Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Finance, Shri Pankaj Chaudhary called on Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim

Gangtok, September 20 (Raj Bhavan): Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Finance, Shri Pankaj Chaudhary called on Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad today. It was courtesy call on by the Hon’ble Union Minister, who is on a three-day visit to Sikkim.
During the meeting, the Hon’ble Minister apprised the Hon’ble Governor on various ongoing developmental projects in the State.
The Hon’ble Minister appreciated the development that has taken place in the country under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narenda Modi.
The Hon’ble Governor presented “Om Thanka” and “Choktse” to Hon’ble Minister as token from Raj Bhavan, Sikkim.

Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs and Education Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh called on HCM

Gangtok, September 12: Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs and Education Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh called on the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang at his official residence in Mintokgang, today.
It was a courtesy visit wherein they discussed ways to strengthen the bond between the North-East region and collectively work for the development.
Additionally, the Chief Minister apprised him about the status of the education sector in Sikkim and added that the State Government is prioritising primary education to build a strong foundation. Also, he briefed the Minister about the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University of Excellence, NIT, Khamdong and other upcoming educational institutions in the State.
Further, the Chief Minister also informed the Minister about his proposal to conduct regular meetings in different North-East states to increase the understanding among the region.
Apart from this, they also deliberated on topics including organic farming, health, tourism and the COVID-19 situation in their respective states

Shri Ganga Prasad flagged off a Cycle Rally at CRPF Camp

Siliguri, September 11 (Raj Bhavan): The Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad flagged off a Cycle Rally at CRPF Camp, Siliguri, today. The Cyclists continued the rally from Siliguri to Patna. The Cycle Rally had started from Jorhat, Assam as a part of the “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” programme.
CRPF has organised four rallies from four corners of the country, that is, from Kashmir, Gujurat’s Gandhinagar, Kerala’s Pallippuram and Assam’s Jorhat. All the rallies will culminate at Rajghat, New Delhi, the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, on Gandhi Jayanti, 2nd October 2021. The rallies are being organized with a focus on the youth of the country to get themselves connected with the brave stories of the freedom fighters and the sacrifices made by the unsung heroes of India’s freedom movement.
The flagged off programme was attended by Member of Parliament, Jalpaiguri, Dr Jayanta Kumar Rai as the Guest of Honour, National Boxing Coach, Sandhya Gurung as the special guest along with other senior officers of CRPF, SSB, BSF, Police Officer of Siliguri, Siliguri Municipal Corporation, other dignitaries and cycling enthusiasts.
The Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad in his address said, ‘The central government has taken many initiatives to develop the Northeast like other parts of the country. The Northeastern region has huge potential and it will play a big role in the future.’ He also highlighted the initiative of the Union government in developing the North East states.
The Hon’ble Governor gave his best wishes to the cyclists for the rally and also remembered and paid homage to freedom fighters.
The cycling team consists of 25 CRPF and personnel along with the supporting staff

A felicitation ceremony of National Awardee Teachers of Sikkim

Gangtok, September 11(IPR): The Education Department, Government of Sikkim organised a felicitation ceremony of National Awardee Teachers of Sikkim at Ashirvad Hall, Raj Bhawan, today.
The function was graced by Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad as the Chief Guest and Hon’ble Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs and Education, Government of India, Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh as the Guest of Honour.
The programme was also attended by Hon’ble Minister for Education, Government of Sikkim, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, Cabinet Ministers, Hon’ble MP Lok Sabha, Additional Chief Secretary Education Department Shri G.P. Upadhayay, Senior Officials of Education Department, two National Awardee Teachers, Shri Mingma Sherpa and Shri Prem Das Chettri and six previous years awardee teachers as special invitees and teachers and students of Deorali Government Girls Senior Secondary School.
A total of eight teachers who were presented with National Teachers Award by the Government of India from 2018 were felicitated by the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and Hon’ble Minister.
It may be mentioned that this year, two teachers of the State, namely Shri Mingma Sherpa, Primary Teacher, Government Primary School Lum, North Sikkim and Shri Prem Das Chhetri, PGT Physics, Sir TNSSS, Gangtok, have been conferred with National Teacher’s Award in a virtual programme organised by the Government of India on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.
Along with these two awardees, six teachers who were conferred with National Teachers’ Award from 2018 onwards who were also felicitated on the occasion are as follows:
1.Smt Archana Gurung, Principal Jorethang SSS, South
2.Shri Lomas Dhungel, GT maths Makha SSS, East Sikkim.
3. Smt Hannah Yonzon, Principal Rangpo SSS, East Sikkim.
4. Shri. M.L Koirala Principal Samdong SSS East Sikkim
5. Smt Karma Chomu Bhutia, HM Manul, SS North Sikkim.
6. Smt Mamata Awasthy, HM Dongeythang PS, East Sikkim.
The Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad in his address mentioned that Sikkim being one of the small states has performed well in various sectors. He also expressed gratitude and respect to the teachers who are the guiding light of society. Awards and accolades not only recognize their efforts but also encourage them to perform better in the days ahead, he added. He further expressed that other teachers should also follow in their footsteps and contribute to the nation building process.
The Governor also mentioned that since India is observing Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, one must not forget the selfless contributions made by the freedom fighters, who have laid down their lives safeguarding the country.
In his address, MoS Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh said that since the National Award is being held virtually, he was appraised by the senior Minister to personally meet and felicitate all the National awardee teachers of the North Eastern States starting from Sikkim.
He said that the teachers are the role model who has calibre with different techniques and can productively impact students.
He stated that the purpose of visiting the Awardee States in the North East is to make this National teacher award popular so that it can further inspire other teachers to motivate themselves for the noble cause and greater good of the Nation.
While, re-emphasizing the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the goal of New Education Policy, 2020, the Minister also stressed the need to strengthen the education sector through teachers.
In his address, Hon’ble Minister Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha said that the programme was organised to felicitate the efforts, dedication and hard work put in by the teachers. He also expressed hope that they continue to inspire and guide young minds to further contribute towards enhancing the education sector in the State. He further mentioned that it is through the hard work and outstanding performance of the teachers that the State of Sikkim can perform better in the education sector.
Earlier, ACS Education Department Shri G.P.Upadhayay presented the welcome address, while vote of thanks was proposed by Special Secretary, Education Department, Shri Bhim Thatal.

Secretary Spices Board meets Chief Minister of Sikkim to discuss spices prospects in Sikkim

Gangtok, 7th September: Shri D Sathiyan IFS, Secretary Spices Board met Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang today to discuss the current production and export of spices and future prospects in the state known for large cardamom.
Secretary Spices Board outlined the projects and activities being implemented by the Board in the state starting with the Spices Park project at Namcheybong near Pakyong in East District under the Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) scheme. The total cost of the project is Rs 26.51 crores and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India has released Rs 8.87 crores as the first instalment to the Board. The Board has signed an MoU with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) for the construction of the spices park and the pre-construction activities have been commenced by the CPWD and the project is expected to be completed in 36 months.
It was also informed by the Secretary, Spices Board that an online auction for large cardamom would be introduced shortly in the state for ensuring better price realization to the farmers.
In regards to the exports, the Secretary notified that 10 prospective entrepreneurs in Sikkim will be identified and registered as exporters for major spices like large cardamom, ginger, turmeric, cherry peppers (Dalle khorsani) and so on in the state and the entrepreneurs will be supported under the Board’s export promotion schemes.
Apart from these projects and programmes, the Spices Board is implementing certified nursery programmes, replanting schemes, modified Bhatti scheme, and spice clinic for the benefit of large cardamom farmers in Sikkim.
Secretary Spices Board complimented the Government of Sikkim for implementing the farmer incentive scheme for large cardamom (Rs 100/kg) and other spices for increasing the production of spices in the state.
Sikkim is the largest producer of large cardamom. Though the area under production has declined, productivity is increasing. Blight disease is a major challenge in large cardamom cultivation. Use of disease-free quality planting material, regular replanting, adequate shade management, manuring, irrigation, application of biocontrol agents and Phyto sanitation will help to address the disease issue in large cardamom as well as improve productivity.
Hon’ble Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the Board and asked them to work closely with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research institute at Gangtok, Indian Agricultural Research Institute at Pusa, New Delhi and Sikkim University to address the fungal and viral diseases of large cardamom to increase the production in the state.
Shri H K Sharma, Secretary, Commerce and Industry Department, Government of Sikkim, Tadong, Dr T N Deka, Scientist, Indian Cardamom Research Institute, Tadong, Shri M S Ramalingam, Deputy Director, Spices Board and Shri Phurba Tshering Lepcha, Assistant Director Spices Board were also present in the meeting.

Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad inaugurated Farmers Facilitation Centre at Leh

Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad inaugurated Farmers Facilitation Centre at Leh and appreciated the work done by Sikkim’s SSOCA.
Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad inaugurated the SSOCA’s Farmers Facilitation Center on 4th September 2021 at Leh, UT of Ladakh for the benefits of the local farmers of UT of Ladakh.
The one day program was conducted in conference Hall of The Grand Dragon Hotel, Leh by the Sikkim State Organic Certification Agency (SSOCA) in collaboration with Department of Agriculture, UT of Ladakh. The Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad was the chief Guest of the programme, whereas Hon’ble Lt. Governor of UT of Ladakh Shri R. K. Mathur was Guest of Honour of the event. Shri Jamayang Tshering Namgyal Hon’ble MP of Lok Sabha, UT of Ladakh, Hon’ble Chairman cum CEC, LAHDC-Leh Advocate Shri Tashi Gyalson, along with Hon’ble Executive Councilor (Agriculture) Leh Shri Stanzin Chosphel and Hon’ble Executive Councilor (Agriculture) Kargil Shri Mohsin Ali, Secretary to Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Raj Yadav, IAS, Shri Ravindra Kumar, IAS, Director DIHAR Shri O.P. Chaurisha, CEO-SSOCA Shri Sudhir Giri, DC-Leh Shri Shrikant B. Suse, IAS were also present in the event. Farmers from Igoo and Shera villages of Leh with departmental officials of Leh and Kargil district was present in the programme. Officials from DIHAR, KVKs and SKUAT were also present in the programme.
Secretary Agriculture Shri Ravinder Kumar welcomed all the dignitaries, guests and farmers from two districts of Ladakh. He also briefed about the activities done under the organic farming project in Ladakh by the Sikkim State Organic Certification Agency (SSOCA). Hon’ble MP (LS) Shri Jamayang Namgyal informed about the initiation of the Mission Organic Development Initiative (MODI) in Leh district since 2019. He also made emphasis on conversion of entire UT into Organic UT by 2025. He praised the work done by SSOCA in UT of Ladakh and expressed gratitude to Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim and Sikkim Government and assured this association will go long way and for the entire period of converting UT of Ladakh into organic.
Hon’ble Chairman cum CEC, LAHDC-Leh Advocate Shri Tashi Gyalson briefed about the existing scenario of agriculture in Ladakh and made focus on sustainable farming system for future. He said and requested Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim to allow the team of His Council i.e. LAHDC-Leh and also LAHDC-Kargil to visit Sikkim in December 2021 to see the commendable job done by Sikkim in Organic Agriculture field.
Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Ladakh Shri R.K. Mathur also made emphasis on growing organic produce in UT of Ladakh. In his speech he advised for production of organic crops on large scale for better marketing opportunities. He said the recently it was proved that Tourism Sector are uncertain and have to look for sustainable livelihood. He thanked Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim for his visit of Ladakh and Inaugurating the Organic Farmers Facilitation Centre In Leh and Kargil districts and requested for more cooperation from Sikkim in future.
Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad in his speech briefed about the work done in Sikkim under organic farming and Sikkim State Organic Certification Agency (SSOCA). Sikkim being the first organic State of India was also awarded UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award (Gold Prize). International Society and Various Organization like FAO, UNO has recognized the achievement done by Sikkim. He informed about the benefits of Organic farming to the farmers of Ladakh in terms of better price of their produce as well as increase of tourism sector which contributes in economy of the state. He said Sikkim is the role model for this and Green Himalayan Economy is the mantra of present time. Organic Agriculture is the best way of getting sustainable livelihood, we saw that Tourism Sector struggled a lot in last two years but Agriculture and especially Organic Agriculture is continuously growing. The initiative taken by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in Agriculture and all the farmers of country is really unique and farmers centric. He informed about the various initiatives taken by Sikkim Government from providing Rs.8/- per litre subsidy to the Dairy Farmers and celebrating Gwala Diwas. He stated that with this initiative taken by HCM Shri P.S. Tamang the milk production has increased from 35000 litre to 55000 per litre per day. He said Sikkim Government is providing all possible incentives, benefits and facilitating the farmers in each and every field. He wishes for better association of SSOCA, Govt of Sikkim and UT of Ladakh for this noble cause and invited the team of UT of Ladakh to Sikkim for better understanding and visiting the organic field of Sikkim.
During the event PGS-Green certificates were distributed to the farmers of Igoo and Shera Villages of Leh district. In this programme an appreciation certificate with a mementos was also awarded to four persons including Hon’ble MP of Ladakh for his visionary initiative towards organic farming and certification in Ladakh, Mission Director (MODI) cum Chief Agriculture Officer Shri Tashi Tsetan for his contribution in implementation of organic farming project in UT of Ladakh, CEO SSOCA Shri Sudhir Giri for his exemplary work in Organic Certification, establishing and taking SSOCA to new height and overall management and work in the field of organic farming not only in Sikkim but in UT of Ladakh and lastly to Quality Manager/Addl Director SSOCA Ms. Binita Chhetri for her overall contribution, commitment and dedication in the operations of Organic projects and for her legal expertise in Organic Field not only in Sikkim and UT of Ladakh but also in other parts of India.
The First half of event was ended with the vote of Thanks by the CEO SSOCA Shri Sudhir Giri to Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad for taking all the pain coming from Sikkim to Leh for the inauguration of Farmers Facilitation Centre and encouraging and motivating the Sikkim’s own Government agency and certification body SSOCA. He also thanked Hon’ble LG of UT of Ladakh for his continuous support in implementing organic projects in Ladakh. Shri Giri also thanked and expressed gratitude on behalf all organic farmers to Hon’ble MP (LS) Shri Jamayang Namgyal for his visionary initiative, policy and work initiated in 2018. CEO-SSOCA also expressed his gratitude to Hon’ble CEC, ECs, Secretary to Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Raj Yadav, IAS. CEO,SSOCA thanked Secretary Agriculture, UT of Ladakh Shri Ravindra Kumar, IAS and Mission Director(MODI) cum CAO Shri Tashi Tsetan and his team and all the officers of Agriculture and Horticulture Department, Farmers, youth of Nehru Yuva Kendra, Leh, Media persons and all the distinguish guests and participants

A meeting with NITI Aayog was held at Samman Bhawan

Gangtok, September 3: A meeting with NITI Aayog was held at Samman Bhawan, today, under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang in presence of the Hon’ble Member NITI Ayaog-Professor Ramesh Chand, Advisor NITI Aayog Dr Prem Singh, Chief Secretary Shri S. C. Gupta, Addl. Chief Secretary cum Development Commissioner Shri V. B. Pathak, Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, HoDs and other officials of Government of Sikkim.
At the outset, the Hon’ble Chief Minister extended his warm greetings and welcomed the dignitaries. He mentioned the recent Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) rankings of all the 120 districts of the North-Eastern states, where Sikkim performed exceptionally well and the East district ranked 1st among all the districts. He also reiterated the recent decision of the central government to grant an Independent BSNL Telecom Circle for Sikkim and thanked the Hon’ble Prime Minister and the Hon’ble Union Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology- Shri Ashwini Vaishnav and the Government of India.
Speaking on the agendas of the meeting, the Hon’ble Chief Minister placed the development strategy, goals and challenges of Sikkim requiring immediate attention. In terms of finance, he stated that Sikkim came under tremendous stress in 2019-20 due to a sharp decline in central tax transfer and flow of resources through grants, seeing a decline of 18% in the revenue receipts amounting to Rs 1080 crores as a result of the pandemic.
To augment the finances, he mentioned that the state government had proposed for levy of cess on pharma companies, hydroelectricity corporations and after consideration by the Group of Ministers, had recommended a Special package of assistance and sought their support in this matter. Similarly, to combat the decline in revenue due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, he also requested the Government of India for a special one-time grant of Rs 700 crores.
Acknowledging the pandemic, he highlighted the efforts of the state government to strengthen the health sector in the state. He briefed the gathering regarding major changes brought to this sector including the increase in the budgetary allocations for medicines and consumables, recruitment of Medical Officers, upgrading of Oncology department, Establishment of Medical College, Dialysis Centres in District Hospitals, Intensive Care Units, Super Speciality Outreach Programme in Districts, upscaling of Namchi Hospital in South District to a three hundred bedded hospital among others.
Similarly, in the area of Education, he stated that the state government stands firm in its resolve to transform Sikkim into the “Education Hub of the Country” and briefly spoke about the “Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University of Excellence” being established at Chakung, West Sikkim.
Likewise, in the agriculture and allied sectors, he re-emphasised the State Government’s commitment to make Sikkim self-sustainable, self-reliant and to realise the goal of doubling farmers’ income as envisaged by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.
Further, the Hon’ble Chief Minister stated that the State Government has introduced historic price support in the scheme Mukhya Mantri Krishi Atma-Nirbhar Yojana for twelve crops, vegetables and fruits like large cardamom, ginger, turmeric, buckwheat, kiwi, orange, etc. He mentioned the state government’s initiative of Milk Production Incentive Scheme for the organized sector and the first Piggery Production Incentive Scheme with an incentive of Rs 5,000 per pig for a maximum of three breeding stock.
He also requested for support from the NITI Aayog and the Central government regarding the Skilled Youth Start-up Schemes in terms of financing from the nationalised banks.
Highlighting the need for an export-oriented industry, empowered Organic Food Park-cum-Free Trade Warehousing zone, Special Economic Zone offering common third-party logistics and supply chain infrastructure such as organics only processing and warehousing, he proposed for these facilities to be set up and lay the foundation for transformational sector growth. He mentioned the State government’s policy to cultivate year-round agriculture, horticulture crops and sought support for creating water sources and water harvesting structures for irrigation, stating that it will help in reducing the difficulties of the local farmers.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister looked forward to continued cooperation from the NITI Aayog in achieving the common goal of higher progress and sustainability.
In the powerpoint presentation, the detailed status of progress, outcome, losses, dividend, comparison, remarks and future plans in addition to many other points were presented. They deliberated on ways to enhance opportunities for the people in the state by exploring various avenues like agriculture, eco-tourism, floriculture, adventure tourism, medium and micro scale industries and many more.
During the discussion, Development of infrastructure like Cable Car Projects, Sevoke-Rangpo Railway project, the extension of railway line up to Gangtok and onward, Organic farming, subsidies for organic farmers, the release of balance, Special Plan Assistance (SPA) were also discussed. It was also appealed to the NITI Aayog and the Central Government that in some situations, population and area ratio may not fit with the criteria of NITI Aayog, hence in accord to the region, he requested special consideration for the benefit of the people. The representatives of NITI Aayog responding to the appeals have assured to render support and put forward the matter to the Ministry of DONER and the Union Government wherever necessary.

A high-level meeting with the Education Department was chaired

Gangtok, September 2: A high-level meeting with the Education Department was chaired by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang at Mintokgang, today. The meeting had the presence of the Honble Minister for Education Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha accompanied by the Secretary Shri Anil Raj Rai, Special Secretary (Administration) Smt Hondala Gyaltsen, Secretary (SSTRB and Director Elementary Education) Shri Bhim Thatal, Joint Secretary (Administration) Smt Lakhi D Bhutia and Deputy Controller of Exams (SSTRB) Smt Asha Khatri.
During the meeting, it was discussed that the Department has received numerous applications from persons who could not fill up the online application for the walk-in-interview of Adhoc teachers owing to the poor internet connectivity in the far-flung areas. It has therefore, been decided that the Department will open the online application portal for Adhoc teachers of all categories from September 03, 2021 till September 15, 2021. The applicants will also have the option to apply offline at their respective District Education Offices during the stipulated time.
Further, walk-in-interviews for the posts of Post Graduate, Graduate, Primary, Physical Education and Pre-Primary and Language Teachers on Adhoc basis are scheduled w.e.f. October 03, 2021 onwards and will be taken up by Sikkim State Teachers Recruitment Board (SSTRB). The SSTRB will conduct these walk-in-interviews for the appointment of all categories of adhoc teachers in a phased manner.
It has also been decided that the walk-in-interview will be conducted centrally at SSTRB conference Hall, Syari, Gangtok. The Department has decided that these interviews will be conducted by the SSTRB in order to have smooth and fast results. Once the teachers are recruited after these interviews, there will be no any further interviews for these selected candidates. They will continue working for 08 (eight) years. Once, they complete the eight-year service, they will be brought under regular establishment after following the required procedure. Meanwhile, in the event of any vacancy arising due to retirement or any other reasons, the SSTRB will further conduct such interviews on a yearly basis.

Hon’ble Chief Minister called on the Hon’ble Union Minister for Labour & Employment, Environment, Forest & Climate

New Delhi, August 31: On his visit to New Delhi, the Hon’ble Chief Minister called on the Hon’ble Union Minister for Labour & Employment, Environment, Forest & Climate change Shri Bhupender Yadav in New Delhi, today.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister extended his best wishes to the Union Minister for being appointed as the Minister in charge of the aforementioned ministries. They discussed several issues including Sikkim Majdoor Awas Yojana for which a resolution has already been passed by the Labour Welfare Board. He also submitted a proposal listing out points concerning the state and sought his intervention in the matter.
The Hon’ble Union Minister has assured of his assistance in all the concerned matters. Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Ashwini Choubey, Hon’ble Ministers Shri M. N Sherpa, Shri Loknath Sharma, Secretary to HCM Shri S. D Dhakal were also present during the call on.