Gangtok, April 21 (IPR): The Civil Service Officers’ Institute, Sikkim in coordination with the Department of Personnel, Government of Sikkim organised Civil Services Day 2021 at Manan Kendra in Gangtok, today.
Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang graced the occasion as the Chief Guest in the presence of Deputy Speaker, SLA, Shri Sangay Lepcha, Cabinet Ministers, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, Shri L.N. Sharma, Shri Sonam Lama, Shri Bhim Hang Limboo, Shri B.S. Panth, Shri M.N. Sherpa and Shri Arun Upreti, Advisors, Chairpersons and Chief Secretary, Shri S.C. Gupta.
Also present on the occasion were DGP, Shri A.S. Rao, Principal Secretary, Home, Shri R. Telang and all Civil Service Officers of the rank of Additional Secretary and above and former Secretaries retired in the last two years.
In his opening address, Chief Secretary, Shri S.C. Gupta, extended a warm welcome to the Chief Guest, the dignitaries present and all the former retired Secretaries to the Government of Sikkim. He gave a brief history on the importance of Civil Services Day, as on this day the country’s first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressed the newly appointed Administrative Services Officers in 1947. He expressed that Civil Services Day is a day for reflection and introspection about the rules and functions of civil service and assessment of various challenges that the civil service faces today.
He informed that a coordination meeting was held on 20th April with all the Heads of Departments and Secretaries to the Government of Sikkim wherein various issues were addressed including attendance and punctuality, proper drafting of proposals to the Cabinet, fiscal management, reviewing of the system of resource allocations and other such administrative matters that requires attention. The Chief Secretary also urged the HoDs to go beyond issuing circulars and notices and put action on the ground for effective reinforcement of rules in order to achieve desired and visible impact in running the State administration productively.
Addressing the gathering, Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang congratulated the Department of Personnel and Training for organising the Civil Services Day 2021 programme, the first-of-its-kind event in the State of Sikkim, to acknowledge the efforts and contributions of the civil service officers in the State. He stated that the programme brought together officers of various Services under one roof and thus helped forge unity and camaraderie.
Hailing government employees as the backbone of every government, the Chief Minister said that the State government has prioritised the welfare of government servants since the formation of the new government back in the year 2019. The most important role of every government employee is to act as a noble bridge between the State government and the people of Sikkim, he added.
The Chief Minister added that ensuring punctuality and efficiency in government offices leads to an active administration followed by an increase in productivity which in the long run works for the welfare of the citizens, society and the State as a whole.
The Chief Minister acknowledged the presence of former Secretaries of the Government of Sikkim who retired from the service in the last two years.
The Chief Minister also made the following announcements during the course of his address:
1. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Civil Services Award to be presented to the best performing civil servant for distinguished services from next year onwards. He added that the award would also comprise of cash prize and Citation. The Citation will also reflect in the Annual Confidential Report (ACR) of the Government official, he informed.
2. Housing flats for all Sikkim Government Officers on a payment basis. Land acquisition expense to be beared by the government.
3. Compulsory training for Civil Service Officers in India and abroad.
4. Training for District Officers on legal and criminal procedures.
5. Implementation of “Government on doorstep” approach by mobilizing a system to decentralise all services like residential certificates, domicile, land parcha, etc. into an online mode whereby the people can apply online and the delivery will be done to their homes. He urged the office of the District Collectors and BDOs to prepare an implementation roadmap.
6. HoDs and concerned departments directed to send clear and detailed proposals to the Planning and Development Department and the Finance Department for their concurrence. The Planning and Finance Departments were directed to clear the proposals and files within 10 days of receiving them. In case of no clearance within 10 days due to certain issues, the HoDs and concerned officers have been directed to immediately hold a meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary for the needful measures to resolve the issues.
7. Expenditure in the month of March which is the last month of the Financial Year to be restricted to 20% of the budget.
8. Transfer, promotion and deputation policy to be formulated soon.
The event also featured a series of presentations made by District Collector, West, Shri Karma R. Bonpo, DC, North, Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon, Additional DC, East, Shri Tushar G. Nikhare, District Child Protection Officer, South, Ms. Roshnila Gurung, and Vice-Chancellor, Sikkim Manipal University, Dr. (Lt. General) Rajan Singh Grewal, AVSM, VSM.
Retired Director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussorie, Shri Sanjeev Chopra, also joined the event and gave his presentation via video conferencing.
It was informed during the event that a certain mechanism has been devised to monitor and evaluate the best practices of each district which were presented today. Based on this evaluation, the Best Performing District Award will be presented on the occasion of Civil Services Day next year.
Chief Architect, Building and Housing Department, Shri Rajesh Pradhan, also delivered a brief presentation on the status and progress of the state-of-the-art “Civil Services Officers’ Institute” which is under construction at Chintan Bhawan, premises.
The programme also witnessed the presentations of awards and felicitations. The award of Appreciation for the Best Cabinet Memo was presented to the Department of Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Sikkim while the award of Appreciation for the Best Task Management System was presented to the Department of Information Technology, Government of Sikkim.
Likewise, the award of appreciation for the Best Police Station was awarded to Pakyong Police Station. It is informed that this award was presented by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to Pakyong PS for bagging the 7th position in the list of 10 Best Police Stations all over India.
The HCM also handed over a token of appreciation to all former Secretaries who have retired in the last two years to honour and acknowledge their contributions and services to the State.
The Civil Services Day was dazzled by a series of cultural performances by the civil service officers from various batches.
Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by Principal Secretary, Home, Shri R. Telang, while the vote of thanks was proposed by Special Secretary, DOP, Shri Tashi Chophel.