Hon’ble Minister Shri L. N Sharma inaugurates Labour Department for Soreng district

Soreng, December 2(IPR): The newly established office of the Labour Department, was officially inaugurated by the Minister (Labour Department), Shri L. N. Sharma, today in the presence of Zilla Adhakshya (Soreng district), Smt. Tila Devi Gurung, Upadhakshya (Soreng district), Shri Chandra Bir Kami, MLA Soreng-Chakung, Shri Aditya Golay, Advisors, Chairpersons, Zilla Panchayats and Panchayat Members.
Also, present on the occasion were Secretary (Labour and Skill Development Dept.), Shri Karma Namgyal Bhutia, Special Commissioner (Labour Department), Shri D. S. Kunwar, DC, Shri Bhim Thatal, ADC, Shri Dhiraj Subedi, ADC (Dev), Shri Gaayas Pega along with other dignitaries, HODs and Officials from Line department.
Following the inauguration, the Minister also had a brief interaction with dignitaries.
The infrastructure also accommodates other offices of the Soreng district including BAC, Social Welfare and Commercial Tax Department.
The district of Soreng will now have a dedicated Labour Department located previously known as the Yatri Niwas building under Tourism Department.

A Review meeting on the National Panchayat Award Assessment was organized at DAC Pentok

Mangan, 2nd Dec (IPR): A Review meeting on the National Panchayat Award Assessment was organized by the office of Mangan District Zilla Panchayat(MDZP) at DAC Pentok today.
The meeting had the presence of DC Mangan, Dr. A. B. Karki, DPO(MDZP), ADC(Dev) Chungthang, JDs, DMS (Health), WO(Social Welfare), DE (MDZP), AD (Education) and Panchayat Co-ordinator(North).
The meeting saw a discussion on the format for the District Panchayat Performance Assessment Committee (DPPAC) for a recommendation of Gram Panchayats for State/ UT Level Awards. Queries regarding the verification, assessment and nomination process of the Gram Panchayats were discussed amongst the district committee members.

Press Release from the office of BDO Temi

Namchi, 1st December: Welcome program for the Newly elected Zilla and Gram Panchayat and Farewell for the former Panchayats under Temi Namphing Constituency was held today.
The program was graced by the Minister of Tourism, Commerce and Industries and IPR Departments Sri B.S.Panth as Chief Guest. He was accompanied by the Chairman Temi Tea Board, ADC( Dev) Ravangla, BDO Temi and Block officers from line departments.
All the Newly elected Zilla and Gram Panchayats were accorded warm welcome by the Chief Guest and RDD officials.
Former Zilla and Gram Panchayats were also felicitated by the Chief Guest for their sincere efforts & initiatives for the people of their respective Zilla (TC) and GPUs.

District BAAL AADHAR registration launched at Gyalshing District

Gyalshing 1st Dec 2022 (IPR): The Directorate of Economics, Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Gyalshing, in collaboration with Health Deptt. organized the launching program of the District BAAL AADHAR registration today at the District Hospital complex, Gyalshing. District Collector Ms. Yishey D. Yongda graced the function for launching the exercise.
Henceforth children below five years can avail of the Aadhar registration facility at the counter set up at the hospital complex.
The District Collector has also instructed that in order to make the outreach more efficient, the Aadhar officials can converge with the Mobile Village Clinic travel to remote villages and complete maximum registrations within the stipulated timeline.
Others present at the launch were DMS, Gyalshing Dr. Namgay Bhutia, Assistant Director, DESM&E, Gyalshing
Shri Bom Bahadur Subba, Statistical Officer, DESM&E, Gyalshing
Shri Jeet Kumar Thatal, officials from DESM&E, ASHAs and Aganwadi workers along with parents & children in the target age group.

Press Release from Commerce & Industries Department

Participation of PMFME Scheme beneficiaries at SIAL Expo, New Delhi
The beneficiaries of the PMFME Scheme from Sikkim are participating in the 4th Edition of SIAL Delhi, 2022 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 1st to 3rd December 2022.
World’s No.1 Food Innovation Network, SIAL India powered by MOFPI (Ministry of Food Processing Industries) to be collocated with Vinexpo India, an event by Vinexposium, the leading global wine and spirits trade event organizer is organizing this event in New Delhi from 1st -3rd December 2022. The show, which is one of the first of its kind in India in the B2B space, is jointly organized by InterAds Exhibitions, Comexposium and Vinexposium.
These entrepreneurs availed credit-linked subsidy loans under the Prime Minister Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) Scheme of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Govt. of India. The scheme is being implemented by the MSME Division, Commerce & Industries Department, Government of Sikkim.
These entrepreneurs established their Food Processing unit with assistance from the scheme and are attending the expo as a part of promotional activity funded by the scheme. They will be highlighting their products, participating in B2B and B2C interactions and establishing better market linkage for their products.

Press release from District Hospital Gyalshing

Gyalshing Dec1 2022: Two days of training from 30.11.2022 to 1.12.2022 of Community Volunteers on Active Case Detection survey on Tuberculosis for ten villages selected by the Central TB Division with the objective of Sub National Certification claim for Silver by Gyalshing District concluded today.
The training was given by Dr. Robin Singh (WHO-NTEP Consultant) at District Hospital Gyalshing.

DISHA meeting for Gyalshing District was held at Gyalshing District Zilla Panchayat Bhawan

Gyalshing, 1st December 2022 (IPR): A meeting of the District Development Coordination Committee ( DISHA) for Gyalshing District was held at the Conference Hall of Gyalshing District Zilla Panchayat Bhawan Kyongsa, today. The meeting organized by District Administration Gyalshing was chaired by Shri Indra Hang Subba, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha cum Chairman ‘DISHA’.
The meeting had the presence of Hon’ble Deputy Speaker, SLA Shri Sangay Lepcha, Zilla Adyakshya GDZP Shri D.S. Limboo,
Upa-Adyakshya Smt Anita Rai, DC-cum-Member Secretary, DISHA Ms. Yishey D. Yongda,
ADM Gyalshing, ADC( Dev.), Heads of Offices of departments, members of Zilla Panchayats and Gram Panchayats and other district officials.
The meeting started with the opening remarks of Member Secretary-cum- DC Gyalshing wherein a review of minutes of the previous DISHA meeting was taken up department-wise. The DC initiated the deliberation and took the agendas for discussion in the house. The deliberation covered the departments of Health, Education, Roads and Bridges, Rural Development ( PMGSY), Agriculture, Power, NHIDCL and other miscellaneous matters. A comprehensive review of issues and bottlenecks related to the progress and implementation of various schemes and projects was taken up by the house. The meeting resolved to address all issues with the proactive participation of public representatives and officials.
The meeting further charted the plan of action to be followed up by concerned heads of departments to achieve progress of various Central and State Government schemes within targeted deadlines. Member Secretary cum DC urged all implementing heads to work in right earnest, prioritizing pending issues on a war footing.
The DC also gave a brief on the Nikshay Mitra initiative for the elimination of Tuberculosis and called upon all present to adopt TB patients for providing nutritional supplements through the Food Basket scheme, which would help in overall social upliftment in the district.
Chairman DISHA cum MP Lok Sabha Shri Indra Hang Subba, in his address, urged all departmental heads and officials to execute all schemes and projects in close coordination with Gram and Zilla Panchayat members for a better outcome. Assuring that his services and direction will be available wherever required, he appealed to work collectively in the spirit of a team and take the district to the higher pedestal of development and progress.
The house also had an open discussion session wherein various issues and grievances were put forth by the members of Zilla and Gram Panchayat.
The meeting was mastered by ADC/Dev. Shri Surat Gurung and a Vote of thanks were proposed by Deputy Secretary RDD Shri Netra Biswakarma.

Hon’ble MP, Lok Sabha inaugurates a training on Landscape Designing

Gyalshing, Dec1 2022(IPR): A 10-day long training on Landscape Designing was inaugurated by, Hon’ble MP(Lok Sabha) Shri Indra Hang Subba, in the presence of Deputy Speaker, SLA, Shri Sangey Lepcha, Zilla Adhyaksha, Shri D.S. Limboo, Upadhyaksh Smt. Anita Rai, District Collector, Smt Yishey D. Yongda, Additional District Collector,
Sub–Divisional Magistrate and other officials in the Zilla Bhawan premises today.
The training, one of its first kind in Sikkim is being organized by the District Administration, Gyalshing on a pilot basis to train and orient youths towards the otherwise unexplored field of landscape designing and create employment opportunities thereby making them self-reliant. The training module includes various aspects of gardening, designing, a study about seasonal and ornamental plants and practical sessions in the gardens and nurseries around Gyalshing.
The district has invited a retired Supervisor, from the Department of Forests, as a Master Resource Person.
Elaborating on the initiative, the District Collector mentioned that landscape designing is an emerging avenue that has huge potential since the number of hotels / Homestays is on the rise in Sikkim. Additionally, government office spaces, parks and market squares, educational institutes, Guest Houses, etc. require the beautification of compounds as an integral component, hence such a skill could be a source of livelihood for the unemployed youth. She further added that the other motive of conducting this training was for preserving and keeping intact the art of Landscape design unique to Sikkim since currently, contemporary/ modern trends are soon replacing the old forms. Hence retired personnel of the Forest Deptt Parks & Gardens (who had himself been trained earlier by veteran Foresters of the state) had been specially invited to impart training as Master resource person for a period of 10 days.
Hon’ble Deputy Speaker and Hon’ble MP encouraged the trainees to take the training seriously and extended their best wishes.

Press Release from Commerce & Industries Department

Block level awareness programme on PM Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PM FME) scheme was organized on 01.12.2022 at BAC Hall, Dzongu, Mangan District by MSME Division, Commerce & Industries Department.
This block-level programme was organised by the department to directly reach out to local entrepreneurs and motivate them to take up business in the food processing business. Around 50-60 local entrepreneurs from SHGs, FPOs and aspiring entrepreneurs attended the awareness programme.
Deputy Secretary, Mr. Topden Zangpo, MSME welcomed the Guest and participants and briefly highlights the key importance of the PM FME scheme. He informed the participants about the financial, technical and training support provided by the department to local entrepreneurs. He also stressed the importance of standardization of products to upscale sales both within the states and outside the states.
Further, Block Development Officer, Passingdang, Upper Dzongu, Mr. Mani Kumar Rai appealed to the entrepreneur to take full advantage of this programme and stated that the Department is ready to help local entrepreneurs in setting up their business in food processing business in the best possible way.
Mr. Wangchuk Gyalpo, Canara Bank Manager, Mangan Branch also attended the programme and assured to help the entrepreneurs availing loans under the PMFME scheme. He has briefly addressed the public queries.
Also, local panchayats members have attended the programme and assured to create more awareness among local people.
The programme was followed by a video presentation by the PM FME team to explain various processing techniques and machinery involved.
Lastly, a success stories video was shared to encourage the local entrepreneurs and take inspiration from earlier beneficiaries.

The State Handloom Expo commences at the Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom

Gangtok,1st December 2022 (IPR): The State Handloom Expo 2022-2023 commenced at the premises of the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom, Zero point, Gangtok.
Organized by the Directorate of Handicrafts & Handlooms Department, Government of Sikkim under the National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP) the expo is scheduled to be held till 15th December 2022.
The expo was inaugurated by Shri H. K. Sharma, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Government of Sikkim in the presence of Smt Binita Thapa, Director, DHH, Shri Tshering Dorjee Bhutia, Deputy Director, DHH, Officers and staff of Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom Department, Zero Point, Gangtok.
Shri H K Sharma visited the stalls and interacted with the participants and expressed keen interest in various hand-woven products displayed for sale. He said that this is the first Mega Handloom Expo that is being organized by the department providing a direct marketing platform for Weavers, sellers and buyers to converge and create awareness in the handloom sector as an employment and income-generating industry.
He stated that the expo aims to facilitate and make local weavers aware through various programs and to facilitate the consumer to purchase genuine handloom fabrics woven by local artisans. He further expressed that it is the Government’s vision and policy of creating a sustainable cottage industry in the State.
He anticipated that many people would visit the expo to encourage local weavers and expected the event to stimulate a trade of culture between different parts of the country.
The expo featured a total number of 60 stalls including representation from Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir and stalls of local weavers/SHGs from the State.
Local weavers and SHGs from different corners of the state exhibited their Handloom items for sale. These include Sany Weavers, Hee Bermoik (West Sikkim), AMU Sakchum Self Help Group, Upper Dzongu (North Sikkim), Goam Kitam Suntaley Cluster, Self Help Group,(South Sikkim), Ralung Handlooms SHG, West Pendam, Arithang Machila Kalyankari Sangh, Gangtok District, and Trishna, Self Help Group, Pani House Gangtok.
The expo gives a platform for handlooms and handicraft industries to highlight the products made by weavers/ local people. Products like carpets, saris, bed sheets and various other items were highlighted at the fair.
Participants took the opportunity for marketing their respective products to the visitors and sell them.
The expo is an annual feature of Sikkim Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd and it is proving a boon to weavers as their products are sold in large numbers. It also provides a readymade marketing platform for the local weaver’s SHGs and PUCs.
This year the State Mega Handloom Expo 2022-23 has a mixture of culture and business blended together.