30 breedable goats of approved age were distributed


Namchi, 19th May: 30 breedable goats of approved age were distributed with insurance coverage at Alley cluster from Maniram Phalidara GPU under Namchi-Singithang Assembly Constituency, South District. The program is a convergence of Livestock based farming system under Rainfed Area Development (RAD) of FS&ADD with AHLF&VSD for 2017-18 with considerable share from State capital. The beneficiaries were also provided with packs of mineral vitamins, dewormer, anti-stress tonic &handouts. The aim of the program is sustainable livlihood of farmers through goat production.

The beneficiaries were also made aware of modern managemental practices focussing on balanced diet, breeding, health coverage, insurance for enhanced production. The program was attended by Advisor to the Government of Simkim, Power & Energy Department Mr. Gagan Rai accompanied by members from District & Block Working Committee, area Panchayats & officers from the concerned department headed by Dr T Bajgai, JD/South.

Chairman, National Commission for Safai Karmacharis, Shri Manhar Valjibhai Zala addressed a press conference

Gangtok, May 17: (IPR) Chairman, National Commission for Safai Karmacharis, Government of India, Shri Manhar Valjibhai Zala addressed a press conference this afternoon to share the outcome of his meetings with State Chief Secretary, DGP, Heads of Departments, State Government functionaries. Counsellors of Gangtok Municipal Corporation and Nagar Panchayats, and Safai Karmacharis from all the four District headquarters.

The Chairman expressed happiness at Sikkim being the only state in India where Safai Karmacharis are living with great respect and dignity and recorded his appreciation for the noble initiative of referring to Safai Karmacharis under Gangtok Municipal Corporation as “Gangtok Beautifiers”.

The Chairman informed the media persons about the discussions and suggestion put forth by the Commission regarding issues relating to Safai Karmacharis and Manual Scavengers for the State of Sikkim and their Rehabilitation Act 2013. He also briefed about the various issues related to Safai Karmacahris which were discussed, their grievances and demands, health insurance, education facilities, housing/accommodation schemes, loans, salary/pension, recruitment, orientation, medical camps etc for the welfare of the Safai Karmacharis.

He also informed that a recommendation for forming a State Commission for Safai Karmacharis has been submitted to the government of Sikkim. This, he added will aid in the social-economic development of the safai karmacharis.

He said that all the meetings chaired by him during his visit came out fruitful, and expressed his satisfaction to see the standard maintained for the Safai Karmacharis within the State.

He urged every individual to be more aware about the Schemes, facilities and initiatives taken by the Central and State Government.

Earlier, Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim, Shri A.K. Shrivastava while addressing the meeting chaired by the Chairman National Safaikarmachari Board, GOI, stated that Sikkim is perhaps the only State where manual scavenging is not practiced, and safai karmacharis live with dignity and respect and enjoy adequate facilities provided by the Government. He added that there have not been a single death of safai karmachari while cleaning potholes or sewerage.

The Chairman was accompanied in the meeting by Secretary, National Commission for Safai Karmacharis, Government of India, Shri Narayan Das, and Principal Private Secretary to the Chairman Shri Mahenk Prasad.

Future care diagnostics center at Mangan North Sikkim was inaugurated

Managn 14th May 2018(IPR): Future care diagnostics center at Mangan North Sikkim was inaugurated by District Collector Shri Karma R. Bonpo in the presence of CMO Mr Baroon Subba. The diagnostics Center has been started by a young entrepreneur Ms Sujata Gurung and aims to provide quality diagnostics services to the pubic and it is the first private diagnostics center in Managn. The District Collector congratulated the young entrepreneur and encouraged the entrepreneurs to avail the Chief Ministers Start up Scheme to start innovative ventures. He stated that the youths should move towards self employment and stated that the Government has provided favorable environment and resources for the local youths to start enterprises .


Gangtok, May 13: (IPR) The State Government has enhanced the monthly honorarium of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) from Rs. 3000/- to Rs. 6000/- effective from April 2018. Notification to this effect was issued on 11th May, 2018 by the Commissioner cum Secretary Health Department Shri Vishal Chauhan, in consonance with the announcement made by the Hon’ble Chief Minister in his ongoing public address programmes.

Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right

Namchi, 12th May (IPR): Along, with the rest of the world, International Nurses Day themed ‘Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right’ was celebrated amid much gusto at South District Officers Club today. Organized by the Nursing staff of Namchi District Hospital had DMS (South) Dr. D.C. Sharma as the Chief Guest accompanied by various Doctors, Nurses and a host of medical staffs of district hospital, Namchi.

Addressing, the gathering Dr. D.C. Sharma highlighted the significance of International Nurses Day and informed that this day is observed every year globally to mark the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, and also to mark the contribution of nurses towards the society. He brought to light that ‘The International Council of Nurses (ICN)’ are responsible to select the theme for the celebration and that this theme sheds light on the nurse led initiatives that enable hard-to-reach, underserved and vulnerable populations to have access to the highest standards of healthcare. He also emphasized about the purpose of this occasion which is to mark the substantial contribution made to society by nurses all over the world and underlined that the occupation of nursing is considered as one of the most respected profession globally because it requires a commendable amount of selfless hard work. He also implored that this day will assist in promoting an in-depth understanding of the diversity of nursing work and the high levels of skills required in successfully implementing this work. Furthermore, he updated that awards are being constituted for the best Nursing staff and advocated the nurses to execute their nursing expertise in a diligent manner and focus in positively improving patient experiences, promote public health and reduce health inequalities.

Speaking, during the occasion Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Ms. Prem Ongmit Lepcha detailed about the background and the impressive development achieved by Namchi District Hospital, till date. She highlighted the aims and objectives of nurse wherein she laid prominence that nurses should be equipped with advanced knowledge and skills in managing specific health care issues and improve clinical practices. She also updated the gathering about the different wings of the nursing department under the State Government and urged the nurses to familiarize themselves with these important nursing wings.

During the course of the program a token of love was presented to Retired Senior DPHNO Ms. Tarun Rai, Retired CHO (Community Health Officer) Ms. Dawa Rikey Sherpa and Retired Sr. ANM Blood Blank Incharge Ms. Nirmala Pradhan.

It maybe mentioned here that a week-long activity was also organised in connection with this year’s Nurses Day celebration by the nursing staff of the hospital. The activities comprised of voluntary blood donation, cleanliness and plantation drive, quality health talk specially directed to the students alongside a variety of social services.

Valedictory function of three-day Training Programme of Health Care response for the Doctors and Counselors

Gangtok, May 12: (IPR) The Valedictory function of three-day Training Programme of Health Care response for the Doctors and Counselors on dealing with survivors of violence against women was held today at Accounts and Administrative Training Institute (AATI), Gangtok.

The programme was organized by Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim in collaboration with CEHAT (Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes), Mumbai.

Thirty Doctors and thirty Counselors participated in the Training Programme that was conducted from 10th May, 2018 by five Resource Persons namely Sangeeta Rege, coordinator of CEHAT, Jaya Velenkar, Adv. Ujwala Kadrekar, Dr. Jagadeesh N. Teddy and Roshmi Goswami.

Various subjects of importance for doctors were covered during the training for understanding violence against women(VAW)and its health and other socio economic consequences, unpacking the dynamics of gender and other intersecting socio economic inequalities, understanding root causes of violence, understanding legal obligations of health sector in VAW, operational using comprehensive response to sexual violence, first line care for survivors of VAW, WHO clinical guidelines for responding to IPV and SV.

Likewise for the Counselors building perspective and skill development various topics were discussed under One Stop Centres and its concepts, recognizing context of VAW, defining its forms and consequences, sex, sexuality and its violence.
Also the role of counselors in VAW, PWDVA, POCSO, CLA and responding to Sexual Violence, counselling techniques, feminist counselling were discussed during the training.

Shri Phuchung Bhutia, Director SJE&WD spoke about the importance of such Training Programmes and congratulated all participants. He also reminded the participants of their humongous responsibilities in the society and need for discharging the same with utmost care and diligence .

While delivering the address for the Valedictory function Smt Rohini Pradhan, Deputy Secretary SJEWD thanked the Resource Persons for their initiatives and hard work towards making the Training Program a success. She also stated that the programme proves to be highly beneficial for both the group of trainees (Doctors and Counsellors ) as such training will provide huge help and motivate to work forward. She also appreciated the high degree of enthusiasm and zeal displayed by the participants as well as the Resource Persons during training programme.

In their feedback on the Training Programme, participants expressed their delight and thanked Resource Persons and the Department for providing the platform for valuable learning and exchanges.

The function also had the presence of senior officials and staff of Social Justice Department.

A two day long training by the State Level Master Trainer (SLMT) for Electoral Literacy Club (ELC)

Namchi, 8th May(IPR): A two day long training for DLMTs, Nodal Officers of educational institutions, NCC, NYK, NSS & youth hostel by the State Level Master Trainer (SLMT) for Electoral Literacy Club (ELC) was held at the auditorium of Namchi Government College, Kamrang today. The programme organized by the Chief Electoral Office had the presence of Deputy Secretary (Elections) Ms. Tashi Choden Bhutia, SDM (HQ) Mr. Hemant Rai, Principal Kamrang College Dr. P. R. Poudyal.

Addressing, the gathering resource person SDM (Kabi) cum SLMT Mr. Mahesh Sharma gave a detailed presentation on Electoral Literacy Club, wherein he emphasized on the aims and objectives of ELCs which he said will be responsible for developing and sustaining the electoral culture among future and new voters. ELC will also aim to develop a culture of registration and electoral participation right from the youngsters first election once they cross 18 years of age. The resource person emphasized that ELC shall function as a mini election office to conduct simulated elections, organize events and activities that promote understanding electoral system and processes, electoral institutional structure, organization and electoral participation. Additionally, the SLMT articulated the overall objectives of establishing of Electoral Literacy Clubs in schools and educational institutions which is to educate the targeted populations about voter registration, entire electoral process and related matters by engaging them through well designed attractive resources in hands on experience.

On, the occasion resource person Under Secretary, (Election) Ms. Tripti H. Subba also presented a brief about ELC wherein she underlined the significance of ELC which is to have citizens informed and aware about electoral process, motivation and facilitation for electoral participation and promoting informed and ethical voting. She also spoke that it is imperative to identify key organizational partners from government as well as non-government sector namely that of school and colleges and guide them as they will be effective instrument of engaging young and future voters. She also highlighted the gathering that ELC will assist in developing effective electoral engagement, encourage participation, aid in making informed choices and ethical ballot decisions which she shared is extremely vital in a democratic country.

The training also saw the participants and the resource person develop a calendar of ELC activities.

State level Pre-Monsoon Preparedness Meeting

Gangtok,May 3 (IPR): Amid ongoing spell of pre-monsoon showers across the state, a state level Pre-Monsoon Preparedness Meeting was held today at Mini Conference Hall of Chintan Bhawan today. The meeting was chaired by State Relief Commissioner cum Secretary of Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Shri. Tshegyal Tashi.

The meeting was also attended by Special Secretary of Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Shri Rinzing Chewang, officials from all line departments, representatives from Centre Government Agencies, Central Water Commission (CWC), Army, ITBP, SSB, BSNL, Hydro power developers, nodal officers from different departments, officials and staffs from Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA) and representatives from NGO agencies.

State Relief Commissioner cum Secretary, Shri. Tshegyal Tashi took stock of the preparedness of various state and central agencies, Army, ITBP, SSB etc to tackle the disaster situation in the state.

During the meeting lessons learned from the previous preparedness meeting and disaster response activities were shared among the participants.

In his opening remarks, State Relief Commissioner directed all the line departments to further review and submit their Office Disaster Management Plan as soon as possible. He urged the participants to take advanced action in order to tackle the upcoming monsoon.

Also addressing the meeting, Secretary, LR&DM urged for a better coordination between the personnel of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in order to tackle the disaster collectively. He said that natural disasters are unpredictable and inevitable therefore it is very imperative to impart necessary training to SDRF personnel and Civil Defence Institutions. He further emphasised on greater coordination and co-operation from various stakeholders and non-governmental agencies.

He also highlighted on the crucial role of the Police and Fire Emergency Department, Health Department, Food and Civil Supplies Department, PHE Department, Power Department, SSDMA, NDRF, ARMY, ITBP, Civil Defence Institutions and NGO in combating the disaster and future calamities.

Various issues like framing of Office Management Disaster Plan by all the departments, preparation of department wise monsoon preparedness plan, disaster relief measures, early warning system, checking the readiness of equipment and communication system, advance procurement of necessary relief materials, coordinated approach for disaster response in the four districts and community-based disaster management were highlighted at the meeting.

Vital suggestion and preventive measures for the upcoming monsoon were shared and deliberated among the participants. During the meeting measures and good practices being adopted by the state and central government to address the disaster management related issues in the state were discussed at length.

State Relief Commissioner cum Secretary, Shri Tshegyal Tashi during the meeting assured all possible help and assistance to all the State Department and other Central Government Agencies during the time of emergency.

The State Department and other Central Government institution have in return assured to fully co-operate and respond proactively during the time of disaster.

In his closing remark, Secretary Shri T. Tashi strongly urged the participants to be prepared and primarily be in a state of full alert for any forthcoming disaster.

A review meeting regarding Niti Aayog’s initiative of Transforming Aspirational district

Pelling , 1st May ’18:  A review meeting regarding Niti Aayog’s initiative of Transforming Aspirational district was chaired by Ms. Upma Srivastava ,IAS, Additional Secretary, Ministry of  Agriculture ,Government of India today at Mount Pandim Hotel ,Pelling,West Sikkim.
The Sub Divisional Magistrate ,Shri.Tushar K. Gajanan gave a presentation on district plan for transforming west sikkim. West District  is among the 101 ‘Aspirational Districts’ of the country identified by the NITI Aayog for time bound transformation within 2022. The plan covers 5 sectors viz. Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Allied Areas, Basic Infrastructure,Skill Development & Financial inclusion. The district has come up with various indicators prevalent in these sectors as of today and what the district wants to achieve by 2022 through various technological,administrative,financial & infrastructural interventions.
District Collector, Mr. A.B Karki asked the HOD’s to take ownership & personal involvement so that the initiative fructifies.
Addl. Secretary ,Ms. Srivastava urged the HOD’s present to pool their efforts & not to work in silos. She also asked the DC to prepare the various issues and  work collectively  to quicken the pace of activities at District level & help district achieve the targets well within set target time. She said,  the ranking of the District changes everyday  in the chart and to meet the target set up she requested officers concerned to review progress on regular basis at departmental level and ensure submission of reports to the district administration timely.
 Additional Secretary in  the series of visits in Geyzing today visited the District  Hospital , ICDS centre(Upper Kyongsha), Tikjek Primary School and Primary Health Sub Centre (PHSC) at Lingchom.
The meeting was attended by CMO (w) , ADC,Soreng, DRCHO Geyzing District Hospital,JD HRDD,JD Agri, DE (PHE),DE (Power),DIO NIC,BDO Geyzing,BDO Dentam,AD Nutrition,CDPO Geyzing & various other officials.

A Monsoon Preparedness Cum Inter- Departmental Coordination meeting

Gayzing, April 27 : (IPR) A Monsoon Preparedness Cum Inter- Departmental Coordination meeting was held at the West District Zilla Panchayat Assembly hall today.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of the District Magistrate Mr. A.B Karki. Presiding over the consultations, Collector chalked out the role of each department and the arrangements to be made to meet emergencies.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Tenzing Loden Lepcha (SP), West, Mr. K.L. Lepcha (ADC), West, Mr. Surat Gurung (ADC/DEV), Dr. Thinlay Wongyal (CMO), Mr. Saran Pradhan (DPO) Zilla, Mr. Pempa Sherpa (DPO/EOC) and all Heads of the Departments.