Gangtok celebrates 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Chintan Bhawan

02nd Oct, Gangtok (IPR) : 150th Birth Anniversary of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated today at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok.

The programme started with the lightening of the ceremonial lamp and garlanding on the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.

The State level function was graced by Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad as the Chief Guest and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) as the Guest of Honour.

The programme also had the presence of Cabinet Ministers Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha and Shri Sonam Lama, Chief Secretary Shri S. C. Gupta on the dice, along with other dignitaries and students present in the function.

The Governor during his address wished all the Sikkimese people on this special day and reminded everyone about the contributions made by the Father of the Nation.

He also talked about how Gandhiji used to give special importance to cleanliness and defecation in his life.He informed that, Swacha Bharat Abhiyan started under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to convert Gandhiji’s dream of clean India into reality which took a long way of five years which has become a successful mass movement and is also being discussed on the world stage.

Further, he stated that it is more gratifying that Sikkim is far ahead from rest of the states towards cleanliness and defecation. “Cleanliness has now become the culture and identity of Sikkim. And also I believe that Sikkim can set an example in the world by taking more collective efforts in this direction”, he added.

Chief Minister in his address congratulated and wished everyone on the auspicious occasion of 150th Gandhi Jayanti. He expressed gratitude to be the part of such programme.

He talked about the contribution made by Mahatma Gandhi toward nations freedom struggle which can not be evaluated. His extraordinary personality and original mantra of peace and non violence. He was the backbone of the country’s independence movement who lead the country towards independence. His contribution towards free India can not be underestimated nor can be described in any words. With his effective policies/principles he became the source of inspiration to people across the country.

He stated that Mahatma Gandhi always inspired the society towards cleanliness and a refined atmosphere which are the means of good health. He was always on the campaign to ” bring about change that he wanted to see in the world” he informed.

He also talked about the Gandhiji’s main hymns which includes ” Vaishnavo Jana KO” as well as ” Raghupati Raghav” whose words still guide the society today. His talent , success and independence of struggle will keep the glory and immortal saga of a heroic hero like him alive, he added.

Further, The Chief Minister urged the gathering to support him and to work together for the betterment of society, state and country with determination and dedication to defeat negative elements like ego, hatred, rejection, discrimination and work towards unity and integrity.

The programme also saw the felicitations of Awardees and presenting of Letter of Appreciation and a prize distribution.

This year nine best Swachhgrahis in Swachh Bharat Mission were felicitated by Rural Development Department. They are :
1. Mr. Kamalnath Battarai from Tingvong GPU
2. Ms. Jyoti Subba from Turuk Rmabong GPU
3. Mr. Shan Kumar Gurung from Kongri Lab dang GPU
4. Miss Pass a ng Diki Sherpa from Karthok Bojek GPU
5. Mr. Birendra Dhakal from Khamdong GPU
6. Ms. Mukalmit Lepcha from Dong dung Thasa GPU
7. Ms. Divya Rai from Latuk Chuchenpheri GPU
8. Mr. Passang Tsh. Bhutia from Lingo GPU
9. Mr. Wrung Bhutia from Chungthang GPU

These felicitations and appreciations are the annual features of Gangtok Municipal Corporation.
Letters of Appreciation and Gift by GMC was handed over to:
(a). Mr. Bikram Rai- Solid Waste Management,Truck Driver,
(b). Mr. Kumar Subba – Beautifier,
(c). Mr. Sandeep Kumar Balmiki -Beautifier.

Token distribution of gifts were given to
(a). Ms. Manu Tamang Beautifier
(b). Mr. Babloo Rawat- Beautifier.

The program also saw the distribution of certificates and cash incentives to three winners of Essay Competition on Menstrual Hygiene- Breaking the Taboo by Rural Development Department
1st – Sharon Rai VCGL Rabongla Sen Sec School, South
2nd – Sim ran Basket, Sadam Sen Sec School, Sumbuk South and
3rd – Doma Rai Tasa Tengey Sen SecSchool, Chungthang North.

And three winners of Poetry Recitation were given away the prize by Raj Bhawan and Education Department
1 – Deepa Sharma of Govt. Girls Den Sec School Geyzing west in English in a category of School level.
2 – Kalina Pradhan of Deorali Girls Sen Sec School, East in Nepali in a category of School level.
3 – Angkita Barman, Bsc. Nursing , Sikkim Manipal College of Nursing, Tadong in Hindi in a categori of College level.

The program also had launching of “Handbook on Prime Minister Employment Generation Program me prepared by Sikkim Khadi & Village Industries. Also the manuals:
Jal Shakti Campus and JAL Shakti Gram
Swachh Campus by Raj Bhawan and developed at the behest of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

The celebration at Chintan Bhawan also had religious recitation of prayers by the heads of different religious communities of Sikkim.
Patriotic songs was also presented by the students of Modern Sen Sec. School and Deorali Den Sec. School The function also saw the Poetry recitation by winning students. Bhajan/Ram Dhun was presented by the Culture Department.

The function also showcased a short Documentary Film on Mahatma Gandhi, by Information and Public Relations Department , Documentary film on Menstrual Hygiene by Rural Development Department and screening of video spot on leprosy by Health Department also a brief presentation was showcased on leprosy by Dr. T Doma , State Leprosy Officer.

Earlier, the pledge on Eradication of Leprosy and pledge on Swachhata by Hon’blue Governor and Hon’blue Chief Minister was administered, respectively.

Hon’ble Governor granted audience to a group of 50 farmers of NE States & officers of Assam Rifles

Gangtok, Oct 1st: (IPR) Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad today, granted audience to a group of 50 farmers of North East States and officers of Assam Rifles at Raj Bhavan.

The farmer’s team consisting of 31 male and 19 female is currently undertaking 20 days Organic Farming Tour to Sikkim sponsored and conducted by Assam Rifles as a part of their Civic Action programme. The tour was flagged off by Director General Assam Rifles Lt. General Sukhdeep Sangwan, SM, on 24th September 2019 from Shillong.

The team is lead by Major Nadeem Khan, 4 Assam Rifles, who in his brief introductory address outlined the objective of sponsoring the tour to Sikkim and how they look forward to have best possible learning and exposure during their stay in Sikkim.

In his brief address to the farmers, Hon’ble Governor highlighted how the organic farming practice has put Sikkim in world focus and established itself as the first fully organic state in the country. He expressed that the entire North East Region can be transformed into organic farming hub, given the ecology and biodiversity that has supported sustainable farming practices for ages. Terming the organic farming practice as future of agriculture, Hon’ble Governor stressed on the need to facilitate the farmers with proper marketing, processing and storage facilities for organic products. He also urged the farmers to use their learning from the tour in better way which will facilitate the transformation of agriculture in their respective locality and state.

Hon’ble Governor wished all the members of the team a memorable stay in Sikkim.

Hon’ble Governor confers Governor’s Medal to 32 outstanding NCC cadets

Gangtok, 28 Sept (IPR): Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad today conferred Governor’s Medal to 32 outstanding NCC cadets representing the State on various National and State level events in a special function held at Ashirvad Bhavan.

The cadets had performed exceptionally well in various training activities like shooting competition, trekking, sailing, Republic Day Parade and other national level camps over the last one year.

Hon’ble Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Land Revenue and Disaster Management Departments, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department, Shri G.P. Upadhyaya, Additional Chief Secretary to Governor, Dr. K. Jayakumar, Deputy GOC, Black Cat, Brig. Harshvardhan, Group Officer Commanding, NCC Darjeeling District, Col. P.B. Acharya, Commanding Officers of all three NCC Battalions in Sikkim, officials of Education Department, Principals, teachers, NCC Cadets were present on the occasion.

It was the third edition of Governor’s Medal Ceremony being held in the State, the first being in 2017. Earlier, the Cadets were awarded the medal by Governor of West Bengal.

A total of 20 gold, six silver and six bronze medals were conferred to the cadets today by the Governor.

Minister for Education, in his brief address to the cadets, shared his experience on his association with National Cadet Corps during his school days and credited his success to the organization. He also encouraged more students from Sikkim to join NCC to excel in their chosen field in the life ahead.

The Governor, while underlining the significance of NCC, said, “Now the world’s largest uniformed youth organization is preparing the students and youth for future challenges and responsibilities that they have to shoulder.”

He stated that NCC provides the platform for youth to hone their leadership skills, prepare them mentally and physically to join armed forces and inculcate the ideals of patriotism and nation first, turning them better and responsible citizen of the country.

As a special gesture towards encouraging the students to join NCC and subsequently into Armed Forces, the Governor declared that any NCC cadet from Sikkim getting commissioned as officer into Armed Forces, henceforth, will receive special felicitation from Raj Bhavan and a cash award of Rs. 1 Lakh.

The Governor also extended good wishes to all awardees for their bright and successful future ahead.

Hon’ble Governor attended 50th Governor’s Conference Sub-Group Consultative Meeting at New Delhi

New Delhi,September 25th: (IPR) Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad today attended 50th Governor’s Conference Sub-Group Consultative Meeting at Ashoka Hotel, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The Sub Group on various subjects for wider consultation and submission of report was formed by Rashtrapati Bhavan through a written communique in the month of August this year. Accordingly the subjects such as Tribal Issues, Reforms in Agriculture, Jal Jeevan Mission, New Education Policy: Higher Education and Governance for ‘Ease of Living’ were allocated to different sub groups of Governors and Lt. Governors. The meeting on Governance for “Ease of Living” allocated to the Sub Group of Governors, of which Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim is a member, is being presided by Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal Shri Jagdeep Dhankar as the Convenor of Sub Group. Its member being Governor of Manipur, Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Governor of Sikkim, Governor of Bihar, Governor of Nagaland, Lt. Governor of Delhi and Administrator, Union Territory of Lakshadweep with Vice Chairman and CEO of NITI Aayog as its invited participants. Hon’ble Governor during his address highlighted the clarion of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Viswas given by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi towards the vision of New India to which following goals are the precursors.

Finance Commission Chairman calls on HCM

Gangtok, 24 Sept (IPR): Hon’ble Chairman of 15th Finance Commission, Shri N.K. Singh, called on Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S. Tamang (Golay) at his office in Tashiling Secretariat here in the State capital today.

After exchanging the pleasantries, the Chairman expressed his deep concern about the present road condition between Sevoke–Rangpo, however, he expressed his satisfaction and said that Rangpo–Gangtok road condition is far better.

The two road stretches are been looked after by West Bengal and National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) owned company of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways respectively.

The HCM informed Shri Singh that he has already expressed his concern over the poor road conditions and written to the Home Ministry and also raised the issue in the recently concluded North East Council meeting in Guwahati.

The Chairman also assured that he will also raise this issue of bad road conditions with the Hon’ble Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari, and also with the Chairperson of National Highway Authority.

Hon’ble Governor flags off relief material for Yuksam landslide victims

Gangtok, 23 Sept (IPR): Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad today flagged off the relief material for Yuksam landslide victims.

Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay), Hon’ble Minister of Education, Land Revenue & Disaster Management, Youth and Sports Affairs Departments, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, Additional Chief Secretary to Governor, Dr. K. Jayakumar, and State Relief Commissioner, Smt. Ambika Pradhan, were present on the occasion.

The Governor also handed over a cheque of Rs. 2 Lakhs to the Chief Minister Relief Fund for the relief of landslide victims.

The relief material dispatched today in a special vehicle carries eatables, 100 blankets, 175 metres synthetic profile mat, ready to eat food packets, noodles, portable water bottles, juice and biscuits among others.

SIMFED hands over Rs 10 Lakh cheque to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for landslide victims of Tsong Village

Gangtok, 23 Sept (IPR): Managing Director, Sikkim State Co-operative Supply and Marketing Federation Ltd (SIMFED), Shri Pawan Awasthi, along with his officials called on Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S. Tamang (Golay) at his residence this morning and handed over a cheque of Rs 10 Lakh to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the landslide victims of Tsong Village of Yuksom, West Sikkim.

Tsong Village was hit by by terrible landslide on 16th September which destroyed many houses and also saw loss of livestocks.

Also present on the occasion were the Political Secretary to HCM, Shri Jacob Khaling, and Secretary to HCM, Shri S.D. Dhakal.

Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad granted audience to 60 National Youth Volunteers from 4 District of Sikkim

Gangtok 22nd September(IPR): The Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad granted audience to a group of 60 National Youth Volunteers from four districts of Sikkim at a special event held at New Raj Bhavan today. The group was led by Smt. Madhavi Agarwal, Member, Board of Governors, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and Shri Sebasis Banerjee, Zonal Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sikkim. The group also had the presence of respective District Youth Coordinators from four districts.
It may be mentioned that a batch of 60 youths, drawn from 30 blocks across four districts, are undergoing 15 days National Youth Volunteers Induction Training at Sikkim Cooperative Union (SICUN) Headquarters, Assam Lingzey from 18th September 2019 to 2nd October 2019. The volunteers will be trained on leadership skills, basic life skills, social service, role of youth in transforming society, capacity building etc and will be serving in the respective blocks for next two years under the supervision of NYKS.
Smt Madhavi Agarwal briefed the Hon’ble Governor on the broader aims and objectives of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan where Shri Sebasis Banerjee provided brief insight into the training module and schedule of the induction training.

Hon’ble Governor in his brief address invoked the volunteers to be the agent of transformation of society towards achieving the vision of New India. He called upon the youth to lead the society on campaigns and missions of national importance such as Jal Sangrakshan, doubling farmers income by 2022, ban on single use plastic, Swachhata and Sanitation Campaign, prevention of substance abuse and alcoholism among youth etc. and bring transformation in society for better and sustainable future.
Hon’ble Governor also conveyed his blessings and best wishes to each volunteers for bright and successful future of volunteers in their respective spheres of work in society.

Release of Nepali Journal “BIDHARTHI DIGEST”

Gangtok, September 21: (IPR) Shri Bijoy Kumar Subba was conferred with Rashmi Prasad Alley Smriti Purasher in a programme organized by Sikkim Pragya Pratishthan at auditorium hall of Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree college, Tadong today.

Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) who graced the occasion as a chief guest handed over the award and citation to the awardee.

The programme also saw release of a nepali journal ” Bidharthi Digest “.

HCM Shri P S Tamang (Golay) launched Rey Mendu GPU, East Sikkim as a Model Village

Rumtek, September 21: (IPR) Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) launched Rey Mendu GPU in East Sikkim as a Model Village today. The Chief Minister unveiled the plaque and declared the GPU as a model village.

The idea of Model Village was conceived by Chief Minister Mr. Prem Singh Tamang, and accordingly, one GPU in each district was selected to be developed into a model village. The Government recently launched Poklok Kamrang GPU and Bermoik Chingthang GPU as model villages in South and West districts respectively, while Ringhim Nampatam has been identified as a model village for North district.

The programme had the participation of Education Minister Mr Kunga Nima Lepcha, RDD Minister Mr Sonam Lama, Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Husbandry Minister Mr. L.N. Sharma, MLA Mr G.T. Dhungel, Heads of Departments, officers and staff of the organizing departments, and local gentry.

The launching program at the GPU was followed by a formal programme at the Institute of Hotel Management at Sajong, Rumtek. The Chief Minister distributed token for various items to the beneficiaries of newly launched model village.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Mr. Prem Singh Tamang congratulated the people of Rey Mendu for being awarded the distinction of a model village. He explained that the Government aims to facilitate the implementation of all state and central schemes in the model village and ensure that the GPU emerges as a developed and self-sufficient village. He urged the panchayats, intellectuals, beneficiaries and people of the GPU to make the most of the opportunities provided by the Government, and set high standards of development for other villages to emulate. He added that the idea of a model village is to ensure that government benefits from all scheme-based departments are distributed evenly to the genuine beneficiaries in a phased manner so that there is drastic improvement in the overall economy of the village.

The Chief Minister shared that the Government is contemplating on developing Martam Rumtek as an alternative township to solve the challenge of huge congestion and saturation of space in Gangtok.

The Chief Minister announced a grant-in-aid of Rs. 74 lakhs to the Institute of Hotel Management, Sajong. He also announced the regularization of service of ten employees who have served sincerely and have completed their tenure. Likewise, he announced Assured Career Progression (ACP) to employees who have served sincerely and are eligible.

Earlier, Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Husbandry Mr. L.N. Sharma in his address threw light on the concept of model village and explained how this initiative would bring about a visible transformation in the economy of a village. While highlighting the various programmes and initiatives of the Government, the Minister shared that efforts are being made to provide technical support and encouragement to the villagers. He said that senior officers of all the three departments have been carrying out field visits on a regular basis to provide handholding to the farmers. The Minister added that the Department is also devising means to facilitate marketing of the farmers’ produce. He concluded his address by congratulating the people of Rey Mendu GPU for being selected as a model village and urged them to work earnestly to increase their income manifold.

The programme was also addressed by Secretary Horticulture Mr D.K. Bhandari, Secretary Agriculture Mr Khorlo Bhutia, and Secretary Animal Husbandry Mr. S.B. Subba.