HCM meet Hon’ble Union Minister of Power at New Delhi

New Delhi December 5 (IPR): The Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri P. S. Tamang met Shri R. K. Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister of Power today at New Delhi. He brought out the urgent need of expeditious structured take out/ refinancing of 1200 MW Teesta III HEP in Sikkim. He indicated that this project is not only second largest hydro project in India but also become a Government of Sikkim project, after the intervention of Union Power Ministry on 6th of August, 2015 when it was stressed project. The project continues to remain under severe stress because of its restructuring not been carried out by its project lenders. The financial stress of this project is so intense that if the restructuring is not been carried out the project could fall into the Non Performing Assets (NPA) on 27th December 2019. It was also informed that this project is not only the second largest hydro power projects of the country but its operational efficiency is so good that it has already generated the design energy target of 5217 million units on 10th Nov. 2019 itself and whatever energy would be generated during the remain financial year would be a bonus. Appreciating the concerns raised by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, the Hon’ble Power Minister agreed and assured the restructuring / structured take out finance by Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) within seven days to avoid its sleeping into NPA category. The Hon’ble Chief Minister, Sikkim brought out some pressing issues of the State Power Sector which included, expeditious clearance of pending schemes; North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS); Deen Dayal Uapadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY); Integrated Power Development Schemes (IPDS); grant of financial assistance for installation of smart meters in pre-paid mode throughout the State; and central assistance for developing small green hydroelectricity projects.

The Union Power Minister, Shri R.K. Singh, assured the Hon’ble Chief Minister that the Union Ministry would be extending all requisite assistance to address the concerns and grant of financial assistance would be covered under the forthcoming central government initiative/programmes very soon.

HCM written letter to Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah

New Delhi December 5 (IPR): The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P. S. Tamang has written a letter to the Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah requesting him to exempt Sikkim from Citizen Amendment Bill (CAB) National Register of Citizens (NRC).

In his letter, the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P. S. Tamang impressed upon the Union Home Minister that the Union Government has proposed to grant citizen certificate to its own fraternity. Nonetheless, there are apprehension and confusion in the state of Sikkim regarding CAB &NRC

The Hon’ble Chief Minister also brought to the notice of the Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah that around 75,000 left out from Sikkim at the time of the merger in Union of India has already been granted Indian citizenship way back on the year 1989-90.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister in his letter also highlighted the Constitutional safeguard of Article 371(F) which governs the state of Sikkim and protects its old laws and Inner Line Permit issued by the state of Sikkim.

Therefore both the Citizen Amendment Bill (CAB) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) be exempted from the purview of its implementation in the state of Sikkim.

HCM called on the Union Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh

New Delhi December 5:(IPR) The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S Tamang called on the Hon’ble Union Defence Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh in his office at South Block this afternoon.

During the call on, after exchanging the pleasantries, the Hon’ble Chief Minister apprised and informed about the various issues of the State of Sikkim to which the Union Minister gave a patient hearing and assure full support and cooperation from his end.

IPR DEPARTMENT CONFERS ‘EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH’ AWARD

Gangtok, Dec 5: (IPR) The Department of Information & Public Relations has started a unique initiative of rewarding hard working and efficient employees of the Department every month. The Department recently constituted a Committee headed by Secretary, IPR Department to examine and recommend the name of a deserving employee as the ‘Employee of the Month’. The Award is based on parameters such as punctuality, sincerity, integrity, and approach towards responsibility assigned, initiatives /innovative ideas and overall contribution of an employee to the Department.

On the basis of the recommendation of the Committee, Cameraperson Shri N.B. Chettri was felicitated with the ‘Employee of the Month’ Award by the Secretary, officers and staff of IPR Department today in the office of the Secretary.

Secretary, IPR Department, Ms. Namrata Thapa presented khada and Certificate to Shri. N.B. Chettri and officially declared him the ‘Employee of the Month’ for December, 2019. The Secretary in her address congratulated Shri. N.B. Chettri for being the first recipient of the Award. She said that Shri. Chettri was the first choice for the Award because of his diligence and hard work and valuable contribution to the Department, even beyond the duty hours.The Secretary further said that the Award is being initiated to encourage all the employees to perform to the best of their capacities, and give them due recognition for their performance. She added that the Award would be a regular feature of the Department and urged everyone to excel in their work.

Earlier, Under Secretary, IPR Department, Shri. Gideon Lepcha read out a brief profile of Shri N.B. Chettri.

Shri. N.B. Chettri has a long unblemished record of performing his duties and is known to cover all important functions of the State Government. He has shouldered the responsibilities at the District Information Centre (North) during his posting from 1985 to 1997. He has also taken initiatives in conducting Photography/Videography training in the Department as Instructor. He is known for his dutifulness, multi-tasking abilities and sense of responsibility and is said to have never shied away from his duties even during odd hours and on Government holidays. Due to retire from service in May 2020, Shri. N.B. Chettri has rendered thirty-seven and half years of service in the Department. He is known for his amiable personality and is often found sharing his vast knowledge with his contemporaries and juniors.

In his brief address, Shri. N.B. Chettri expressed his gratitude to the Secretary for initiating the Award and to the Committee for selecting him as the ‘Employee of the Month’. While sharing his experiences of working in the field, he said that he has always taken the numerous challenges in his stride and moved ahead with the sole intention of accomplishing the assigned duty. He said that he valued this award because it was initiated by IPR Department where he has served throughout his career. He also shared some words of advice for the upcoming officers and staff of the Department and wished them the best in their career.

The programme had the presence of Director, IPR Department, Smt. Kincho Doma Lepcha, and officers and staff of the Department.

HCM visited Gyalchen Karma Thrinlay Monastery located at Bishum Phodong

Itanagar December 3(IPR): On the second day of his two days official tour of Arunachal Pradesh, the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S Tamang(Golay) visited Gyalchen Karma Thrinlay Monastery located at Bishum Phodong, where he was accorded a warm welcome in a traditional manner and entertained with rich cultural and religious extravaganza.
MLA Dirang Shri Phurba Tshering, MLA Bomdila Dongru Siongju , DC Bomdila , DC Dirang along with huge numbers of locals were present to welcome the Hon’ble Chief Minister.

MLA Dirang Shri Phurba Tsheting during the function also convened the message Arunachal Pradesh Shri Pema Khandu where he stated that the Chief Minister Shri Pema Khandu and expressed his gratitude towards Shri P.S Tamang(Golay) for his visit to Bishom Phodung village.
He also had a special mention about Sikkim as an exemplary state in North East and said Sikkim is the most peaceful and tranquil state in the region.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S Tamang was all praise for Arunachal Government and the Chief Minister Shri Pema Khandu for according him warm reception and welcoming him to this beautiful state.
He said that this is his first visit of Arunachal Pradesh and he was very pleased and happy to visit this beautiful state which has similar culture, tradition and unity in diversity like Sikkim,
Shri P.S Tamang(Golay) had a special mention for the kind of welcome he received in the state and said that Arunachal replicates Atithi deva vawo in their mannerism.

Shri P.S Tamang stated that he was very impressed with the kind of development Arunachal Pradesh has achieved in the field of sports and skill development and also mentioned about the progress made by Arunachal Pradesh in the field of Hydel power generation and said we can work together in tandem especially in tourism sector and Hydel projects.
The Chief Minister Shri P.S Tamang expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards Union Minister Shri Kiran Rijjuji who hails from Arunachal Pradesh for doing his best to see that His Holiness  17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje can visit Sikkim.

He also thanked Passang Tshering Rimpoche for his kindness showered to the delegation from Sikkim.

HCM on Official tour of Arunachal Pradesh met with HCM Shri.Pema.Khandu

Itanagar December 2: The Hon’ble Chief Minister who is on a two days official tour of Arunachal Pradesh met with the Chief Minister Shri Pema Khandu in the capital city Itanagar this afternoon.

Shri P. S Tamang is in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh primarily to discuss about the ‘Damwe Hydro Electric Project”.

Both the Chief Ministers had a long discourse and dialogue about the tourism prospects in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. They also discussed in detail about how they can help each other in promoting tourism in both the states.

Further both the Chief Ministers talked about social, political, economical and demographic structure of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

During the meeting the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S Tamang also extended his invitation to Shri Pema Khandu to visit Sikkim, which he gracefully accepted.

The Chief Minister Shri Pema Khandu also hosted lunch for Shri P.S Tamang (Golay)and his team from Sikkim.

The Chief Minister is accompanied by Minister Power & Energy Department Shri M.N Sherpa , Principal Secretary DoP Shri Tenzing Gelek, Secretary to HCM Shri S.D Dhakal, Confidential Secretary to HCM Shri Bikash Basnet, Shri P.T Bhutia and Shri Rodan Thapa. (PCE,Power Department)

Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad administered oath of office & secrecy to MLAs as Cabinet Ministers

New Delhi, December 1st: The Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad administered oath of office and secrecy to the following Members of Legislative Assembly as Cabinet Ministers-

1. Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha
2. Shri Sonam Lama
3. Shri Bedu Singh Panth
4. Dr. Mani Kumar Sharma
5. Shri Arun Kumar Upreti
6. Shri Samdup Lepcha
7. Shri Lok Nath Sharma
8. Shri Mingma Norbu Sherpa
9. Shri Karma Loday Bhutia
10. Shri Bhim Hang Limboo
11. Shri Sanjit Kharel

The ceremony was necessitated at Delhi due to travel restrictions on account of health concerns of the Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim.

The oath ceremony was witnessed by Hon’ble Speaker and Hon’ble Deputy Speaker of Sikkim Legislative Assembly and all the MLAs of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, Chief Secretary and senior Government officials.

Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad administered oath of office and secrecy to Shri P S Tamang as CM

New Delhi, November 30: The Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad administered oath of office and secrecy to Shri Prem Singh Tamang as Chief Minister of Sikkim at Sikkim House, New Delhi.

The ceremony was necessitated at Delhi due to travel restrictions on account of health concerns of the Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim.

The oath ceremony was witnessed by Hon’ble Speaker and Hon’ble Deputy Speaker of Sikkim Legislative Assembly and all the Cabinet Ministers, all the MLAs of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, Chief Secretary and senior Government officials.

HCM Shri P S Tamang called on the Governor Shri Ganga Prasad at Sikkim House in New Delhi

New Delhi, December 1st: The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P. S Tamang called on the Governor Shri Ganga Prasad at Sikkim House in New Delhi this morning.

The Hon’ble Governor who is nursing his spinal injury has not been keeping well and was admitted in Primus Hospital on 25th November.
He was discharged recently and advised a complete bed rest by the doctors.

Shri P. S Tamang who was also in New Delhi, took this opportunity to wish the Hon’ble Governor a speedy recovery, as the news of the Governor not keeping well had concerned the Chief Minister.

During the call on Shri P. S Tamang wished the Governor a speedy recovery and requested him to take ample rest so that he can get back to fitness as soon as possible.

First Supplementary Demands for Grants (2019-20) passed by the House of SLA

Gangtok, Nov 29: (IPR) The First Supplementary Demands for Grants for the year 2019-20 was passed by the House on the concluding day of the First Session (Part-IV) of the Tenth Assembly of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, today.

The first batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2019-20 includes 38 grants, with a gross expenditure of Rs. 45879.98 lakh comprising of Rs. 17209.16 lakh on Revenue Account and Rs. 28670.82 lakh on Capital Account. Of this, the proposals involving net cash outgo aggregates to Rs. 34217.20 lakh.

After the discussion and voting on the Supplementary Demands for Grants, it was passed by the august house.

Replying to the questions raised by Hon’ble MLA Shri D. T. Lepcha during the discussion, Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the present Government endeavors to give continuity to the pending works which have been left incomplete by the previous government. He added that the Government will make necessary payment to the workers and contractors involved in various roads and bridges projects. Already 37% of the payment is complete, and the remaining will be made after thorough inspection of the projects which had been sanctioned during previous government, he added. The Chief Minister added that the Government is committed towards holistic development, while at the same time, high priority is being laid on areas like Education and Health.

The Sikkim Appropriation Bill, Bill No. 8 of 2019 for the first supplementary demands for grants for the financial year 2019-20 was introduced by Shri P. S. Tamang, Hon’ble Chief Minister also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance Department, which was put into consideration and passed by the House.

Subsequently, Dr. M.K.Sharma, Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge of Social Justice and Welfare Department laid a copy of Sikkim Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2019 on the table of the House for the record and reference.

Similarly, Shri L. B. Das, Hon’ble Speaker presented the Annual Report of the Sikkim State Human Rights Commission under Section 28(1) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 (Central Act No. 10 of 1994) for the year 2018-19 for record and reference, further he urged the members of the House to go through it.

Also the Hon’ble Speaker informed the House on presentation of Annual Report of the Government Departments.

Earlier, the Session began with Obituary Reference on the demise of Former Member of Legislative Assembly Late Shri. Tulshi Prashad Pradhan, who passed away on 27th of November 2019.

Hon’ble Speaker Shri L. B. Das in his Obituary Reference remembered Late Shri Tulshi Prashad Pradhan as a veteran politician and social activist, and stated that with his passing away, Sikkim has lost a worthy son. In his obituary reference, Hon’ble Speaker shared about the early life, education, professional career and political life of the former Member of the Legislative Assembly.

Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) in his obituary remarks paid his obeisance to the leader who passed away recently.
While paying his tribute, the Hon’ble Chief Minister recollected his association with Late Tushi Pradhan, who he said was a committed politician and social worker who brought about visible change in the Sikkimese society.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister expressed his heartfelt condolences to the former MLA who always provided his valuable advice to the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha party as he had recently joined Sikkim Krantikari Morcha Party. The Hon’ble Chief Minister remembered Late Tulshi Pradhan as a man of integrity and commitment with excellent public relation skills.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister expressed his solidarity to the family members and prayed that they found strength to bear the irreparable loss.

Hon’ble Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma participated in obituary reference on the demise of Late Shri Tulsi Prasad Pradhan, former Member of Sikkim Legislative Assembly. In his obituary reference Minister Sharma paid tribute to the Former MLA and expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members on behalf of the people of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency.
He remembered Late Shri Pradhan as a veteran politician and mentioned that he had extraordinary skills of articulation with spontaneous responding attributes in rhyming verse. Shri Sharma also shared his experiences of working as the first PSO to Shri Pradhan in those days of his police service and said that with his passing away, the state has lost a politician and an active social worker who was very simple, empathetic and caring for others.

Shri N. K. Subba Member of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, also participated in the obituary reference. He said that with the sad demise of Late Tulshi Prashad Pradhan, the State of Sikkim has lost an eminent leader, prolific thinker, accomplished social worker and a stalwart whose life was devoted to the welfare of the poor and marginalized. He shall forever remain as an inspiration to the people of Sikkim.

OBITUARY REFERENCE TO LATE SHRI TULSHI PRASAD PRADHAN, FORMER, MEMBER OF SIKKIM LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY.

Late Shri Tulshi Prasad Pradhan who passed away on 27th of November, 2019 at Neotia Hospital in Siliguri, West Bengal and he was cremated yesterday at Legship, West Sikkim, the place of his permanent residence since 1960. He was 80 years old. Late Tulsi Prasad Pradhan was born on 15th September 1939 at Hee- Yangthang to Late Arjun Prasad Pradhan and Late Ran Maya Pradhan, he was the eldest among six sons. He is survived by three sons and one daughter.

Late T. P. Pradhan was an established businessman and prominent contractor of Legship Bazar since 1960 before his involvement in politics during the Democratic movement of Sikkim under the Sikkim Janta Congress in 1972. He contested the 1994 election on a SDF party ticket and got elected from the erstwhile Hee-Bermoik Assembly Constituency. He was inducted to the Cabinet and made Minister In charge of Urban Development and Housing Department. He worked dedicatedly for the people of his constituency during this tenure and was again re-elected to the Sixth Sikkim Legislative Assembly. During his term he served as Chairman of Estimates Committee and Chairman of Sikkim Distilleries

Ltd. Late Tulshi Prasad Pradhan was awarded with the Late L. D. Kazi award for Democratic Movement on State Day in 2015.

With the sad demise of Late Shri Tulshi Prasad Pradhan the State of Sikkim has lost prolific thinker and accomplished social worker whose life was devoted to the welfare of the poor and down trodden. He shall forever remain in the hearts of the people of Sikkim. This august House wishes to extend its profound sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

After the Obituary References, the House observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

The Chief Minister thanked the Speaker of SLA Shri L. B. Das for the smooth conduct of the two-day session. He thanked the Deputy Speaker, Ministers and MLAs for their presence and participation in the discussions during the Session. He also thanked the Secretary and officers of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly Secretariat, officers of the State Government and members of the press and media.

Hon’ble Speaker Shri L. B. Das, in his valedictory address, summed up the key proceedings of the two-day Session and expressed his gratitude to everyone for their valuable contribution also thanked the Leader of the House, the Ministers, and MLAs for their participation. He expressed hope that the Supplementary Demands for Grants passed by the House would fulfill the aspirations of the people. He also thanked and congratulated the Members of the House for passing the first supplementary demands for grants. He extended his thanks to the Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretaries, DGP, Officers, Printing & Stationery Department, Police Department, IPR Department and Members of the media, and Secretary, Officers and staff of the Assembly Secretariat.

The Valedictory session was also participated by Members of the House Shri D. T. Lepcha and Shri Y. T. Lepcha.

The two-day Session of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly concluded with the Speaker adjourning the House Sine-Die.