Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad inaugurates new Paediatric & Orthopaedic wards of CRH

Gangtok, 26 Feb (IPR): Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad, inaugurated new Paediatric and Orthopaedic wards of Central Referral Hospital (CRH), Manipal in Tadong today in the presence of Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, Vice Chancellor of Sikkim Manipal University (SMU), Lieutenant General (retired), Dr. M.D. Venkatesh, and host of other dignitaries.

The Governor congratulated SMU for infrastructural development in the health sector in the State. The Governor and other dignitaries took a round of the Paediatric ward, Orthopaedic ward and Nursing Skills Laboratory.

After inaugurating Pediatric and Ortho ward of CRH, the Governor interacted with the students of Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences.

Addressing the students, the Governor said that over a period of two and half decades, tremendous progress has been made by the SMIMS in health care and academic sector. SMIMS has given an opportunity for everyone to chase their dream and aspiration, he said, urging the students to make the most of it.

The Governor opined that it was important to empower the young minds with knowledge, but however stated that they should not be self-centred but should give back to the society once students achieve their goals. He added that the goal of education should be to strengthen and develop the society at large.

Encouraging young minds, the Governor said, “Effective time management is one of the important foundations in academic and profession as well in order to be a successful person in life.”

Urging the students to make best use of time in several career options available before them, Shri Prasad said that students should not confine to only educational knowledge.

“You have all the qualities and the spirit to excel so therefore you must keep your spirit alive throughout your life. Institution provides you wide range of opportunities and unique experiences to develop leadership and life skills and I am sure this will be exciting journey for learning and growth for all of you,” the Governor added.

Earlier, the Governor interacted with the students and answered several of their queries.

Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, in his address urged the students to keep themselves away from substance abuse which is one of the major menaces in the modern day. Speaking about present day ills like suicide and depression, the CS urged the students to avoid jumping into conclusion immediately and motivated them to make their own assessment in an intelligent way.

Earlier, Vice Chancellor, SMU, Dr. M.D. Venkatesh, in his welcome address gave brief glimpses of the journey of SMU in order to provide better health care services in the State.

Hon’ble Governor attends National SC-ST Hub Conclave in the capital

Gangtok, 26 Feb (IPR): The National SC-ST Hub Conclave, an initiative of the Ministry of MSME, Government of India was held today at Chintan Bhawan.

Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad attended the event as chief guest. Present at the conclave were Mayor, Gangtok Municipal Corporation, Shri Shakti Singh Choudhary, Principal Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Dr. Thomas Chandy, National Working President of Forum of SC and ST Legislatures & Parliamentarians & Director General of Dr. Ambedkar Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, Director (P&M), NSIC, Head Office, New Delhi, Mr. P. Udaya Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing, Government of India, Dr. Rakesh Sarwal, and Zonal General Manager, NSIC (North-East), Dr. Avinash Choudhary.

The Governor, in his address, expressed his happiness and gratitude for inviting him as the chief guest, stating that for a developing economy like India, it was of utmost importance to have an interactive gathering of entrepreneurs and investors for development that is inclusive of all.

“Sikkim has already made its mark in the Organic sector so it is both sensible and valuable to expand its organic market and grow globally,” said the Governor.

He praised the State Government for providing beneficial schemes to the public that has helped a consumer become a producer thereby uplifting various sections of the society. He stressed on making maximum utilization of products like bamboo that can be marketed extensively and encouraged the youth to be confident and innovative, both. He ended his note stating that in order to be capable, one needs to empower themselves with skill and knowledge and advised that entrepreneurs make optimum use of the benefits and schemes provided by the government.

Principal Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Dr. Chandy, spoke on the benefits of various schemes for budding entrepreneurs, stressing particularly on the history of traditional arts and crafts that is unique to Sikkim. He mentioned the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms that has existed since the monarchy and said that with time and development, necessary marketing and investment is the need of the hour to take the industry forward.

He also talked about livelihood schools that cater and hone the skills of youngsters so that they become skilled craftsmen and entrepreneurs. Adding to that, he mentioned that various banks provide loans that can financially aid a business venture and that budding entrepreneurs should take advantage of this. He advised people to be proactive and stated that incubation centres with technological interventions along with marketing support and market information would enhance every commercial venture. He further said that comprehensive information with collaboration between the Ministry and State Government and all public-private sectors would be of great help in disseminating awareness thus expanding the market.

Dr. Chandy concluded his address saying that the existing capacity should be in proportion with the capacity that is sourced from outside so that the schemes and benefits are packaged accordingly for the enhancement of skills for the entrepreneurs.

Earlier, Director (P&M), NSIC, Head Office, New Delhi, Mr. Kumar, briefed the gathering on the importance of the SC-ST hub and its necessity for growing entrepreneurs, particularly in the North East region. He mentioned some of the key initiatives of the NSIC and encouraged all to turn into job providers instead of job seekers.

The second half of the session had presentations on the different schemes of MSME-DI (Government of India), KVIC (Government of Sikkim), NSIC (North East), Department of Industries (Government of Sikkim), FCI (Sikkim), Power Grid Corporation of India and the National Hydro Electric Power Corporation Ltd.

The final session included presentations from various banks like the Branch Indian Overseas Bank, SBI (Gangtok), NEDFI (Gangtok), NABARD (Gangtok) and the Central Bank of India.

Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad lays foundation stone of Rajya Sainik Board’s Office-cum-Guest House

Gangtok, 26 Feb (IPR): Governor Shri Ganga Prasad laid the foundation stone of Office-cum-Guest House of Rajya Sainik Board here in the capital today in the presence of Minister, Building & Housing, Shri D.T. Lepcha. Also present in the function were Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, Secretary, Building & Housing Department, Shri R.B. Thapa, Secretary, Rajya Sainik Board, Col (Retd) D.N. Bhutia, and other officials.

Upon arrival, Governor Shri Ganga Prasad was received by the Minister, Chief Secretary and other officials and was briefed about the activities of the Rajya Sainik Board by Secretary Col D.N. Bhutia before the laying of the foundation Stone. Secretary, Building and Housing Department, Shri R.B. Thapa, gave the technical briefing of the upcoming infrastructure.

The Sainik Rest House Cum Office will be built in a total area of 2.866 acres at an estimated cost of Rs. 613.27 lakhs. Built on a floor area of 14035.2 sq ft, the facility will comprise of the Secretary’s office/room, officer’s room, staff hall, clinic, kitchen, dining hall tradesman’s room, caretaker office, visitor’s lounge and washrooms in the ground floor, while the remaining three floors will have guest rooms, dormitory hall, general kitchen, linen rooms, and multipurpose hall.

The Governor was welcomed with shawl, floral bouquet and traditional khadas by Family of World War II Veterans, Gallantry Award Winners, Veer Naari and Everesters. The Governor individually met and interacted with each member of the audience.

Addressing the programme, the Governor paid tribute to the brave jawans and ex-servicemen who have dedicated their lives to the service of the nation. He also paid his respect to World War Veterans, Gallantry Award Winners, Veer Naari, Ex Servicemen and Serving Personnel, and brave individuals who have scaled Mount Everest, many of whom were present in the program. He said that it is because of the selfless service of the brave jawans that the citizens of the country can enjoy peace and security. He added that the nation is progressing in every front because of the vigilance of the army. He added that the army is committed to serve the nation even in dire circumstances.

“For them, mother and motherland are supreme and protection of the two is their prime duty,” he said.

Governor Shri Ganga Prasad lauded the positive initiative of the State Government in envisaging this Rajya Sainik Board Guest House cum Office and for allocating adequate financial resources for the same. He said that the infrastructure once complete will be a huge asset for the Rajya Sainik Board. The Governor suggested that the Government should consider having special classes taken by Ex-Servicemen in schools and colleges so that students can listen and learn from their inspiring stories.

The Governor also remembered the 43 jawans who lost their lives in the recent terrorist attack in Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir and paid his tribute to the families of the martyrs. He said that India is a powerful nation and believes in its capabilities. He reiterated that enemies of the nation will not be spared.

Earlier, Secretary, Rajya Sainik Board, Col (Retd) D.N. Bhutia, in his welcome address, highlighted the various welfare incentives by the State and Central Government to Ex Servicemen, serving personnel and families.

Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad visits east district, Sikkim

Gangtok, 4th  December  (IPR): Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad made several visits of east district, Sikkim today. Hon’ble Governor first visited Zuluk village and interacted with the people of the area. On his way to Zuluk he undertook numerous stops in various places and appreciated the beauty and natural splendour of the surrounding areas like Tsongu Lake, Elephant Lake, Kanchenjuunga view point at Tukla, Zuluk view and Thambi view point.

Hon’ble Governor Shri Prasad also visited Gokul Publi School at Zuluk where students of the school welcomed him by singing patriotic songs which sprouted patriotism in the hearts of the visitors. Governor Prasad then interacted with school staffs and local guardians and stressed on the importance of education and upbringing as formative years which shapes one’s personality. During his visit to the school, Governor Prasad donated a sum of Rs. 25, 000 to school from Governor Fund as grant-in-aid. This was appreciated and thanked greatly by the school authorities.

After that, the Governor interacted with the local people at a home stay of the area. He urged them to ensure hospitality with the guests.
In his address, Hon’ble Governor spoke about the importance of village tourism as number of visitors has increased doubled in the state and stressed on rural youth to adopt tourism sector as sustainable livelihood. He said that hospitality sector is a booming sector and the state has numerous tourism points which should be explored and utilised. He encouraged the youths to be more pro-active and get in the tourism sector as it contributes tremendously to the pristine image of the state. He expressed his gratitude to the people of Zuluk for their dedication and encouraged all to be competitive, creative and preserve their local culture and environment which is rare and beautiful.
Hon’ble Governor also donated warm clothes to the elder citizens of Zuluk. This was received with great thankfulness and appreciation by the people of the area.

Later in the afternoon, Hon’ble Governor visited Rongli, where he was accorded warm welcome by Zilla Adhakshya of east district, Shri S.S Bokhim, SDM Rongli, Shri A. B. Gurung, officials of Rongli Sub-Division, general public of Rongli, teachers, students and local gentries at large.

In his short address, the Hon’ble Governor mentioned about the tremendous strides that the state has made in the field of Organic farming. He said that Sikkim is world renouned in that sphere and the world has a lot to learn from it. He also mentioned about how the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Modi refers to Sikkim with regards to its commitment towards the development in various spheres and specially in Organic farming.

“Organic Farming is a unique venture of its kind in the world. Sikkim has been appreciated globally and it has created new mile stone in organic farming by receiving Future Policy Gold Award. Now organic products of Sikkim will be available in Indian and world markets ” said Hon’ble Governor.

Governor commended the efforts made by state government and farmers of Sikkim towards rural development and skill development stating that such proactive initiatives have become all the more important in the current world.

Panchayats of different Gram Panchayat Units presented their demands and grievances like better road connectivity (Highway from Rorathang to Rongli), more central banks, mobile towers etc to the Hon’ble Governor. Hon’ble Governor took note of their demands and assured to look into it at the earliest.

Earlier, he also inspected organic stall which was displayed and enquirers about the whole process of farming and marketing which is sustainable and still technologically sound so that it benefits the farming community at large in the state.

Subsequently, Hon’ble Governor Shri Prasad visited Winter Raj Bhawan at Rangpo in the evening where he interacted with the business community of Rangpo bazaar.
While interacting with business community, he emphasized on regional economic diversity and said that we should all work for peace and prosperity and for sustainable growth of the state

Hon’ble Governor concludes his West Sikkim Visit


Gyalshing, 28th November, 2018 (IPR): The Hon’ble Governor Shri. Ganga Prasad on the 2nd and also the final day of his premier tour to West Sikkim interacted with the Government Officials of West Sikkim at the Bhanu Salig, Kyongsa. The District Collector along with SP West, ADC West and HoDs of different departments were present in the interaction program.
The Hon’ble Governor addressed the gathering of Government Officials and guests with his words of encouragement and advised them that their roles as Officials of the District is an important one. He also congratulated them for their respective roles in making Sikkim known not only to India but the entire world.
He advised the officials that their responsibility to the people and the state is huge and that their services would affect the future of Sikkim. Hence they must work with more enthuse and create newer milestones for the West District as well as for Sikkim and India. He mainly stressed on how the departments should be more involved in multiplying the agricultural and the horticultural produce of the state using various tools and techniques made available to them. He also advised them to find the right market to sell the surplus organic produce and generate more income for their economic stability. He further advised the DC to hold similar meetings of District Officials to understand the progress of the district and also visit rural areas more often to understand their perils and work out the possible solutions.
The program was conducted for the Governor to see and understand the District machinery at work and how the district was progressing. During the program various Departmental Heads presented their works in form of a PowerPoint presentation to the Hon’ble Governor briefly explaining him about their different projects and works in the district.

The Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mr. Anant Kumar Hegde visited Temi Tea Garden

Namchi, 27th November(IPR) The Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mr. Anant Kumar Hegde visited Temi Tea Garden today. He was accompained by the Secretary, Ms. C.C Bhutia and the Additional Secretary, Ms. Sunita Pradhan of Skill Development and Capacity Building.

At, the onset Minister Mr. Hedge took a tour of the tea factory wherein Managing Director Ms. Mrinalini Srivastava briefed about the tea making process, the garden’s history and how it received the organic certificate along with the present status of the garden. Ms. Srivastava also explained about the various facets of tea making including that of packaging and marketing the organic tea produce. Thereafter, tea manufacturing consultant Mr. Nalin Modha presented and tasted the variety of organic tea leaves produced at the garden namely Spring, Summer, Monsoon, Autumn, Green and White tea.

The Minister also chaired a meeting which had the participation of budding organic entrepreneur from Sikkim.He highlighted the significance of skill and entrepreneurship which is necessary in today’s changing world. He suggested if needed the Sikkim State Government to aid the entrepreneurs financially along with substantial assistance from the North East Council. He also extended that the entreprenuers should opt for global gap certificate in order to market the products at an international level. Mr. Hedge also implored that Sikkim should come up with vigorous branding of its premium organic products and cited the example of Kerela Government and how they have created a niche for themselves with regards to promoting of their products. He also proposed to form a Temi cluster wherein the emerging local business people can get support and elevation from the Ministry of Skill Development, Sikkim Government and other concerned departments. He also strongly endorsed that Sikkim State Government should boost the handicraft section of the State with aid from the North Eastern Council. The local handicraft vendors and producers should aim to showcase their products at the International Arts and Craft Fair which is supported by world bank.

During the course of meeting the Minister also interacted with the entrepreneurs in which they put forward the various challenges faced by them in terms of marketing their products and sought feedback from the Minister to retail the commodity.

Hon’ble Governor begins his premier tour of West Sikkim


Gyalshing, 27th November, 2018 (IPR): The Hon’ble Governor Shri. Ganga Prasad began his premier tour to West Sikkim today. The Hon’ble Governor was accompanied by MLA Yangthang, Ms. Chandra Maya Subba; Shri. K. B. Limboo, Chairman, Poultry Board; DC West; ADC West; SDPO and HODs of Line Departments.
The Hon’ble Governor visited the famous Pemayangtse Monastery where Captain Yongda accompanied the Governor whilst explaining the Monasterys inception, Genesis and other aspects. He then visited the Sidkeong Tulku Bird Park at Rabdentse followed by the visit to Chenrezig Shingkham Riwo Potala, after which he proceeded towards Chumbung Gram Prasashan Kendra (GPK) where he interacted with public and progressive farmers of Chumbung GPU.
In his brief address to the public gathered at the Chumbung GPK he expressed his gratitude for being able to visit West Sikkim which he feels is blessed in all aspects. He mentioned that the farmers role towards the promotion of Organic Farming is massive and their effort towards this mission has not been futile. He urged the public to participate more actively in spreading Organic Farming in the state. He also advised the District Administration and public to work cooperatively and excel in the state in regards to Organic Farming and other similar activities. He further presented a token of gratitude to the GPK for their hospitality.

The Hon’ble Governor also visited the Khecheopalri Lake and Darap where he spent time with the Panchayats and locals. Thus, concluding the 1st day of his 2 days visit of the West District of Sikkim.
The Hon’ble Governor is scheduled to meet the District Officials of West Sikkim tomorrow prior to his departure for Gangtok.

Hon’ble Governor Shri. Ganga Prasad and First Lady Smt. Kamala Devi arrives at Pelling, West Sikkim.

Gyalshing, 26th November, 2018 (IPR): The Hon’ble Governor Shri. Ganga Prasad accompanied by the First Lady Smt. Kamala Devi arrives West Sikkim for his official 2 days visit of the West District of Sikkim.
The Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim is scheduled to interact with public and farmers of Chumbong GPU along with the tentative visitation of Rabdentse, Chenrezig Shingkham Riwo Potala, Pemayangtse, Darap and Khecheopari along with some other places of interests in West Sikkim.

Golden jubilee celebration at Temi tea garden attended by the Hon’ble Governor Of Sikkim Mr. Ganga Prasad along with the first lady Ms. Kamala Devi

Namchi, 26th November(IPR): The Governor Mr. Ganga Prasad along with first lady Ms. Kamala Devi attended the prelude of the golden jubilee celebration at Temi tea garden today. Present amongst others were Managing Director Ms.
Mrinalini Srivastava, Manager Mr. L.T. Bhutia and the tea garden workers at large.

The Governor visited the Temi tea factory wherein he engaged with the factory workers, gauged the various organic tea production and tasted the variety of teas including the final autumn flush.

Addressing, the gathering Governor Mr. Prasad extended his congratulations to the Temi tea fraternity in successfully accomplishing the journey towards the golden jubliee celebration. He applauded how the tea garden has flourished since it’s inception in 1969 and attributed towards the hard work of the tea garden workers alongside stakeholders and the Sikkim State Government. Additionally, he encouraged the garden workers to work with diligence as this garden has it’s own unique legacy which is the premium organic tea garden of Sikkim. The Governor highlighted that the tea garden attracts a huge number of domestic and international tourist and urged the attendees to maintain the garden’s heritage and to further aim to reach golden heights through the production of quality tea leaves which is filled with it’s own character, aroma and rich organic flavour thereby bringing laurels to the state.

The Governor and the first lady also distributed the various aids to the tea workers as a part of the golden jubilee celebration. Earlier, the Governor visited NHPC Teesta Stage V Hydro Electric Power Project at Balutar in which Chief Engineer In-Charge Mr. S. Khatuwa briefed the Governor on the production and various other functioning of the project.