From the official page of the Hon’ble Chief Minister

I visited the Sikkim House in Middleton Street and Salt Lake at Kolkata earlier today.
During my visit, I assessed the condition of both the properties owned by the State Government. We inspected the rooms and facilities to look for ways to improve and renovate the facilities. Further, I interacted with the staff, encouraging them to look after the maintenance of the facilities and take ownership of it.
I also met with the patients who have come to Kolkata for treatment and assured every possible help. Similarly, I provided medical assistance to those who urgently required it. I asked everyone to work and improve the services and facilities so it does not turn out to be a liability for the State Government.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister attends the 69th Plenary Session of the North Eastern Council

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang attended the 69th Plenary Session of the North Eastern Council held at the NEC Secretariat, Nongrim Hills, Shillong.
In his brief address, the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang highlighted key points concerning Sikkim.
He added that the poor quality of the internet in the State proved to be a hurdle in carrying out several essential services like administrative functioning, medical support and education. He expressed the immediate need for upgrading the internet bandwidth in the State from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps. He also urged for the North East Industrial Scheme of 2018 to be extended by another 10 years adding that it has been beneficial for the region and has brought changes in the structure and the growth pattern of the State’s gross domestic product.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister affirmed that the pandemic affected various sectors due to which only 45% of the budgeted cost was utilised till (December 2020) in the State. In this context, he mentioned that the State Government had written to the Ministry of Finance on October 2020, requesting for the acknowledgement to impose a nominal COVID Cess on the output of organised manufacturing industries dominated by the Pharma Units and the Hydro-electric sector in the State and the responses from the Ministry is still awaited.
Acknowledging the external concerns of the country and the strain on its resources, he added that Sikkim, being a landlocked state has fewer options to manoeuvre and hence requested for the intervention of the Union Government to reduce the shortfall of the transfer of central devolution which the State has only received 47% (by December 2020) as against the projected and allocated devolution of 75%.
Towards the end, he expressed his delight and thanked the scientific community for the vaccines and hailed it as a proud moment for the country as both the vaccines are made in India, setting a shining example of Atmanirbhar Bharat. He also expressed his gratitude towards the Hon’ble Prime Minister for his timely guidance and concern towards the country.
He concluded by wishing everyone a very Happy 72nd Republic Day in advance.
The Hon’ble Union Home Minister/ Chairperson of the council Shri Amit Shah was present along with the Hon’ble Minister, DoNER Shri Jitendra Singh, Chief Ministers and dignitaries from the North-East states, and other officials.
(S.D. Dhakal)
Secretary to HCM
Camp: Guwahati
Dated: 23.01.2021

From the official page of Hon’ble Chief Minister

After a brief hiatus, Pakyong airport is finally operational from today with the landing of a Spice jet flight from New Delhi.
I am grateful to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Hon’ble Minister-in-charge, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri for their timely intervention. The airport operations were put to a halt due to unplanned management and other issues. As soon as we formed the Government, we have rectified the issues and also installed the all weather landing system that was previously missing.
I extend my gratitude and congratulations to Hon’ble Minister Shri B.S Panth for his role in this matter.
I believe this to be the commencement of a new era of travel in Sikkim and will help in mitigating issues faced by the state in terms of transport. I also believe that this will be a big boost for the tourism sector in Sikkim in the years to come.

Hon’ble Governor paid floral tribute at the portrait of late Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

Gangtok, January 23 (Raj Bhawan): Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad paid floral tribute at the portrait of late Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary. Hon’ble Governor remembered Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as one of India’s greatest freedom fighters.
The Birth Anniversary of late Netaji is being observed as “PARAKRAM DIVAS” in order to honour and remember his indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation and to inspire people of the country to act with resilience in the face of adversity.
The Hon’ble Governor said, “Netaji remains an icon of India’s freedom struggle. His patriotism and bravery continue to remain etched in the Nation’s conscience and inspire the future generations”

The Hon’ble Chief Minister called on the Hon’ble Union Minister Home Affairs

New Delhi, January 21: Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang called on Hon’ble Union Minister Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah at New Delhi, today. The Chief Minister submitted a memorandum on behalf of the State Government and the people of Sikkim, for the grant of Tribal status to the left-out communities.
In his memorandum, he highlighted the social and economic conditions including the cultural traits of the left-out communities which are similar to all the sections of the society in Sikkim.
The Chief Minister further indicated the provision of Article 371F, the Tripartite Agreement between the Chogyal, the Government of India, and the elected representative drawn during the merger with the Union of India.
Similarly, he requested the Union Home Minister for the reservation of seats for the Limboo and Tamang communities who have been recognized as Tribal by the Union Government in 2003.
During the meeting, the Hon’ble Chief Minister thanked the Hon’ble Union Government for allowing His Holiness 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Head of Kagyu Sect for his earlier visit to Sikkim, cherishing the spiritual aspiration of the people of the State. Besides the above issues, the Chief Minister also discussed the various topics and subject matters relating to Sikkim.
(S.D. Dhakal)
Secretary to HCM
Camp: New Delhi

The Hon’ble Governor inaugurated a newly constructed Post Office of India at Pakyong

Gangtok, January 19 (IPR): The Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad inaugurated the new building of the Post Office of India at Pakyong, today. The Governor also released a special envelope cover of the Post Office of India. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Hon’ble MLA cum Chairman of STCS, Shri Bishnu Khatiwara as the Guest of Honor, Chief Postmaster General of West Bengal, Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar, Shri Mervin Alexander and Postmaster General of North Bengal, Sikkim Region Shri Joshep Lalrinsailova, officials of Pakyong Sub-Division and the general public.
The Governor in his address thanked the Department of Posts for acknowledging the need for postal services for the people of Pakyong Sub-Division. He congratulated the people of Pakyong and said that the new Post Office will open up a channel of uninterrupted communicational services to meet the increasing demand and expectations of various governmental schemes.
During the programme, the Governor also handed over the passbook under the ‘Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana’ to the beneficiaries who opened their account in the Post Office.
Chief Postmaster General, Shri Mervin Alexander said that the Pakyong Post Office will provide all types of services including Postal Life Insurance, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, Postal Payment Bank Facilities which would be beneficial for the people of Pakyong Sub-Division.

HCM attends the inaugural function of Capacity Building Training for Tourism Stakeholders of Sikkim

Gangtok, January 18 (IPR): The inaugural function of “Capacity Building Training for Tourism Stakeholders of Sikkim” organised by Travel Agents’ Association of Sikkim (TAAS) sponsored by North Eastern Council (Ministry of DONER) and supported by Government of Sikkim was held at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok, today.
The programme was chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang and was accompanied by the Cabinet Ministers, Advisors, Chairpersons, Officials and dignitaries.
In his address, the Chief Minister spoke about the State progress in the tourism sector. He congratulated the TAAS for their skill development training to enrich the youths towards the tourism industry. He highlighted that the tourism industry should focus on rural tourism where tourists should be given the opportunity to visit and experience rural, agricultural and traditional Sikkim. He further urged the TAAS members to continue to work towards the promotion of Sikkim tourism in newer and innovative ways.
The Chief Minister also mentioned that the pandemic had hampered the tourism industry to a great extent, however, since the unlocking phase, tourism in Sikkim is gradually picking up its pace which is positive for the industry. He also stated that the State Government would help the tourism industry in every way possible. He also announced that budget would be allocated for the promotional and marketing of Sikkim Tourism in major cities of India.
The Chief Minister also informed that the flight from Pakyong to Delhi would begin from 23rd January, 2021 which would help in the positive promotion of Sikkim tourism.
ACS Tourism and Civil Aviation Department Dr. K. Jayakumar in his brief address mentioned the importance of the tourism sector in Sikkim. He applauded the efforts of the State Government and TAAS in Sikkim towards the nurturing of tourism in the state. He also highlighted the coordination between the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department and the various associations related to tourism which has been positive.
During the programme, the Chief Minister was also felicitated by the TAAS for his contributions towards the tourism developmental works and his wholehearted support towards the industry.

HCM laid the foundation stone of ‘Herbal Medical & Spritual Healing Complex

Namchi, 17th January (IPR): The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang laid the foundation stone of ‘Herbal Medical and Spiritual Healing Complex’ at Nandugaon, today. He was accompanied by Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chairpersons, Officials, dignitaries, chairman
Commerce & Industrial Department Shri Vyasananda Guruji and followers of Lovism from far and wide.
Addressing, the gathering Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang extended his congratulations to Lovism organization for the first upcoming mega project of herbal, medical and spiritual healing complex which he said shall entail modern state of art architecture while keeping in mind the divine well-being of this organization. Terming, the ceremony as a historic one the Hon’ble Chief Minister divulged that this complex will be dedicated to the people of Sikkim and it’s citizens. He also updated that the State Government will bring Master Godangel Guruhajur to Sikkim, and applauded the practice of Lovism which is ‘Sarva Dharm’ that accommodates equal treatment of all the religion thereby serving mankind and humanity at large. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also emphasized that the State Government believes in strengthening secularism and promoting the spirit of equality.
Delving, about this project the Hon’ble Chief Minister encouraged the tourism and Civil aviation department to modify and include all the facilities required by this complex, which can be an exemplary model healing complex in the state. Moreover, he added that Akhand Jyoti will be built if the land will be available under the guidance of the tourism department.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister also announced that from January 23rd onwards Spice Jet will offer direct air connectivity from Pakyong airport to Delhi, for which he expressed his gratitude to State Tourism and Civil Aviation Department as well as the Central Government.
Speaking, during the occasion Tourism Minister Shri. B. S. Panth said that this area will be developed into a tourist place wherein the tourism department will explore the enormous opportunity of health and spiritual tourism. He further urged the youths of this particular area to be proactive in transforming the locality into a tourism destination comprising of health and spirituality and added that the tourism department will support in order to uplift this area.
During the course of the program Master Godangel Guruhajur virtually blessed the gathering and thanked the State Government for taking the initiative to establish the first complex of Lovism organization.
Principal Chief Engineer, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department Shri. Prakash Chettri shared the technical report regarding the upcoming construction which he said will involve various categories like entry gate, Lovism Herbal Garden, Nirvanik Ashram, Aamasha Healing Centre, quarters, multi purpose hall and many other amenities. He informed that currently the first phase of the construction is in process and currently this plan will spread across 4.78 acres of land.

Sikkim joins the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme

Gangtok, January 16(IPR): The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi launched the pan-India rollout of COVID-19 vaccination drive via video conferencing from New Delhi, today. The launching of the Nationwide vaccination programme was attended by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang from the Vaccination room set up at Ayush hospital, STNM, Gangtok. He was accompanied by Hon’ble Minister for Health Department Dr. M. K. Sharma, Principal Secretary Health Department Shri K. Shrinivasulu, DG cum Secretary Health Dr. Pempa T. Bhutia, Secretary to HCM Shri. S. D. Dhakal, M.S. STNM Hospital, Dr. K.B. Guung, DC East Shri. Ragul K., Senior officials, Doctors and staff from STNM hospital.
The vaccination programme is being done using Co-WIN, app which will facilitate online entry of the beneficiaries, individualized tracking of beneficiaries and real time updates for COVID-19 vaccine. This digital platform will assist programme managers across all levels while conducting vaccination sessions.
After the inauguration, the Prime Minister in his address to the country congratulated the entire nation for the inauguration of the largest vaccination programme in the world where almost 3 crore beneficiaries in the first phase would be vaccinated which would comprise of healthcare officials of both government and private health care system. The Prime Minister also expressed his gratitude towards the vaccination researchers and their unhindered dedication towards making it available to the public in a short time. He thanked the healthcare officials, the frontline workers, essential service staff for keeping the country safe from such a deadly pandemic.
He also remembered the sacrifices of the healthcare professionals who sacrificed their lives while serving the country during the pandemic. He also mentioned that the first beneficiaries would be the healthcare professionals as a mark of respect for their contributions towards the country.
The Prime Minister also appealed the public to not to believe the rumours but have faith in the healthcare facilities available in the country.
The Prime Minister also reminded people of the country that two doses of the Corona vaccine are very important. Experts have said that there should be a gap of a minimum of 28 days between both vaccinations. He also informed that the vaccination programme would continue in a phase wise manner where all would be incorporated in it.
After the launching programme, the Chief Minister formally inaugurated the vaccination drive in the State from the vaccination room being set up in Ayush Hospital, STNM Gangtok.
Later, in his brief interaction with the media, the Chief Minister urged the people of Sikkim not to believe in rumours and fake news but also requested the people to support the state through their positive response to the vaccination programme. He also informed that the State of Sikkim would follow similar phasewise distributions of the vaccine as the Central bodies are following.
Director Clinical and HOD Medicine, STNM Hospital and Nodal Officer Centre of Clinical Excellence, COVID19 Incharge Model Treatment Center Dr. Suresh Madan Rasaily was administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, followed by other Health care workers and professionals. An observation room has also been set up wherein the vaccinated people will be kept for half an hour for observation.
As per the information received from the Health Department, a total of 100 people would be vaccinated on the first day. For the inaugural day, two session sites were identified in the State namely, Ayush Hospital, STNM, Gangtok in East Sikkim and Gyalshing District Hospital in West Sikkim.

The Hon’ble Governor convened a meeting with the official of Rangpo Sub-Division

Gangtok, January 15 (Raj Bhawan): Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad convened a meeting with the official of Rangpo Sub-Division at Rangpo Tourist Lodge, today.
The meeting was attended by the Rangpo Sub-Divisional Magistrate, SDPO Rangpo, MEO Rangpo Nagar Panchayat, BDO Duga BAC, MO of Rangpo PHC, D.E.Power Department (Rangpo Sub-Division).
In the meeting, Hon’ble Governor was apprised about various welfare and developmental programmes of the State and Central Government sponsored schemes in Rangpo Sub-Division.
Hon’ble Governor also reviewed COVID-19 situation under Rangpo Sub-Division.
Earlier, Hon’ble Governor also performed Hawan at Kachikamakothi temple at Jalipool for peace, welfare and good health of every individual.