National Panchayati Raj Day 2021

Gangtok, April 24: The National Panchayati Raj Day was celebrated through virtual mode duly addressed by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Union Minister for Panchayati Raj. The virtual meeting at the State level was attended by Shri Samsher Bokhim, Zilla Adhakshya, East, Shri C.S.Rao, Pr. Secretary, RDD, Shri Karma Bhutia, Sabhapati, Budang Kamarey Gram Panchayat, East, Prabhakar Rai, Director Panchayat from NIC, Gangtok, with participation of awardee Panchayats and officials of South and North Districts from their respective district headquarters.
The Prime Minister in his address congratulated all the Panchayats and functionaries of the country on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day. He requested the elected bodies to concentrate on the schemes meant for the welfare of the people. The cash awards to the awardees were also transferred electronically by the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister mentioned about the SVAMITVA project launched for providing property cards, and also released the property cards to those states covered in the first phase. He directed all states to follow up for early execution of the project meant for welfare of the people. He highlighted upon the Drone survey of properties and focused on the activities of the Panchayats like Jal Jeevan Mission, Mission Antodyaya, Public Finance Management System and Online Audit of works for transparency. Further mentioning about India moving ahead towards 75th Independence, he laid emphasis upon the development time fixed by the Gram Panchayats and fulfillment of the same.
Touching upon Covid, he requested all to be vigilant and careful with proper dissemination of information regarding protective measures to be adopted. He said that all should follow the initiative “Dabai Bhi and Kadai Bhi” in view of preventing all from contagion.
Similarly, Shri P.S.Tamang, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim and Shri Sonam Lama, Hon’ble Minister for RDD have also congratulated the awardee Panchayats of the state and extended their greetings and good wishes to all on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day-2021.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister chaired a high-level meeting at Samman Bhawan

Gangtok, April 22 (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang chaired a high-level meeting at Samman Bhawan, today, to assess the Covid-19 situation in the State and to take stock of the overall preparedness.
At the outset, Chief Secretary Shri S.C. Gupta gave a brief overview of the situation and highlighted some areas which needed urgent attention.
Health Department Officials briefed about the medical preparedness and the status of vaccination. It was informed in the meeting that STNM Hospital is equipped with an Oxygen plant having adequate supply, and the Covid dedicated Hospital has 125 beds, which includes 77 beds with Oxygen, 40 beds without Oxygen (for less serious patients) and 8 ICU beds.
Hon’ble Chief Minister in his address called for re-constitution of the State Task Force for overall coordination and crisis management. He directed that the State Task Force should immediately set up an office and start functioning. He said that the Task Force should monitor the movement of people from outside the State in all the borders in coordination with the District Administration. He maintained that people should refrain from traveling outside the State unless it is unavoidable. He also issued directives to ensure that all returnees should stay under home quarantine for the stipulated number of days. He also laid emphasis on the need to monitor the movement of the labor force from outside the State.
The meeting also took stock of the safety protocol in place for tourists and other visitors. It was decided that officers of the Tourism Department would be deputed to monitor the movement of tourists under the overall supervision of the District Collectors.
It was decided in the meeting that strict measures will be adopted to prevent the further spread of Covid-19 in the State.
The meeting had the presence and participation of Hon’ble Cabinet Ministers, Hon’ble Press Advisor to HCM, DGP, Additional Chief Secretaries, Heads of Departments, and Health Department officials.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister attends Civil Services Day 2021

Gangtok, April 21 (IPR): The Civil Service Officers’ Institute, Sikkim in coordination with the Department of Personnel, Government of Sikkim organised Civil Services Day 2021 at Manan Kendra in Gangtok, today.
Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang graced the occasion as the Chief Guest in the presence of Deputy Speaker, SLA, Shri Sangay Lepcha, Cabinet Ministers, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, Shri L.N. Sharma, Shri Sonam Lama, Shri Bhim Hang Limboo, Shri B.S. Panth, Shri M.N. Sherpa and Shri Arun Upreti, Advisors, Chairpersons and Chief Secretary, Shri S.C. Gupta.
Also present on the occasion were DGP, Shri A.S. Rao, Principal Secretary, Home, Shri R. Telang and all Civil Service Officers of the rank of Additional Secretary and above and former Secretaries retired in the last two years.
In his opening address, Chief Secretary, Shri S.C. Gupta, extended a warm welcome to the Chief Guest, the dignitaries present and all the former retired Secretaries to the Government of Sikkim. He gave a brief history on the importance of Civil Services Day, as on this day the country’s first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressed the newly appointed Administrative Services Officers in 1947. He expressed that Civil Services Day is a day for reflection and introspection about the rules and functions of civil service and assessment of various challenges that the civil service faces today.
He informed that a coordination meeting was held on 20th April with all the Heads of Departments and Secretaries to the Government of Sikkim wherein various issues were addressed including attendance and punctuality, proper drafting of proposals to the Cabinet, fiscal management, reviewing of the system of resource allocations and other such administrative matters that requires attention. The Chief Secretary also urged the HoDs to go beyond issuing circulars and notices and put action on the ground for effective reinforcement of rules in order to achieve desired and visible impact in running the State administration productively.
Addressing the gathering, Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang congratulated the Department of Personnel and Training for organising the Civil Services Day 2021 programme, the first-of-its-kind event in the State of Sikkim, to acknowledge the efforts and contributions of the civil service officers in the State. He stated that the programme brought together officers of various Services under one roof and thus helped forge unity and camaraderie.
Hailing government employees as the backbone of every government, the Chief Minister said that the State government has prioritised the welfare of government servants since the formation of the new government back in the year 2019. The most important role of every government employee is to act as a noble bridge between the State government and the people of Sikkim, he added.
The Chief Minister added that ensuring punctuality and efficiency in government offices leads to an active administration followed by an increase in productivity which in the long run works for the welfare of the citizens, society and the State as a whole.
The Chief Minister acknowledged the presence of former Secretaries of the Government of Sikkim who retired from the service in the last two years.
The Chief Minister also made the following announcements during the course of his address:
1. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Civil Services Award to be presented to the best performing civil servant for distinguished services from next year onwards. He added that the award would also comprise of cash prize and Citation. The Citation will also reflect in the Annual Confidential Report (ACR) of the Government official, he informed.
2. Housing flats for all Sikkim Government Officers on a payment basis. Land acquisition expense to be beared by the government.
3. Compulsory training for Civil Service Officers in India and abroad.
4. Training for District Officers on legal and criminal procedures.
5. Implementation of “Government on doorstep” approach by mobilizing a system to decentralise all services like residential certificates, domicile, land parcha, etc. into an online mode whereby the people can apply online and the delivery will be done to their homes. He urged the office of the District Collectors and BDOs to prepare an implementation roadmap.
6. HoDs and concerned departments directed to send clear and detailed proposals to the Planning and Development Department and the Finance Department for their concurrence. The Planning and Finance Departments were directed to clear the proposals and files within 10 days of receiving them. In case of no clearance within 10 days due to certain issues, the HoDs and concerned officers have been directed to immediately hold a meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary for the needful measures to resolve the issues.
7. Expenditure in the month of March which is the last month of the Financial Year to be restricted to 20% of the budget.
8. Transfer, promotion and deputation policy to be formulated soon.
The event also featured a series of presentations made by District Collector, West, Shri Karma R. Bonpo, DC, North, Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon, Additional DC, East, Shri Tushar G. Nikhare, District Child Protection Officer, South, Ms. Roshnila Gurung, and Vice-Chancellor, Sikkim Manipal University, Dr. (Lt. General) Rajan Singh Grewal, AVSM, VSM.
Retired Director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussorie, Shri Sanjeev Chopra, also joined the event and gave his presentation via video conferencing.
It was informed during the event that a certain mechanism has been devised to monitor and evaluate the best practices of each district which were presented today. Based on this evaluation, the Best Performing District Award will be presented on the occasion of Civil Services Day next year.
Chief Architect, Building and Housing Department, Shri Rajesh Pradhan, also delivered a brief presentation on the status and progress of the state-of-the-art “Civil Services Officers’ Institute” which is under construction at Chintan Bhawan, premises.
The programme also witnessed the presentations of awards and felicitations. The award of Appreciation for the Best Cabinet Memo was presented to the Department of Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Sikkim while the award of Appreciation for the Best Task Management System was presented to the Department of Information Technology, Government of Sikkim.
Likewise, the award of appreciation for the Best Police Station was awarded to Pakyong Police Station. It is informed that this award was presented by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to Pakyong PS for bagging the 7th position in the list of 10 Best Police Stations all over India.
The HCM also handed over a token of appreciation to all former Secretaries who have retired in the last two years to honour and acknowledge their contributions and services to the State.
The Civil Services Day was dazzled by a series of cultural performances by the civil service officers from various batches.
Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by Principal Secretary, Home, Shri R. Telang, while the vote of thanks was proposed by Special Secretary, DOP, Shri Tashi Chophel.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurates two days long Fish Mela

Gangtok, April 20 (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang inaugurated two days long Fish Mela, organised at M.G. Marg, Gangtok, today.
The inaugural function was also attended by the Hon’ble Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly Shri L. B. Das, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Advisors, Chairmen, Political Secretary to Hon’ble Chief Minister, Secretaries, Heads of Departments, Senior officials and fish farmers.
The programme is being organised by the Directorate of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department, Government of Sikkim in collaboration with the National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad, Government of India.
Different species of fish including the Rainbow Trout, Carp, Grass Carp, Amur Carp and other local indigenous fish are being displayed by the fish farmers from across the State, following the COVID-19 safety protocols.
In his address, Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang said that he is overwhelmed to see the young entrepreneurs displaying different varieties of fish in the Mela. He also added that the purpose of organising the event is to encourage the youth to take up fisheries as a sustainable means of livelihood and also to promote fish farming in the State.
Considering the potential of stream water in the state, he encouraged the youth to adopt pond fish rearing in their own locality which will not only generate income but will also meet the demand of the market. He further added that a separate budgetary provision will be made in the next budget for the fish farmers in order to augment the fish farming community in the State.
The Chief Minister stated that the previous year has been the challenging phase due to the global pandemic and added that several steps have been taken by the Government of India and the State Government to face the challenges and threat posed by COVID-19. The Chief Minister also informed that to curb the further spread of COVID 19 in the State, the Government will announce that all the Schools, Colleges will remain close till April 30. He further said that all the Government Offices to function with 50% employees from 22nd April 2021.
The Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang also appealed to the people of the State to curtail the unnecessary travelling out of the State and asked them to strictly follow COVID -19 appropriate behaviour.
Addressing the gathering, the Hon’ble Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma marked the event a historic for the State. The programme has been organised to motivate fish farmers and unemployed educated youth towards fish farming to make themselves self-sufficient. He stated that Fisheries, Livestock Farming and Agriculture farming would be the appropriate medium to ensure sustainable livelihood towards Aatmanirbhar Sikkim. The Minister urged everyone to adopt agriculture and livestock farming to increase the GDP of the State thereby ensuring a healthy lifestyle. He also articulated the newly launched concept “Future is Farming” to sensitise the masses to indulge in farming and market their agricultural products.
The Minister also mentioned that the farmers from all districts have come forward to participate in much awaited Fish Mela and also expressed gratitude to the farmers for their cooperation during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and anticipated the same level of dedication and support in the current wave of COVID-19.
It may be mentioned that the fish farmers from Regu, Bashilakha, Tenkilakha, Pakyong, Sadam, Chouridara, Sokpay, Mangshila, Theng, Marchak, Men Rongong, Chota Samdong, Upper Rimbik, Upper Rumbuk, Sribadam have exhibited various species of fish in their stalls.
Earlier, the Chief Minister along with the dignitaries visited the stalls being put up by fish farmers and also interacted with them.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister also felicitated Dr. Pushpa Tamang with a Certificate of Appreciation for the research work done on fisheries, who was then working as a Research Assistant in the Directorate of Fisheries and had recorded 48 species of local fish in the rivers of Sikkim.
The programme concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by the Director, Directorate of Fisheries Shri N. Jaswant.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurates a Super-speciality wing at STNM

Gangtok, April 17: Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang inaugurated a Private Complex, Annexure building and Super-speciality wing at STNM, Sochyagang in the capital today.
The State Government has tirelessly striving to improve the health sector in the State and provide world-class facilities to the people. The super-specialty wing consists of Gastroenterology, Paediatric Surgery, Urology, Plastic Reconstructive and Burns unit, Neurosurgery and Surgical Oncology.
The Chief Minister also interacted with the Medical Superintendent, HODs, and doctors to assess the situation in each department. They informed the Chief Minister on the work being carried out and also put forth their views on improving productivity and making the hospital much more efficient.

Press release from Raj Bhawan

Mr. Ganga Prasad, Governor of Rajbhavan, Sikkim, Vice President of India M. During video conferencing chaired by Venkaiah Naidu, serious discussion was held on the issue of growing Covid-19 in Sikkim and other states of the country. Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the governors of all states to meet the state government and take creative initiatives to prevent Covid between different sections of society at their level. Indian Red Cross Society, universities and non-governmental organisations working in the society should be encouraged to protect the common people from Corona by conducting awareness campaigns through them.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister attends Baisakhi Parwa 2021 at Manan Bhawan

Gangtok, April 14 (IPR): Colourful cultural presentations, book release, felicitations and insightful discourses marked the Baisakhi Parwa 2021, here in the State capital, today. The procession of cultural troupes of various communities of Sikkim started from the Sikkim Legislative Assembly complex and culminated at Manan Bhawan. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Prem Singh Tamang also participated in the procession. He was joined by Hon’ble Deputy Speaker Shri Sangay Lepcha, Hon’ble Cabinet Ministers, Hon’ble MLAs, and other dignitaries.
At Manan Bhawan, the Hon’ble Chief Minister was accorded a warm welcome by the Celebration Committee. He then visited the stall where various traditional musical instruments, artefacts, and other traditional items were kept on display.
At the Manan Bhawan auditorium, the audience was greeted with a synchronized presentation by artists depicting the dance forms of various communities of Sikkim. The entire performance was choreographed by Ms. Komal Gurung, Director, Tapashree Dance Academy, Gangtok, while the music was provided by Shri. Manoj Rai, Director, Reeyaz Sangeetalaya. Subsequently, artists from local dance troupes performed the Bhutia, Lepcha and Nepali dance.
The Chief Minister launched a book titled “Sikkim Ka Bhasha: Dasha Evam Disha, edited by Dr. Tek Bahadur Chettri and published by Nepali Sahitya Parishad. This was followed by an Introductory Note on the Book by Dr. Samar Sinha, Professor, Sikkim University.
Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang in his address congratulated the Celebration Committee for bringing all the twenty-one communities of Sikkim on a single platform and showcasing the unity. He appreciated the idea behind celebrating the Baisakhi Festival as Ekta Diwas. He reiterated the commitment of the State Government to preserve, protect and develop the language, tradition and culture of all the communities of Sikkim.
The Chief Minister urged the audience, especially the students, to take pride in our unique identity, language and culture. He stressed the importance of preserving the language of each community by encouraging writers to publish in their own language. He requested Nepali Sahitya Parishad to facilitate the publication of such works and added that the Government would provide the necessary support.
The Chief Minister announced that the Government has already started the process of rectifying names of places that have been distorted over a period of time. He said that the original names of the places of Sikkim would be restored to preserve their cultural and historical significance.
He congratulated the Editor and the entire team behind the book – “Sikkim Ka Bhasa: Dasha Evam Disha”, which was released on the occasion. He also read out a poem from the book which emphasized the importance of preserving our language.
Speaking on the long-pending demand for tribal status to the twelve left out communities of Sikkim, the Chief Minister said that the State Government has left no stone unturned in its effort. He recalled the Government Resolution passed by the Sikkim Legislative Assembly on 11th January 2021, with regard to this. He further informed that he sent a communication about the Resolution to the Union Home Minister on 21st January 2021, for consideration. He expressed that the Government of India will consider the demand of the people of Sikkim.
The Chief Minister also emphasized the need to carry out an oral history exercise to gather valuable insights on our history and traditions. Further, he said that the traditional houses of all communities will be completed on priority. He also suggested that in educational institutions, students could wear their traditional dresses at least once a month.
Speaking on the current situation of Covid-19, the Chief Minister appealed to the people of Sikkim to abide by all the prescribed guidelines for their safety. He said that State is fully equipped to deal with the second wave of the pandemic. He appealed to everyone above 45 years of age to come forward and take the Covid Vaccine. He added that the vaccination programme (Tika Utsav) will continue in the State throughout the month of April at all the designated health centres. The Indoor Gymnasium Hall of Paljor Stadium will continue to cater to the people of Gangtok and surrounding areas, he added.
The Chief Minister referred to the address of Hon’ble Vice President of India recently in Gujarat where he had said that the people of Sikkim are beautiful as well as dutiful. In this context, he urged the Government employees of Sikkim to live up to this reputation and ensure punctuality at work.
In conclusion, the Hon’ble Chief Minister stated that the strength of Sikkim lies in its unity.
Earlier, the programme began with the welcome address by Vice President, Baisakhi Parwa Samaroh Samiti, Shri Hari Dhungyal. This was followed by the address of Dr. S.K. Rai President of the Celebration Committee, and address of Shri Rudra Poudyal, President, Nepali Sahitya Parishad. Both the speakers highlighted the importance of the festival and the idea of celebrating it as Ekta Diwas.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister presented Appreciation Certificates and Mementos to various organizations of Sikkim, and all the participating artists and individuals for their valuable contribution in making the programme a success. As a warm gesture of encouragement, the Hon’ble Chief Minister provided financial incentive to each of these organizations and individuals.
The Baisakhi Parwa Samaroh Samiti facilitated the Chief Minister for two years of exemplary governance, and for his commitment to maintaining unity and harmony among the people of Sikkim.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by the Vice President of the Baisakhi Parwa Samaroh Samiti, Shri Raju Basnett.

The 130th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar was observed at SLA complex

Gangtok, April 14(IPR): The 130th Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was observed at a function held at Sikkim Legislative Assembly complex, today.
The programme was chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang and attended others by Hon’ble Deputy Speaker SLA, Shri. Sangay Lepcha, Hon’ble Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Advisors, Chairpersons, Chief Secretary Shri. S.C. Gupta, Principal Secretary Home, Additional Chief Secretaries, Special DGP Law and Order, Heads of Departments, officials and dignitaries.
Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang paid rich tribute to the Architect of the Indian Constitution by garlanding to the statue at Sikkim Legislative Assembly complex, which was followed by the Deputy Speaker, Cabinet Ministers and other dignitaries. The function began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp.
Ambedkar Jayanti is an annual programme observed on 14th April every year, to commemorate the memory of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, who was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer.
The Chief Minister in his address added that Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated with devotion in the State, the country and in many parts of the world for his selfless contribution to the Nation. Dr Ambedkar was a well-known statesman, who fought for the rights of the socially backward classes. He is also regarded as a renowned social reformer, who spoke unequivocally against the inequality, injustice and discrimination faced by the members of the backward classes, he added.
The Chief Minister stated that Babasaheb Ambedkar worked tirelessly towards a society where everyone is treated as equals and added that the truest tribute to the tallest figure would be to imbibe in our daily lives his values and beliefs till it becomes a habit.
The Chief Minister also showed his disappointment on the low attendance of the Heads of Government Departments in the National function. He also directed the Heads of Departments to strictly maintain Scheduled office timing from 10 am to 4:30 pm and also asked them to strictly follow work ethics. Society will only be flourished and empowered with the progress of mindset, work culture and value, he added.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister and other dignitaries also released a magazine titled ‘Bhim Smarika’ published by 130th Bhim Jayanti Celebration Committee, All Sikkim Scheduled Caste Welfare Association.
The Celebration committee also felicitated the Hon’ble Chief Minister for his relentless contribution to society.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Gangtok, April 11(IPR): On the occasion of Tika Utsav (Vaccination Festival), Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at STNM Hospital, Sochyagang, today. The spouse of Hon’ble Chief Minister Smt. Krishna Kumari Rai, Hon’ble Minister for Rural Development Department Shri Sonam Lama, Secretary to HCM Shri S.D.Dhakal and other officials also received the COVID-19 vaccine. In his brief address to the media, the Chief Minister appealed to the masses who are in the age group of 45 years and above to come forward and participate in the Tika Utsav. In the same manner, he also urged everyone to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 appropriate behavior which includes frequent hand washing, wearing of a mask, follow physical distancing to curb the transmission of the virus. The Chief Minister also extended gratitude to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for providing the COVID -19 vaccine free of cost and also stressed on ‘Dabai Bhi Kadai Bhi’. He stated that Sikkim is well equipped with the COVID-19 testing and treating equipments with the support of experienced Doctors, Nurses and other Front Line Workers. Moreover, he appealed to the masses to abide by the COVID-19 preventive measures and stick to the guidelines at all times. He also requested the public to restrict unnecessary movement so as to prevent the spreading of the second wave of the virus.