Sikkim joined the rest of the nation in celebrating the 71st Republic Day of India

Gangtok, January 26: (IPR) Sikkim joined the rest of the nation in celebrating the 71st Republic Day of India with patriotic fervour and enthusiasm. In the state level function organised at Paljor Stadium here in the State capital, the Governor of Sikkim, Shri. Ganga Prasad unfurled the national flag, and received the National salute. The Governor then reviewed the Republic Day parade put out by the smartly turned out personnel from ITBP, SSB, SAP, 2nd and 3rd IRBn, Sikkim Police (Male and Female Platoons), Sikkim Home Guards, NCC, Army Band, and Sikkim Police Pipe and Brass Bands. This was followed by an impressive march past by the contingents. Shri J. Jaya Pandiyan, IPS, SDPO Namchi led the contingents as the parade commander, and he was supported by Parade 2 I/C, Police Inspector Pema Rana, SHO Chungthang.

The state level function was graced by Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri. Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) as the Guest of Honour. The programme also had the attendance of Minister for Education & Sports & YA, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, Minister for UD&HD, Shri Arun Upreti, MLA Shri B.K. Khatiwara, MP Lok Sabha Shri Indra Hang Subba, Political Secretary to HCM, Shri Jacob Khaling, Chief Secretary, Shri S.C. Gupta, DGP Shri A. Shankar Rao, all Heads of Departments, and senior officers of the State administration.

The Governor in his address, reminisced the efforts of freedom fighters who fought for the independence of India and said that India has come a long way since the adoption of the Constitution on January 26th, 1950.

Development and growth of Health sector, Women’s Rights in the State of Sikkim was the highlight of the Governor’s address at the 71st Republic Day celebrations. Further, he talked about the benefits provided by the Government to employees such as Health Insurance policies and also touched upon the prodigal work done by the State in terms of Education, Women’s Empowerment, Rural and Urban Management, Tourism, towards making efficient citizens who contribute for betterment of Sikkim and India.

The Governor enlightened everyone about the vision of State Government to solve issues such as road congestion, and continuous supply of electricity and water. He talked about transforming ourselves into responsible citizens towards our duty, our community and the State. He further said that the State Government despite of all its achievements should not rest on its laurels and must make bold steps to ensure sustainable development of our future generation. In the end, the Governor concluded by congratulating the Police medal winners and State awardees for bringing laurels to the State.

Customary to the Republic Day Celebrations in the State of Sikkim, Police Personnel from the state were feted with the decorated Presidents Police Medal and exemplary employees of the Government of Sikkim were awarded the Sikkim State Meritorious Service Award in recognition of their admirable and dedicated services to the State.

It was announced that Smt. Tshering Yangzom, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Home Guards & Civil Defence was awarded the Police Medals on the eve of Republic Day, 2020, for her outstanding service.

The President’s Police Medal for 2018 was awarded to Miss. Eden Subba, SPS, Additional Superintendent of Police for her selfless service towards the State.

The following Government employees were honoured with the Sikkim State Meritorious Service Awards on the occasion:

1. Shri Rajendra Chhetri, Director, Information and Technology Department.

2. Smt. Arpita Rasaily, Private Secretary, Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom.

3. Shri Chandra Bahadur Chhetri, Sub Inspector, Training Branch, Police Headquarters.

4. Smt. Meena Rasaily, Head Assistant, Excise Department.

5. Shri Sonam Pintso Bhutia, Sub Inspector, Mangan, Food and Civil Supplies Department.

6. Shri Surbir Rasaily, Senior Artiste (Musician), Culture Department.

7. Shri Nar Bahadur Chhetri, Cameraperson, Information and Public Relations Department.

8. Shri Dorjee Wangda Bhutia, Driver, Printing and Stationery Department.

9. Shri Prem Kumar Rai, Office Attendant (Higher Education), Education Department.

Shri Pemba Tshering Sherpa who won Bronze medal in weight-lifting at Khelo India Games 2020, and Shri Ladorjee Tamang who won 1st position in Guitar Solo at 23rd National Youth Festival recently in Lucknow were also presented with appreciation awards for their accomplishment and for bringing laurels to the State.

Amidst loud cheers of encouragement, the Governor presented trophies to contingents based on their performance in the Republic Day parade. The Sikkim Police Female Platoon took the ‘All Round Best Platoon Award’ followed by Indo-Tibetan Border Police which won the ‘Second Best Platoon Award’. The ‘Best Band Contingent Award’ was presented to Army Band while NCC walked away with the ‘Consolation Prize’. The selections were made by a jury constituted for the purpose.

Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang, and other dignitaries joined the Governor in releasing two publications namely:

1.Tourism & Travellers Outreach Handbook – by the Tourism & Civil Aviation Department, and

2. Sikkim’s MSME Story (The journey of growing state and its enterprise) – by the Commerce & Industries Department

The Governor, Chief Minister, Cabinet Ministers, MP Lok Sabha, MLAs, and other dignitaries visited the army equipment display on one side of the ground, where they were extensively briefed about the various equipment and paraphrenia on display, by top officials of the army.

The programme also had colourful cultural presentations by the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya Gangtok, who performed an Integration Dance, while artists of the Culture Department presented a folk dance depicting the tradition of Sikkim. One of the highlights of the day was the Girls Self Defence Demonstration under the Beti Bachao Beti Padao programme. An initiative of the Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sikkim, this programme is being taken to every school in the state to empower the girl child.

Earlier, the showering of flower petals by the Helicopter (organized by Tourism & Civil Aviation Department) added more colour to the day’s proceedings.

The state level programme concluded with the tune of the National Anthem performed by Sikkim Police Brass Band.

HCM attends the 26th Annual Youth Convention of EPCS Church at Rambak, Chakung, West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 24th January, 2020 (IPR): The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) attended as the Chief Guest for the 26th Annual Youth convention of EPCS at EPCS Church at Rambak, Chakung, West Sikkim. The HCM was accompanied by Shri. L. N. Sharma, Minister, IPR; Shri. Jacob Khaling, Hon’ble Political Secretary to HCM; Shri. Aditya Golay, Hon’ble MLA Soreng-Chakung; Shri. G. T. Dhungel, Hon’ble MLA Upper Tadong; Shri. P . T. Luksom, Former Deputy CM; Moderators, Elders, Seniors, Pastors and devotees at large.
The HCM in his address spoke about his joy to be present at the event. He informed that the Government is present and keen to extend any form of support to the Christian Community of Sikkim. He also mentioned that the State of Sikkim is known for the cultural and religious harmony.
HCM also mentioned that the State Government is working tirelessly to improve the status of the rural populous and their habitat.
He also informed that the Government desires to improve the Energy and Power related issues within the state. HCM also mentioned about the various schemes in relation to the Tourism.

HCM Shri Prem Singh Tamang met the globally renowned Dr Naresh Trehan, CMD, of Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon

New Delhi January 21: The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang met the globally renowned Dr Naresh Trehan, CMD, of Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon, regarding medical issues pertaining to the common residents of the state who find it difficult to travel outside for their medical check-up and treatment.

On the request of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Dr Naresh Trehan agreed to send a team of specialist doctors to Sikkim for screening and creating awareness.

The possibility of tie-up and understanding with them for economically viable treatment was also discussed in detail during the meeting.

Dr Naresh Trehan is a graduate of King George Medical College, Lucknow. He has held important clinical positions at Veterans Administration Hospital, the New York University Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital. Dr Naresh Trehan is also the founder of Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre and prior to laying the foundation of Medanta and becoming the driving force behind the one-of-its-kind hospitals in India.

Dr Naresh Trehan is regarded as one of the best Cardiac Surgeons in the nation. He is a well-known cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon. He has been awarded the highly prestigious Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

Hon’ble Governor attended the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Chaurasia Samaj

Jamshedpur, Jan 19: Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad attended the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Chaurasia Samaj at Tulsi Bhavan, Jamshedpur today.In his address, the Governor congratulated the Chaurasia Samaj and all the members on the completion of 50 years of establishment of the Samaj. He gave the message of unity to society and urged the members to work together for the betterment of the society.“I wish the Chaurasia Samaj a joyous celebration of Golden Jubilee celebration and the service of humanity in future as well. I want people to carry forward the message of cleanliness so that others could also be motivated” said the Governor.The Governor remembered the members of the Chaurasia Samaj both past and present, for having contributed, and for being part of the great achievement of Samaj during the last 50 years of its existence.

Conclusion of 9th All India Chief Ministers Gold Cup International Football and Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela

Jorethang, 19th January (IPR): The finals for 9th All India Chief Ministers Gold Cup International Football Tournament was played during the concluding day of Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela at Jorethang Playground today. Chief Minister Mr. Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) graced the occasion as the chief guest. Also present were Cabinet Ministers, Area MLA cum Chief Patron Mela Committee Ms. Sunita Gazmer alongside Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Chairpersons, Advisors, members of Jorethang Mela Organizing Committee and South Dostrict Football Association.

The finals were played between Shillong RSC and Oil India FC wherein the former emerged winner of the tournament with a score of 2:1. The Chief Minister handed trophy and certificate to the winners and runners up. Donald Diengdoh from Shillong RSC was named as hero of the match.

The Hon’ble Governor attended the inauguration function of statue of late Member of Parliament

Patna, Jan 17: The Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad attended the inauguration function of statue of late Member of Parliament, Shri Uma Shankar Singh at Renua Siwan, Bihar today on the occasion of 80th Birth Anniversary.

The governor has mentioned the contribution of late Shri Uma Shankar Singh in social service including education, his dedication for service of people is exemplary and cannot imagined in present political scenario.

During the function the Governor also felicitated martyr families, sportsperson, artist and different personalities of the State of Bihar.

The Governor congratulated all felicitated personalities and saluted the service of martyr for the supreme sacrifice to nation.

Principal Secretary RDD, Shri C. S. Rao alongwith Director SIRD, Shri Bishal Mukhiya handed over the National Award to Honourable Chief Minister at Karfectar

Jorethang, 16th January 2020( IPR): Principal Secretary RDD, Shri C. S. Rao alongwith Director SIRD, Shri Bishal Mukhiya handed over the National Award to Honourable Chief Minister at Karfectar, SIRD complex, today.

The said award was received on 19th december, 2019 by the department in New Delhi. Present on the occasion were Minister Power Department, Shri M. N. Sherpa, Political Secretary to HCM Shri Jacob Khaling, Commissioner RDD, Shri P. Senthil Kumar, D. C. South, Shri Ragul K, S. P. South, Shri Praveen Gurung, ADC South, Shri Satyen Pradhan, SDM Jorethang, Shri R. B. Bhandari, SDPO Jorethang Shri S. K. Shrestha alongwith Block Development Officers and distinguished officials of south district, and local gentry.

SIRD Sikkim was bestowed with the National Award for overall performance in respect of Training Programmes in North Eastern and Hilly areas during 2018-19 by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.
The award was received by Principal Secretary RDD, Shri C. S. Rao accompanied by Director SIRD and PR, Shri Bishal Mukhiya.

Rural Development Department, Government of Sikkim, had bagged eight (8) National Awards in different categories in the National Award Ceremony organized by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India on 19th December, 2019 at National Agriculture Science Complex, Pusa, New Delhi. The Ceremony was chaired by Hon’ble Union Minister RD & PR and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri. Narendra Singh Tomar along with
Hon’ble Minister of State for Rural Development, Government of India, Smt. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.

Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P. S. Golay congratulated the team and encouraged the department to keep on dedicating towards the overall development of the state and expressed gratification for the impressive performance and in receiving the award.

HCM inaugurated Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela 2020

Namchi, 15th January(IPR): Honourable Chief Minister Mr. Prem Singh Tamang(Golay) inaugurated the Maghey Sankranti Mela, 2020 at Jorethang playground today. Also present were HCMs spouse Ms. Saradha Golay, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, MP(Lok Sabha) Mr. Indra Hang Subba, Political Secretary to HCM, Chairpersons, Advisors, Chief Secretrary, Heads of Departments, Government Officials, Mela Committee members, and public at large.

At, the onset the HCM attended puja ceremony at Trikaleshwar Temple. He also visited a total number of 33 departmental stall put up at Jorethang Playground premises. Further, the HCM along with dignitaries also inaugurated the Sale of Articles of Rural Artisans (SARAS) trade fair.

Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela 2020

Jorethang, January 15th(IPR): The five day long Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela, 2020 themed ‘Hamro Sanskriti Hamro Gaurav’ organized by Jorethang Maghey Mela Celebration Committee was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mr. P. S. Golay today. Also present were HCMs spouse Ms. Saradha Golay, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, MP(Lok Sabha) Mr. Indra Hang Subba Political Secretary to HCM, Chairpersons, Advisors, Chief Secretary, Government Officials, Mela Committee members, and public at large.

At, the onset of the inauguration the chief guest offered his prayers at the Trikaleshwar temple and visited the departmental stalls located at Jorethang Volleyball ground. Thereafter he inaugurated Sikkim SARAS Trade Fair.

Addressing, the gathering Chief Minister extended his best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Maghey Sankranti, 2020. He spoke at length about the importance of this event and informed that this day is particularly observed as the ending of paush and the beginning of Magh month, according to hindu lunar calendar. He also added that during the Sankranti festival most of the households use ban and other types of tarul as the main component to mark the festival.

This year the State Government has planned to celebrate the Jorethang Maghey Sankranti mela in a different way by inculcating a sense of sportsmanship by playing different tournaments such as 9th All India Chief Minister’s Gold Cup International Football Tournament and Inter-constituency level Football Tournament. The Chief Minister highlighted that Sikkim should produce talents particularly in the field of sports and reach golden heights and bring about laurels to the State and the country.

He added that Jorethang in due course of time should be transformed into a must visit tourism spot as this place has strong connectivity toward the South and West district. He urged the officials to work in tandem with the locals and positively change Jorethang into the most sought after destination. The HCM also brought to light that this mela should attract much business opportunity for the locals and the budding entrepreneurs in order to earn profit.

Speaking, about infrastructural development HCM said a state of art Hospital, College and Nepali Sanskriti Bhawan will be set up in the locality. The budget for the same will be allocated during the next financial year.

Speaking, during the occasion Area MLA cum Chief Patron of the Mela Celebration Committee Ms. Sunita Gazmer highlighted in detail about the various features of Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela. She brought to light that the public can select from a variety of happening namely that of adventure games (paragliding), football competition, cultural and musical night, SARAS Fair, departmental stalls, and many more. Ms. Gazmer also informed that this year the mela will incorporate an open for all walkathon which will highlight about child sexual abuse.

During the program HCM distributed golden cards to five beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY).

The finals of Interconstituency Level Football Match was played between Barfung and Salghari Zoom constituencies wherein the latter emerged winner with a scoreline of 1:0.
Mr. Sanjeev Rai from (Salghari Zoom) was named Man of the Match. As, informed by HCM the winners of this tournament will get direct entry into the next Chief Minister’s and Governor’s Gold Cup Tournament. He also said that a state level football team will be constituted comprising of the best players from this tournament, this is done, so that young sportsperson, from the state can get a platform in which they can show their talent.

Chief Minister Shri. P. S. Tamang attends the Rimbi Maghey Mela, West Sikkim.

Gyalshing, 14th January, 2020 (IPR): Shri. P. S. Tamang (Golay) attended the Rimbi Maghey Mela as the Chief Guest at the Sewaro Rock Garden, Rimbi, West Sikkim. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Shri. M. N. Sherpa, Minister, Energy and Power; Shri. L. N. Sharma, Minister AHVS and IPR; Shri. B. H. Subba, Minister, PHE; Shri. T. T. Bhutia, Secretary, Tourism; Shri. Karma R. Bonpo, DC West; Shri. Tenzing L. Lepcha, SP West; HODs of line departments, officials and dignitaries.

Shri. Tamang in his address expressed his gratitude and joy towards the public of Yuksam-Tashiding constituency and West Sikkim for organizing the event. He also extended his warm greetings on the occasion of ‘Maghe Sankranti’ to all present. The HCM in his address, he applauded the committee of Rimbi Maghey Mela for their unhindered energy and zeal to make the event successful. He further mentioned the importance of cooperation by the public which is a must for overall development of the state. He also mentioned that the State can develop only with the cooperation of all thus one needs to work together with the society in order to progress.
HCM informed that Sports has been an important part which the State Government is taking as priority amongst others areas of governance. He mentioned that the state needs to bring out new stars and sportspersons who would represent India and Sikkim for which concentration towards sports is being given. He also stressed on the importance of traffic rules and safety which all are to follow. He mentioned that the state government is concerned about the lives of vehicle owners and passengers. He further stated that the Government is keen to help individuals who help themselves through their collaborative and innovative ideas and are trying their best to be self sufficient. He also mentioned that the farmers who are hard working would be given incentives by the Government.
The HCM expressed his desire to visit the remote places of Yuksam in the coming month of February to access the current situation and provide aid of development to the public.
During the program the Tourism Department gave an amount of 1.50 lakhs as financial aid to the Rimbi Maghey Mela. The ‘Certificate of Gratitude’ was also given to the contributors who contributed towards the ‘Tsong Landslide’ victims.
The HCM also attended the Kokfewa Tongnam (New Year) of the Limboo Community at Lingchom, West Sikkim prior to attending the Rimbi Maghey Mela.