An inspection of various infrastructure works in Chungthang town

Chungthang, 7th February(IPR): An inspection of various infrastructure works in Chungthang town was conducted by the District Collector North, SDM Chungthang and the team of officials from the District headquarters.
The team inspected the ongoing construction of the Chunghtang monastery where the contractor was directed to complete the slab basting within the month of March 2018. A monitoring team was also set up with the Divisional Engineer, E&P Chungthang and SDM Chungthang as members. The monitoring team will review the progress of the monastery on a daily basis.
The Chunghtang Water Supply project which is currently being executed by the PHE Department was also inspected. The work is expected to be completed by March end. Besides the above, the team also inspected various ongoing works at Chungthang Senior Secondary School, Weaving Centre, PHCs and ICDS centres.
The plan to upgrade the drainage system of the town and prevent untreated waste to flow into the river was reviewed with Teesta Urja Ltd. The District Collector directed that the plan should be immediately finalized and executed to stop the flow of waste. The District Collector also directed that any toilets without proper soak pits should be immediately removed from the town. He asked the sub divisional magistrate and Panchayats to check the mushrooming of labour colonies in the town. The District Collector also inspected the potential site for setting up a Sewage Treatment Plant for which a DPR is currently under preparation by the PHE Department.
An interaction was also held between the Panchayats and the administration and various ideas and plans to improve the Chungthang town were discussed. During the interaction the District Collector stated the Administration and Panchayats should focus on sustainable tourism development for livelihood generation in the town.

Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim

Bhopal, Feb 6:(IPR) A team of officers from Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim led by Ms. Sarala Rai, IAS, Secretary visited the Tribal Research Institute and the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya National Museum of Mankind (IGRMS) in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on 06.02.2018.

Professor Sarit Kumar Chaudari, the Director of IGRMS welcomed the team and informed them that the institute would be organizing a Sikkim themed festival from the 21st to the 23rd of March 2018 at their campus which would coincide with the Foundation Day of IGRMS. The aim of the festival would be to showcase the cultural heritage of Sikkim through cultural dances, organic and ethnic cuisine, traditional handloom/handicraft etc. including an academic programme where a book on the “Cultural Heritage of Sikkim” would be released. The Director expressed his desire in extending a welcome and requesting the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim to attend the event as his esteemed presence would add significant value for all.

The purpose of this visit was to get a comprehensive idea for the establishment of a Tribal Museum that would function effectively and efficiently.

Secretary, Ms. Sarala Rai, thanked the institute and the team and assured that all help and support required from the SJEWD would be extended in making this event successful.

Award of PhD Degree to Mrs Sherap Shenga, Spl Secretary, IPR Department, Govt of Sikkim

GANGTOK: Senior bureaucrat in the Government of Sikkim, Mrs. Sherap Shenga has successfully defended her Ph.D thesis on 6th January 2018, entitled “Future Prospects of Eco-Tourism in Sikkim with Special Reference to Cultural Tourism”. Mrs Shenga carried out her research under the guidance Brig. (Dr.) S N Mishra, Former Vice Chancellor, Sikkim Manipal University Sikkim (SMU), and Prof. (Dr.) Ajeya Jha, Head, Dept. of Management Studies, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (SMIT).
Born to Mrs and Mr N.C Shenga, former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests cum Secretary (IFS), and a resident of forest colony Gangtok, Mrs Shenga is a post graduate from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and presently employed in the state government of Sikkim and posted as Director cum-Special Secretary, Department of Information and Public Relations. She did her schooling from Mount Hermon School, Darjeeling and graduated from Lady Shriram College New Delhi. She joined the state government in 1986 and since then has held several different posts including a deputation as Registrar to the Sikkim Manipal University for a period of four and half years from 2006-2011. She had earlier worked in the department of Tourism between 1994-2000. Her interests are in the field of nature conservation and cultural preservation as well as Buddhist studies. She is also a member of the National Geographic Society since 2005.
The Doctor of Philosophy Degree will be awarded to her during the forthcoming Convocation of SMU.