Mock drill exercise and sensitisation program

Jorethang, 10th March (IPR): A mock drill exercise and sensitisation program organised by District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in collaboration with DANS Energy Pvt. Ltd, Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA), SDM Office, Jorethang, Fire & Emergency Services and Police Department was held at Jorethang today. The program was also attended by all the stakeholders, line department sub-divisional officials and members of NJMC.

Under the supervision of SDM Jorethang Mr.Bimal.C Rai, the mock drill exercise was held with an objective of planning, co-ordination and monitoring disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and management in case of dam water flood devastation that triggers disasters of various kinds. The exercise was held across various points across Jorethang including DANS Barrage site, Akar bridge quarry, riverside area and Jorethang CHC. The entire operation was conducted under the guidelines of Incident Response Mechanism (IRS) which organises a coordinated response mechanism at all levels of administration, reducing avoidable loss of life and suffering of the people during disasters.

The mock drill exercise saw the Quick Response team (QRT) provide rendered assistance in order to evacuate and rescue the injured from sensitive and vulnerable zones in order to help reduce chaos and confusion during actual incident management. Real disaster like situations of drowning and water engulfment were also established for which action plan and mitigation methods were carried out in real time.

Later, a briefing session was held at the conference hall of Green Park where officials from concerned departments underlined the imperativeness of such drills at regular intervals to avert and minimise casualties in the future. Feedbacks such as effective communication, availability of rescue equipments, training of security personnel, briefing of the swimmers and so on were brought forth in the discussion. The officials also lauded the swift service delivery of all the stakeholders, participants and observers of SSDMA during the mock drill exercise which was all responsible to make the exercise successful and productive.

Spicejet Q400 Bombardier made historic landing at Pakyong airport

Pakyong, March 10: (IPR) Spicejet Q400 Bombardier made historic landing at Pakyong airport today. The 78 seater aircraft landed at Pakyong airport at 11:55 am . Team from DGCA , AAI Board and Spicejet Operation came in the aircraft for their first trail landing at Pakyong. The Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling expressed his happiness on the momentous occasion and congratulated the people of Sikkim.

The Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Shrivastava while congratulating the people forthis historic moment said that this was a great day which the Sikkimese people had been waiting for since the past 18 years. “After multiple discussions with the Planning Commission and DONER and regardless of the apprehensions, we have been successful in witnessing such a historic moment for the state.” He also said that though the Bhoomi Pujan was done in 2007, work came to halt due to various issues which delayed construction. By 2014, the airport had started taking shape and by 2015 work resumed with steady plan for completion. At the end he thanked the AAI, DONER, Planning Commission, DGCA for making this project a success and for making the dreams of Sikkimese people of having an airport in the state come true.

Integrated structures comprising of ATC tower-cum-fire station, two sophisticated CFT, terminal buildings for passengers, high intensity runway lights, car parking for more than 50 cars are some of the features of the airport.

Commissioner-cum-Secretary Tourism Department, Shri Puneet Kansal said that this was a very significant day for the state and a huge leap in the tourism sector. The Secretary also said that this was a big day as DGCA clearance is very crucial for obtaining license of the airport. The natural beauty along with the modern amenities like the airport will boost tourism along with all round development in the state, he said.

“Each Friday, Field Day”

Namchi, March 9th: Under ” Each Friday, Field Day” a team led by DC South and accompanied by BDO Namthang, CDPO Namchi, Dy Director( HRDD) and other field officials visited Nagi Karek GPU and following are the findings.
1. Ruchung PS.
Students: 21
Teachers : 5
It was there was excess furniture in the school. The students were tested with simple mathematical question.
The DC South requested the HM to continue with remedial classes.
The MDM Kitchen was also checked. The kitchen was in dilapidated condition. The same would be repaired through DLRC in convergence with MGNREGA.
DC also requested the HM to install Menu Board in the Kitchen.
The road leading to school has been constructed through public contribution which was quite commendable.
The school ground needed protection hence the same would also be taken up under DLRC.
2. Govt PS Nagi Palitam:
Teachers: 7
It has been informed by BDO Namthang that public foot path would be constructed under RURBAN.
Students were tested with simple multiplication problems and the students were found to be very bright. The English reading of the students was also good.
DC has directed the old school structure to be dismantled and repair of assembly ground though DLRC in convergence with MGNREGA. The DC also directed the HM to install Menu Board.
3. GPK Nagi Karek
DC has requested the Panchayats to check the ongoing works. The DE Zilla will be directed to check the work as the Panchayats have apprehended proper construction of work.
4. Kabrey SS.
Repair of MDM Kitchen was sanctioned in convergence with MGNREGA. DC has requested the HM to carry out beautification works. The quality of education in School was found to be very good.
Repair and restoration of foot path was also sanctioned through DLRC in convergence with MGNREGA.
DC has also requested for cleanliness drive in School.
5. Rubdi Tori Bari PS:
Students : 24
Teachers: 5
Quality of education in School was found to be not up to the mark. Repair and restoration of weak areas of the school was sanctioned through DLRC in convergence with MGNREGA.
6. Upper Karek ICDS:
Children: 8
Cylinder available. Paustik Ahar available.
Pregnant Women: 8
Two nos of GCI Sheet was required to maintain the roof top as it was leaking. Requirement of protection of weak areas was also required which would be sanctioned through DLRC in convergence with MGNREGA.
CDPO Namchi/ Jorethang handed over the reading materials to the children.
The record keeping of the ICDS was very good and highly commendable.
7. Lower Kabrey ICDS
Children: 4
Pregnant Women: 2
Lactating: 3
The foot path connecting the ICDS with the main road was found to be damaged. Hence the same would be repaired through DLRC in convergence with MGNREGA. Repair of ICDS was found to be necessary.
Reading materials were also distributed by CDPO Namchi/ Jorethang.
8. Tangey Borbotey PS
Students: 16
Teachers: 3
The school was in dilapidated condition. It itself posed threat to life. The same would be sanctioned though DLRC in convergence with MGNREGA.
Temporary restoration of water supply would also be done. Polypipe would be provided for the same.
Extension of ground has been taken up under RURBAN project.
Repair of MDM Kitchen was also sanctioned through DLRC in convergence with MGNREGA.
9. Samardung ICDS
Children: 7
The ICDS is being run in rented house belonging to Pralad Chettri.
CDPO Namchi/ Jorethang distributed books for children. 10. Jogidara PS.
Students: 24 Teachers: 5
The HM has been requested to continue with remedial classes.
11. Lower Karek ICDS
Children : 4
Pregnant: 1
Lactating: 4
Paustik Ahar available. Cylinder available.
CDPO Jorethang/ Namchi informed that the State Govt has started a new scheme called the Proud mother scheme which is envisioned by HCM himself, wherein the mother would be eligible to avail Rs 7000 for first child and Rs 10000 for second. The person should not be a regular Govt employee. Another scheme of Central Govt is Pradhan Mantri Matru Yojana. In this scheme the pregnant women need to register with the ICDS and submit the bank details along with Aadhar of mother and husband both. Rs 1000 would be transferred through DBT. Once the child is born the child’s birth certificate needs to be registered. Then Rs 2000 would be transferred through DBT. Later on in the 3rd stage during breast feeding Rs 2000 would be transferred.
12. Jogidara PS- The performance of students found very weak in simple mathematical problems, therefore HM instructed to start daily remedial classes deducting five minutes from each period. So that one new period can be introduced for the same afternoon.
12. Kaijaley JHS
The repair and restoration of weak areas has been sanctioned through DLRC in convergence with MGNREGA.
The students were tested with reading and mathematics. Some students were found to have some problems. DC has requested the Maths teacher to conduct remedial classes for students.

Training on issuance of OBC Certificate at the South District Officer’s Club

Namchi, 9th March:Sikkim Commission for Backward Classes, Government of Sikkim organized a Training on issuance of Other Backward Classes Certificate at the South District Officer’s Club on 08/03/2018. The training was meant for the Hon’ble Councillors Namchi Municipal Council, Sub Divisional Magistrates, Block Development Officers and their staff and the staff members of the Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department. The Secretary, Sikkim Commission for Backward Classes Shri H.K.Sharma was the resource person for the training programme.

At the outset he gave a brief genesis of the evolution of the idea of reservations for the Other Backward Classes in the state. He gave detail explanation on issuance of Other Backward Classes Certificate with reference to the existing laws of the state and many distinct cases as examples. He also enlightened on the concept of “Creamy Layer”.There was an interactive session in which the queries of the participants were addressed by the Secretary, Sikkim Commission for Backward Classes Shri H.K.Sharma, District Collector (South) Shri R.K.Yadav , the Joint Director LRDM Shri D.K.Rai and SDM Jorethang Shri Bimal Chandra Rai.

The training concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by SDM HQ, Sunil Kr. Mothay.

A Special Handloom Expo 2017-18 organized by the Sikkim Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd

Namchi, 6th March (IPR): A Special Handloom Expo 2017-18 organized by the Sikkim Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd, Government of Sikkim is underway at Courtyard premises of Namchi Community Hall. The Special Handloom Expo 2017-18 is under the aegis of National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP) and is sponsored by the office of the Development Commissioner (Handloom), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and Government of Sikkim.

The Expo was inaugurated by Advisor, Power and Energy Department Mr. Gangan Rai also present were Director- Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom Ms. Jyotsna M. Kartak, Joint Director Marketing Mr. Karma S. Bhutia, Deputy Director (South) Ms. Pramila Rai and officials from the Handloom & Handicraft department alongside HoDs from various departments of South District.

The Chief Guest Mr. Gagan Rai visited the various stalls put up at the expo, observed live demonstration of handloom weaving and also took a brief tour of the theme pavilion displaying different handloom products from various parts of Sikkim.

The expo has a total number of 30 stalls allocated to various weavers, sellers, SHG and Cooperative Societies from Manipur, Ladakh, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Sikkim. The aim of this Expo is to provide a platform for weavers, sellers and buyers to converge and create awareness to the handloom sector as an employment and income generation industry. Additionally, the Governments vision and policy of creating a sustainable cottage industry in every home and village is disseminated in a proactive manner by the concerned officials to the participants and the public visiting the expo. It may be also be mentioned here that the expo will continue till 21st March.

First fixed wing aircraft of IAF Dornier 228 successfully landed

Pakyong, March 5:(IPR) First fixed wing aircraft of IAF Dornier 228(19 seater) successfully landed at Pakyong today.

The Chief Secretary, Shri A.K.Shrivastava said, ” This is a historic day for the state of Sikkim when the Dornier 228 aircraft (19 seater) landed successfully at 3:25 pm at Pakyong Airport today. This was possible after several attempts over the last few days and the aircraft came from Guwahati.
Another flight by the same aircraft will be possible in about ten days time. The aircraft came close to ATC and it was learnt that all the systems were working well. One flight of Spice Jet is expected to land on 10th March 2018. This 70 seater plane is likely to bring high ranking officials of AAI and DGCA. Attempts are also being made from May 2000 to construct a Civilian Aerodrome in Sikkim so the landing of date assumes immense significance,” he added.

Airport Director, Shri Manjunatha R., Pakyong Airport stated, “after making several trial low pass over runway on 28th Feb, today IAF made-up all possibility to land though the visibility was not that clear. My entire team of AAI, Pakyong has made it succefull with the help of district authorities. This is the beginning of aviation connectivity for Sikkim and I thank all help and support being extended by Ministry & district authorities for this success.”

Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies(ABC&AR) Camp

21 Feb Mangan(IPR): Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies(ABC&AR) camp was conducted by SARAH(Sikkim Anti Rabies and Animal Health) w.e.f 8th to 19th February at North Sikkim. The stray dogs were caught from surrounding areas of Mangan , several villages of the District and were sterilized and vaccinated against Rabies and also de-wormed. A total nos. of 268 dogs were sterilized and 303 dogs vaccinated.
The Government of Sikkim has recognized the importance of Animal Welfare activities and created SARAH division to reduce stray dog population by humane and sustainable means. SARAH is the first Government sanctioned initiative in the whole of India to implement the animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies programme.
Prior to its establishment authorities confronted with ever increasing stray canine population and rampant human and animal rabies deaths, resorted to mass bullet shooting .However despite such horrible and cruel practices the rabies and stray population was never under control. Now due to the dedicated efforts of the division , there has been a significant decline in both human and animal Rabies .
In 2006 The Department of AH&VS Govt. of Sikkim in conjunction with Sikkim Society for Prevention of Cruelty towards Animals and International NGOs like the Brigitte Bardot Fondation, Vets Beyond Borders began implementing the State wide ABC and AR program. Due to the success and commitment of the stakeholders the Government of Sikkim on 22nd March 2009 created a separate division within the AH LF&VS department so that ABC/AR and other animal welfare works can be permanently implemented.
Since then the program has become a huge success and this in turn has a positive impact on Public health, Environment, wildlife and tourism in the State.
Dogs have not only remained Man’s best friend but they effectively prevent wild life intruders like bears monkeys Jackal and thus prevent a big disaster which often goes unnoticed. They also effectively control rats and other vermin thus preventing a potential disease transmission. Thus irresponsible pet ownership and abandoning of sick and unmanageable dogs in streets monasteries/temples, careless breeding , dumping of puppies in the streets to fend for themselves should be discouraged. As this, not only goes beyond the definition of “being humane” but also in turn impacts, community health , environment and Tourism.
The detail nos. of dogs operated for Animal Birth Control(ABC) and vaccinated against Rabies(ARV) during the camp held are as follows
8th feb :Mangan Town: 28 dogs
9th feb:Mangan Town: 49 dogs
10th Feb:Lingdong /Barfok /L.Dzongu :18 Dogs
11th Feb:Mangshilla/Namok :14 Dogs
13th Feb:Mangan Vet Hospital :18 dogs
14th Feb: Heegyathang :19dogs
15th Feb: Passingdong :26 dogs
16th Feb: Tinchim: 11 dogs
17th Feb: Mangshilla : 24 dogs
18th Feb: Namok/Swyem:21 Dogs
19th Feb: Lum l.Dongu: 15 Dogs
20th Feb: Mangan/Chadey:25 dogs

‘Partnership Agreement’

GANGTOK, February 18 (IPR): UNESCO MGIEP and the Human Resource Development Department(HRDD), Govt. of Sikkim signed a ‘Partnership Agreement’ for the project to embed concepts of Peace, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in textbooks of core subjects for the schools of Sikkim.
The project will be implemented by State Council of Education, Research and Training (SCERT), HRDD, Sikkim and third party partnership with Ajim Premji University, Bangalore.
After signing agreement with UNESCO, Sikkim became the first state in the country to have school Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED).
Agreement was signed between Additional Chief Secretary, HRDD, Mr. G. P Upadhaya and UNESCO MGIEP Curricular Head, Miss, Yoko Mochizuki at a local hotel this evening.
As the world gears up to achieving SDGs, it was informed that the Embedding Project of UNESCO MGIEP will play a key role in supporting Member States’ efforts to achieve SDG 4.7 on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED). The project aims to embed concepts of peace, global citizenship and sustainable development in textbooks of core subjects especially Mathematics, Science, Language and Geography.
Additional Chief Secretary, Mr. G. P Upadhaya said, “Sikkim is the first state to enter into agreement with UNESCO. It a happy and a proud moment for Sikkim and HRDD to have Sustainable Development Goals incorporated in school curriculum from Classes I-V. We are grateful to state government and UNESCO for giving this opportunity. A total of 45 resources teachers are being trained for this project. This is this first time where we are training teachers for textbook writing scientifically and we are in the process to adopt and pass Sustainable Development Act. In terms of education it very important to have SDGs in school education for the future generation.”
He also said that education for peace, education for sustainable development (ESD), Global Citizenship Education (GCED), Global Learning, Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR), Human Rights Education etc have existed for a while and their significance is huge in the education sector. Embedding in core subjects puts the values and principles of sustainable development at the heart of education and contribute to achieving education ‘for’ sustainable development. Around 30 experts from around the world have produced a guidebook on embedding for textbook authors titled ‘Textbooks for Sustainable Development’. In its next phase, UNESCO MGIEP is partnering with textbook development agencies and governments to train textbook authors utilising the guidebook as a resource, it was informed.
Curricular Head, Miss. Yoko Mochizuki said, “it is a great learning journey for us in improving the education textbook system in Sikkim and we are looking forward to this opportunity in front of us.”
Director, SCERT Dr. Rabin Chettri informed that textbook from Class I-V will be ready from end of this December for pilot project.
The program was also attended by the officials of HRDD along with representatives from UNESCO MGIEP.



Nagpur, Feb 17: (IPR) The Dhara Vikas initiative of the Rural Management & Development Department, Government of Sikkim was widely appreciated at the ‘Bhujal Manthan’, a crucial two-day convention on ground water conservation, held at Kavivarya Suresh Bhat Auditorium of Nagpur. The Convention was inaugurated on Friday at the hands of Union Minister for Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari.

In his inaugural address, the Minister lauded the Dhara Vikas initiative of Sikkim as a model for other States to follow, and apprised the illustrious gathering that he had specially invited the state of Sikkim to showcase and explain its Dhara Vikas programme.

On behalf of the State of Sikkim, Additional Secretary cum PD MGNREGA, RMDD, Government of Sikkim, Mrs Sarika Pradhan shared the Dhara Vikas program of the State with the Convention today. Sikkim was also represented in the convention by Dr. Subhash Dhakal, OSD, RMDD.

While the officials and scientists of the different Water Resources Departments of the country got together to brainstorm on the increasingly scarce resource that ground water is becoming, the convention was also attended by three Union Ministers of State (MoS) and two Members of Parliament.

The two-day Convention came to a conclusion today.

Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichayee Yojana

Dzongu, 15th Feb 2018(IPR): A field visit to Noom Panang village was done by the District Collector, North Shri Karma R Bonpo, IAS. The District Collector was accompanied by the Addl Director, AHLF&VS, MD North Sikkim Milk Union, BDO Dzongu, Dy Director Horticulture, DIO North, AE Roads & Bridges, AE Irrigation, AE Agriculture and various field staff.
Noom Panang is a remote village located in Passingdang Saffo GPU and the team had to trek for an hour to reach the village from Lingthem. A ward Sabha was organized and during the Sabha an interaction with the district officials was held.
The village of Noom Panang is currently one of few vegetable clusters in the district and is currently producing vegetables which are sent to Gangtok. The local people evinced keen interest to produce vegetables on a large scale as per the organic mission of the Government of Sikkim. However due to the shortage of water in the village the vegetable production was being hampered. The village does not have any road connectivity and the people stated that it lead to huge transportation costs which eats their profit margins. The people therefore demanded that road connectivity and water supply works be taken up on priority to give further fillip to the organic production. The people stated that in order to take up dairy farming a stockman centre at Passingdang was required.
The District Collector North stated that the water supply for irrigation will be taken up under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichayee Yojana (PMKSY) and the work will be taken up shortly by the Agriculture Department. The District Collector North directed the Assistant Engineer, Roads & Bridges to take up the preparation for DPR for road connectivity. Further the District Collector appealed to the villagers to revive the co-operative societies and set up milk collection centre. He said the villages should also focus on dairy farming for livelihood generation and to aid the organic mission in the villages. The district Collector promised that all help will be extended by the district administration for getting loans for dairy farming under Diary Entrepreneurship Development Scheme of NABARD. The District Collector also visited the ICDS Centers and the Primary school of the villages. He said the necessary repairs of these centers will be undertaken.
The Local Public heartily welcomed the team and were delighted to have the team in the villages. They further stated that they will readily work with the district administration in making the organic mission of the State Government a big success.