Gangtok, June 03: SISCO Bank disbursed KISHAN CREDIT CARD Loan amounting to ₹76,94,000/-(Rupees Seventy Six Lakhs Ninety Four Thousand only) to 156 members of Luing Perbing Multipurpose Coop Society Ltd.for Ginger Cultivation.

The sanction letter was handed over to the President of the Society by Shri.T.R.Dorjee., AGM, SISCO, in the presence of Shri. P. Lamichhaney, Manager, SISCO, Shri.R.K.Chettri, T.A., SISCO and Shri. U. Pandey, Inspector, Co-op Department.

Luing Perbing MPCS is one of the most progressive Coop Society of the State and has also contributed a sum of Rs.50,000/- (Rupees Fifty Thousand only) towards the Chief Minister Relief Fund to help the State Government in the fight against the COVID Pendamic situation.

Hon’ble Minister Shri L. N. Sharma convened a press conference

Gangtok, June 3(IPR): Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry Shri L. N. Sharma convened a press conference today to divulge on the decisions made in the meeting held on 2nd June with Banking Organisations and FPO representatives regarding credit linkage and extension.

The press conference also had the presence of Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Horticulture, Shri R. Telang, Chief Executive Officer, SOM, Dr. S. Anbalagan, General Manager, RBI Gangtok, Shri Ravindra Sangvai, and Representative of Lead Bank and Convenor, SLDC, Shri Aftab Ahmed Malik.

Hon’ble Minister Shri L.N. Sharma in his address stated that the Government realized that farmers and small entrepreneurs who have the zeal to work and augment one’s economy is often hindered by the lack of financial assistance or back up to support their endeavour and sustain their interest.
In view of this, the Government has decided to link the farmers with the bankers for all activities related to agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry, informed the Hon’ble Minister.

During the briefing, the Hon’ble Minister made the following announcements:

1. All the banks in the State will stipulate every Wednesday for farmers to extensively engage with the banks. On this day, farmers can interact with the branch managers and receive all the required support and guidance. Every Wednesday, each bank throughout the State will be fully dedicated to the farmers.

2. On the first Thursday of each month, the officers of the Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry Departments will jointly hold a meeting with the officials of all banks and concerned stakeholders. The meeting will review the progress made by farmers as well as assess the challenges faced by them. The meeting will also be a platform for immediate sanction of various schemes and incentives to deserving farmers of the districts.

3. The Hon’ble Minister announced that the Government will organize a new program called ‘Credit Mela’ where the project and proposal of farmers and entrepreneurs will be scrutinized on the spot and loan will be sanctioned immediately. He informed that the project will be launched from the West District and three constituencies of West Sikkim will be clubbed together for the first Credit Mela. He further informed that the Mela will be held in coordination and under the supervision of the concerned Area MLAs.

4. The Hon’ble Minister termed the above initiatives as the second phase of ‘Green Economy’ aimed at increasing the GDP of the State through agriculture and allied sectors.

5. NABARD will continue to support the farmers in preparation of projects and sanction of subsidy thereof. Emphasizing on timely payment on loans, the Hon’ble Minister announced that farmers who repay their loans on time will be granted a 3% rebate on their interest.

6. Farmers will be provided with a loan of up to 1 lakh 60 thousand without any collateral. Likewise, SHGs and NGOs will be granted a one-time loan of Rs. 10 lakh without collateral.

7. The Hon’ble Minister also announced an annual award/incentive to banks which provide the maximum loans and other assistance to farmers.

8. Nodal officers will be appointed by the Department to coordinate with the banking organization to ensure timely implementation of credit linkage and other required support to the farmers. Likewise, it was decided that all the banks will appoint a nodal officer each for smooth facilitation of farmer related schemes and projects.

While interacting with the media, the Hon’ble Minister reiterated that the State Government has laid great emphasis on the development of agriculture and allied sectors for the overall economic health of the State. He said that if the people of Sikkim take the benefit of these incentives, Sikkim will be a self-reliant State. He further added that it will address the issue of unemployment as well as improve production and productivity and propel the State towards self sustenance.

Earlier, Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Horticulture, Shri R. Telang in his opening remarks briefed about the meeting held on 2nd June and the decisions taken thereafter. He informed about the decision to support the farmers and entrepreneurs through credit linkage. He further apprised that a system will be created for direct purchase of agricultural produce and inputs like seeds and organic fertilizers from the farmers, without the involvement of middlemen or intermediaries.

Shri. Ravindra Sangvai, General Manager and office incharge of RBI Gangtok in his brief address informed that efforts are made for demand and supply chain. He stated that the banking fraternity will extend all the required support and assistance to the farmers through credit extension. He lauded the initiative of the Government to stipulate every Wednesday as a banking day for farmers, as well as the monthly meeting of departmental officers with the banking organizations, and the idea of organizing credit camps/mela for farmers.

Lead Bank representative and Convenor SLDC Shri Aftab Ahmed Malik, stated that the focus will be on promoting financial literacy among the farmers and encouraging them to seek financial assistance to enhance their agricultural productivity. He assured that farmers will be provided all the required support and efforts will be made to extend the financial services right up to the sub divisional level.

Mr. Satish Subba of Hukpa Medical Shop, Namchi Bazaar donates medical supplies

Namchi, 3rd June: As, a mark of support and goodwill gesture Mr Satish Subba of Hukpa Medical Shop, Namchi Bazaar donated medical supplies such as 6 pairs of gloves, 100 pieces of face mask, 70 bottles of hand sanitizers, 7 litres of Sodium Hydroxide Hypochlorite and 1 piece of face shield meant for the use of doctors, staff and the quarantined people. Similarly, Mr passang Sherpa from Drishti NGO donated handmade masks to the quarantine facility of Namchi Girls Senior Secondary School. The Incharge and other staff would like to thank these people for their donations.

MoU was signed between Shri P.K. Pradhan former Chief Secretary & his family & the Govt. of Sikkim

Gangtok June 3(IPR): A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Shri P.K. Pradhan former Chief Secretary and his family and the Government of Sikkim at Samman Bhawan, here in the capital today.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri P. K. Pradhan expressed his gratitude towards the State Government for choosing his land for the noble cause of constructing the Community Health Centre (CHC) which will be named after his Late Grandfather and hoped that such noble works shall be carried out in future too for the welfare of the state. A land measuring (6.91 acres) owned by Shri P. K. Pradhan and his family in Soreng, West Sikkim has been donated to the Government of Sikkim.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister termed it as a historic occasion for the people of Sikkim and the Health Department. He also informed that upgrading the Primary Health Centre of Soreng to Community Health Centre(CHC) was one of the topmost priorities of the Government for which funds have been allocated for the construction during the last budget session.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards Shri P.K. Pradhan and his family for this noble gesture shown by them. He also directed the officials to expedite the process of registration of the land donated and start the construction at the earliest. The CHC shall not only benefit the people of Soreng Sub-division but also cater to the neighbouring remote villages.

Shri P. K. Pradhan former Chief Secretary called on the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang

Gangtok June 3(IPR): Shri P. K. Pradhan former Chief Secretary and his wife Smt Nalini Pradhan called on the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang at Samman Bhawan this morning.

During the call on the former Chief Secretary was all praise for the performance of the present government led by the Hon’ble Chief Minister.

Pleased by the government’s announcement to have dialysis facility at every Primary Health Centre, Shri P. K. Pradhan has decided to donate a dialysis machine for Soreng PHC as his contribution to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in kind.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Shri Pradhan for his kind gesture and generous contribution.

Contribution towards CM’s Relief Fund

Gangtok June 3 (IPR): Shri Keshu Agarwal, Treasurer SKM party called on the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang at Samman Bhawan this afternoon and handed over two cheques amounting to Rs 10 Lakh from the Party and Rs 2 Lakh from his personal account for Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to support the government’s effort to fight the COVID-19, a global pandemic.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the party and the treasurer for the kind gesture and generous contribution.

One more person from Sikkim tests positive

Gangtok, June 03: (IPR) As per official information received from DG-cum-Secretary, Health, one more person from Sikkim has tested positive.
The 54-year male was a returnee from New Delhi on 25th May and was placed in the facility quarantine at Mining near Rangpo.
It has been reported that he is asymptomatic.
His direct contacts living in the same room were immediately tested, and both of them have tested negative for Covid-19.
All the other returnees placed in the facility quarantine are being tested.