PRESS RELEASE FROM FOREST & ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT

मेरो रुख मेरो सन्तति
Plant a Tree, Leave a Legacy

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim – Shri P. S. Tamang (Golay), unveiled the Mero Rukh Mero Santati initiative in a launch programme organized in Mannan Kendra on February 2, 2023. The Mero Rukh Mero Santati is a novel green initiative conceptualized by Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay), the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim to strengthen the connect between parents, children and nature by planting trees to commemorate child birth. It aims to plant 100 trees for every newborn child born in Sikkim. Watching the tree grow, as the baby grows will be a symbolic way of welcoming a new born and commemorating their arrival on this earth. This is the first of its kind innovative novel green initiative in India.

The programme included unveiling of logo, release of posters and brochures and a theme song. A very informative Nepali skit was also performed which depicted the process of parent enrollment, plantation demand and actual planting activities. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also distributed token seedlings to the new parents. Secretary Forests, Shri Pradeep Kumar in his welcome addressed emphasized how this revolutionary initiative will transform the attitude of the people towards nature and how the saplings planted to commemorate the child birth will turn into heritage and act as bridge between the generations. Hon’ble Minister Forest and Environment Department – Shri Karma Loday Bhutia in his speech highlighted the key aspects of this initiative including convergence with other Departments like Health and Family Welfare Department, Women and Child Welfare Department and Rural Development Department.

In his speech the Hon’ble chief minister highlighted that the Sikkimese society has an intimate association with nature since time immemorial. We not only revere our mountains, lakes, rivers, caves and springs, but venerate the entire landscape as sacred. This initiative aims to reinforce this age-old bond of our society with nature. It aspires to co-create an ecosystem where both the tree and the child are able to reach towards the sun, a brighter tomorrow that promises vitality, health and happiness.

The Chief Secretary of Sikkim – Shri V. B. Pathak IAS reiterated that to ground this initiative various departments of the Government of Sikkim will need to converge to facilitate seamless service to the new parents right from enrollment to planting and after care. ASHA, Anganwadi workers, gram panchayats, urban local bodies and forest staff will need to facilitate the onboarding of the parents. Digital platform using multiple channels such as WhatApp, Email and Website have been enabled to connect with the new parents.

The new parents in their interaction deeply appreciated this noble initiative of the Government of Sikkim and promised full support and cooperation. Secretary Health in his concluding remarks elaborated about the transformative potential of initiative for the conservation of nature.

HCM lays the foundation stone of Sherpa Bhawan at Lumsey

Gangtok,February 1st, 2023(IPR): Shri Prem Singh Tamang, Chief Minister of Sikkim, laid the foundation stone of Sherpa Bhawan at Lumsey, Tadong, Gangtok.

Shri Sonam Lama, Minister Ecclesiastical Department, Shri M.N.Sherpa, Minister Power Department, Shri B.S.Pant, Minister, Tourism Department, Area MLA, Shri G.T Dhungel, Political Secretary to CMO, Press Secretary to CMO, Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Gangtok, Zilla Adakshya, UPA Adakshya (Gangtok), Panchayats,Shri G.M Gurung, former Minister, HODs of different departments, Shri Tenzing L. Bhutia, SP Gangtok, SDM, Gangtok, Advisors, Chairpersons, dignitaries, representatives of various associations and members of Denzong Sherpa Association were present at the function.

Addressing the gathering, Shri Prem Singh Tamang welcomed all the dignitaries and the large public from different corners of the State. He said he is fortunate to be a part of the foundation stone laying ceremony of Sherpa Bhawan. He remarked that it is the love and trust of the people that gives him strength and energy to work for the people and the welfare of the State. The new Bhawan would be built at an estimated cost of approximately six crores, sixty-two lakhs within twenty-four months, said the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister briefed about the Nar Bahadur Bhandari Fellowship Scheme in honour of the former Chief Minister that aims to provide the opportunity for Sikkim’s brightest and most promising students to pursue higher studies in the top 20 Universities of the world. This scheme aims to give exposure to Sikkimese students among the finest educators in the world.

He also informed about the APATAN scheme, which provides aid and support for scholars who opt for Ph.D. and research in areas related to any language used in the State. The Chief Minister further informed about the Arya Pratibha Vikas scheme, which provides support and guidance for those aspirants who plan to take the elite Union & State Government Services, and urged students to take benefit of such schemes.

Similarly, Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang also mentioned the upcoming G20 Summit and said that around 200 educated youth would be allowed to volunteer their service in different management capacities during G20 events, soon to be held in the State. He noted that these volunteers would present themselves wearing their traditional dress to reflect the diverse traditional culture of the State.

While addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister reminded that Sikkim has always been a State with a diverse mix of cultures and traditions of different religions and languages. He added that language is an essential component of individual identity, which we must always cherish and preserve.

The Chief Minister also expressed his deep concern about the mention of the Sikkimese Nepali Community as foreigners in the recent Supreme court Verdict and asserted that the remark is in the observation part and not in the judgment part of the verdict. In this regard, he assured that the State Government would put all efforts for expunging the said remarks. The Chief Minister said that the state government has already initiated steps for filing the review petition for addressing the concerns of the Sikkimese Nepali community.

The ritual religious ceremony of the foundation stone was performed by H.E. the Khen Rinpoche Dawa Gyaltshen Sherpa. The Sherpa Bhawan will be five and a half-storey integrated multipurpose building covering an area of 18945sq.ft and with a ground coverage of 3563 sq. ft.

During the programme, the Denzong Sherpa Association Cultural Wing performed cultural songs and dances. Similarly, the Cultural Group from Lamhatta, Darjeeling, showcased a beautiful cultural dance during the programme.

Shri G. T Dhungel, Area MLA congratulated the Sherpa Community and thanked the Chief Minister for his initiative of providing Sherpa Bhawan. He said that he would always work in tandem with the people and the Government and make sure that the public from the constituency he represents will always avail of benefits provided by the Government.

Likewise, Shri M.N.Sherpa, in his short address, said that the new Sherpa Bhawan is strategically located and will serve the people well. He also recounted all his struggles during his political career for being a lone representative of the Sherpa Community.

Shri Sangay Sherpa, Chief Patron of Denzong Sherpa Association, expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister the for his constant encouragement and support to the Sherpa Community.

A token of appreciation was also presented to the Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang, from the Denzong Sherpa Association.

Earlier, Shri Dorjee Sherpa Pinasa, President of the Denzong Sherpa Association, gave a brief report on the Sherpa community in his welcome speech.

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by the Secretary, UDD. Shri M.T.Sherpa, who is also the Advisor to Denzong Sherpa Association.

HCM meets the public of Dzongu Constituency

Mangan, January 31 st(IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang met with the public of Dzongu Constituency at Forest Guest House, Namprikdang, Dzongu for the second phase of “Governance at the Doorstep”

Chief Minister, addressing the gathering, briefed the public regarding the meeting being conducted to have immediate correspondence with the citizens to understand their grievances and address their issues.

The meeting witnessed large amount of public gathering from the Dzongu Constituency, wherein orderly manner was maintained to provide a stage for public to voice their concerns. The public of following GPU were present for the meeting today :
1. Hee- Gyathang GPU
2. Lingthem- Lingdem GPU
3. Passingdang and Nom Panang Ward
4. Lingdong Barfok GPU
5. Tingchim Chadey GPU
6. Two MNP wards under Dzongu Constituency (Pentok and Power Colony ward).

HCM Shri P. S. Tamang also provided medical assistance and government services to those in need during the interaction cum meeting.

The meeting also had the presence of Minister Roads and Bridges, Shri Samdup Lepcha, MLA Dzongu Shri Pintso Namgyal Lepcha, Chairmans’ , Zilla Adakshya Mangan, Zilla Up- Adakshya Mangan, Secretaries , D.C Managn, A.D.M Managn, ADC (Dev) Mangan, ADC (Dev) Chungthang, SDMs, BDOs, Officers & Officials, Councillors and Panchayats.

HCM graced the opening ceremony of Sikkim Premier League 2023

Gangtok, January 30 (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang , and his spouse Smt Krishna Rai, graced the opening ceremony of Sikkim Premier League 2023 as the Chief Guest here at Paljor Stadium, Gangtok today.

The sporting event was organized by Football Development (P) Ltd under the aegis of Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Govt of Sikkim.

Co-founder, Football Development (P) Ltd, Shri Nirmal Chettri, in his welcome address expressed joy on the opening day of Sikkim Premier League and said that the concept of the League is to give birth to professional football which will inspire new generation of footballers in the State. In his brief speech, he also thanked everyone who supported the League leading to this special day.

At the commencement of the ceremony, Khadas, Mementos and Bouquets were presented to the Chief Guest and other Special Guests followed by cultural programme performed by local artists. It is to be mentioned that several hit melodious tunes in Hindi and Nepali were sung by local artists- UNB, Jetsen Dohna Lama, Rewash Gurung and Nepal’s iconic singer Raju Lama during the ceremony.Other honorary mention includes the theme song for Sikkim Premier League composed by Ms. Remanti Rai.

The ceremony also included the introduction of Franchise owners and captains who were felicitated through the hands of Hon’ble Chief Minister.

The eight teams which will participate in the maiden Sikkim Premier League 2023 are Aakraman SC (Gangtok), Brothers United FC (Gyalshing), Red Panda FC (Namchi), Roaring Leopard FC (Pakyong), Sikkim Dragons (Gangtok), Singling Sporting Club (Soreng), Siniolchu FC (Namchi) and Thunderbolt North United (Mangan). The matches will be played in Paljor Stadium (Gangtok) and Bhaichung Stadium (Namchi) from 30th January 2023 to April 4, 2023. The tournament format will include round robin format and the teams finishing top four will advance to the semi-finals.

The Chief Minister declared the start of Sikkim Premier League 2023 and kicked the ball towards the crowd to officially start the tournament before the Kick-Off.

The first match was a Gangtok derby played between FC Aakraman Sikkim United and Sikkim Dragons FC which was won by Aakraman SC with 2-1 scoreline. The next match will be played between Red Panda FC and Siniolchu FC on February 4 at Bhaichung Stadium, Namchi.

The event had the presence of Speaker SLA, Shri Arun Upreti, Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture & Cash crops, Animal Husbandry, Livestock fisheries & Veterinary services and Labour Department, Shri L.N. Sharma, Minister of Forest, Environment & Wildlife, Mines, Mineral & Geology and Science & technology, Shri Karma Loday Bhutia, Area MLA Gangtok, Shri Y.T. Lepcha,Secretary to HCM, Shri S.D. Dhakal,Political Secretary to HCM, Shri Jacob Khaling, Press Secretary to HCM, Shri Bikash Basnet, Chairmen, Advisors, HoDs of various line departments, DIGP Special Branch, Shri Prawin Gurung, SDGP Law and Order, Shri Akshay Sachdeva IPS, SFA President, Shri Menla Ethenpa, Deputy Mayor GMC, Ms. Tshering Palden Bhutia, Co-Founders and Board of Directors from Sikkim Development (P) Ltd., representatives of Teesta Urja Limited, concerned Govt officials from various line departments and the general public.

HCM meets the Board of Directors of the Football Development Pvt. Ltd.

Gangtok,January 27 (IPR): Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang met
the Board of Directors of the Football Development Pvt. Ltd. (FDPL)/ promoters of the Sikkim Premier League (SPL) at his official residence in Mintokgang, today.
He commended the outstanding initiative undertaken by the renowned footballers from the state for the promotion of the Sikkim Premier League, which is supported by the Government of Sikkim and Sikkim Urja Limited.
The Chief Minister wished them the best in this endeavor and hoped that
this effort will be a significant platform for aspiring players in the state. He also requested all to support this good initiative.

HCM meets the public of Gnathang Machang

Pakyong 24th Jan (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang met the public of Gnathang Machang as a part of the “Government at the doorstep”, initiative today at the community hall, Pakyong.
The meeting of the Chief Minister reportedly witnessed a huge gathering of the masses wherein the Chief Minister attended various public works. The Chief Minister shared his thoughts during the meeting with the public and said that the public meeting is for the convenience of the far-fetched people who otherwise cannot meet the Chief Minister because of various reasons.
The Chief Minister further made it clear that the public meet is exclusively meant for respective constituencies in turn.
The public meeting of the Chief Minister involved the execution of varied public works including the release of financial aid particularly in the health sector under Garib Jann kalyan Prakosta scheme and the Chief Minister’s Medical Assistance scheme.
In order to accelerate the fertility rate in the state the government has initiated various schemes including Vatsalya Yojna which has benefited 38 women in the state through IVF treatment.
The chief minister formally announced the launching of “My tree, my asset” wherein with every new child born a hundred samplings of trees will be planted thus embracing nature.
The mass meeting also had the presence of Area MLA Gnathang Machong Mr. D.T Lepcha, MLA Rhenock Mr. Bishnu Khatiwara, MLA Namcheybong Mr Em Prasad Sharma, Zilla Adhakshya, Upadhakshya, DC Pakyong, ADC Pakyong, ADC (Dev) Pakyong, SDM (HQ) Pakyong, SDM Pakyong, SP Pakyong, Ward and Zilla Panchayats, BDO Parakha, BDO Pakyong, BDO Regu, HODs of line department, Officials from Chief Minister Office and Police Personnel.

State-level Pre-Sonam Lochar Celebration 2023

Gangtok, Jan 19 (IPR): Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang today announced the provision of home childcare facilities for female employees of the State government after completion of their one-year maternity leave as a part of the State government’s initiative to improve the fertility rate in Sikkim.
In addition to the one-year maternity leave granted to all government women employees, the State government will provide childcare aid to women employees through childcare assistants for another year to ease their return to work. He added that women and widows above the age of 40 and who belong to economically backward sections will be appointed exclusively to deliver childcare services at the working mothers’ residences for a year.
The Chief Minister made this announcement during the State-level Pre-Sonam Lochar Celebration 2023, organized by Sikkim Tamang Buddhist Association (STBA) here at Saramsa Garden in Ranipool today.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by his spouse, Smt. Sarda Tamang, Speaker, SLA, Shri Arun Upreti, MP Lok Sabha, Shri Indra Hang Subba, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Advisors, Chairpersons, Dharma Gurus from various monasteries, STBA members and representatives of diverse communities of the State.
Addressing the gathering as chief guest, Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang expressed concern over the declining fertility rate in the State and shared that the provision of home-based childcare facilities has been announced for aiding working mothers who have active participation in the State workforce. However, the childcare assistant will not cater to other household chores, he added.
He further recapitulated a slew of financial and medical support extended to State government employees, including the recently announced increment for employees with two children and a double increment for those with more than two children. He reiterated the State government’s commitment towards the welfare of the government employees and added that a committee has been formed to review the restoration of the Old Pension Scheme in place of the New Pension Scheme.
Highlighting the importance of festivals in fostering community pride and strengthening collaborative relationships, Shri Tamang urged all to strive hard to secure communal peace in the State based on purely non-political grounds. He stressed the need to preserve language to ensure the continuation of culture, customs and history of every community of the State and urged all to encourage students to study and promote their local languages actively.
He further stated that the demand put forth by the STBA for implementing the Land Protection Act to protect the Tamang community’s land would be considered after due consultation.
On the occasion, the STBA felicitated Miss Tamang World 2021, Ms. Sang Doma Tamang, Mr. Passang Sherpa and Ms. Dilu Tamang of Dynamic Flicker’s Dance Academy, Ranipool and Shri Buddha Tshering Tamang from Boomtar, Namchi for their outstanding performance and contributions in various fields.
The STBA also felicitated representatives of the associations of different communities of the State in recognition of the services provided for the welfare of their respective communities.
At the onset of the program, Shri Prem Singh Tamang visited the sale and exhibition stalls of tribal books and artifacts and the selfie photo booth set up at the premises and attended the prayer ceremony at Dazang.
The program also featured song and dance performances and a live performance on the stage by guest artist Shri Roj Moktan and others.
Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by President, STBA, Shri Binod Tamang.
STBA member Shri Nima Lo Tamang proposed the vote of thanks.

HCM laid the foundation stone for the upgradation of Chupcha Choling Duchi Gurung Gumpa at Pakyong

Pakyong, January 17 (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Prem Singh Tamang laid the foundation stone for the upgradation of Chupcha Choling Duchi Gurung Gumpa at Parakha, Pakyong today.
The ceremony also had the presence of Ven. Sonam Lama-Minister RDD, Mr. Sanjeet Kharel- Minister Building & Housing Department and Transport Department, Mr. GT Dhungel- Area MLA Tadong, Mr. Em Prasad Sharma MLA Namcheybong, Mr. GM Gurung(former Minister), Mrs. Laden Bhutia-Zilla Adhakshay, Pakyong District, Mrs. Prabha Chettri Pradhan – Zilla Upadhakshya, Mr. Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha,-Additional Political Secretary, Mr. BIikash Basnett- Press Secretary to CM, Mr. Tshering Bhutia( Retired DIG) along DC Pakyong and HoDs from various departments.
The Chief Minister in his address congratulated & extended his warm greetings to the Gumpa Committee and as well granted a sum of Rs 5cr for the upgradation of the monastery.
He highlighted that the State Government has prioritized the health and education sector as a long-term development of the state and also mentioned that the establishment of different universities in the upcoming days will set a new benchmark for quality education in the entire state. He wants educated intellectual youth of our society who have diverse wisdom and foresight, and apply their intellect and forward-looking visions for awakening society and also applying their knowledge to shape and protect, social standards and values.
He also discussed the increasing infertility rate of Sikkimese and encouraged family planning and informed about the benefits given by the state government. He mentioned that the government is ever ready to support society and in order, needs the support of society.
Further, he urged the public to avail the facilities, and technical support provided by the State Government and also to adopt tourism to uplift the rural economy as through development a progressive society can be fostered.
At the outset, the Chief Minister also visited Ram Mandir at Thekabong and Machong Gumpa wherein he took a blessing from the newly incarnated Pathing Rimpochee and also interacted with the committee members of the Gumpa.
Mr K B Gurung( Gumpa President) in his welcome speech expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister for fulfilling the commitment to the upgradation of the Gurung Gumpa. He added that Chupcha Choling Duchi Gurung Gumpa at Prakha was established in the year of 1994.
Thereafter, Shri D.T Lepcha Area MLA Gnathang Machong in his address placed the various demand for the development of Pakyong District such as the beautification, a new District hospital along with quarters for staff, a working women’s hostel, road widening at Gnathang Machong and prompt airport to be resumed in the district.
Further, he also applauded the government officials for their dedication to work for the public.
Likewise, as a token of gratitude, the felicitation was presented to Land donors-Mr Devi Prasad Gurung and Mr. Bishnu Lall Gurung.

HCM chairs the first meeting of DISHA

Gangtok, January 16th (IPR): The first meeting of the State-level District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DISHA) was held today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang at Samman Bhawan. The meeting was organized by the Rural Development Department, Government of Sikkim.
The meeting commenced with welcoming the Chief Minister cum Chairperson, DISHA, along with Minister RDD cum Co-Chairperson, Shri Sonam Lama, MLAs, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Chief Secretary, and other dignitaries.
Commissioner Cum Secretary, RDD, Shri D. Anandan in his welcome address apprised that the objective of DISHA Committee was to ensure the quality of expenditure, particularly in the context of optimization of public funds under different programs of the central government.
This was followed by a detailed presentation by heads of concerned departments on the plans, progress and achievements for the year 2022-2023 on schemes under the State Level DISHA. A total of sixteen departments of the State Government made their presentation before the Committee, namely Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Commerce and Industries, Education, Forest and Environment, Food and Civil Supplies, Health and Family Welfare, Land Revenue, Power, Rural Development, Roads and Bridges, Skill and Entrepreneurship Development, Urban Development, Women & Child Welfare, NSAP (National Social Assistance Program) and Water Resources.
Chief Minister cum Chairperson, DISHA, facilitated interactive sessions with the Members wherein each National and State Government scheme was discussed in detail. In his address, the Chairman called for the timely implementation of all the schemes through systematic monitoring and hand-holding by the concerned departments. He called for improved coordination between the implementing departments and the MLAs, so that they are well informed about the schemes and programs to benefit the people at large.
During his address, the Chief Minister also shared that it was a matter of great pride that Sikkim would host two meetings under India’s G20 Presidency in the month of March. He urged all the departments and stakeholders to come together and make the event a success.
The State level DISHA meeting ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Special Secretary, RDD, Smt. Sarika Pradhan.

HCM meets with the members of the Pipe Band of Soreng Senior Secondary School

Gangtok, Jan 16 (IPR): Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang met and interacted with the members of the Pipe Band of Soreng Senior Secondary School led by the Principal Dr. P.B. Chettri today.
The pipe band will be performing in the National Band competition scheduled to be held at the National War Memorial, New Delhi on 21st January 2023, as part of the Republic Day Celebration 2023.
The Chief Minister extended his best wishes to the team and expressed hope that they would continue to perform with the same level of enthusiasm.