HCM inaugurates Buddhist Circuit Building “Karma Tobden Denkhang” at Phodong Monastery

Mangan, 22 Aug (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) on Thursday inaugurated Buddhist Circuit Building “Karma Tobden Denkhang” at Goenchen Phodong Karma Thubten Tashi Chokorling (Phodong Monastery) in North Sikkim in a propitious presence of His Eminence Drupen Dichen Rinpoche from Rumtek Monastery.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by Hon’ble Speaker, SLA, Hon’ble Deputy Speaker, SLA, Hon’ble, MP, Lok Sabha, Hon’ble Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Secretaries, DM/North, SP/North, officers from various departments, monks and local dignitaries.

Upon his arrival, the HCM was welcomed with a ceremonial reception by Ven. Udor Chosum at the main monastery. Thereafter, the HCM offered prayers at the main shrine-hall of Monastery.

Addressing on his maiden visit to North Sikkim as the Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) extended his congratulations to the people of the district and the Lamas of Phodong monastery for getting a new Buddhist circuit building to cater to the needs of growing number of pilgrims coming to the monastery.

Responding to the demands placed by the Omjay of Phodong Monastery regarding visit of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to Sikkim, the HCM informed that the Government of India has given its consent to allow the Karmapa to visit Sikkim and also assured that the Karmapa will make his maiden visit to Sikkim in near future.

The HCM appreciated the efforts made by the Lamas who went on 707 days on hunger strike for the same cause and thanked the Government of India for granting his holiness to visit the Himalayan state. The Chief Minister mentioned the importance of bringing the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to the State for blessing, peace and communal harmony of the State.

Speaking on tourism of Sikkim, the HCM said that Buddhist circuit building like “Karma Topden Denkhang” plays a big role on bringing tourists from far corners of the globe. He stated that he has seen a very high potential of tourism industry in the North Sikkim and believes that the State is yet to capitalize on the full potential of the attracting tourists in the State.

He emphasized on the developing tourism infrastructure of highest degree to attract high class tourists in the State. High Class Tourism Corridor will be initiated to attract more tourists throughout the region, he added.

Furthermore, the HCM informed that his Government has an opinion of transforming every village of Sikkim into Smart Villages and elucidated the concept of “Smile Always” a gift of Rs 10/- by all the tourists visiting Sikkim which will be an extra impetus to the Tourism Sector of the State.

In this context, he called on the people of the State to put collective effort to promote tourism industry in the State.

The HCM assured that his Government is committed to fulfill the rising aspirations of all segments of the state. In doing so, he called on for people’s constant support. He encouraged the Government employees to work together for betterment of society.

Additionally, he stressed that the better working culture can only be achieved through an example set by the heads of department. He instructed the Government employees to duly discharge their duty with utmost sincerity and punctuality in the interest of the public.

Minister of RMD and Ecclesiastical Department, Shri Sonam Lama, reiterated the struggles faced by the Lama community to bring His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to Sikkim and thanked everyone who stood for this noble cause in difficult times.

Minister of Forest Environment & Wildlife Management Department, Shri Karma Loday Bhutia, gave brief details of Phodong Monastery. He said that this monastery is one of the oldest and precious monasteries which has become a centerpiece of tourist attraction. He anticipated that the newly constructed Buddhist circuit building in the vicinity of Phodong monastery will attract more tourists in the future.

Presenting the technical report of newly constructed Buddhist Circuit House, Secretary, Tourism Department, Shri T.T. Bhutia, informed this new tourist infrastructure at Phodong Monastery is constructed under the Project/Infrastructure Development for Destination and Circuits (PIDDC) Scheme in collaboration with Tourism Department, Government of Sikkim. The said Circuit House is equipped with the facilities like 7 nos. of Guest room, Lobby, Dormitory, Basement, Cafeteria and Kitchen.

On the occasion, the HCM was felicitated with the portrait of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje by the Phodong Monastery Committee.

Meanwhile, eight other reverent Lamas of Phodong Monastery were also accorded with citation for their marvelous contribution to the monastery.

HCM & Chief Justice lays foundation stone of residential quarters of the High Court employees

Gangtok, 21 Aug (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) and Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Vijay Kumar Bist, today laid the foundation stone of 10 Units Grade “B” and 12 & 16 Units Grade “D” Residential Employees Quarters of the High Court employees at VIP Colony in Gangtok.

Addressing the occasion, the HCM expressed his happiness and immense debt of gratitude to the Chief Justice as under his guidance, the State has seen many social reforms and improvement in many social causes as the common people are always provided help and privileges in the legal concerns.

He also appreciated his eagerness to render help, support and guidelines to the needy people here in the State.

The HCM stated that he has a very high regard for the Judiciary and he wishes to reiterate and assure this august gathering that he welcomed and extend all cooperation in further strengthening this third pillar of Democracy in the State.

He assured that all conscious efforts will be made by the State Government in consultation with High Court in developing and improving the infrastructure and delivery system of the Judiciary based on modern technology and age old customs and traditions.

Earlier, Chief Engineer of Building & Housing Department, Government of Sikkim, Mr. Kuldip Chettri, presented a brief technical report.

The CE said that the Buildings Grade B 10 units Single Block (G+4) and Grade D 12 units 2 Blick (G+2) are proposed to be constructed in the premises of High Court of Sikkim Museum Complex, Forest Colony and Grade D 16 units 2 Block (G+3) eight unit each are proposed to be constructed at VIP Colony Gangtok, and this 16 unit Residential Quarter had been proposed at the back side of the stage between the approach road and Boundary Fencing Of Raj Bhawan.

The foundation laying ceremony was also attended by Mrs. Meenakshi Madan Rai, Senior Judge, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, Judge Of High Court Of Sikkim, Shri Sanjit Kharel, Minister Buildings & Housing Department, Shri Karma Loday Minister Forest Enviroment &Wildlife Management Department, Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, dignitaries Officials Of High Court of Sikkim and State legal Services Authority, members of building committee, Senior Advocates and staffs.

Association of Old Settlers of Sikkim delegate meet HCM

Gangtok, 21 Aug: (IPR): Four-member delegation of Association of Old Settlers of Sikkim met Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) at Tashiling Secretariat today. The Association on behalf of all the Old Settlers congratulated the HCM and his party for their new role and forming the government.

The delegation mainly demanded for tax exemptions for Old Settlers residing in Sikkim prior to 26 April 1975. They also placed various grievances related to Old Settlers and business communities of Sikkim.

The HCM extended his cooperation and stated that all the demands placed would be looked into. He also urged for mutual support so that all can work hand in hand for the peace and prosperity of the State.

All Sikkim Government Employees Association (Group C&D) representatives meet HCM

Gangtok, 21 Aug (IPR): Representatives of All Sikkim Government Employees Association (Group C&D), an umbrella body of 17 Associations of employees working under Government of Sikkim and PSUs, met Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) at his residence at Lumsay today.

The Association acknowledged and expressed their gratitude to the HCM for granting Saturday as a holiday, the decision to release one-time fixation arrears and various initiatives of the government in respect to the welfare of the employees. They expressed their sincere gratitude for working towards the overall development of the state.

Representatives also invited the HCM for felicitation event which is scheduled to be held on 7th September, 2019 at Paljor Stadium.

The HCM in his address said that the State government is committed towards working for the welfare of all the employees. He in turn requested all of them to improvise the work culture so that work is of optimum importance benefiting the general public. He also stated that the State government is working to provide incentives to those employees who works extra time during work crunch.

Stating that they will not entertain job extension to high post people but they will not rule out giving extension to the needy C&D grade employees after scrutinising the case. The demands submitted by employees will be discussed with officials which will be looked into as per norms, he said.

Thanking the Association for their cooperation, he wished them the best in their future endeavours so that they could work collectively for the overall benefit of the State as a whole.

HCM visits Shree Krishna Pranami Mangaldham at Namphing Bermiok

Namchi, 20 Aug (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) paid his obeisance at Shree Krishna Pranami Mangaldham in Namphing Bermiok today. He was accompanied by Minister of Ecclesiastical Department, Mr. Sonam Lama, alongside Confidential Secretary to HCM, Mr. Bikash Basnett, officials, local gentry and a large number of pilgrims.

At the onset, the HCM offered his prayers and attended aarti at the main shrine.

Addressing the gathering, the HCM extended his best wishes on the month-long Shrimad Bitak Katha Puja Evum Shrimukh Vaani Paath Samaroha at the Dham. He also announced that a Shree Krishna Pranami Mandir along with Vrindavan will soon be set up at Dodak in West Sikkim.

The HCM stated that with the commencement of the new Sikkim State Government, priority is provided to make concrete positive changes for the holistic benefit of the public and the State at large. He also informed that the management committee of the Mangaldham should be headed by a strong minded individual who is not particularly politically affiliated and can steer the said committee into much needed upgradation.

Additionally, the HCM reiterated that the various communities in Sikkim has peacefully co-existed from time immemorial and that the same should be comprehended and maintained by the citizens of the State. He elucidated that the demands placed by the Mangaldham Management Committee will be looked into at the earliest.

Furthermore, the HCM urged that the Mangaldham should be made into one of the most sought after pilgrimage tourist destinations in the State.

During the course of the programme, a brief pravachan was also presented by Prachaarya Mr. Mahendra Maharaj.

HCM visits Kalika Mandir at Tarku in South Sikkim

Namchi, 20 Aug (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) offered prayers at Kalika Devi Mandir in Tarku, South Sikkim today. He was accompanied by Confidential Secretary to HCM, Mr. Bikash Basnett, SP (South), Mr. Prawin Gurung, SDM (Namchi), Mr. Vishu Lama, and other officials.

The HCM also interacted with the Kalika Devi Mandir Managing Committee where he was briefed regarding the history of the Mandir its inception as well as various developmental activities that the Mandir has undertaken till date.

Additionally, the HCM also interacted with the local gentry and looked into their grievances.

HCM meets BJP General Secretary in New Delhi

New Delhi, 16 Aug (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) accompanied by Shri Sonam Lama, Hon’ble Minister of Rural Development Department and Shri Arun Upreti, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development Department met the BJP General Secretary, Shri Ram Madhav, at South Avenue in New Delhi on 16 August.

Both the leaders of the political parties discussed about the overall political scenario of the Country as well as the State. Both the leaders shared the view for progress, prosperity and betterment of State in days to come.

Shri Tamang discussed the political, social and economical demands of the State.

HCM meets Hon’ble Union Minister of Home Affairs in New Delhi

New Delhi, 17 Aug (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) accompanied by Shri Sonam Lama, Hon’ble Minister of Rural Development Department and Shri Arun Upreti, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development Department called on Hon’ble Union Minister of Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah, on 17th August in New Delhi.

The HCM congratulated Shri Shah on abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution related to the State of Jammu & Kashmir and peaceful transition. He also thanked him on his assurance given to the Parliament for the protection and preservation of the sanctity of 371F of the Constitution.

The HCM placed various demands of the State including seat reservation of Limboo and Tamang communities, tribal status to all left out 11 communities of the State and other pending demands. He also presented the White Paper to the Hon’ble Home Minister which was placed before the State Assembly on the Financial and Development mismanagement by the previous Government.

He also presented the White Paper on Teesta Urja Hydel Power Project about its mismanagement and negligence on the project completion. The issue of embezzlement of public fund was also raised during the discussion. Shri Tamang also presented the list of the Sanskrit teachers recently appointed by the State Government in various schools of Sikkim.

The speech of the Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim delivered during the last budget session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly was also presented to the Hon’ble Union Minister.

The Union Minister has assured to consider the long pending political, social and economical demands of the State issues. The HCM thanked the Union Minister for his patient hearing and the assurances.

HCM assures protection of Article 371f in the State of Sikkim

Gangtok, 15 Aug (IPR): Today on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day 2019, Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) announced that the Article 371f of the Constitution that provides special privileges to Sikkim will be protected, conserved and consolidated by both the Government of India and the State and informed about the assurance given by the Union Home Minister in the matter on 6th August, 2019.

He also welcomed and supported the creation of two Union Territories in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and thanked the Prime Minister for new direction huge development studies and significant policy interventions.

He said that as being announced in the budget 2019-20, the government is now committed to regulate the entire functioning of the pharmaceuticals and other industries which have come up under various Industrial Promotion Scheme of the Governments Of India and Sikkim.

He said that many innovative new development measures and an institutional designs will be introduce which will bring about visible transformation in the socio economic development of the people of the Sikkim and that the State endeavours to move ahead in the development with its focus on its mission to serve the State and its people.

Outlining the numerous steps, the HCM announced an introduction of the concept of “Smile Always” Gift of Rs. 10/- to all the tourist visiting Sikkim.

The HCM stated that the government will be committed to the centre led by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi under his stewardship far reaching concepts and determination like cooperative federalism, neighbourhood first “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Bishwas” “Samridha and Sashakta Bharat and Bhrastachar Mukt Bharat” are now going to bring new direction to the entire national ethos. These are backed by scores of transforming projects like “Swacha Bharat” Aayushman Bharat, Bharastmala Pariyojana and Good and Service Tax.

And to start with it, he added that the corruption will be uprooted and Sikkim will be the Bhrastachar Mukt Bharat Of our Prime Minister will be a reality in Sikkim.

While directing his address to the audience, the HCM informed them about the firm policies and widely consulted strategies for crucial sectors like agriculture, education, health, employment, tourism, culture, water, environment, energy, youth, road, industry and disaster of the State Government and reiterated the State Government commitments towards fulfilling the educational aspirations of the young talented youth.

He further stressed that government shall give ample scope for employment abroad for Sikkimese youth and will set up Foreign Workers Recruitment Institute in cooperation with various Foreign Embassies in India and other International recruitment agencies and urged the youth to come forward and utilize the opportunities and benefits provided to them.

Hon’ble Governor unfurls the tri-color at the lawns of New Raj Bhavan

Gangtok, 15 Aug (IPR): Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad unfurled the tri-color at the lawns of New Raj Bhavan in a formal ceremony in the morning on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day.

Officers, staff and their family members, ITBP Officers and Jawans, teachers and students of St. Thomas School, Gangtok and local gentries in large number were present on the occasion.

Following the hoisting of National Flag and National Anthem sung by school children, a special patriotic cultural presentation was made by students of St. Thomas School, Gangtok.

At the end of the programme, the Governor distributed sweets to students, ITBP Jawans, Sikkim Police, Indian Army and all the participants of Independence Day function.

Later, on the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan, three separate group namely Tibetan Women’s Association, Gangtok, Dattatreya Math, Sikkim and Sisters from Brahmakumaris, Gangtok called on the Governor and tied Rakhis on his wrist.

The Governor expressed gratitude to the members of the group and called for keeping the tradition of Rakshabandhan alive which symbolises our commitment to protect mothers, sisters and all womenfolk alongside our motherland.