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.