Sensitization programme on Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) and Poshan Abhiyan

Mangan, June 12 (IPR): A day long sensitization programme on ‘Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) and Poshan Abhiyan’ for members of Zilla and Gram Panchayat of North district was held here at the conference hall of North district Zilla Panchayat Bhawan, today.

Zilla Adhakshya, North, Ms. Namday Lepcha attended the programme as the chief guest along with Additional Director-cum-State Nodal Officer, PMMVY, Mrs. Normit Lepcha.

The programme attended amongst other by CDPO, Mangan, Mrs. L.D. Denzongpa, CDPO, Dzongu, Mr. Netuk Lepcha, CDPO, Chungthang, Mrs. Sonam Lhaden Lachungpa, Anganwadi & ASHA workers and staffs of ICDS of the district.

Speaking in the programme, Mrs. Normit Lepcha stated that Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana is a centrally sponsored scheme, using the platform of Anganwadi service scheme under Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. Scheme is being implemented from 01. 01. 2017 in all the district of the country in accordance with the provision of the National Food Security Act, 2013. Under PMMVY, a cash incentive of rupees 5000/- would be provided directly in the account of pregnant women and lactating mothers for first living child of the family subject to their fulfilling specific conditions.

Talking on objective of the scheme, she informed that providing partial compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that the women can take adequate rest before and after delivery of the first living child. The cash incentives provided would lead to improved health seeking behavior amongst the pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Further she informed that All pregnant women and lactating mothers (PW&LM) , excluding PW&LM who are in regular employment with the central government of the state government or PSUs or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law for the time being in force will eligible for the scheme who have their pregnancy on or after 01. 01. 2017 for first child in family.

Cash incentive will be disbursed in three installments: First installment of rupees 1000 on early registration of pregnancy at the Anganwadi Centre approved health facility. Second installment of rupees 2000 after six month of pregnancy on receiving at least one ante-natal check-up and Third installment of rupees 2000 after child birth is registered and the child has received the first cycle of BCG, OBV, DPT and Hepatitis B, or its equivalent/substitute.

Similarly, Mrs. Normit Lepcha sensitized the participants on Poshan Abhiyan she said that Poshan Abhiyan is a flagship programme of ministry of women and child development to reduce stunting, under- nutrition, anaemia and low birth weight.

The programme strives to address Malnutrition holistically with use of technology, a targeted approach and convergence. The scheme also calls for action generating social movement towards a malnutrition free India.

Chief medical officer, North, Mr. D. C. Sharma spoke on Pre-Conception and Post-Natal Diagnostic Technique Act, 1994.
He stated that the said Act was enacted to stop female feticides and arrest the declining sex ratio in India. The act banned prenatal sex determination.

The main purpose of enacting the act is to ban the use of sex selection techniques after conception and prevent the misuse of prenatal diagnostic technique for sex selective abortions. The Act provides for the prohibition of sex selection, before or after conception.

Chief Guest in her short speech, she urged all the participants disseminate the general information on PMMVY, Poshan Abhiyan and PCPNDT, Act 1994 in their respective areas as to generate more aware among the public.

Further she requested all ASHA & Anganwadi workers to work in tandem with Department as to orient best result and to take north district into a new horizon in terms of holistic development.

Hon’ble Chief Minister meets Hon’ble MOS (IC), Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi, 11 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) of Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju, in New Delhi today and congratulated him upon assuming the charge of Sports Ministry.

While discussing various issues pertaining to Sikkim, the HCM expressed his gratitude to Shri Kiren Rijiju for his continuous support and help that was extended towards granting permission to His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim anytime.

The HCM requested the Minister of State (IC) to help Sikkim in building up world-class sports infrastructure including upgradation of Paljor Stadium in State capital Gangtok especially its turf improvement work.

Shri Rijiju thanked the HCM for the good wishes and assured to look into the issues discussed. He also urged the talented Sikkimese youth to avail the opportunities bestowed under “Khelo India Youth Games” programme that is held annually and which offers a big platform for talent identification.

Hon’ble Chief Minister meets Hon’ble Union Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, 11 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) and Hon’ble Minister for Rural Management Development Department, Shri Sonam Lama, visited Hon’ble Union Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh, today in New Delhi.

The HCM presented the flower bouquet & khada and congratulated Shri Rajnath Singh for the successful completion and for his outstanding achievement during his last tenure and also wished him for the upcoming assignment as Defence Minister, Government of India.

During the meeting, the HCM briefed the Defence Minister about various aspects of the State Government like upgradation of the Pakyong Airport to make it useful and operational throughout the year, compensating for the State government of Sikkim duly against all the lands presently occupied by all the Defence organisations in different parts of Sikkim, providing special quota to the Sikkimese youth in the Defence recruitment process and from Defence point of view strengthening the most peaceful State Sikkim that shares its maximum border with the neighbouring countries on its three sides.

After giving a patient hearing, Shri Rajnath Singh assured to consider all the request towards building Sikkim in the best possible way.

Hon’ble Chief Minister meets Union Home Minister of State of Home Affairs in Delhi

New Delhi, 11 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) and Hon’ble Minister for Rural Management & Development Department, Shri Sonam Lama, met Union Home Minister of State of Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, in New Delhi today.

They congratulated Shri Reddy on assuming the charge of the Ministry and for the massive victory of BJP in the recent Lok Sabha election.

The HCM requested Shri Reddy to facilitate the process towards according seat allocation in favour of Limboo and Tamang communities in the Sikkim
Legislative Assembly and towards the consideration of Government of India for giving tribal status to all the 11 left out ethnic communities of Sikkim as existed prior to the merger with India so that they could be given justice and provided with all possible opportunities in future at par with other Tribal communities.

He thanked Ministry of Home Affairs and Shri Reddy for considering the visit of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the head of Kagyu, to visit Sikkim. Shri Reddy heard the demands patiently and assured to consider them and provide all possible cooperation to address them.

Hon’ble Minister Mingma N. Sherpa interacts with Power Grid Corporation officials

Gangtok, 10 Jun (IPR): A meeting chaired by Hon’ble Minister of Energy & Power and Labour Departments, Mr. Mingma N. Sherpa, with the officials of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. was held on 9th June at Jalipool Power Grid Guest House.

The meeting held with an objective to review and take stock of the power distribution system in the State of Sikkim under Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening of Transmission & Distribution System had the presence of Executive Director Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, Mr. N.K. Ohdar, Senior General Manager (Rangpo station), Mr. C. Nandi, Deputy G.M. (Tokal station), Mr. H. Jena, G.M. (Gangtok station), Mr. S.K. Purokyastha, and Chief Manager (Mangan station), Mr. H.P. Gurung, alongside Engineers deputed at Power Grid Corporation.

The Minister reviewed the status of affairs of all Power Grid Corporation office set-ups based within Sikkim and thoroughly examined the project status of the ongoing projects in the state. Similarly, assessment and compensation issues, speedy forest clearances in order to resume tower erection and transmission line work, sub-station composition and current vacancies in respective stations were discussed extensively.

Mr. Sherpa also looked into the pressing demands of lack of Field Engineers required for projects across Sikkim and assured all help to resolve genuine matters on a timely manner. He was also apprised about the structure of the High Level Implementation Committee.

A second meeting with the members of the committee in the month of July to discuss the progress of work, status of work undertaken by Power Grid Corporation Sikkim will be pursued, stated the Minister.

DTFI for Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign ’19 held at Gyalshing DAC

Gyalshing, 10 Jun (IPR): The coordination meeting regarding District Task Force for immunization (DTFI) for Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign 2019 under District Hospital, Gyalshing was held at the conference hall of District Administration Centre (DAC) in Rabdentse,West Sikkim today.

The meeting was presided over by Additional District Collector, West, Mr. Karma L. Lepcha, along with Chief Medical Officer, West, Dr. Tsheten Namgyal, District Reproductive Child Health Officer, Dr. Anusha Lama, Senior Welfare Officer, Mr. S.K. Alley, Child Development Project Officer, Mr. H.B. Shanker, Deputy Director, Human Resource Development Department, Mrs. K.D. Bhutia, Dy. Director (HRDD), Mr. P.L. Limboo, and other officials.

During the meeting, a detailed discussion was held on MR vaccination campaign implementation strategy besides other key aspects of the vaccination campaign in the district.

The ADC asked all the line departments, educational institutions and other related departments to extend their full cooperation and support within their respective jurisdictions to ensure successful conduct of the campaign.

He instructed the Education, ICDS Departments to furnish the list of students to the Health Department well in advance so that no child is left without vaccination and ensure enormous support from the District administration.

At the outset, Mrs. Lama (DRCHO) informed the meeting that in order to ensure proper implementation of the vaccination campaign the collective and effective involvement of all the departments is very important. She asked all the departments to come forward with committed effort in order to achieve the objective of the campaign i.e to rapidly build up immunity for both measles and rubella diseases and ensure that all the children should receive MR vaccine during the campaign.

Stressing on spreading mass awareness regarding the vaccination, she emphasized on circulating informative materials at public places and asked the IPR Department to make an optimal use of effective communication tools such as social media, electronic media, print media, etc.

She further informed about the involvement of the services of ASHA and Anganwadi workers for the campaign. The training of the required staff to ensure the hassle-free conduct of vaccination campaign was also stressed upon.

The vaccination campaign will be started after summer vacations in the district. The campaign will be carried out in schools, community centers and health facilities. All children from 09 months to less than 15 years of age will be given a single shot of Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination during the campaign.

Pertinently, the Measles-Rubella campaign is a part of global efforts to reduce illness and deaths due to measles and rubella/CRS in the country. India, along with ten other WHO South East Asia Region member countries, has resolved to eliminate measles and control rubella/congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020.

Hon’ble CM to attend NITI Aayog meet on 13 Jun in New Delhi

Siliguri, 10 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) arrived at Bagdogra Airport today from Gangtok. He was received by officials from different departments at the airport. The CM leaves for New Delhi for a six-daylong official tour. He will be attending the NITI Aayog meeting which is scheduled to be held on 13 Jun. During his stay, he will also call on Central leaders, it was informed.

Press Release from District Legal Services Authority (South)

Yangang, 09 June: District Legal Services Authority (South) and Taluk Legal Services Committee (South) in coordination with the Sikkim State Legal Services Authority organized a Legal Services Camp at Government Senior Secondary School, Yangang, South Sikkikm on 09.06.2019.

The purpose of a Legal Services Camp is to spread awareness about welfare legislations on various Schemes and to strengthen the community’s access to the schemes being implemented by the Legal Services Authority and other Departments of the Government.

The aim is also to identify and connect people to welfare schemes to ensure that fruits of the welfare schemes are passed on to the eligible people. The Camp also looks upon understanding the legal needs of the people by addressing their legal problems and giving appropriate legal advice.

Today’s camp focused mainly on NALSA (Legal Services to the Workers in the Unorganized Sector) Scheme, 2015.

The programme was launched by the Ld. Chairman, DLSA (South) Mr. Jiwan Kumar Kharka in the presence of Secretary DLSA (South), Ms. Jwala D. Thapa. Also present were Ld. Panel Advocates, Mr Bhim S. Pradhan, Ms Sushila Thapa and Mr. Manoj Subba, Doctors and Medical team from Kins Hospital Siliguri (focusing on orthopedic, general medicine and diabetic checkup), P.I., Mr. Chandan Chettri (SHO Ravangla Police Station), S.I., Mr. C.K. Subba (Yangang Out Post), Ms. Arpana Karthak and Ms. Sita Chettri from Social Welfare Department (South), Mr. Basant Kumar Rai from Labour Department (South), Mr. Laxuman Tamang (School Vice Principal In-Charge), Ms. Raj Kumari Thapa (Area MLA Yangang), Ms. Ranjita Gurung (Ex-Para Legal Volunteer of DLSA South), Panchayat President Yangang, Mr. Lakho Tshering Lepcha, Panchayat Vice President Yangang, Mr. Jairam Gupta (Para-Legal Volunteer, DLSA South) and students of the School and the local gentries of Yangang, South Sikkim.

During the programme, two video clips were shown to the public broadcasting the benefits of National Legal Services Authority and Sikkim State Legal Services Authority. Stalls had been set up with representatives from the Health Department, Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department, Police Department and Labor Department giving out information relating to various relevant schemes from each of their Departments.

The Ld. Panel Advocates also disbursed information on the legal services provided by the SSLSA and DLSA, specifically Free Legal Aid. The health camp also provided check-up, diagnosis as well as advice to the attendees.
There were more than 400 person who attended the program and received benefits from the camp.