Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad visits east district, Sikkim

Gangtok, 4th  December  (IPR): Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad made several visits of east district, Sikkim today. Hon’ble Governor first visited Zuluk village and interacted with the people of the area. On his way to Zuluk he undertook numerous stops in various places and appreciated the beauty and natural splendour of the surrounding areas like Tsongu Lake, Elephant Lake, Kanchenjuunga view point at Tukla, Zuluk view and Thambi view point.

Hon’ble Governor Shri Prasad also visited Gokul Publi School at Zuluk where students of the school welcomed him by singing patriotic songs which sprouted patriotism in the hearts of the visitors. Governor Prasad then interacted with school staffs and local guardians and stressed on the importance of education and upbringing as formative years which shapes one’s personality. During his visit to the school, Governor Prasad donated a sum of Rs. 25, 000 to school from Governor Fund as grant-in-aid. This was appreciated and thanked greatly by the school authorities.

After that, the Governor interacted with the local people at a home stay of the area. He urged them to ensure hospitality with the guests.
In his address, Hon’ble Governor spoke about the importance of village tourism as number of visitors has increased doubled in the state and stressed on rural youth to adopt tourism sector as sustainable livelihood. He said that hospitality sector is a booming sector and the state has numerous tourism points which should be explored and utilised. He encouraged the youths to be more pro-active and get in the tourism sector as it contributes tremendously to the pristine image of the state. He expressed his gratitude to the people of Zuluk for their dedication and encouraged all to be competitive, creative and preserve their local culture and environment which is rare and beautiful.
Hon’ble Governor also donated warm clothes to the elder citizens of Zuluk. This was received with great thankfulness and appreciation by the people of the area.

Later in the afternoon, Hon’ble Governor visited Rongli, where he was accorded warm welcome by Zilla Adhakshya of east district, Shri S.S Bokhim, SDM Rongli, Shri A. B. Gurung, officials of Rongli Sub-Division, general public of Rongli, teachers, students and local gentries at large.

In his short address, the Hon’ble Governor mentioned about the tremendous strides that the state has made in the field of Organic farming. He said that Sikkim is world renouned in that sphere and the world has a lot to learn from it. He also mentioned about how the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Modi refers to Sikkim with regards to its commitment towards the development in various spheres and specially in Organic farming.

“Organic Farming is a unique venture of its kind in the world. Sikkim has been appreciated globally and it has created new mile stone in organic farming by receiving Future Policy Gold Award. Now organic products of Sikkim will be available in Indian and world markets ” said Hon’ble Governor.

Governor commended the efforts made by state government and farmers of Sikkim towards rural development and skill development stating that such proactive initiatives have become all the more important in the current world.

Panchayats of different Gram Panchayat Units presented their demands and grievances like better road connectivity (Highway from Rorathang to Rongli), more central banks, mobile towers etc to the Hon’ble Governor. Hon’ble Governor took note of their demands and assured to look into it at the earliest.

Earlier, he also inspected organic stall which was displayed and enquirers about the whole process of farming and marketing which is sustainable and still technologically sound so that it benefits the farming community at large in the state.

Subsequently, Hon’ble Governor Shri Prasad visited Winter Raj Bhawan at Rangpo in the evening where he interacted with the business community of Rangpo bazaar.
While interacting with business community, he emphasized on regional economic diversity and said that we should all work for peace and prosperity and for sustainable growth of the state

Hon’ble Governor concludes his West Sikkim Visit


Gyalshing, 28th November, 2018 (IPR): The Hon’ble Governor Shri. Ganga Prasad on the 2nd and also the final day of his premier tour to West Sikkim interacted with the Government Officials of West Sikkim at the Bhanu Salig, Kyongsa. The District Collector along with SP West, ADC West and HoDs of different departments were present in the interaction program.
The Hon’ble Governor addressed the gathering of Government Officials and guests with his words of encouragement and advised them that their roles as Officials of the District is an important one. He also congratulated them for their respective roles in making Sikkim known not only to India but the entire world.
He advised the officials that their responsibility to the people and the state is huge and that their services would affect the future of Sikkim. Hence they must work with more enthuse and create newer milestones for the West District as well as for Sikkim and India. He mainly stressed on how the departments should be more involved in multiplying the agricultural and the horticultural produce of the state using various tools and techniques made available to them. He also advised them to find the right market to sell the surplus organic produce and generate more income for their economic stability. He further advised the DC to hold similar meetings of District Officials to understand the progress of the district and also visit rural areas more often to understand their perils and work out the possible solutions.
The program was conducted for the Governor to see and understand the District machinery at work and how the district was progressing. During the program various Departmental Heads presented their works in form of a PowerPoint presentation to the Hon’ble Governor briefly explaining him about their different projects and works in the district.

NCDC Regional Awards for Cooperative Excellence and Merit 2018

Gangtok, November 27: (IPR) Three Cooperative Societies of Sikkim were awarded with the NCDC Regional Awards for Cooperative Excellence and Merit -2018, at an event held at Sahakari Bhawan Gangtok today. The Programme was organized by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) in collaboration with Cooperation Department, Government of Sikkim.

The Cooperative Societies awarded on the occasion were:
1. Women Society- Nayuma Women’s Cooperative Society Ltd. Gangtok Sikkim
2. Primary Agriculture Credit Society- Luing Perbing Multi Purpose Cooperative Society Ltd. East Sikkim
3. Dairy Sector- Kadamtam Women’s Milk Producer’s Cooperative Society Ltd. Kadamtam, East Sikkim

The Awardees were given away a Cash Prize of Rs. 25,000 with a Memento and Certificates, respectively.

The programme was graced by Secretary Cooperation Department, Shri L. B. Chettri, as the Chief Guest and has the presence and participation of Additional Registrar, Cooperation Department Smt Jabi Thapa, CEO Sikkim Cooperative Union (SICUN) Shri Robin Sewa, NCDC officials, Managing Directors of Denzong Cooperation and SISCO Bank and officials from the Cooperation Department.

Secretary Shri L.B. Chettri in his address congratulated the awardees and thanked NCDC for choosing Sikkim as the host State for organizing the Regional-level programme. Appreciating the efforts of NCDC and officers of Cooperative Department, Shri Chettri said that programmes such as this one would definitely bring confidence and encouragement among the Cooperative Societies and infuse in them the zeal to work better in their respective areas.
He also talked about the responsibility of the Sector and urged everyone to focus more on up- scaling Cooperative Movement in Sikkim. He said that Cooperative Sector in the State should have a proper road map to further strengthen and institutionalize cooperative societies at the grassroots levels. He however maintained that the Cooperative sector in the State has seen visible improvement over the years.

CEO SICUN Shri Robin Sewa congratulated the awardees and gave a brief background of the Cooperative Movement in the State. He also briefed about the activities of SICUN.
During the programme, representatives from the award winning Societies shared their experiences and thanked NCDC, Cooperative Department and the Government of Sikkim for the recognition.

NCDC official Shri S. Goswami highlighted on NCDC Regional Award at each State/Union Territory and its objectives to recognize the important role played by Cooperatives for cooperative development of the country and to promote the spirit of competition amongst the grass-root level cooperatives i.e. Primary Level Societies and recognize their role in socio-economic development and to publicize the role of NCDC as a National Level Institution for Promotion and Development of Cooperatives.

National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) is a statutory corporation under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India which provides financial assistance for development of Cooperatives.

The Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mr. Anant Kumar Hegde visited Temi Tea Garden

Namchi, 27th November(IPR) The Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mr. Anant Kumar Hegde visited Temi Tea Garden today. He was accompained by the Secretary, Ms. C.C Bhutia and the Additional Secretary, Ms. Sunita Pradhan of Skill Development and Capacity Building.

At, the onset Minister Mr. Hedge took a tour of the tea factory wherein Managing Director Ms. Mrinalini Srivastava briefed about the tea making process, the garden’s history and how it received the organic certificate along with the present status of the garden. Ms. Srivastava also explained about the various facets of tea making including that of packaging and marketing the organic tea produce. Thereafter, tea manufacturing consultant Mr. Nalin Modha presented and tasted the variety of organic tea leaves produced at the garden namely Spring, Summer, Monsoon, Autumn, Green and White tea.

The Minister also chaired a meeting which had the participation of budding organic entrepreneur from Sikkim.He highlighted the significance of skill and entrepreneurship which is necessary in today’s changing world. He suggested if needed the Sikkim State Government to aid the entrepreneurs financially along with substantial assistance from the North East Council. He also extended that the entreprenuers should opt for global gap certificate in order to market the products at an international level. Mr. Hedge also implored that Sikkim should come up with vigorous branding of its premium organic products and cited the example of Kerela Government and how they have created a niche for themselves with regards to promoting of their products. He also proposed to form a Temi cluster wherein the emerging local business people can get support and elevation from the Ministry of Skill Development, Sikkim Government and other concerned departments. He also strongly endorsed that Sikkim State Government should boost the handicraft section of the State with aid from the North Eastern Council. The local handicraft vendors and producers should aim to showcase their products at the International Arts and Craft Fair which is supported by world bank.

During the course of meeting the Minister also interacted with the entrepreneurs in which they put forward the various challenges faced by them in terms of marketing their products and sought feedback from the Minister to retail the commodity.

Hon’ble Governor begins his premier tour of West Sikkim


Gyalshing, 27th November, 2018 (IPR): The Hon’ble Governor Shri. Ganga Prasad began his premier tour to West Sikkim today. The Hon’ble Governor was accompanied by MLA Yangthang, Ms. Chandra Maya Subba; Shri. K. B. Limboo, Chairman, Poultry Board; DC West; ADC West; SDPO and HODs of Line Departments.
The Hon’ble Governor visited the famous Pemayangtse Monastery where Captain Yongda accompanied the Governor whilst explaining the Monasterys inception, Genesis and other aspects. He then visited the Sidkeong Tulku Bird Park at Rabdentse followed by the visit to Chenrezig Shingkham Riwo Potala, after which he proceeded towards Chumbung Gram Prasashan Kendra (GPK) where he interacted with public and progressive farmers of Chumbung GPU.
In his brief address to the public gathered at the Chumbung GPK he expressed his gratitude for being able to visit West Sikkim which he feels is blessed in all aspects. He mentioned that the farmers role towards the promotion of Organic Farming is massive and their effort towards this mission has not been futile. He urged the public to participate more actively in spreading Organic Farming in the state. He also advised the District Administration and public to work cooperatively and excel in the state in regards to Organic Farming and other similar activities. He further presented a token of gratitude to the GPK for their hospitality.

The Hon’ble Governor also visited the Khecheopalri Lake and Darap where he spent time with the Panchayats and locals. Thus, concluding the 1st day of his 2 days visit of the West District of Sikkim.
The Hon’ble Governor is scheduled to meet the District Officials of West Sikkim tomorrow prior to his departure for Gangtok.

The Electoral literacy Club of Namchi Sr. Sec. School held a painting competition

Namchi, 26th November: The Electoral literacy Club of Namchi Sr. Sec. School held a painting competition on 21th Nov 2018.The theme of the painting was ELECTION CAMPAIGN. It was conducted in the presence of nodal officer Ms. Lakpa Doma sherpa and nodal Asst.Ms. Dharani Sabba.there were total 10 students from class ix who participated in the competition. Out of 10 students the first place was bagged by Piyush Pal of class ix.The nodal officer appreciated his work by giving away a token of love.

Hon’ble Governor Shri. Ganga Prasad and First Lady Smt. Kamala Devi arrives at Pelling, West Sikkim.

Gyalshing, 26th November, 2018 (IPR): The Hon’ble Governor Shri. Ganga Prasad accompanied by the First Lady Smt. Kamala Devi arrives West Sikkim for his official 2 days visit of the West District of Sikkim.
The Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim is scheduled to interact with public and farmers of Chumbong GPU along with the tentative visitation of Rabdentse, Chenrezig Shingkham Riwo Potala, Pemayangtse, Darap and Khecheopari along with some other places of interests in West Sikkim.

Golden jubilee celebration at Temi tea garden attended by the Hon’ble Governor Of Sikkim Mr. Ganga Prasad along with the first lady Ms. Kamala Devi

Namchi, 26th November(IPR): The Governor Mr. Ganga Prasad along with first lady Ms. Kamala Devi attended the prelude of the golden jubilee celebration at Temi tea garden today. Present amongst others were Managing Director Ms.
Mrinalini Srivastava, Manager Mr. L.T. Bhutia and the tea garden workers at large.

The Governor visited the Temi tea factory wherein he engaged with the factory workers, gauged the various organic tea production and tasted the variety of teas including the final autumn flush.

Addressing, the gathering Governor Mr. Prasad extended his congratulations to the Temi tea fraternity in successfully accomplishing the journey towards the golden jubliee celebration. He applauded how the tea garden has flourished since it’s inception in 1969 and attributed towards the hard work of the tea garden workers alongside stakeholders and the Sikkim State Government. Additionally, he encouraged the garden workers to work with diligence as this garden has it’s own unique legacy which is the premium organic tea garden of Sikkim. The Governor highlighted that the tea garden attracts a huge number of domestic and international tourist and urged the attendees to maintain the garden’s heritage and to further aim to reach golden heights through the production of quality tea leaves which is filled with it’s own character, aroma and rich organic flavour thereby bringing laurels to the state.

The Governor and the first lady also distributed the various aids to the tea workers as a part of the golden jubilee celebration. Earlier, the Governor visited NHPC Teesta Stage V Hydro Electric Power Project at Balutar in which Chief Engineer In-Charge Mr. S. Khatuwa briefed the Governor on the production and various other functioning of the project.

Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship on a two day visit to Sikkim


Gangtok, 26th November (IPR): Hon’ble Minister of State of State for SkillDevelopment and Entrepreneurship Mr. Anant Kumar Hegdearrived in the capital last evening.

The main objective of his visit is to discuss and update the initiatives undertaken by Ministry of Skill Development, Government of India with the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim.

This morning, the Hon’ble Minister called on the Hon’ble Governor at Raj Bhawan, where they had a succinct talk and after that the Hon’ble Minister visited the Government Fruit Preservation, Singtam. He was accompanied by the Secretary, Ms. C.C Bhutia and the Additional Secretary, Ms. Sunita Pradhan of Skill Development & Capacity Building, Government of Sikkim. The Managing Director, Mr. Pawan Awasthy gave a round of the factory and the Hon’ble Minister was shown around the factory where the MD explained how every product is made from organic products and packaged and manufactured. The Hon’ble Minister then interacted with the staff of the factory.

After that, the Hon’ble minister visited ITI, Rangpo and had an interactive session with the students and faculty. The Hon’ble Minister was welcomed by the faculty where he had an interactive session with the students who apprised him on their courses and skill development. A presentation on ITI Rangpo was also made and the Hon’ble Minister encouraged and stressed on the upscale of skills with preparedness.

Constitution Day at Manan Kendra

Gangtok, 26th November  (IPR): The Constitution Day was celebrated today at Manan Kendra under the guidance of the Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Shrivastava.

This year the country is celebrating the 128th Birth Anniversary of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar who was also the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Constitution which was finally adopted on 26th November 1949. The Government of India has thus decided to celebrate 26th November as the Constitution Day.

In his short address, the Chief Secretary, Shri. A.K.Shrivastava spoke about the various features of Indian Constitution and its importance to the country. He also read out the Preamble of the Indian Constitution which was followed by all those present.

Chief Secretary, Shri. A.K. Shrivastava, Additional Chief Secretary Finance-cum-Development Commissioner, Shri. V. B. Phatak, HoDs, officials and staffs of various departments were present.