HCM attends the Thanks Giving Ceremony organized by ASIs of Sikkim Police

Gangtok, June 27 (IPR): Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang graced the ‘Thanks Giving Ceremony’ organized by 1992 batch ASIs of Sikkim Police, SAP, and IRBn at SAP Camp, Pangthang.
The Chief Minister was accorded a warm welcome with the ‘ Guard of Honor’.
The Chief Minister in his speech expressed his gratitude and congratulated the 167 police personnel who were recently promoted. He also praised the entire police department for their work accomplishments. He directed the entire department to work with full dedication and proficiency. The Chief Minister in his address has assured to provide all possible support to the department for their upliftment.
The Chief Minister also mentioned that the State Government has allocated funds for Special Investigation and Traffic Management to support the officers during their official tours to other States for Investigation and inquiry. He also reiterated that impartial and timely promotion is being given to the officers and employees of the Police Department including other departments, which will always be maintained by the government with consistency.
The CM also announced to establishment of ‘Police Memorial’ to acknowledge the remarkable work done by the Police Department. Besides, the Chief Minister also assured to fulfill the demands of road connectivity including other developmental works placed by the Minister cum area MLA Shri K. L. Bhutia.
The Minister, Shri Karma Loday Bhutia in his speech congratulated the promoted officers and expressed his gratitude to the entire Police fraternity for their dedication during the crisis of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Minister also placed the public demand for developmental activities in his constituency during his speech. On the same note, he also apprised about the different developmental activities done in his area for the upliftment of society and the people.
The Minister, Shri Lok Nath Sharma, congratulated the newly promoted ASI’s of the 1992 batch and expressed the heartiest gratitude to the Chief Minister for considering it to be a historical promotion after prolonged abeyance.
Minister Sharma recalled his experiences of working in SAP from the 1992 batch for more than two decades before joining politics and applauded the campus for educating him with invaluable wisdom in his life.
He also acknowledged SAP’s contributions to the state and also drew light on the challenges and hardship that police personnel has to come across during their duty period.
Shri Sharma stated that the gracious presence of the Chief Minister in a brief celebration of the promotion of ASIs, itself reflects the utmost importance given by the state government. He also touched upon the unique identity secured by SAP and advised for more endurance and uninterrupted efforts.
Earlier the Chief Minister also inaugurated the New Advanced Gym which has a good collection of different types of equipment for workouts and exercise.
The programme also had the presence of Speaker SLA, Shri LB Das, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Political Secretary to CM, Press Advisor to CM, Press Secretary to CM, Advisors, Chairpersons, Zilla Panchayat and Gram Panchayat, Kabi-Lungchok, DGP, Special DGP, Additional DGP, IGP, DIGP, Superintendents of Police, Sikkim Police, SAP, IRBn, Home Guard, Village Guard, Special Branch, Crime Branch, CID, Traffic, Vigilance, Officers, and employees from Check Post, Students, and local gentry.
The programme concluded with the words of thanks proposed by Additional SP, Shri Mahindra Subba.

Hon’ble Governor visits Sumin Lingzey GPU

Pakyong, June 23 (IPR): The Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad, visited Sumin Lingzey GPU under Duga BAC today.
During the programme, Office Superintendent, Duga BAC, Shri Adip KC, gave a PowerPoint presentation featuring the future development plans, GPU office details, infrastructural details, road and transport details, and up-gradation of tourism facilities, demographics, geographic and border details of the Sumin Lingzey GPU.
D.C Pakyong, Shri Tashi Chophel, gave a brief history of how “Beng Phegyong” was adopted by the Governor. He thanked and appreciated the Governor for taking his time on visiting far-flung areas of the GPU and hoped the same for the future.
Area MLA Namchaybong, Shri Em Prasad Sharma in his address, thanked the Governor for attending the programme on behalf of the public of Namchaybong. He apprised everyone that various demands put forth by the public of Namchaybong have reached the Chief Minister’s office. He hoped that incentives and schemes such as PM FME will encourage the farmers toward “Atma Nirbhar Sikkim.” The Area MLA highlighted future development and up-gradation projects such as the instalment of roads from Upper Sumin to Pakyong, near the NH10 highway and various infrastructural projects which will take place in the future.
The Governor in his address extended warm greetings to the public and hoped the GPU will keep developing. He expressed joy on hearing the number of incentives received by the farmers which will help in creating an atma nirbhar Sikkim. Touching on the same subject, he stressed on development of rural areas which brings all-around development to the State. He also promised to talk to higher authorities on the issues such as the creation of a new stretch of road in Upper Sumin leading to Pakyong. Talking about recent developments, he highlighted the Saffron plantation drive in Sikkim and the potential of Sikkim’s medicinal plants.
The Governor further announced a fund of Rs. 3 lakh to Lower Sumin Secondary School and Rs. 2 lakh for upgradation of Panchayat Bhawan. He concluded his address by requesting everyone to work together for the development of rural areas which will lead to the development of both Sikkim and India.
The programme included the distribution of a Government milk incentive of Rs. 8 per litre to Milk Co-operative Societies and Dairy Farmers at the hands of the Governor. The programme was organized by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Govt of Sikkim in collaboration with Sikkim Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd. A total number of 647 farmers from Sumin Namcheybong constituency received Rs. 26,59,561 as incentive. Furthermore, an incentive of Rs. 8 per litre in Pakyong district alone amounted to Rs. 79, 86, 649.
The programme also included cultural dance performed by local schools and various SHGs from around the GPU.
Also present in the programme were SDM (HQ), SDM Rangpo, SDPO Rangpo, CEO Pakyong, Chairmans, Advisors, Panchayats, BDO Duga, concerned Govt officials, local SHG groups and the general public from in and around the GPU.

General Secretary Sikkim Boxing Association calls on the Hon’ble Chief Minister,

Gangtok, June 23 (IPR): On the occasion of the International Olympic Day, President of Sikkim Olympic Association, Shri Kuber Bhandari accompanied by former olympian (Arjun Awardee) and General Secretary of SOA, Shri Jas Lall Pradhan, General Secretary Sikkim Boxing Association, Dr. R.B Biswakarma called on the Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang to extend their greetings at his official residence at Mintokgang, today.
During the occasion, the Chief Minister also met with Shri Jayant Dagar, the first Sikkimese to win a bronze medal in the 54 kg weight category in the Asian Youth and Junior Boxing Championship held at Amman, Jordan in the month of March 2022.
He was accompanied by his father, Shri Arjun Kumar Dagar and his mother, Smt. Sushma Renu Subba.
The Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the members of the Olympic Association and the team. Encouraging the bronze medalist and the entire youth, he mentioned that this is the beginning of a journey filled with endless possibilities and one has to persevere to achieve the heights of success.
The theme for International Olympic Day 2022 is ‘Move For Peace’, and the Olympic Day this year celebrates the power of sports to bring people together in peace and also to move together and show our united support for a peaceful world.

HCM congratulates the Presidential candidate Smt. D. Murmu

Gangtok, June 22 (IPR): The Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang, has wholeheartedly welcomed the decision of the BJP Parliamentary Board to nominate Smt. Droupadi Murmu as the Presidential candidate in the ensuing 2022 elections.
The Chief Minister has congratulated Smt Murmu for becoming the first tribal female candidate and stated that it is a great decision taken by the Parliamentary Board. He added that as the leader of the ruling party, an ally of the NDA, he unconditionally supports the nomination of Smt. Droupadi Murmu as the Presidential candidate.
The Chief Minister has extended his best wishes to Smt. Droupadi Murmu with a belief that she will emerge victorious, and become the first female President from a tribal ethnic group.
On behalf of the ruling party, the Chief Minister has extended his gratitude to the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, BJP National President Shri J.P Nadda, Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, and Union Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh for selecting a woman from Santhal family, a tribal ethnic cast and community of Eastern India. He further added that the decision will reiterate and reinforce the message of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas

HM of State for Consumer Affairs food & public distribution calls on HCM

Gangtok, June 21 (IPR): Hon’ble Minister of State for Consumer Affairs food and public distribution and Environment, forest and climate change, Government of India, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey called on the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang at his official residence at Mintokgang.
During the call on, the Chief Minister apprised about several matters related to the environment, forest, and climate change.
The Union Minister MoS appreciated the efforts made by the state government towards the preservation of the environment and assured all possible assistance from his Ministry.

The State celebrates International Day of Yoga

Gangtok, June 21 (IPR): Under the banner of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav along with the rest of the country and the world, the State of Sikkim also celebrated the International Day of Yoga with much enthusiasm and drive at the premises of Enchey Monastery, Gangtok.
Organized by Sikkim State AYUSH and the Department of Health & Family Welfare, the Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad graced the occasion as the Chief Guest in the special presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang, and the Hon’ble Minister of State for Consumer Affairs food and public distribution and Environment, forest and climate change, Government of India, Shri Ashwini Kr. Choubey was present as the Guest of Honor.
The theme for International Yoga Day this year is ‘Yoga for Humanity’, and reiterating this essence of the Yoga day celebration the state Health Minister, Dr. Mani Kumar Sharma, welcomed everyone to the program. He briefly highlighted the importance of yoga in our everyday life and thanked Prime Minister Modi for his inspirational move to successfully bring the idea of celebrating the International Day of Yoga, to every individual in every nation. He said that India is changing for the better and the entire world is acknowledging this fact.
The Health Minister further added that yoga is actually a process of connecting the mind and the body together for healthy living and the importance of this fact has been realized by many after the Global pandemic. Coronary diseases and many other lifestyle-related illnesses like Diabetes and Blood Pressure can be reduced with the help of Yoga and healthy food habits, he added and wished for good health and long life for everyone.
There was a live telecast from Mysore Palace Grounds on the occasion of International Day of Yoga 2022 which was shared with the august gathering at Enchey Monastery. Through this virtual platform, Prime minister Shri Narendra Modi explained the benefits of Yoga and encouraged all to practice it. PM Modi said that we should not take yoga as extra work. We have to know yoga, we have to live, we have to get yoga and we have to adopt yoga. For people around the world, yoga is not just a part of life, it is a way of life, said the Prime Minister.
He further mentioned that Yoga helps to create a sense of awareness and always gives us peace. No matter how stressful we are, a few minutes of meditation calms us down and increases our productivity, added the Prime minister.
After the end of the live telecast, the esteemed dignitaries present in the event joined the rest of the participants for the Yoga session. They participated in various Yog Asanas under the supervision of Dr.S.Vinudha, Medical Officer, Yoga and Naturopathy, AYUSH, STNM Hospital. She demonstrated various asanas and postures and all the participants performed along with her.
Thereafter, the Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad addressed the gathering saying that he was proud that a healthy practice like yoga was an identity of the Indians and it is a duty for all to carry forward this exercise with pride. He also stated that this form of exercise would not only keep the body fit but it would also clean the mind through meditation and self-realization. He expressed his gratitude to all the participants for their spirit of determination. Further, he applauded the initiatives of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi for his historic contribution to bringing Yoga to the International platform.
The Governor also emphasized the importance of Yoga in human lives. He said that people can achieve benefits from yoga practices in terms of physical and mental development and can remain free from diseases and ailments.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister in his address welcomed the Union Minister Mos, Shri Ashwini Kr. Choubey for his valuable presence on the important occasion of the International Yoga Day celebration in the state of Sikkim. He also wished for well-being, peace, happiness, and long life for everyone. The Chief Minister also expressed his thankfulness to the Prime Minister of India for the valuable initiative undertaken to make the world realize the importance of Yoga and celebrate International Yoga Day globally.
Drawing light on the benefits of Yoga, he said yoga helps to promote better mental and physical health and encouraged all to include Yoga in their daily life. Further, he added that Yoga facilitates a deep sense of continual connection between an individual’s inner consciousness and the external world and said that the holistic approach of Yoga targets the different parts of the body and mind, improving internal systems and overall health.
He mentioned that Sikkim offers the perfect natural setting for practicing Yoga and has the potential to become the center for Yoga practitioners and enthusiasts.
The Chief Minister also mentioned that the State Government has included Yoga in the curriculum of the schools to improve attention and memory and alleviate academic stress. Yoga helps to deal with stress and also promotes the control of the body by bringing flexibility, strength, and peace of mind, he added.
On his ending note, he expressed his gratitude to all the participants in the state.
The Union Minister (MoS), Shri Ashwini Kr. Choubey in his address thanked the people of Sikkim for inviting him to the scenic state of the region located in the foothills of the Himalayas.
The Union Minister in his speech highlighted how yoga brings peace not just to people but to society, nation, the world, and the universe. Yoga is helpful in developing strength and resilience and also helps to manage daily stress, he added.
He also mentioned that International Yoga Day aims to inculcate a habit of meditation for peace of mind and self-awareness which is necessary to survive in a stress-free environment.
The Union Minister (MoS), Shri Ashwini Kr. Choubey also donated a total number of 100 thermos flasks for the Monks of Enchey Monastery as a token of love.
The program also had the presence of the Deputy Speaker, Shri Sangay Lepcha, Minister Health and Family Welfare Department, Shri M.K Sharma, Cabinet Ministers, MP Lok Sabha, Shri Indra Hang Subba, MLAs, Advisors, Chairpersons, Panchayat Adhyaksha east, Panchayat Upadhyaksha east, Mayor, Deputy Mayor, DGP, Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Commissioner cum Secretary Health Department, officials from Sikkim Government, Indian Armies, FCI Delhi, Kolkata, dignitaries form Central Government and local gentry.
The program concluded with the words of thanks proposed by Shri Raj Sharma, SIA from the IPR Department.

HCM congratulates Padma Shri Awardee

Gangtok, June 20 (IPR): Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang congratulated Shri Khandu Wangchuk Bhutia for being conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri Award (Arts) for thangka painting.
Shri Khandu Wangchuk resident of Allay Dara, Namchi is one of the prominent thangka painters from Sikkim and is also an ordained monk of Pemayangtse Monastery. He mastered the art of thangka painting under Late Jigmee Wangchuk Lama (Former Dungzin Rimpoche) and over the years, he has trained numerous individuals in the traditional art form.
The CM said, he has won several awards for his work and with this accomplishment, he adds one more feather to his cap. Also, it is a moment of great pride for us, as the traditional art form has also earned recognition at the national level, he added
The CM wished him for his success and happiness in all his future endeavors.

HCM attends the 5th Convocation Ceremony at Karma Shri Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Higher Studies

Gangtok, June 18 (IPR): Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang graced the 5th Convocation Ceremony 2022 in the benign presence of His Eminence the Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche at Karma Shri Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Higher Studies Rumtek, today.
The Chief Minister presented the Acharya/Shastri, Graduation Degree Certificates to the batch of 2016-2021. A total of 80 students were bestowed with the degree certificates.
The convocation ceremony also had the august presence of H.H Tulku Dopen Dichen Rinpoche, Ministers, Shri Sonam Lama, Shri K.N Lepcha, Shri M.N Sherpa, Former Minister, Shri O.T Lepcha, MLA of Rumtek Constituency, Shri S.T Venchungpa, Professor of the Sampurna Nanda University, Shri Hari Prd. Adhikari, Director of the organization, Shri Kaisang Nima Rinpoche, Professors, Khenpos, Monks, teachers and students.

HCM attends the meeting chaired by the Governor of Sikkim

Gangtok, June 17 (IPR): Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang and the Agriculture Minister, Shri L.N Sharma attended the meeting chaired by the Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad in presence of the Director Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Jammu and Kashmir for Saffron Cultivation in the state of Sikkim at Raj Bhawan, today.
The welcome address was delivered by the Principal Secretary, Shri Sadan Kumar Tamang, Horticulture Department.
Prof. Shanti Swarup Sharma from Sikkim University apprised me about the Journey of Saffron Cultivation in Sikkim. He discussed the Biodiversity profile of the Agriculture Landscape of Sikkim. He also presented the data year 2021 on the Saffron Cultivation trials on Multi-Locations in the state.
The Horticulture Department presented the activities undertaken to date to the august gathering.
The Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad in his speech expressed his gratitude to the delegation team from Jammu and Kashmir for their visit to Sikkim and for the progress of Saffron Cultivation. He also stressed the increase of agricultural activities in the state and also praised the present government for introducing various schemes to improve agricultural activities. The Governor directed the officials to motivate and help farmers learn modern ways of farming. He also urged every individual to work hand in hand to support Saffron Cultivation in the state.
The Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang in his speech thanked the Jammu and Kashmir delegation for coming all this way to support saffron cultivation in the state. He said that the state government is always in support of agricultural activity in the state and assured to provide all possible assistance to the delegation from Kashmir and other people involved in this cultivation. He also expressed his gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor of Sikkim University, Shri Avinash Khare, and his entire team for coming up with this innovative idea of Saffron Cultivation and making it possible.
The CM also informed that the state government has allocated the budget for Saffron Cultivation. He also enlightened about the various initiatives of the State Government in the field of Agriculture.
The Agriculture Minister, Shri L.N Sharma thanked the delegation from Kashmir for their visit to Sikkim and also expressed his gratitude to the Governor and the Chief Minister for their constant support and guidance to make the saffron cultivation a success in Sikkim.
Vice-Chancellor, Sikkim University, Shri Avinash Khare expressed his gratefulness to the Governor, the Government of Sikkim, and the entire team from Jammu and Kashmir for their continuous guidance and support.
Mission Director, Jammu, and Kashmir, Shri Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal in his speech discussed the road map and suggested a future strategy. He applauded the Government of Sikkim for being kind and supportive throughout the cultivation process. Shri Chowdary has assured to provide all possible support to grow saffron in the state. He also talked about the exchange of crop cultivation between Jammu and Kashmir and Sikkim so that both the states can learn and share new ideas in the agricultural sector.
The meeting concluded with the words of thanks presented by the Director of Horticulture Department, Shri M.K Subba.
The meeting also had the presence of Secretary to Governor, Shri Raj Yadav, Additional Director, Horticulture Department, Shri B.L Dahal, Joint Director, Soreng District, Shri Robin Gurung, MD SIMFED, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Shri Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal, Dy. Director Planning (Pathologist), Agriculture Information Officer, Shri Sheikh Imran, Chief Technical Officer DAK, Shri Sheikh Farhan Qadir, Progressive saffron grower, Shri Abdul Majid Wani, Vice-Chancellor, Sikkim University, Pro.Avinash Khare, Prof. Shanti Swarup Sharma, Prof. Laxuman Sharma, Prof. Niladri Bag, Prof. Dhaniraj Chettri, Dr. Santosh Kumar Rai, Dr. Arun Chettri, Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Mr. Reshav Subba, dignitaries, and officials.