35th Conference on Disaster Risk Industrial Safety & Emergency Preparedness under CIDM 2019

Gangtok, Dec 4, (IPR) : The 35th Conference on Disaster Risk Industrial Safety and Emergency Preparedness under Chemical and Industrial Disaster Management (CIDM) 2019 was held at Chintan Bhawan, here today.
The two days conference is organised by Chemical and Industrial Disaster Management Board (CIDM) in in collaboration with Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department,Government of Sikkim.

The conference is themed as ” Major Initiatives in the North East towards Disaster Resilience”.

Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha,Minister for Land Revenue & Disaster Management(LRDM), Education, Law and Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Ms Ambika Pradhan, Relief Commissioner cum Secretary, LRDM, Advisors to HCM Shri T. N Dhakal, Shri Vishnu Khatiwara, Shri L.Mansingh, IAS(Retd ), Shri Rubaab Sood,Additional Director & Head,Disaster Management Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Dr Muzaffar Ahmad,Former Member,National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), including senior secretaries, delegates,panelists and representatives from NDMA, Indian Railways, OIST, Air India, Indian Coast Guard, ONGC, NDRF, public and corporate undertakings attended the conference at large.

The main focus of the proposed conference and exhibition is to make the industry globally safe by better emergency planning of accidents onsite, offsite including isolated storage’s. The conference would also provide a platform to national and International companies to share their success stories, best practices and technologies to minimize accidents on production sites and during transportation of chemicals and hazardous wastes.

The conference will provide opportunity of hands on training & capacity development of on-site and off-site res-ponders,medics,paramedics during emergency.

In his inaugural address,Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha expressed his sincere gratitude to all the panelists, dignitaries, officers, media personnel’s and other participants in attendance.

He stated “The two days programme has been organised basically to discuss the various kinds of disasters, both natural as well as man-made in nature in our state(Sikkim) which it is highly susceptible to, and the kinds of preventive measures and necessary precautions that we can take up so as to avert the same”.

The Minister, in his address, also mentioned about the imperils of man-made disaster by alluding to the tragic chemical plant incident now notoriously dubbed as ‘the Bhopal gas tragedy.’

He further said ” Students need to be properly educated in this aspect. Interactive sessions between field experts and students must be included in the school curriculum. A person’s capability to deal with unforeseen emergencies in the face of disasters depends upon his ability to be prepared ahead of time” he added.

In his concluding message, he welcomed all the stakeholders to find a common ground so that they can work together in common interest towards disaster resilience.

Earlier, in her key note address, Smt Ambika Pradhan, Secretary, heartily thanked the Hon’ble Minister and heartily extended a warm welcome to all the guests from Govt of India and representatives from the public and corporate undertakings. She gladly mentioned that this conference is the first of its kind to be organised in the state.

She highlighted that it was imperative to develop preventive measures such as adoption of safer engineering measures and practices for the mitigation of disasters in the state.

Earlier,Shri L. Mansingh IAS (Retd) speaking before the gathering mentioned that Sikkim is a small state and is developing as a region in the industrial and technological sector.He stressed that rapid industrialization could increase hazards and risk vulnerability to the environment therefore he suggested the need to adopt preventive measures and stressed on preparedness in the event of unforeseen eventualities.

The plenary session was divided into two technical sessions and was presided over by Shri S. D Negi , Principal Secretary, Labour Department.

The first session included panel discussions on Disaster Management Training,Mitigation and Response in which various topics on waste management of chemical hazardous materials,prevention of disastrous situations in steel plants,off-site emergency disaster plants,safety of people and assets working in Environments containing inflammable liquids and gases,etc.

A broad range of contents from keynotes and panel discussions on Disaster Risk Management and Reduction and use of technology to mitigate disasters were covered during second technical session.
Panel discussions on the use of GIS Technology for Risk Reduction,use of technology in Process Safety Management, application of Scientific Modelling Techniques in Disaster Risk Reduction,Management Infrastructures, safety measures and challenges of Pharmaceutical Industries in Sikkim were included in the session.

Finally,the first day of the technical programme concluded with the questions and answers session among the participants at large.

Grace Foundation emerged as the champion of the Phoenix Cup 2019

GANGTOK, 04 Dec: Grace Foundation emerged as the champion of the Phoenix Cup 2019, an Inter-Rehab Centre Football Tournament, played here at Paljor Stadium. In the final match played this afternoon, Grace Foundation defeated Freedom Facility in the tie-breaker to lift the champions’ trophy.

The tournament was organized by Social Justice & Welfare Department. A total of eleven rehab centers from different parts of the State had participated in the tournament.

The final match has the Minister to Social Justice & Welfare Department, Dr MK Sharma as the chief guest. He was also accompanied by Secretary to SJWD, Dhan Jyoti Mukhia, Secretary to Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Kuber Bhandari among other dignitaries.

The full time of the match ended 2-2 draw. The match entered into the tie-breaker through penalty shoot-out, in which Grace Foundation converted four shots into goals and Freedom Facility managed to scored just two goals. Rewaj Lucksom adjudged as the Man of the Match.

The chief guest has handed over medals, trophies and cash prizes to winning and runners-up team. The winning team received the cash prize of Rs 10,000, while Rs 5,000 given to runners-up team.

Mock drill exercise conducted successfully in West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 4th December, 2019 (IPR): A Mock Exercise on Earthquake in relation to the Disaster preparedness in the West District was conducted in Gyalshing today under the direction of the DC West Shri. Karma R. Bonpo and ADC West Shri. Karma Lodey Lepcha along Shri. Tushar G. Nikhare, SDM (HQ) along with ASP West Shri. PVG Satish; SDPO Gyalshing Shri. Nakul Pradhan and Shri. Nirupesh Kumar Dy. Commandent (36th Battalion SSB). The mock exercise was a simulation scenario of an Earthquake in Gyalshing. The entire mock exercise was conducted at 5 different locations of Gyalshing which was conducted in order to sensitize and create awareness to the public during similar situations.
The District Control Room for the West District was at DAC Conference Hall, Rabdentse where all the HODs of Line departments were stationed and the mock exercise began at 11:15 am sharp. Prior to the Mock Exercise, a table top exercise was also conducted at the DAC Conference hall on 3rd December, 2019.
During the exercise a scenario depicting an earthquake magnitude of 6.7 RS at Gyalshing was taken into account. An Emergency Control Room was set up at DAC Conference Hall where in all HoDs reported within 15 minutes of the earthquake striking, simultaneously the public were made aware of the mock exercise through siren and PA system of Fire and Police Personnel. A staging area at Kyongsa ground was set up by 11:45 am wherein personnel from SSB and IRB along with the volunteers from NYK and ITI Gyalshing were stationed. The SSB installed 3 tents immediately at the staging areas after their arrival. The entire DAC was evacuated within 10 minutes after the earthquake and two trapped/injured persons were also rescued and treated at the spot.
A team in the District Control Room had the SDM (HQ) as the Incident Commander, ASP West as the Operation Section Chief, SDM Soreng as Observer, DPO (Disaster Management) as the Coordinator, DPO Zilla as the Liaison Officer, ADC Dev. as the Planning Section Chief, Sr. A.O as the Finance Chief, DCSO as the Logistic Chief, SDPO Gyalshing as the Safety, Law and Order Officer, DIO (IPR) as Information and Media Officer. The Staging Area was headed by BDO Gyalshing and the staging area also had a medical officer and health staffs to give the necessary aid.
During the Mock Exercise various scenarios were depicted wherein a fallen tree near Tigjuk Phatak blocking the traffic was shown which was cleared by the Forest Department, a fire had broken out at the Zilla Bhawan and a section of wall housing had toppled and were shown to be partially damaged at ITI Gyalshing where later the rescue team deputed by the District Control Room to carry out the necessary actions of safety were sent. It was also shown that few staffs were feared to be trapped at the DAC who were also rescued by the volunteers. Information of patients pouring in was also received from the hospital who were treated. The dedicated task force were deployed to the aforementioned locations and were successful to bring the situation under control within 20 to 25 minutes of their arrival at the spot.
From the 5 scenarios 6 moderately injured and 2 minor injuries were reported. For all these patients first aid was administered at site after which they were sent to the nearest hospital for treatment. The blocked road was cleared by cutting the tree by the Forest Department team. A minor damage were reported by the Power and PHE Department which were restored.
The Mock exercise was conducted to see the coordination among the different departments and the ground staffs to make the functioning of the relief and rescue operation faster, efficient and reliable in times of real time disasters.

Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma visits the members of the house gutted by Fire

IPR Minister visits the members of the house gutted by Fire at Chingthang GPU.

Chingthang, December 4 (IPR): Minister-cum-Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency Shri Lok Nath Sharma made visit at the residence of Santu Chettri at ward no 4, Chingthang Gram Panchayat Unit whose house was gutted by fire, last night. He met the family members and took stock on the damaged property and assured to provide ex-gratia payment and support from the government. It may be mentioned here that the upper floor of two storied building completely burnt to ashes in the fire incident.

Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma visits Fenglakha Ram Banvas Center

Gyalshing, 4th December,2019 (IPR):The Hon’ble Minister-cum-Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency Shri Lok Nath Sharma led the Joint inspection visit to Fenglakha Ram Banavas centre through a trekking trail at the core of Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, along with the District heads and officials of line departments, West District, today.

The inspection team was comprising of more than sixty members including Block Development Officer Dentam BAC Shri Bijay Subba, Superintendent Engineer Power Deptt. Shri Sonam Dorjee Bhutia, Divisional Engineer,Tourism Deptt Shri DP Sharma; Divisional Forest Officer / Wildlife Ms. Nisha Subba, Assistant Conservator of Forest Mrs Urmilla Subba, Range Officer Dentam Rajeev Gurung, Block Officer Shri Pujan Tamang, Deputy Director Fisheries Shri Lobsang Tamang, Divisional Engineer Roads & Bridges Shri Phurba Bhutia, Assistant Engineer Rural Development Department Shri Dipendra Adhikari, Assistant Engineer Building &Housing Karandeep Baraily, officials, field staff and others.

The inspection team began its trekking at 8.45am from Dorak Bijanbari/Hee Patal and reached Fenglakha Ram Banavas centre at 10:20am covering distances of 4.5 KM with joy of contemplation to make the spot more presentable and functional at the earliest.

After reaching the Ram Banavas centre minister Sharma minutely visited existing infrastructure of two Banavas hut, meditation centre, cafeteria, traditional houses of different communities, barracks etc. While the structure were found neglected in terms of maintenance after completion of construction work in 2017 and further he stressed for immediate repair and restoration of required renovation work.

Thereafter, minister chaired a meeting to sought out the existing issues and urged concerned departments to submit concept report in order to prepare a comprehensive master plan for execution of works in integrated approach of all departments.

While interacting with the officials and public, Minister Sharma directed concerned departments to gear up for execution of work within a month and assured to sought out issues of fund constraints.

He directed the Road and Bridges for construction of road and Power Department for laying of three phase underground cable of 11 KV, installation of street lights along with roadway and installation of transformer at the centre.

Minister urged Tourism Deptt. for beautification of road with the establishment of numerous attraction point of adventurous tourism, new construction of Bridle road for horse riding, repair and restoration of existing structure, landscaping and display of wild flowers at Ram Banavas complex, improvement of trekking route from Barsey to Ram Banavas premises.

Rural Development Department was directed to ensure water supply with the construction of rain water harvesting tank. He articulated on naturally blessed potential of the region and urged for community participation and further shared his vision to transform Ram Banavas as one of the popular tourist destination at international level for nature lovers and tourists. He also advised to exhibit cultural and traditional symbols of all communities.

Earlier, ACF Smt. Urmilla Subba proposed welcome address and drew lights on the purpose and objective of the joint inspection. She said that the Banavas centre couldn’t generate revenue despite of huge investment and touched upon the true leadership of the Minister Sharma and articulated his effort with pressing concern and deep interest to make the destination functional with the introduction of new components.

HCM visited Gyalchen Karma Thrinlay Monastery located at Bishum Phodong

Itanagar December 3(IPR): On the second day of his two days official tour of Arunachal Pradesh, the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S Tamang(Golay) visited Gyalchen Karma Thrinlay Monastery located at Bishum Phodong, where he was accorded a warm welcome in a traditional manner and entertained with rich cultural and religious extravaganza.
MLA Dirang Shri Phurba Tshering, MLA Bomdila Dongru Siongju , DC Bomdila , DC Dirang along with huge numbers of locals were present to welcome the Hon’ble Chief Minister.

MLA Dirang Shri Phurba Tsheting during the function also convened the message Arunachal Pradesh Shri Pema Khandu where he stated that the Chief Minister Shri Pema Khandu and expressed his gratitude towards Shri P.S Tamang(Golay) for his visit to Bishom Phodung village.
He also had a special mention about Sikkim as an exemplary state in North East and said Sikkim is the most peaceful and tranquil state in the region.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S Tamang was all praise for Arunachal Government and the Chief Minister Shri Pema Khandu for according him warm reception and welcoming him to this beautiful state.
He said that this is his first visit of Arunachal Pradesh and he was very pleased and happy to visit this beautiful state which has similar culture, tradition and unity in diversity like Sikkim,
Shri P.S Tamang(Golay) had a special mention for the kind of welcome he received in the state and said that Arunachal replicates Atithi deva vawo in their mannerism.

Shri P.S Tamang stated that he was very impressed with the kind of development Arunachal Pradesh has achieved in the field of sports and skill development and also mentioned about the progress made by Arunachal Pradesh in the field of Hydel power generation and said we can work together in tandem especially in tourism sector and Hydel projects.
The Chief Minister Shri P.S Tamang expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards Union Minister Shri Kiran Rijjuji who hails from Arunachal Pradesh for doing his best to see that His Holiness  17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje can visit Sikkim.

He also thanked Passang Tshering Rimpoche for his kindness showered to the delegation from Sikkim.

Tyeongsi SiriJunga Statue Foundation Day

Hee Kengbari, December 3(IPR): The Second Tyeongsi SiriJunga Statue Foundation Day celebrated with much traditional fervor and enthusiasm at Yumang Thegu / Hee Gaon, West Sikkim, today.
Hon’ble Minister for Public Health Engineering & Water Resources, Shri Bhim Hang Limboo graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and the Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, AH&VS, IPR & Printing and Stationery Departments Shri Lok Nath Sharma as the Guest of Honour. The programme was also attended by the Hon’ble  Administrative Advisor Shri MP Subba, BDO Dentam BAC Shri Bijay Subba, officials, Principals, Teachers, Students and community leaders and public at large. The programme was organised by 2nd Tyeongsi Naeet Yuksing Tumdum Chumbo.

Addressing the gathering, Minister Bhim Hang Limboo informed that a delegation has appraised the state government regarding the required infrastructure for the upgradation of the Tyeongsi SiriJunga complex. He appealed entire Limboo community to cooperate and maintain unity for the smooth manifestation of various activities for the progress and development of the community members.
He urged people to have patience and faith on the present government and asked for little more time to systematize things in order which was left unsystematic by the previous government, he added. Further he stressed on cultural significance of Limboo community and advised youth artists to care and preserve for future generations.

Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma, in his address, threw lights on vision of the State Govt under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P. S. Tamang and said that the government is putting strong efforts to preserve culture and tradition of all communities. The Government is fully committed to introduce SiriJunga circuit connecting unintroduced SiriJunga Cave of historic significance located at Reshi Khola. He also enlightened gathering to imbibe wisdom and teachings of their respective philosophers to accomplish lofty and noble deeds in our life.

Emphasizing on the importance of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry in our daily life Minister Sharma informed few of the encouraging initiatives and said that the state government will introduce special monthly honorarium to the Milk Producers in near future. The monthly honorarium of Rupees Three Thousand, Two thousand and Fifteen Hundred will be provided to the Milk Producer who delivers twenty five liters, fifteen liters and ten liters of Milk respectively, at their respective collection centre. Minister Sharma also underlined provision of subsidised loan and special grant for the farmers. He also spoke on the developmental activities being taken up by the state government. He also recalled the notable contributions made by then opposition in the last few years for the establishment of statue in the complex.

He also assured to address the pending works of the SiriJunga complex and to celebrate the event in more magnificent way in future period.

Earlier, Shri S.M Tamling briefed on the purpose and objective of organising the event while Shri SM Hembya Administrator of Tyeongsi SiriJunga elaborated the administrative process and functioning of the complex.

Inter School Literary contest was also organised under different categorical competition of Limboo handwriting, Limboo poem, Limboo essay.

The programme also saw traditional performances of Chyabrung competition and ethnic culture of Limboo community like Yeh-rak, Hakparey, Tam-ah-k, Khyalee, palam etc.

Hon’ble Chief Justice High Court of Sikkim Mr Justice Arup Kumar Goswami visited District and Sessions Court at Namchi

Namchi, 3rd December (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Justice High Court of Sikkim Mr Justice Arup Kumar Goswami visited District and Sessions Court at Namchi, today. He was accompanied by Registrar General Mr. K.W.Bhutia, OSD High Court of Sikkim Ms. Subarna Rai and other officials.

Upon his arrival the Chief Justice was given a warm welcome by District and Sessions Judge (South) Mr. Jiwan Kharga, Chief Judical Magistrate (South) Ms. Ranjita Pradhan, Senior Civil Judge cum Judicial Magistrate (South) Ms. Jwala D.Thapa and other officials from District and Sessions Court, Namchi. A guard of honour was also presented by IRBn.

The Chief Justice inspected various divisions and sections under District and Sessions Court, Namchi.

During his visit he also met and interacted with the members of Namchi Bar Association wherein they briefed the Hon’ble Chief Justice regarding the working of the association. The Chief Justice gave them valuable suggestions, guidance and advises and enquired about the under construction building of Alternative Dispute Redressal Forum in the District and Sessions Court premises.

Thereafter, the Hon’ble Chief Justice visited Siddheswara Dhaam at Solophok along with other officials.

The Chief Justice along with other officials also visited and inspected Court of Civil Judge cum Judicial Magistrate at Yangang Subdivision and interacted with officials and staff.

Minister Shri.Samdup Lepcha chaired a meeting for Namsoong celebration

Mangan, December 3 (IPR): The Hon’ble Minister for Roads and Bridges-cum-Patron-in-chief for Namsoong Celebration Committee, Shri Samdup Lepcha, chaired a preparatory meeting for Namsoong celebration with the Heads of Department of North District here at the Conference Hall of Election Office, DAC, Mangan.

The meeting attended amongst other by Area MLA, Dzongu, Shri Pintso Namgyal Lepcha, District Collector, North, Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon, Superintendent of Police, North, Shri Sonam Gyatso Bhutia, and other diginitaries unanimously decided that the tentative date for Namsoong celebration would be January 2nd to January 4th 2020.

Minister Shri Lepcha talked about having the privilege of getting a chance to be a Patron-in-Chief of Namsoong Celebration Committee and assured that he will serve the committee with his best effort from his end.

The Minister directed GREF and the Roads and Bridges Department to keep the road clear leading up to Namprikdang ground and clean up the blockages lying in the either side of road. Further, he hoped that this Namsoong celebration will one landmark event.

Furthermore, he stressed on better traffic system, proper electrification, smooth road condition, regular water supply and cleanliness during the celebration.

Area MLA, Dzongu, Shri Pintso Namgyal Lepcha extended thanks on behalf of the people of Dzongu to the Minister Shri Lepcha for accepting the post of Chief Patron for Namsoong Celebration Committee. He sought better co-ordination from every department to make the festival a grand success.

During the meeting, the District Collector, North, Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon gave instructions to HoDs of the various Line departments of the District and informed that today’s meeting is basically conducted to entrust their respective duties pertaining to the celebration.

Superintendent of Police, North, Shri Sonam Gyatso Bhutia assured that the law and order will be maintained in a smooth way during the celebrations.

General Secretary, Namsoong Celebration Committee, Shri Samten Lepcha said that Namsoong is one of the oldest festivals celebrated in Sikkim. He requested support from the District Administrative Centre to make this festival a grand success.

Minister Shri.Lok Nath Sharma chaired a coordination meeting

Gyalshing, 3rd December 2019 (IPR): The Hon’ble Minister-cum-Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency Shri Lok Nath Sharma chaired a coordination meeting to prepare a comprehensive plan for upcoming 315th Birth Anniversary of Tyeongsi SiriJunga at SiriJunga premises, Martam, today.

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri P.S. Tamang has consented to grace the occasion as the Chief Guest on the Birth Anniversary of Tyeongsi SiriJunga on 12th December 2019 at Martam.

The meeting had open interaction on initial progress of the preparations made for the celebration and further discussed at length on logistical and other arrangements including ritual worship, construction of stage, power connectivity, water supply, sanitation, culture programme, arrangement of furniture, fooding, transportation etc. Thereafter the work responsibilities have been distributed to different assignee for smooth accomplishment of the programme.

Minister Sharma who is also the Chief Patron of Organizing Committee, in his brief address, marked the Birth Anniversary of SiriJunga as a spiritual programme and urged people to fulfill assigned responsibilities with complete dedications and contributions. Further he called for an active coordination and cooperation to succeed comprehensive preparatory plan with selfless spirit and devotion. Further he advised to maintain sanctity and religious ethos within the SiriJunga premises and surrounding area as a mark of respect of spiritual centre. He also drew lights on developmental activities being taken up within the Gyalshing Bermiok constituency.

The meeting unanimously supported various resolutions including a unique initiative to avoid use of plastics and khadas during the celebration.

The meeting was also attended by the departmental officials from West District including Additional Director-cum-DNDO Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Dr. NM Cintury, Additional Director AH& VS Dr Sanjay Pradhan, Joint Director Horticulture Shri Karma Sherpa, Joint Director Agriculture Shri TN Bhutia, Executive Engineer Agriculture Shri Zigmee Lepcha, Deputy Director Fisheries Shri Lobsang Tamang, Food Inspector Legship Shri Binod Devokota, Mangheem Committee, youths and the public.