Hon’ble Governor Mr. Ganga Prasad offered prayers at Siddheshwara Dham, Namchi

Namchi, 13th November(IPR): On the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja Hon’ble Governor Mr. Ganga Prasad and the first lady Mrs. Kamala Devi offered prayer at Siddheshwara Dham, Namchi today. Amongst others present were DC (South) Mr. Prabhakar Verma, SSP (South) Mr. Shami Rai, SDM (HQ) Mr. Hemant Rai, SDM ( Ravangla) Mr. Jigme W Bhutia alongside other officials.

It maybe mentioned that Chhath Puja is one of the most ancient Hindu Vedic festivals which is widely celebrated in the country. Chhath Puja is dedicated to the worship of the Sun god or Surya Dev and his wife Goddess Usha.

Thereafter, Hon’ble Governor and the first lady also visited Tathagata Tsal wherein they both took a brief tour of the premises, visited the main shrine of the Tsal and extended their prayers.

Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad called on Shri Nitish Kumar the Chief Minister of Bihar at his office at Patna

Nov 12: (IPR) Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad called on Shri Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar at his office in Patna on 10 th November 2018. It was a courtesy call by the Hon’ble Governor during his stay at Patna.

In a brief interaction with Hon’ble Governor, Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar suggested and offered to provide logistics for building a guest house for Sikkimese pilgrims at Bodhgaya. It may be mentioned that thousands of Sikkimese people congregate at Bodhgaya for annual
spiritual sojourn during the month of December and January.

Hon’ble Governor thanked the Chief Minister for his goodwill gesture towards Sikkim and said that such infrastructure will certainly help the people to people bonding between Sikkim and Bihar.

Governor Shri Ganga Prasad interacts with North District officials

Mangan, 6th November: The Honourable Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad today held an interactive session with the district officials at Zilla Bhavan, Mangan.
Earlier in the day he also conducted a small interactive session with the Business Community of Mangan. The business community warmly welcomed the Honourable Governor and presented the brief status of their current business environment in the district.
The Honourable Governor while addressing the business community stated that the community should work for the improvement of the State and ensure that the peaceful environment is protected and preserved. He stated that he is always approachable for resolution of any issues.
During the Interactive Meeting with the Officials, the heads of departments in the District gave a brief power point presentation on the schemes and works of their departments. The status of department such as Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Education, ICDS, Health, Roads & Bridges, Telecommunications, Power, Rural Development and Border Roads were reviewed by the Honourable Governor.
The Honourable Governor stated the Organic Farming was one of the most important contribution of state and he credited the Honourable Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Pawan Chamling for making the state organic. He urged all the officials to implement the policy with full vigor and ensure that the farmer get a platform to sell their products in the important metros of the Country. He stated that departments should now work on food processing and use the airport of state to supply the organic products to the important cities. The focus should now be on development of the villages as per the vision given by the Mahatma Gandhi. All the officers should work dedicated for the purpose of making the state and country a developed one by making the villages vibrant and self reliant.
The three day tour of Governor has concluded and the Governor expressed his satisfaction and happiness with the tour. He stated the all the grievances of the public would be appropriately dealt by him and will continue to visit and meet the people of the State in the near future.

Governor Shri Ganga Prasad visit Lachung and Lachen Dzumsa in North Sikkim

Mangan 5th November (IPR): The Honourable Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad today visited Lachung and Lachen Dzumsa in North Sikkim. The two Dzumsa warmly welcomed the Honourable Governor who held a public interaction meeting in the two Dzumsas.
At Lachung, the meeting was held in the Dzumsa Hall which was attended by the Pipons, Public and Students of Lachung Secondary School. The public requested for better road connectivity from Border Roads Organization as tourism was their major source of income. The public also requested the Governor to ensure the compensation of the lands occupied by the Army. The yak herders of Lachung stated that due to the occupation of grazing lands by the armed forces, the herders are finding it difficult to the maintain their livestock. The population of Yaks have dwindled over the years and requested the Governor to look into providing adequate grazing fields for the yaks. They stated that the dwindling population of the yaks affects not only their income but it is very significant for balancing the fragile ecosystem of the high altitude.
At Lachen, the Pipons, Public and school students had an interactive session with the Governor in the Dzumsa Hall. The Pipons of Lachen requested the Governor to allow the entry of foreign tourists in Gurudongmar. They also requested for improvement in the road connectivity to Gurudongmar. The Pipons also put fort their demand of ensuring early compensation of their land occupied by the Army. A cultural programme depicting their rich culture was also performed for the Governor.
The Honourable Governor addressing the public of the two Dzumsa stated that he was on a tour of the district to meet and interact with the people of Sikkim. He stated that Sikkim was a beautiful state with god gifted natural environment making tourism the most potential industry. He stated that requests placed by the people would be looked into and dealt appropriately. The Governor also urged the people to work steadfastly for the development of the state and the country. He urged the students to study well and also dealt on importance of role of parents and teachers in shaping the future generations.
During the tour the Governor also visited the ITBP staging camp at Lachung and Chaten and distributed Diwali sweets to the soldiers guarding the frontiers. He also planted a sapling at ITBP staging camp in Lachung. The Governor also presented the Diwali sweets to the school students of Lachen and Lachung schools. The Governor also visited the Angorra Rabit Farm and Trout Farm at Rabom en route to Lachen where he inspected the farms and met with the staff.

Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad is on a three days tour to North Sikkim

Mangan, 4th November (IPR): His Excellency, the Honourable Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad is on a three days tour to North Sikkim. His first visit during the tour was the Eklavya Model Residential School at Sweyem. In the school, he was accorded a warm welcome by Honourable Deputy Speaker cum Area MLA Shri Sonam Gyatso Lepcha along with the students , teachers and officials of the District. The District Collector Shri Karma R. Bonpo IAS formally welcomed the Hon’ble Governor and briefly spoke on the academic performance and achievements of EMRS. Principal EMRS Shri D.B Mishra presented the school report and placed the requirements on behalf of the School.
The Hon’ ble Governor during his address to the students and delegates present said that EMRS being a Model Educational Institute under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has a special contribution in the development of a strong human resource base for the society. He stated that education is the only instrument that can alleviate the humanity of the many problems it faces. He said that Sikkim, is soon turning into a 100%literate State and applauded the State government for its efforts. Sikkim is often termed as the “Indrakil” and said that the blissful environment of the State has inspired its people to be peace loving, pious and conscious. Speaking on the occasion he said that teachers have a great responsibility to mould the students, to become good human beings who can build the Nation. He said that to build a strong nation it requires its people to cultivate a sense of diligence, hard work and sacrifice . He expressed that Sikkimese people, hold great love for the Nation, which is amply reflected in the face of the students when they are singing the National Anthem. The Honourable Governor presented to the School with a cheque of Rs 25000/- from the Governors Fund and sweets to the Children as a token of love. He also announced to provide a vehicle to EMRS as requested by the Principal earlier.
The Honourable Governor then proceeded to Hee-Gyathang in Dzongu Sub division where an interactive session was held with Public, Panchayats and students at the School Auditorium. The Governor was warmly welcomed by the school students with a rendition of a Lepcha song. The Panchayats of Dzongu put forward the demand for better roads and requested the Governor to take forward their demands with the concerned central agencies. While stating that their region is natural calamity prone, the Pancahyats put forward their demand for helipads to cater to the remotest villages of the region. The Panchayats of Upper Dzongu also put forth their grievances related to the loss of connectivity due to the landslide of Dzongu. The Honourable Governor gave a patient hearing to the people and stated that assured to take up the issue for early solution. He also distributed the Diwali sweets to the school students.
The Honourable Governor while addressing the public at Dzongu expressed his happiness, in reaching out to the people of this remote corner of the state. He stated that the due to the blissful environment of the State, development of tourism sector was the most feasible industry. He also shared that focus should now be on the development of village tourism and converging it with organic farming. The benefits of development should flow to the Grams as the development of villages is very important to the overall development of the state. The Honourable Governor alluded to Mahatma Gandhi, who stated that India lived in its villages and village development would lead to the development of the Nation. He also stated that recently the central government had commissioned the Statue of Unity in Gujarat which is tallest statue in the world. The Statue of Sardar Vallabai Patel was dedicated to the great man who was responsible for a united India built by uniting about 562 princely states after Independence of India from the British rule. He urged the students to follows the ideals of such great leaders and work toward building strong and united India. It is the duty of the students to make the new India of tomorrow and the teachers should work dedicatedly in equipping the students for that future. He urged the students to work hard in building the Country and stated the ‘’success follows hard work’’. Stating that time and tide wait for none, the students should use their time judiciously, in constructive things and carve a future that would make their parents proud.
The Honourable Governor also made a visit to Mantam lake where he surveyed the damages caused by the monsoons. The District Collector briefed the Governor about the currently connectivity situation in the area and stated that the work on providing temporary vehicular connectivity is being carried out in full swing.
The Honourable Governor then proceeded to ITBP camp at Pegong where he was given a guard of honor and warmly welcomed by the Officers and jawans. The Honourable Governor had a brief interaction with the jawans and distributed the Diwali sweets to the jawans.
In his address to the Jawans of the ITBP he stated that citizens of the country can sleep well knowing full well the brave soldiers of the nation are guarding the borders. He said the freedom of the Country was a hard fought struggle with countless sacrifices made by the martyrs. It was therefore a noble duty to protect that freedom. He stated that though far their homes, the frontier guarding forces are doing their duty diligently and he was proud and happy to be amongst their midst. He also urged everyone to work hard for the making India a developed nation and one which would lead others in the near future.
The North District is the first district where the Honourable Governor has embarked on a tour. The public and Panchayats expressed happiness to the Honorable Governor for undertaking the tour to understand their district and its problems.

Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad today flagged off the “Run for Unity” from Palzor Stadium

Gangtok, October 31 (IPR): Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad today flagged off the “Run for Unity” from Palzor Stadium to commemorate the 143rd birth anniversary of Sadar Vallabhbhai Patel. The run was organized as part of Rashtiya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) by Sports Department to mark the birth anniversary of India’s first Home Minister.

The programme was attended by Chief Secretary, Shri A.K Shrivastava, Additional Chief Secretary to Governor, Dr. K. Jayakumar, Secretary of Sports Department, Shri S.D Dhakal, Director of Sports Department, Shri Kamal Chettri and officials of state government, ITBP and participating students.

While paying tribute to the great freedom fighter, Hon’ble Governor said, “National Unity Day is being celebrated nationwide on the auspicious occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. We are very grateful to the creator of national modern India and the Iron Man so let us all pay homage to him and take the pledge to further strengthen the unity and integrity of the people by promoting brotherhood in the society as responsible citizens and contribute to nation building.”

He further said that we should unite with feeling of brotherhood and integrity towards our great nation and participate in today’s run with the determination of strengthening the path towards nation building. Hon’ble Governor further stated that building of nation starts from the family itself and we should start by being good human beings and inspire youths for shaping the nation towards further great heights.

Hon’ble Governor further highlighted that in Gujarat today the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is dedicating the Statue of Liberty built as a tribute to the freedom movement icon Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai on his 143rd birth anniversary. He said that this statue is a symbol of India’s integrity and unity and how we should learn how to grow from strength to strength and always stay united. He encouraged the students to always look forward to rekindle the spirit of oneness and serve the country with their best capabilities.

A large number of school students from all the four districts including Gangtok surroundings, youths including sports enthusiasts, ITBP jawans took part in the run which was flagged off from Palzor stadium and which would culminate at the same venue.

Earlier, Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava highlighted the contribution of the Iron Man of India, Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He elaborated on how the great freedom fighter is responsible for us living in a unified India today. As such, it is appropriate to celebrate his birth anniversary as the National Unity Day since it is a historic and inspiring occasion for all Indians, he said. The country’s youth should take a leaf out of Patel’s life on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the country’s great personality and bow to the great stalwart who unified India and served the nation tirelessly, he stated.

Hon’ble Shri Justice Vijai Kumar Bist Sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Sikkim

Gangtok, 30th October (IPR):Justice Shri Vijay Kumar Bist, Senior Judge of the Uttarakhand High Court was today sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court following his appointment by the President of India on 24th October 2018.

In a brief ceremony held at Ashirvad Bhavan (Raj Bhavan) at Gangtok, Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad administered the oath of office to the Justice Shri Vijay Kumar Bist. The ceremony was attended by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling along with his Cabinet Colleagues, Speaker Shri K.N.Rai, Hon,ble Minister, Tourism, Irrigation, Minor Irrigation, Culture, Watershed Management and Indo Nepal- Uttrakhand, River Projects, Government of Uttrakhand, Shri Satpal Maharaj, Hon’ble Judges of High Court of Sikkim, Justice Mrs Meenakshi M. Rai & Justice Mr. Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, Members of Parliament Shri P.D.Rai and Shri Hissey Lachungpa, MLAs, Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Shrivastava and Heads of Departments, Officials of Sikkim High Court and Members of High Court Bar Association among others.

Justice Bist was born on 17 September 1957 at Lansdowne, District Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand and obtained his Law Degree from Allahabad University. He enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh in 1984 and started practicing at Allahabad High Court in various segments of litigations until November 2000. Following the creation of Uttarakhand High Court, he shifted to Nainital and practiced at Uttarakhand High Court. On 1st November 2008, he was elevated as Judge of the Uttarakhand High Court.

The post of Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court had fallen vacant after the retirement of Justice Satish Kumar Agnihotri on June 31 earlier this year.

Governor Shri Ganga Prasad attends Silver Jubilee Celebration of Loyola College of Education at Namchi.

amchi, 25th September(IPR): The Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad attended the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Loyola College of Education at Namchi, today. The guest of honour for the occasion was Dr. K. Jaya Kumar (Additional Chief Secretary to the Governor) also present amongst others were Mr. D.K. Pradhan (Director, Higher Education), Dr. Sandhya Rai ( Principal, Loyola College), Mr. Prabhakar Verma (DC, South), Mr. Shami Rai (SSP, South) alongside other dignitaries, officials and a host of students and teachers.

At, the onset of the celebration the Governor inaugurated the Loyola Jubilee Hall and inspected the various installations focussing on the diverse aspects of teaching and learning which was vividly displayed at the college premises.

Addressing, the gathering Governor Shri Ganga Prasad extended his congratulations and best wishes on the Silver Jubilee festivity of the college. The Governor expressed his delight on the college being the first in terms of ‘higher educational centre of teachers education’ in the state and underlined the college to consistently strive for excellency in the field of education. He also highlighted how the college has during the course of time brought about trained, capable and displined teachers. Shri Prasad emphasized that the teachers should aim to rear the students to be mentally strong so that they can withstand the challenges of life and world thereby transforming the society into a better and cultivated place to live in.

Shri Prasad also articulated how Sikkim has progressed as a state in providing quality education and urged the attendees to vigorously utilize the facilities laid by State Government under the education sector. Calling upon, the youths the Governor updated that they should bring about substantial and positive changes in order to build our vast country and the state. He also encouraged the youths to be more attentive and take advantage of the various endeavours of the Central Government namely that of Make in India, Swatchh Bharat Mission, Ayushman Bharat Yojana and many more.

Speaking, on the occasion guest of honour Dr. K. Jaya Kumar presented a brief ppt presentation on National Enterprise Portal and said that the portal will focus on aspects which will assist in uplifting the rural villages. He mentioned that the portal will include various innovative workshops and demonstration techniques which will aid the village and its citizens to connect via internet to different stakeholders.

Similarly, Principal Dr. Sandhya Rai, spoke in detail about the history of the institute. She underscored that the college is affiliated to Sikkim Central University and was established in the year 1993 wherein the first batch of teacher students was admitted in July, 1994. Dr. Rai informed that the mission of the college is to bring about an effective and efficient value oriented radical change with regard to education amongst the enrolled students. She also updated that the college has adopted a variety of community and eco-friendly practises through installation of water harvesting tanks and solar equipments.

The Chief Guest Governor Shri Ganga Prasad alongwith the dignitaries released the college annual magazine themed ‘Human Rights in Education’ and a book written by Rev. Fr Francis A.V.,Vice-Principal, Loyola College.

Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad visits Sikkim State Cooperative Union (SICUN) and the ICAR Complex ,Gangtok.

Gangtok, 21st September (IPR): Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad along with Addl. Chief Secretary to Governor Dr. K. Jaya Kumar, IAS and other senior officials from Raj Bhawan visited various places of Organic farming at Assam Lingzey, Sikkim State Cooperative Union (SICUN) and the ICAR Complex today.

In the morning the Governor visited Organic Farm of Shri D.N. Sapkota, a leading farmer in Organic vegetables at Assam Linzey and inspected the farm including the chilli pepper green house and various other organic crops including its preparation and how it is being used in every farming household of Sikkim. Organic farming is a farming method that involves growing and nurturing crops without the use of synthetic based fertilizers and pesticides, Shri Sapkota added. Hon’ble Governor also saw the manufacturing of Vermi Compost and manually produced fertilizers etc.

Major objective for visiting the farms was to know about the methods of Organic Farming in Sikkim and to study about the processing activities, the methods of cultivation of different fruit crops and to have an understanding of the economic activities of a self processing farming unit.The Hon’ble Governor was also briefed about how the mix crops including fruits, vegetables, cash crops are cultivated as an organic vegetation.

Farmers and villagers of Assam Lingzey, GPU and Senior officials from Agriculture and Horticulture Departments shared details about the organic farming and its various methods. Further the Hon’ble
Governor was explained about the importance of Organic farming, packaging practices of various crops and also about its production and Marketing.

During the interactive session, senior officials from concerned department also briefed about the schemes and initiatives provided to the farmers of Sikkim by the state government. Representatives from local Self Help Group also shared their experiences on organic farming and its benefits.

In the afternoon, the Hon’ble Governor visited Sikkim State Cooperative Union (SICUN) and met with the Panchayats and public gathered there where he was informed and briefed about the function of SICUN and ts role in the state of Sikkim.

Hon’ble Governor also visited the ICAR Complex in Tadong which is also an Organic farming Unit and which produces high quality products from nature. During his visit, Power Point Presentation was presented on up gradation of ICAR as a National Organic Farming Institute. Hon’ble Governor also gave away Vanaraja chicken to two tribal beneficiaries under the Vanaraja Chicken Farming scheme.

Hon’ble Governor on his visit to Local Areas expressed his gratitude and appreciated organic farming practiced by the farmers in Sikkim. Talking about the organic farming he appreciated and congratulated
the State, and said that the reason behind the attraction of tourists/outsider in Sikkim is because of practices which has made a mark throughout the globe. He also urged the public and concerned officers to disseminate and create more awareness about the benefits of Organic Farming as much as they can and assured them all possible help from his side.

During the Visit Hon’ble Governor was welcomed with the Token of Love and Affection in the form of Organic Vegetables and Organic Products manufactured by the Self Help Groups.