With a view to make the Chief Minister’s Startup Scheme more effective towards achieving its objectives and providing self employment opportunities and developing entrepreneurship in the State, the following amendments have been made to the scheme guidelines with the approval of the State Government.
1. Uniform rate of 35% of the bankable projects as front ended financial assistance as against the twin rate of 25% & 35%.
2. Beneficiaries’ upper age relaxed from 40 years to 45 years.
3. In addition to the recognized public sector banks and financial institutions, private sector banks and co-operative banks having valid license issued by the RBI and State Bank of Sikkim can finance projects under CMSS.
4. For the East and North Districts DIC(East/North) at Udyog Bhawan, Tadong will be issuing and receiving CMSS forms while for the South and West Districts DIC(South/West) Jorethang will be issuing and receiving CMSS forms. Forms can also be downloaded from the government website.

3 Days Refresher Course in Journalism commenced at Information and Public Relations Department, Soochna Bhawan

Gangtok, Sept 17th:(IPR) The 3 Days Refresher Course in Journalism is underway at the Information and Public Relations Department, Soochna Bhawan from today. The Hon’ble Minister, IPR Shri A.K. Ghatani is present as the Chief Guest for the function.

The 3 Days Refresher Course is open for all media persons who are interested in participating and the Resource Persons for the workshop are Shri S. Sur, President, Press Club of Kolkata and Shri M. Chatterjee, Director, IIMC Orissa.

Samajik Adhikarita Shivir

Namchi, 30th May(IPR): Mr. Krishan Pal Gurjar, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, attended ‘Samajik Adhikarita Shivir’ a mega distribution free of cost camp which includes allocation of Assistive Aids and Appliances under Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) to senior citizens under BPL category and to Divyangjan under ADIP scheme of Government of India (GoI) at Community Hall, today. The camp organized by Artificial Limbs, Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Kanpur working under the aegis of Department of Empowerment of person with disability (Divyangjan), Ministry of SJ&E, GoI in close association with Department of Social Welfare, Govt of Sikkim and South District Administration had the attendance of Chairman, (SC, Welfare Board) Mr. Madan Cintury, Zilla Adhakshya (South)Ms. Farwanti Tamang, Upa-Adhakshya (South) Mr. Bhim Badhadur Lakhe, Dy Manager (ALIMCO) Mr. S. Sengupta alongside HoDs and a large number of senior citizens.

At, the onset DC (South) Mr. Prabhakar Verma informed that the total number of 184 ADIP and 1,020 RVY beneficiaries comprising of differently abled persons and senior citizens will receive the appliances. He also added that the distributed materials included the various kinds of assisted living devices namely that of walking stick, elbow crutches, walker crutches, wheel chairs, hearing devices, spectacles and other smart equipment.

Addressing, the gathering Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, GoI Mr. Krishan Pal Gurjar, informed about the aim and objective of the camp and shared that this distribution camp is the maiden camp organized in Sikkim under RVY. He updated that the daily living devices of different categories regarding age related infirmities valuing over Rs. 1 crore will be allocated amongst pre identified beneficiaries from South Sikkim. Mr. Gurjar emphasised the camp will immensy assist in positively transforming the lifes of the differently able and senior citizens into that of a self-reliant and self-sufficient person. Mr. Gurjar articulated that the GoI is assiduously focused on elevating the lifes of the senior citizens and that of the differently able person and updated that mass public places in the country are being converted into a barrier-free disabled friendly spaces. He also urged the South District Administration to submit a list of children’s names who are in need of cochlear implant and that the GoI will do the needful in procurement of the implants. Mr. Gurjar also enumerated the various benefits laid down by GoI for the advantage of differently able namely that of reservation in jobs, providing of universal I-card and many more services.

Speaking, during the occasion Joint Secretary MoSJE, GoI Mr. Surendra Singh Meena spoke in detail about the Samajik Adhikarita Shivir and it’s initiation from the year 2017 onwards. Mr. Meena highlighted about the growing population of senior citizens in our country and underlined that they are extremely vulnerable on account of suffering from disabilities, diseases and terminal illness. As, such the Government of India has formulated a variety of schemes for the upliftment of senior citizens, thereby enabling them to live a life of dignity. In addition, Mr. Meena propeled the senior citizens of south sikkim to aim for National Award ‘Vayoshreshtha Samman’ which is given to eminent senior citizens and institutions in recognition of their services towards the cause of elderly persons.

It maybe mentioned that the identified beneficiaries of the camp at Community Hall were registered during the assessment camp held by ALIMCO at various locations of South Sikkim during the month of Feb, 2018. A total number of 945 wheelchairs, 790 BTE Hearing Aids, 979 Walking Sticks, 400 Spectacles, 114 Artificial Dentures assisted living devices were distributed to Senior Citizens under RVY. Likewise, a total number of 50 wheelchairs, 48 crutches, 32 walking Sticks, 202 BTE Hearing Aids, 14 MSIED Kits, 02 CP Chairs, 01 Braille Cane, Braille Kit, 13 Rolator, 05 Smart Phone, 01 Daisy Player and 03 Smart Cane were disbursed to divyangjan under ADIP scheme.

Livestock based farming

Namchi, 30th May: 40 goats of breedable age were distributed with insurance coverage at Maniram 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 farming.

The beneficiaries were also made aware of modern managemental practices focussing on balanced diet, breeding, housing, health coverage, insurance & other useful tips for enhanced production. The program was attended by Chairman Power & Energy Department Mr. Gagan Rai accompanied by area panchayats JD/FS&ADD/South followed by officers from line department headed by Dr A L Rai, DD/South.

Himalayan Cleanup campaign

Geyzing, 26 May 18(IPR): The Himalayan Cleanup campaign, an initiative focusing attention on the problem of waste in the mountains and hill districts in the Indian Himalayan Region under the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ was observed across the West District today.

This campaign was initiated by Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) and ZeroWaste Himalayas across the 12 mountain states of the country. In Geyzing, Block Administrative centre (BAC) organised the massive cleanliness drive in three sites i.e, Kyongsha play ground & Bhanu salig premises, Legship-Geyzing highway and Rabdentse Bird sanctuary to Pelling school ground.

Similarly ,the same campaign was observed in all BACs of the District.

Collecting of waste, Segregation, and analysis of the waste collected, volume analysis, brand audit, disposing recyclable waste to scrap dealers and finally disposing of the ultimate discards was exercised today.

The campaign was supported by DC (w), ADC (Dev), BDO (Geyzing) , DIET, Government college, Girls SSS(Kyongsha), Pelling SSS, Langang SS, Positive Health Club, Omchung School, ITI , Middle Geyzing School, Manav Swewa Samiti, Milan Samaj, Jan Kalyan Sanstha, Srijana Samaj, Jan Surakshya samaj ,lower Kyongsha Samaj, Sudhar Samiti Samaj, Rim Jhim Samaj, Pelling Tourism Development Association(PTDA), Blue Ring Society and Palace FC.

E-Trade License GMC

Gangtok, May 26 (IPR): The Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC), Commissioner, Shri Tshewang Gyachho today clarified the doubts on the implementation and practice of E-Trade License in a press conference at Mayor’s office today.

GMC Commissioner, Shri Gyachho claimed that the issuance of trade licenses and renewal of trade licenses under “E-Trade License GMC” has been very successful and it has helped the people in obtaining the trade licenses through the online portal ( in an easy manner.

The Commissioner duly appealed the public to renew the existing and new trade licenses through online mode only. “It is not humanly possible to renew trade licenses in the office. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to obtain new trade licenses through online mode”, he added.

“Now the traders under GMC can receive their trade licenses by just sitting at home without any hassle and if anyone is facing any difficulties to apply online, GMC is organizing camp in 4 various places of Gangtok viz; District Control Room, MG Marg, Sikkim GST Consultancy Services, Daragaon Tadong, GMC Deorali and NIC office, District Collectorate, Sichey to facilitate the citizens for the ease of online procedure.

The camp will start from May 28, 2018 in collaboration with Sikkim GST Consultancy Services and I request our citizens to go and avail free services for license renewal and applying new trade licenses. If all the documents are up to the mark then citizens can receive their trade licenses within two to three days itself”, GMC Commissioner said.

GMC Commissioner further mentioned that earlier, people had to stand in long queues to obtain or to renew their trade licenses but through E-Trade License, the stakeholders can easily access host of services digitally, conveniently and safely thus bringing about accountability, transparency and efficiency of the civic body and reducing the process of getting licenses.

The Commissioner also informed that GMC issues licenses to hotels, restaurants, shops and various other establishments and so far around 13 thousand trade licenses have been registered under the GMC.

The E Trade License GMC is a web based portal which has been developed by NIC, Gangtok. All the online applications will be scrutinized in three layers i.e. level I, level II and level III. Level I will be examined by LDC or UDC, level two by Inspector or BO and level III by the Deputy Commissioner or the Commissioner, GMC.

The Commissioner also informed that GMC has already started the renewal of trade licenses from May 21, 2018 through online mode and appealed the trade license holders to renew their trade licenses before July 31 2018.He further announced that new trade licenses will be issued from the first week of June for new applicants.

The press conference was attended by Mayor,GMC, Shri S.S Chaudhary, Deputy Mayor,Smt L.D.Bhutia,software developer (NIC)Prateek Shashanker and officials from the GMC.


​​​​​​In the interest of Public by:
​​​​​​HC,HS & FW Department,
​​​​​​Government of Sikkim

The Health Department on Thursday issued an Advisory and said that there was minimal possibility of Human Nipah virus (NIV) NIV in Sikkim but people needs to take precaution. The Health Department issued the advisory in aftermath of NIV outbreak in south India state of Kerala that claimed 12 lives so far including a nurse.

The symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, vomiting and fainting. Some may show symptoms of epilepsy. The symptoms may last for 10-12 days followed by unconsciousness and death as a result of brain fever.

The virus spreads from infected bats to animals through bites and from animal to other animal through body fluids and from human to human through body fluids.

It is advised to the general public:
• Not to eat fruits and vegetables bitten by birds, bats and animals.
• Wash hand properly after contacting infected person.
• Monitor fever cases with history of travel to affected areas i.e. Kerala

Since Human Nipah virus (NIV) virus is restricted to two districts of Kerala and there is no travel restriction imposed. There is no restriction for eating clean fruits after washing. Also the Department states that there is no need to panic.

The Union Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, made a visit to the Eklavya Model Residential Schools

Mangan, 19th May 2018 (IPR): The Union Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Smt Leena Nair today made a visit to the Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) at Swayem in North Sikkim. She was accompanied by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs Shri Rajesh Agarwal and Director ICDS, Government of Sikkim. The District Collector, North Shri Karma R Bonpo, Joint Director, Social Welfare, Principal EMRS, Panchayats of Namok Syawem GPU and SMC members received the visiting dignitaries at the school.
The Secretary expressed her satisfaction with regard to the education being imparted in the school. In an interactive session held with the school teacher and students, she heard the experiences and problems of the students. She also promised that all help will be rendered by the Central Government with regard to up-gradation of the infrastructure of the school. During the program, the District Collector North stated that there was requirement of a multipurpose Auditorium, Sports Stadium, science labs and additional hostel for school. The Secretary promised to look favourably into the demands and also directed that the Project Proposals for the same be sent to the Ministry through the State Government. The Secretary stated that there was need to implement water harvesting in the schools and she also spoke on gender equality.
The Principal EMRS gave a brief report on the enrolment and education achievement of the school. He stated that school started in 2008 had its first AISSCE batch in 2013. From the current session the school has been upgraded to Senior Secondary School with Science and Humanities stream. The Current enrolment was around 331 with 175 girls and 156 boys and stated the school was consistently producing good results in the board exams.
A cultural program displaying dances of the various tribal communities in the district was also presented to the visiting dignitaries.