Chief Secretary, Shri S.C. Gupta administered the Anti Terrorism Day pledge to the officers of all the Departments located within the Tashiling Secretariat

Gangtok, May 23 (IPR): Chief Secretary, Shri S.C. Gupta administered the Anti Terrorism Day pledge to the officers of all the Departments located within the Tashiling Secretariat, today.
Anti Terrorism Day is observed each year on the 21st of May to commemorate the death anniversary of former Prime Minister of India, Shri Rajiv Gandhi.
Since 21st May was a Government holiday, the pledge taking ceremony was held today.
The Anti Terrorism Day pledge was also administered in all Government Departments, PSUs and District Collectorates


As per the directions of Hon’ble Mrs. Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, Judge, High Court of Sikkim & Executive Chairperson, Sikkim State Legal Services Authority, the Sikkim SLSA working under the aegis of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), conducted a Legal Awareness and Outreach Programme, for the labourers and public of Kupup and surrounding villages about the NALSA (Legal Services to the Workers in the Unorganized Sector) Scheme, 2015 on 22nd May, 2022 (Sunday) in coordination with Labour Department, Government of Sikkim at the Kupup Community Hall, East Sikkim.
Shri Sonam Palden Bhutia, Member Secretary, Sikkim SLSA, sensitized the gathering on the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act, 2008, the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016, Sikkim Labour Protection Act, 2005, the institution of financial management for the unorganized sector under Pradhan Mantri Bima Suraksha Yojna and Pradhan Mantri Pension Yojna available under various Nationalized Banks, Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and free legal aid and services and how it can be availed.
Shri Navin Sharma, Labour Inspector, Labour Department deliberated on various issues with regard to the Sikkim Labour (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 2021, the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996, benefits provided under eShram Card, benefit to Labourers such as accidental benefits and maternity benefits and the Central and State Schemes pertaining to Labourers and persons working in unorganized sectors. He also provided information about the digitization of online mode for registration of individual workers/labourers which is available under the website of the Labour Department ( and also provided the toll free number 18003451474 for any enquiries.
A vibrant interactive session was held between the participants and the Resource Persons followed by free medical check up by a Medical Team from the Health & Family Welfare Department for health check up and distribution of free medicines to those present.
The programme had the participation of Panchayats, Para-Legal Volunteers, various labourers working under organized and un-organized sectors in and Kupup, public of Kupup, Tanzey, Yakla, Gnathang, Tsomgo and Sherathang areas, Consultant, Sikkim SLSA, Press and Media and the staff of Sikkim SLSA.
The welcome address and the vote of thanks was delivered by Shri Praveen Pradhan, Deputy Secretary, Sikkim SLSA who also apprised the gathering with regard to the NALSA Mobile App which facilitated the availability of free legal aid and assistance, legal advice, redressal of other grievances, tracking of their application for the same, availing compensation under the Victim Compensation Scheme and Mediation

Geological Surface Mapping at Namchi District

Namchi, 23rd May:Under the direction of the State Government, the Sub Divisional Magistrate (HQ) Mr. Chiran Rizal, along with Joint Director(Department of Mines & Geology) Mr. Keshar Luitel initiated Geological Surface Mapping of the Head Rest Tunnel (HRT) Alingment of the LANCO Teesta HEP Ltd. They were accompanied by District Project Officer(Disaster Management)Mr. Abishek Kharel, Sr Geologist Mr. Passang Shepa alongwith officials namely Sr Manager ( Geo Physics, NHPC), GM (NHPC), Revenue Surveyor and other local gentry.
The Geological Surface mapping is done to demarcate alignment of tunnel, vulnerable locations and high risk zones.
The team conducted surface mapping at Reshep Ward which lies above the ADIT 1. The surface mapping shall be carried out along entire stretch extending from Sirwani to Pamphok, Namchi District. During the survey GEO Phones shall also be installed to monitor and measure the level of blast conducted.
At the outset, SDM and Joint Director briefed the public about the concept of Geological Surface Mapping and installation of Geo Phones and its implications and importance

Anti Terrorism Day pledge taken at District Administrative Centre, Rabdentse

Gyalshing, 23rd May (IPR):
The District Officials and Staffs of District Administration Centre read out the “Anti-Terrorism Day” pledge administered by the Additional District Collector, Gyalshing, Shri Agawane Rohan Ramesh, IAS, today at DAC premises.
The pledge goes, “We, the people of India, having abiding faith in our country’s tradition of non-violence and tolerance, hereby solemnly affirm to oppose with our strength, all forms of terrorism and violence. We pledge to uphold and promote peace, social harmony, and understanding among all fellow human beings and fight the forces of disruption threatening human lives and values.”

Chief Secretary, Shri S.C. Gupta chaired a meeting of the heads of all departments today to discuss about the celebration of the 3rd Anniversary of the formation of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha Government

Gangtok, May 23 (IPR): Chief Secretary, Shri S.C. Gupta chaired a meeting of the heads of all departments today to discuss about the celebration of the 3rd Anniversary of the formation of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha Government on the 27th of May, 2022.
The meeting also had the presence and participation of Press Advisor to HCM Shri C.P. Sharma, Political Secretary to HCM, Shri Jacob Khaling and Press Secretary to HCM, Shri Bikash Basnett.
The meeting discussed in detail the programmes to be incorporated in the state level event to be held at Manan Bhawan, Gangtok.
Thereafter, the Chief Secretary chaired a meeting of the Heads of Departments on a few more agendas which included the Celebration of International Day of Yoga on 21st June, Prime Minister’s interaction with beneficiaries on 31st May, Vision 2047 document, and Chief Secretaries’ Conference to be addressed by the Prime Minister at Dharamshala on 13th June, 2022

Press Release by KVK,Gyalshing

4 days Training of Trainers Programme on Establishing One Health Work force to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Emerging Health Threats started at KVK,Gyalshing
23rd May,KVK Gyalshing: During the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, which has impacted humanity in a global scale, the “One Health (OH)” approach has been recognized as the best approach for managing and preventing such threats by recognising the interconnectedness of health of humans, animals, and the environment. Since the past year, UNDP India has been implementing a project on “Green Recovery Pathway for India: transitioning towards a green and resilient COVID-19 recovery” in West Sikkim, one of the pillars of which is to strengthen the district administration to implement the One Health approach, with COHEART KVASU as the implementation partner. Under this project, a 4-DAY Training of Trainers on “Establishing One Health Workforce to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Emerging Health Threats” was inaugurated in KVK hall, Gyalshing, West Sikkim today
The training shall be held from 23rd to 26th May 2022, involving frontline officials of Animal Husbandry, Health and Family Welfare, and Forest and Environment department, in collaboration with the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Gyalshing. The training was inaugurated on 23/05/2022 at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Gyalshing by Dr. N. M. Cintury, Additional Director, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department, Dr. Bikash Pradhan, Chief Medical Officer, Gyalshing Healthcare and Dr. Dinesh Basnett, Senior Scientist and Head, KVK. UNDP representative Miss Tashi Choden Shengna gave a brief background on the Green Recovery Project which is in Convergence with UNDP’s ongoing SECURE Himalaya project. Dr. Prejit, Officer-In-Charge, COHEART also spoke on the occasion.
The training will introduce the participants on the basic concepts of One Health with relevance to control of zoonoses, Anti-microbial resistance, occupational health hazards and will also enlighten on the methods of epidemiology in a practical way that be used by the frontline workers. A total of 40 frontline workers from Animal Husbandry, Health and Forest Department joined the program that are responsible for initiating, monitoring, and coordinating One Health programs in the district. The Frontline workers shall be trained to undertake training program to sub ordinate officers working under each department. The training will strengthen the capacity of frontline workers to prevent, detect and respond infectious disease threats using a One Health approach. The sessions could provide participants with an opportunity to apply One Health concepts through classroom instruction and activities

The National Level Gram Panchayat Development plan award and Nanaji Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar 2020-21 were conferred to the winners, Lum Gir Sangtok GPU and Lingdong Barfok GPU respectively, today. The programme was organised by RDD in collaboration with DAC at Zilla Panchayat Bhawan

23rd May, 2022, Mangan (IPR): The National Level Gram Panchayat Development plan award and Nanaji Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar 2020-21 were conferred to the winners, Lum Gir Sangtok GPU and Lingdong Barfok GPU respectively, today. The programme was organised by RDD in collaboration with DAC at Zilla Panchayat Bhawan.
The programme was graced with the presence of Hon’ble Advisor, Power Department cum Area MLA(Dzongu), Shri. Pintso Namgyal Lepcha, Hon’ble Chairman, Women Commission, Smt. Chung Kipu Lepcha, Director, PRI, RDD, Shri. B. K. Lama, DC Mangan, Shri. A. B. Karki, ADCs, SDMs, BDOs and the awardees.
The Chief Guest Hon’ble Advisor, Shri. Pintso Namgyal Lepcha, in his address congratulated and lauded the efforts of the awardees and expressed the need to continue working harder and deligently to acquire more such achievements on district level as well. He also lauded the efforts made by DC Mangan and DAC team for their file to field initiative and urged that the people co-operate and make a unified effort to uplift the district.
Hon’ble Chairman, Woman Commission, Smt. Chung Kipu Lepcha also, in her address talked about the achievement as a proud moment for the district. She commended the hardwork and effort of the awardees even while facing challenges and hardships. She highlighted the role of Panchayats in the upliftment of the society and the need for everyone to work together.
Director,PRI, RDD, Shri. B. K. Lama, in his speech, talked about the importance of systematic entry of data and urged each GPU to keep their data updated.
DC Mangan, Shri. A. B. Karki also congratulated the awardees and said that they are to be felicitated for their achievements on the 15th of August,2022.
Earlier, the Hon’ble Panchayat Presidents of the two GPU shared their experience with everyone present and said that they will strive to achieve more

Press Release from the Office of the District Collector, Soreng

DM Soreng Shri. Bhim Thatal adopts and visits Government JHS Singling and Sanctions Supports under Aanganma Prashaasan Initiative
Soreng, May 22: The District Collector-cum District Magistrate, Soreng Shri Bhim Thatal visited Government Junior High School Singling, Soreng on May 21, 2022. During his visit he inspected the school hall, ICT lab, nursery class and kitchen garden. He interacted with the teachers of primary section and highlighted on importance of play-way method and support provided by the Government. He held an interaction with teaching, non-teaching faculty members and SMC members of the school regarding overall development of the school and the children. The DC has adopted Singling JHS and has assured his full support for the betterment and development of the school.
He advised that school has facilities, and the onus is on the teachers to make better use of available facilities/infrastructure to impart quality education. In the present context of most of the parents and students preferring private schools, he urged upon the SMCs and school faculty members to ensure better facilities to students to make government school their preferred choice. He also stressed upon the need to ensure quality teaching learning to make students join government schools.
During discussion/interaction with District Magistrate HM/-in-Charge Shri Man Deep Subba shared brief report on school performance and achievement. He also shared the needs and requirements of the school with District Magistrate. The DC appreciated the efforts of SMC collecting ₹ 1.5 lakhs which they have invested in constructing fencing wall around the school.
During his visit, he also sanctioned renovation of MDM kitchen and repair of school hall.
The District of Soreng has conceptualized and initiated Aanganma Prashaasan, an approachable format of reaching out to the public under the doorstep governance initiative of the Government. Adopting schools by the officers is one of the components of this initiative. The initiative of adopting schools by the officers of Soreng District aims at involving in all-round development of the schools in academic and school environmental sectors.
All the Magistrates and BDOs of Soreng districts have adopted schools and, in this context, the BDOs and SDMs are conducting visits to the schools adopted by them. The Collectorate of Soreng will very soon notify the guidelines for adoption of schools by the officers of the district. The DC Shri Thatal has also directed the heads of all Departments to visit schools and spend at least one day at a school so that the students and teachers are informed about the functioning, programmes and schemes of public benefits of their departments. This will help the students and teachers to know about what a particular department does under it allocated business and how departments function and perform

Celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) by Social Forestry Division, Namchi

Namchi,May 21: As a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav an awareness program was organised at C.M. Rai Secondary School, Omchu, Namchi District on 20.05.2022 under Watershed Development Component- Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana 2.0 by DFO-cum-PIA, SLNA, Social Forestry, Forest & Environment Department, Namchi District, to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of it’s people, culture and achievements.
The theme of the programme was water conservation, bio diversity and watershed/springshed management.
The programme had the presence of Smt. Nawmati Rai, Omchu ward panchayat, Ms. Tshering Denka Bhutia, DFO-cum-PIA and Shri. Prabin Pradhan, Head Master, C.M. Rai Secondary School, Omchu. The programme was also attended by Shri. S.B. Karki, State Dhara Vikas Co-ordinator (Resource person), Shri. Sanjeev Rai, ACF-cum-Project Leader, Shri. Rachit Dewan, Programme Co-ordinator, Range & Block Officers, Social Forestry, Namchi, members of SMC, teachers, students and local public.
During the technical session, detailed presentation on Dhara Vikas, watershed and springshed management was given by resource person Shri. S.B Karki from Rural Development Department, Government of Sikkim.
In her keynote address, DFO-cum-PIA highlighted the importance of forest, biodiversity and water resources for livelihood and sustainable development of mankind.
During the interactive session, enthusiastic participation was witnessed from students and other members of the audience.
The event also included activities such as plantation drive in the school premises, drawing/painting competition and discourse by students on environment, biodiversity and water.
The programme concluded with distribution of prizes/certificates to winners/participants and vote of thanks presented by ACF-cum-PL.
Press Release from the office of Social Forestry Division, Namchi

Yogutsav programme was celebrated at Enchey Monastery in Gangtok

Gangtok, May 21(IPR): A Yogutsav programme was celebrated at Enchey Monastery in Gangtok today. The programme was attended by the Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang; the Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal; the Union Minister of State for Ayush & Women and Child Development, Dr Munjpara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai. The function was also attended by Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, other dignitaries, and officers of the Government of Sikkim along with students and the local gentry.
The event was organised by the Ministry of Ayush, National Ayush Mission, and the Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim.
The state Health Minister, Dr. Mani Kumar Sharma, welcomed everyone at the Yogustav. He briefly highlighted the importance of yoga in our everyday life and mentioned that yoga is actually a process of connecting the mind and the body together for healthy living. He further added that yoga and meditation have been practiced in Sikkim since time immemorial in different monasteries and other institutes.
The dignitaries performed yoga on the occasion. They participated in various Yoga Asanas in coordination with the supervision given by an expert in Yoga Asanas, Dr.S.Vinudha, Medical Officer for Yoga and Naturopathy, AYUSH, STNM Hospital.
Speaking after the event, the Union Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Yoga is a beautiful way to enrich our lives. It helps in physical rejuvenation as well as improves our spiritual health. We are very happy that we could join and perform Yoga at this beautiful and historic Enchey Monastery today.”
Adding further, the Minister said,“Yoga has given a tremendous fillip to the stature of India on the global stage. Under the dynamic leadership of our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modiji, we are doing country wide countdown Yogutsavs in the run-up to International Day of Yoga. It was his efforts that Yoga is now celebrated across the world on June 21 every year. I am happy that the people of Sikkim have joined this countdown today through this Yogutsav.”
The esteemed guests also visited the Monastery and entered the sanctum to seek blessings