DFO-cum-PIA,SLNA, Social Forestry, North. Smt. Shanta Subba ACF-cum- PL SLNA, Social Forestry, North, Shri. Jigmy Hisay Bhutia Programme Co-ordinator SLNA, North. Smt. Sukrani Subba R.O SLNA, Social Forestry, North. B.O, Accountant, & Staff of SLNA, Social Forestry, North.
MANGAN, MAY, 20: On the last day of the week, the AKAM was celebrated at Government Mangan Sr Sec School (MSSS), conference hall. Mrs Angel O. Chettri ,CEO-cum-DFO presented some forestry related subjects and made awareness about biodiversity hot spots, e-waste management, deforestation, protection of environment and water resources,etc. She also made an interactive session with the students with the General knowledge quizzes. Further she also highlighted Role of Forest and Environment Department on Conservation. Finally students were also shown short movie on Forestry of Sikkim and deforestation.
Since SLNA would be working on Watershed management programmes where one of the major emphasis is Spring water Development, it is pertinent to have knowledge about the topic of Spring water. Therefore the second presentation was on Dhara Vikas by Mr Nima Tashi ,State Planning Officer, Rural Development Department. He mainly highlighted on the requirement of water in all nooks and corners of Sikkim, some of the littlest villages affected by scarcity of water. He also explained how the conservation and rejuvenation of spring water was misunderstood for many years and how the RDD under the guidance of Shri Sandeep Tambe, IFS, brought about countless positive changes in many parts of Sikkim. He gave a brief understanding about “Conservation and protection of Catchment areas” for the water to percolate and fill the reservoir of the spring. Lastly he added that there is a necessity for the preservation and protection of ground water too.
The Principal of the School, Shri Karma T. Ethenpa who is also a member of the Ornithologist Group of Sikkim has abundant knowledge in the Environment. He has started “No junk in the school premises” with a motive to better the health of the students and Cleanliness of the School Surroundings. Therefore the students cleans the classes and premises for ten minutes everyday.
The programme ended with cleanliness drive in school premises.
Both the programmes were attended by DFO cum PIA, Mr. Jigdel Lachungpa, SLNA, Social forestry, North district, programme coordinator, SLNA North, Mr Jigmy N Bhutia, ACF cum Project leader, Smt Shanta Subba, Principal MSSS, Mr. KT Ethenpa, Social forestry department, RO’s, BO’s and staffs of Mangan division

Hon’ble Advisor Education to HCM Shri Mohan Prasad Subba visited Government Senior Secondary School, Lingchom and took stock of needed basic amenities in the school for holistic development of the provided facilities

Gyalshing, 23rd May, IPR: Hon’ble Advisor Education to HCM Shri Mohan Prasad Subba visited Government Senior Secondary School, Lingchom and took stock of needed basic amenities in the school for holistic development of the provided facilities.
The visit also saw the presence of Chairmam PHE, Shri Hari Narayan Subedi, Chairman SIDICO, Shri Janak Gurung, Chairman SAPCO, Shri J B Tamling, AD Education, Gyalshing BAC, Shri Raju Bhandari, Principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Lingchom, Smt Yangden Shipmoo, School Management Committe(SMC) President, Shri Purna Bir Limboo, Excecutive members from School Management Development Committee(SMDC), Panchayats from Lingchom Tikjya GPK, Teaching faculties of the School and DIET, Non Teaching Staffs, Students and all other concerned.
At the Coordination meeting, Education Advisor to HCM Shri Subba, addressed the gethering and appluded all concerned personnel connected to the school for their relentless efforts upon shaping the emerging generation of the state towards brighter and better future through sefless contribution. Speaking upon the proffession of teaching, he termed it to be a noble one wherein knowledge is deciminated through loving gestures and applied mechanism which eventually garnishes the teaching dynamics in easy to grasp delivery for students. While, he delibrated on the importance of education, showed his utmost plessure and vivid experience upon interection with the students of LKG and UKG earlier, and spoke in length with instances and examples towards having positive mindset and progressive approuches to all.
Further, he informed, State Government under the leadership of HCM Shri Prem Singh Tamang had not left no stone unturn in every sectors of public benefit inclusive of Education sector in utmost priority. He even praised Principal Smt Yangden Shipmoo for her noteworthy contributions to the school and motivated for implementing visionery initiatives, inregards, he also assured for flooring the demands and issues of the school towards its fruitful outcome and informed on the priority based addressal.
Meanwhile, the dignetaries had a detour of school’s classrooms, Science Labratories, adjoining infrastuctral facilities and took account of the needed interventions

The Minister-cum-Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok Constituency Shri Lok Nath Sharma led a joint inspection visit at Kaanstaar and Chandabong along the Kalej Khola

Gyalshing, May 23 ( IPR) The Minister-cum-Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok Constituency Shri Lok Nath Sharma led a joint inspection visit at Kaanstaar and Chandabong along the Kalej Khola, in his constituency, today.
The Hon’ble Minister Sharma was accompanied by the Hon’ble Advisor, AH & VS Deptt. Shri Durga Prasad Pradhan, President Gyalshing Nagar Panchayat Shri Devendra Sharma, District Collector ,Gyalshing Smt. Yishey D. Yongda, Divisional Forest Officer (T) Gyalshing Shri TB Gurung, ACF (T) Gyalshing Shri Krishna Dewan IFS, SE UD &HD Shri Keshav Niroula, Joint Secretary UD &HD Smt. Ringzing Choden, DE UD &HDShri Suman Shanker, Sub Divisional Magistrate Dentam, BDO Hee Martam BAC, BDO Gyalshing, MEO Gyalshing, Assistant Engineers and Junior Engineers, officials, and panchayats.
The joint inspection was carried out to undertake onward action for developing a tourist destination like “Mini Goa” at the proposed site of Kaanstaar, Gyalshing Omchung GPU.
Minister Sharma shared the detailed concept of planning for accomodating various tourism components including a bridge with unique features, fish tank, fishing pool, swimming pool, sandy beach for sports events, jungle safari, pedestrian path, cafeteria, picnic spots and many other attractions for tourists. He also advised forest officials to expedite the process of acquiring clearance from the concerned department, at the earliest.
The visiting team had thorough discussion on inclusion of every components and contemplated on series of actions to be undertaken further in accomplishing the goal.
Thereafter, the Hon’ble Minister Sharma chaired a meeting with the panchayats, local public and officials with regard to development of market at Chandabong, Valley of Kalej Khola.
He drew lights on tourism potential of the area and came out with the detailed plan of developing market at the identified location. He highlighted the district features of proposed market and persuaded local public to opt for best option in availing land for the development of planned market that would benefit the land owners, eventually.
The Hon’ble minister directed the concerned department to submit the detailed project report within ten days.
Minister Sharma also extended warm welcome to the newly posted District Collector, Gyalshing, Smt.Yishey D. Yongda