Minister of State (DoNER) and Co-operation, Government of India, Shri B.L Verma arrived in the State Capital today. The Union Minister was accorded a warm welcome at Rangpo by senior officers of the State Government

Gangtok, Nov 24 (IPR): Minister of State (DoNER) and Co-operation, Government of India, Shri B.L Verma arrived in the State Capital today.
The Union Minister was accorded a warm welcome at Rangpo by senior officers of the State Government.
Later, he met and interacted with officers of the Cooperation Department, Government of Sikkim.
During his two-day visit, the Minister will visit various places and attend official meetings

Week Long ‘Paddy Harvesting Festival 2021’ concludes successfully in West Sikkim

Gyalshing, November 24 ( IPR) A week long Paddy Harvesting Festival 2021, organised at Toyang under Yangthang, West Sikkim concluded with the phenomenonal spirit of farming practices and traditional cultural events, today.
The Minister, Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Shri Lok Nath Sharma graced the occassion as the chief guest and Minister-cum-Area MLA Shri Bhim Hang Subba was present as the guest of honour. The programme also had the presence of Advisors, Chairmen, Panchayats, Secretary Agriculture Shri Rinzing C Bhutia, Secretary AH&VS Dr Sangey D. Bhutia, Principal Director Horticulture Shri Sadan Tamang, officials, farmers and others.
On the occasion, both the Ministers came forward to take part in “Kunew phorney/Dahin” exercise along with the farmers.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Sharma congratulated Yangthang constituency for organizing unique paddy harvesting festival and setting example in promotion of farming practices in traditional tune.
He elucidated governmental initiatives accomplished under the leadership of the Chief Minister and mentioned that the ruling government has given utmost priority in agriculture and livestock farming sectors for sustainable upliftment of rural population.
He informed that the state government recently accorded approval to provide 35 percentage subsidy in fisheries sector under Skill Startup scheme. Further, he highlighted fisheries potential of the locality and informed that, atleast nineteen families from the constituency were benefited with Intensive Carp Farming and Raceway Trout Farming.
He also highlighted financial benefits of Production Incentive being provided under ‘Mukhyamantri Krishi Atmanirbhar Yojana’ and urged departmental official and all concerned to give priority in transforming the society by promoting agriculture and livestock farming.
He also highlighted financial incentives in Dairy and Piggery sectors under ‘Mukhya Mantri Pashudhan Samridhi Yojana’ and elaborated provision of subsidy under ‘Mukhya Mantri Matshya Utpadan Yojana’, Development Through Credit and other farmer friendly schemes. Minister Sharma also touched upon provision of 50 percent subsidy under ‘National Livestock Mission’.
He also recalled governmental initiatives taken up for the Sanskrit teachers in recent years, launching of Sikkim Ad-hoc Teachers Regularisation Policy 2021 and ‘Sikkim Garib Awas Yojana’.
The organizing committee also felicitated both the ministers, volunteers and individuals for their contributions to succeed the event. Shri Birkhaman Limboo was also honoured for applaudable role in transforming large area of barren land into cultivable land in the locality.
During the programme, over one hundred farming household received agricultural tools and farming machines including power tiller, fabricated green house, water harvesting Genap Tank, Water Harvesting Flexi Tank, Pulverizer Machine, Knapsack Sprayer Machine, HDPE Pipe, Chaff cutter, Goattery, Sheep, poultry farming, Intensive Carp Farming, Trout Culture in Raceway etc.
The programme also saw colourful traditional cultural performances and traditional stalls. The final match of the volleyball tournament was also played between Kyongsa Youth Club -A and Super 6, 7th Mile, won by former and lifted the winning trophy along with cash award.
Earlier, Chairman SIDICO Shri Janak Gurung, who was also the patron of organizing committee, proposed welcome address and the Additional Political Secretary to HCM (West) Shri Madhu Sudan Sharma presented thanks note to down the curtain of seven days long Paddy harvesting festival 2021

Meeting on upcoming Krishi Mela-cum-distribution Program at Melli, South

Namchi, Nov 23 (IPR): Minister, Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Mr Lok Nath Sharma held a meeting with the departmental official of South District with regard to organizing ‘Krishi Mela-cum-distribution Program’ in Melli constituency, today.
The meeting had the presence of Additional Political Secretary (South) Ms Anjeeta Rajalim, Additional (Director) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services / (South) Dr Artha Lall Rai, Joint Director (Horticulture) Dr Dikendra Bhujel, Joint Director (Agriculture) Dr Pratap Subba, officials, social activists and others.
The Meeting had detail discussion on various components to be included in Krishi mela namely exhibition of Self Help Groups, distribution of subsidised loan under Development Through Credit, Awareness generation on farmers friendly schemes, token distributions and many others. The day long programme has been scheduled to be held on 8th December 2021.
Minister Sharma also suggested official’s to encourage participation of students during the Krishi Mela to enhance their practical skills in farming.
Additionally, he also shared that a notable growth is observed in Dairy sectors in the state with sharp rise in production of milk and formation of new Milk Producers Cooperatives Societies.
Dr Dikendra Bhujel, informed that the department has released around Rupees fifty five lakhs as production incentives to over one thousand farmers in the first installment in South District under newly launched Mukhya Mantri Krishi Atmanirbhar Yojana. The Farmers have received the production incentives of notified crops, vegetables and fruits through Direct Bank Transferred

Packaging of Fresh and Processed Foods

Gangtok, November 23 (IPR): A two-day capacity building and training programme on “Packaging of Fresh and Processed Foods” was conducted here at Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Training and Extension Hall, Gangtok today.
The programme was organized under Pradhan Mantri Formalization of “Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme” (PMFME) under the aegis of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of Sikkim and Indian Institute of Packaging, Kolkata Centre. A total number of forty-five participants registered for the training programme.
The (PMFME) scheme launched under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, is a centrally sponsored scheme with an objective to enhance the competitiveness of existing individual micro-enterprises in the unorganized segment of the food processing industry and to promote formalization of the sector and provide support to FPOs, SHGs, and Cooperative societies to add further value to their products through attractive packaging methods.
Secretary, Commerce and Industries Department, Shri H.K. Sharma in his inaugural address said that packaging plays a vital role in marketing the product at national and international level. He said that the State of Sikkim has all the products but lacks the knowledge of packaging to market the product. The main objective of the two-day programme was training on packaging of Sikkimese products to the general public of the State.
Various subjects such as principles and functions of Packaging for Fresh and Processed Foods, Packaging of Fresh Foods, Processed Foods and Packaging of fruits and vegetables. Live demonstration and Screening of Video and Packaging Operation for Food Products and Packaging of Food Products were also displayed during the programme.
The second day of the programme will include Testing and Evaluation of Packaging Materials for Food Products, Thermoforming- Skin and Blister Packaging for Food Products of MSME Entrepreneurs and Bar Coding for Supply Chain Management and Logistics. The programme is also scheduled to have an interactive session and distribution of training certificates.
The programme had the presence of Director, MSME, Commerce and Industries Department, Shri Ravikumar, Deputy Director-cum-Branch Head, Institute of Indina Packaging, Kolkata Centre, Shri Bidhan Das, members from FPOs, SIMFED, Temi Tea Estate, Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts, Spices Board, various Co-operative societies, rural and urban Self-Help Groups, individual entrepreneurs and individuals involved on food processing sector


No: 107/DILRMP/LR&DMD Date: 18/11/21
This is for information of the general public, land owners, financial institutions (having entered in land mortgage agreement) and concerned Panchayats of Yangtam Revenue Block of Changey Senti Revenue Circle, under Pakyong Sub- Division, of East District, that
the Survey and Record Writing work of Yangtam Revenue Block(s) has been completed. The draft Cadastral Map and records can be accessed at the following locations for verification by
all concerned:
1. SDM Office, Pakyong, East Sikkim
2. 26 Aho Yangtam Gram Panchayat Kendra (GVK)
3. DILRMP, E-Gov and GIS cell, LR&DMD, SITCO compound, Deorali.
It can also be accessed online at
Further, to authenticate the draft land records and the parcha issued to all the concerned land owners, the date of “ATTESTATION” under the provisions of Rule 7 of Sikkim Record Writing and Attestation Rules, 1988 shall be on one month after the issue of this notice.
If any land owner having their claim and objection against the entry of land made by the survey team should file complain in writing to the Attestation Officer (Revenue Officer of Pakyong Sub-Division) on or before the date of attestation. If no claim or objection is
received within this notice period, the record will be authenticated on the day of attestation.
Thereafter, all the concerned land owners are requested to collect the attested documents at SDM office, Pakyong, East District along with their parcha and Aadhaar/ UID document, after the expiry of the notice period.
Time……10 a.m.
Gyalshing, 23rd November, 2021( IPR): The Minister-cum-Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency Shri Lok Nath Sharma chaired a preparatory meeting for the celebration of ‘Baalaa Chaturdashi’ festival at Legship Kirateswar Shiva Dham, this evening.
The meeting had the presence of executive members of mandir committee and associated members.
During the meeting, it was decided to organise ‘Baalaa Chaturdashi’ festival with much attractive and unique features like “Ganga Aarati”. The mela is scheduled to commence on 28th November and will be officially inaugurated on 2nd December 2021 which will continue till the 15th of December 2021.
Besides Ganga Aarati, Baalaa Chaturdashi Football Tournament, Meena Mela, Exhibition of Community Food Stalls, Traditional, Spiritual, Cultural and many other events will be organised during the festival.
Earlier, Minister Sharma visited the Mandir premises and discussed on essential works to be carried out for the development of Mandir. He also spoke to the District Collectors of South and West districts, both, telephonically and urged to expedite necessary works pertaining to the construction of protective wall along the Rangeet river

One day workshop on Initiative of Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA) was organised in joint coordination with Primitive Tribe Welfare Board, Social Welfare Department

Namchi,23rd November (IPR) : One day workshop on Initiative of Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA) was organised in joint coordination with Primitive Tribe Welfare Board, Social Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim at SIRD hall, Karfectar, today.
The participants were from BAC Jorethang and Sikkip along with Mr. Tenzing Bhutia BDO Jorethang, SWI Jorethang, SWI Sikkip, Welfare Officer Mr. Kyondit Lepcha , Panchayat from 3 GPUs under BAC Jorethang, WI (MOMA) Division Mr. Gyalsten Wongdi Lepcha, Officials from Gangtok and the teacher as Institutional Nodal Officer (INO) dealing with scholarship schemes at Schools.
Additional Director, Mr. K.L. Lepcha in his address highlighted the various schemes under Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA). He further stated about the various schemes of Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikash Karyakram (PMJVK) under which various development works like construction of school bulidings, hostel for boys and girls, playground with gallery and PHSC building can be covered. He also added that the demand of such development works should come from Block Development Plans through BAC level from BDO to District Level Committee and to headquarter Gangtok, State Level.He also highlighted about Minority Scholarship Schemes like Post Matric Scholarship to students belonging to Minority students, Pre-matric Scholarship to students belonging to Minority students, Merit cum Means based Scholarship Students belonging to Minority Students.
Mr. Gyalsten Wongdi Lepcha, WI Headquarter spoke about the technical issues and process for applying Minority Scholarship Schemes through National Scholarship Portal ( NSP) He also informed about the roles and responsibilities of Institutional Nodal Officer at school or institutional level. He also highlighted about various scholarship schemes like Pre- Matric and Post- Matric scholarship for ST, SC, OBC, & EBC(Economically Backward Class) through state portal website- He further informed that the last date of submission of the form is 30th November 2021 which can be extended for a week.
Mr.Jaganath Sharma informed about the various Skill Development Schemes being initiated by Central Government.
It maybe mentioned here that simultaneously, the same program was conducted at Sumbuk BAC which was attended by Chairperson Mr. Chewang Norbu Lepcha, Primitive Tribe Welfare Board, Gangtok, teachers, Panchayat and officials from SW Department, today

The Kamsel ceremony (sunning and airing) is scheduled to be held from 24th Nov to 26th November, 2021 at Tholung Monastery

Gangtok, Nov 22: The Kamsel ceremony (sunning and airing) is scheduled to be held from 24th Nov to 26th November, 2021 at Tholung Monastery, Upper Dzongu North Sikkim.
The programme of the ceremony is as below:
23rd Nov, 2021: Arrival of H.E Gonjang Rinpoche & Minister of Ecclesiastical Department at Tholung Gunpa – (Tsewang) till 1:00 pm.
24th Nov, 2021: Opening the Kamsel Ceremony from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
25th Nov, 2021: Main Kamsel – 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm and Closing ceremony of Kamsel and (TENZUK),
26th Nov, 2021: Concluding programme
The devotees who wish to attend this religious event are advised to comply with the following guidelines.
1. All devotees to strictly follow COVID appropriate behaviour
2. Must carry warm clothing
3. Must carry sleeping bags.
4. Littering is strictly prohibited 5. Use of plastics is completely banned
6. Smoking and chewing of tobacco is strictly prohibited
7. Food shall be provided to all devotees
8. All vehicles to be parked at Mantam or as per the direction of district police authorities and proceed to Bey on a shared vehicle

Day long workshop on formation of the 1st Village Level Child Parliament amongst the newly constituted Bal panchayats of child friendly

Gyalshing, 22nd November 2021: A day long workshop on formation of the 1st Village Level Child Parliament amongst the newly constituted Bal panchayats of child friendly GPU, 23-Sankhu Radhu Khandu was held today. The workshop was orgranized by District Child Protection Unit, West Child Protection Scheme, Women and Child Development Department, Gyalshing on 22nd of November 2021, at the said GPU.
The main objective of the Workshop was to give an advocacy platform for the children to promote their rights.
The programme was presided by District Child Protection Officer, West Miss. Bhawana Subba and other dignitaries from different GPUS of West sikkim, Mr. Tez Kumar Thapa, Child Protection Officer of Anuglya and DCPU staffs attended the said programme.
DCPO, West briefly highlighted regarding child rights and other child related issues.
The children/ Bal panchayats elected their representatives Miss. Ananya Chauhan as Prime Minister, Bir Bdr. Chettri as Deputy Prime Minister, Supriya Pradhan as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Rinchen Tamang as Finance Minister.
The oath taking ceremony was conducted today in the presence of Hon’ble Zilla Panchayat of Sangkhu Hee Teritorial , Panchayat President of Gitang Karmatar, Sopakha, Maneybong and Sangkhu Radhu Khandu GPU.
Mr. Tez Kumar Thapa, Child Protection Officer, Anuglya Darjeeling, in his technical session explained the roles and responsibilities of Child Parliamentarians, who had been invited as a Resource person for the said program