Shri. Pawan Chamling, Chief Minister of Sikkim attends the “North East Youth Festival 2019” as the Chief Guest

Dentam, 21st January, 2019 (IPR): Shri. Pawan Chamling chaired the North East Youth Festival 2019 organized by the Sports Youth Development Board, Govt. Of Sikkim at Dentam as the Chief Guest for the Opening Ceremony. The HCM was accompanied by Shri. N. K Subba, Minister, UD&HD; Shri. R. B. Subba, Minister, HRDD; Shri. G. M. Gurung, Minister, Roads; Shri. S. B. Subedi, Minister, RMDD; Shri. A. K. Ghatani, Minister, Health; MLAs, Chairman, HODs and other guest and dignitaries.

The HCM in his address to the gathering at Dentam spoke exclusively to the youths present in the North East Youth Festival. He urged the youths to be updated with the current technology in order to reap the full benefits of the current time in regards to the opportunities present for them. He advised the youths to interact with each other during the festival which could be useful for all participants to understand each others culture and their ways of life. He mentioned that the festival is a chance for the North Eastern States to intermingle with each other which would be benificial to all.

The HCM mentioned that the youths have it in them to shape the future of their state in ways they want to see their respective states in the future. He advised the youths to never lose hope and to be able to try harder in terms of work and the race of life. The HCM mentioned that the State has done everything in its power to help the youths in every way possible by introducing various governmental schemes and policies which benefit the youth of Sikkim. Lastly, he extended his best wishes to all the participants of the North East Youth Festival.

During the event the Chief Minister also released the ‘Sikkim State Youth Policy Book’ and ‘Tales of Transformation: A Compilation of Articles by HCMMSS Recipients’ during the inaugural ceremony of the North East Youth Festival 2019.

Participating states for the Youth Festival were Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

Gram Swaraj Abhiyan for 2019 popularly known as Janata Mela

Mangan, 20thJanuary (IPR): The Gram Swaraj Abhiyan for 2019 popularly known as Janata Mela which took off from Gangtok East District on 16th January was held today at Mangan. The Honourable Chief Minister graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and was accompanied by his Cabinet Colleagues, Chairpersons, MP Rajya Sabha , Advisors, and Secretaries of various departments, Panchayats and officers from the district.

The Honourable Chief Minister was warmly welcomed, amidst cheers by the colossal gathering of public from the three constituencies of North District at Mangan Public Ground. While addressing the gathering he stated that the objectives of the landmark Janata Mela which besides reaching basic welfare needs to the people is also to understand the problems and development issues of the citizens. The Janata Mela also provides a platform for the citizens to be in direct touch with the Chief Minister and place their demands and grievances. It is also to inform and make aware the citizens about the policies and schemes of the government so that they can assert their rights. The Janata Mela also ensures that government schemes are being distributed in a transparent and open way in the presence of the community. He said that Janata Mela was being conducted every year bringing welfare benefits to the doorstep of the common man. This year 1000 crores worth of benefits are being distributed both in cash and kind to the people of Sikkim. He hoped that North District would be kutcha house free by the additional allotment of CMRHM Phase II House in this year’s Janata Mela.

The Honourable Chief Minister handed down tokens of benefits which were both in cash and kind. The beneficiaries were at the receiving end of forty different kinds of items ranging from LPG Gas ,Electric Cooker, Pressure Cooker, Desk top Computers , Laptops for students and SHG, Community vermi -compost bins ,Buffet Sets, Water Filters, Incentives under CM Start up schemes and sanction letter from SBS, Genap Tanks, Power Tillers,1000 liters HDP tank, Fabricated Green house, CMRHM Phase II ,House up-gradation worth Rs. 50000/-, GCI sheets, Milch Cows, Heifers , Buffalo, Piglets, Goats etc. The Community Investment funds of Rs 3 lakhs were also disbursed. The schemes from Culture Department like Samajik Sewa Bhatta to bongthings and sound systems to various local clubs of the district were also disbursed. The deserving students at various levels were also benefited with scholarships. Token incentives of Rs 7000/- was handed down to beneficiaries under Proud Mother Scheme. Grants in Aid from Ecclesiastical department to several religious institutions were also handed down. Cash of Rs 3 lakhs for entry point activity to several JFMC under Forest Departments were also disbursed. The Honourable Chief Minister also stated all the demands made during the 32 days tour has been sanctioned and the orders will be distributed soon. Ms Chumki Doma Bhutia was awarded as the Best Aganwadi worker with cash prize of one lakh.

The Honourable Chief Minister while addressing the gathering stated that the present government during its tenure of 24 years has ensured that all the needs of the Sikkimese people are fulfilled and peace and security of the State ensured. He said that it is now the responsibility of the people to make the right choices and choose the leader which has a good track record and is time tested and proven. The future of the State now lies in the choices which will be made by the people and they should not destroy Sikkim by choosing wrong leaders.

He also highlighted some of the achievement of the Government. He said the newly inaugurated 1002 bedded hospital at Sokaythang will have all kinds of treatment, surgery, dialysis provided free of cost. There are eight buses plying from Gangtok to the Sokaythang providing free transport facilities to the patients. He said the state of the art diagnostic machines have been procured and all world class medical facilities will be provided in the hospital. He also said that a medical college is being constructed which will provided free medical courses to the local students. The Rozgar Mela was organized where 12000 people have been provided employment all in one day and recently 1046 IRB jawans have been inducted. He said that the second phase of Rozgar Mela will be conducted within first week of February for left out and deserving candidates. He said that the basic minimum needs like water supply, 100 units of electricity is being provided free of cost. Earlier less than 50 percent houses were electrified now the Government has achieved 100 percent electrification. He said that the Government has a policy to ensure that every village is connected by rural roads and remaining roads have been sanctioned, old roads widened and metaled and bridges strengthened. The Chief Minister also stated that sanctity of Dzongu region has been maintained by the present government and he has ensured that the region is being led by a person belonging to Dzongu and there is no outside interference.

The Honourable Chief Minister shared his vision of Sikkim which is self reliant and self sufficient with empowered citizens. Apart from Government jobs the State Government has also given opportunities for entrepreneurship development. He appealed to youth to venture into activities that are natural resource based and is eco friendly. He said that landmark schemes will be undertaken in North Sikkim like the Munsoling statue in Dzongu with a research centre. The people should understand and appreciate the good work done by the government and respect the policy, ideology and principle of the government that has made Sikkim to be recognized at national and global level.
On the occasion the Honourable Chief Minister was felicitated by Malling SHG, Mangan Nagar Panchayat and Panchayats and Public of Dzongu. The public of Dzongu offered their sincere gratitude for the historic declaration of Lepcha Indigenous Habitat through gazette notification and for promotion preservation and enrichment of Lepcha culture. The program ended with vote of thanks from ADC /Dev. Shri K.R Limboo.

Honourable Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Pawan Chamling today inaugurated the Cold Storage and Organic Farmers Market at Mangan

Mangan, 20th January (IPR) The Honourable Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Pawan Chamling today inaugurated the Cold Storage and Organic Farmers Market at Mangan . The infrastructure consists of a modern cold storage unit which has the capacity to store 15 tons of vegetable maintaining a constant temperature. The infrastructure aims to provide marketing facilities for organic producers and Self help groups of North Sikkim and also provide storage of excess produce of cash crops like oranges ginger, tomato and other vegetables during surplus seasons and thereby fetching better market prices during lean season. The Honourable Chief Minister took a round of the market and also took time to ask the price of each vegetable item individually . The infrastructure was constructed by convergence of funds from MPLADS and Sikkim Organic Mission at a cost of Rs, 25 Lakhs . The Honourable Chief Minister informed that on 18th January which is observed as Sikkim Organic Day the Government has made a policy decision for three missions:
(a) To meet all the demands for organic produce and surplus production and sale outside the State
(b) All unproductive forest holdings should be converted into productive agro forestry within 5 years
(c) Self Sufficiency in Food grains .
He also said that the farmers of North Sikkim should be able to produce surplus dairy produce, vegetables and fruits and cater to the demands at Gangtok.
Before proceeding to attend the Janta Mela organized at Mangan Public ground, the Honorable Chief Minister also unveiled the plaque and formally inaugurated two important Health Infrastructure , the Trauma Center and the newly constructed Tuberculosis(TB) care unit at the District Hospital Mangan. The three storied TB hospital houses a total of 50 beds for patients with a separate pediatric ward, Male and Female ward, X ray room Gyena .ward with Labour room, Microbiologist/Pathologist room and an Investigation lab , Nurses station and Doctors Restrooms etc.
The Trauma Care facility has a built up area of 2760 sq ft and has several facilities like Emergency room, Main OT, Minor OT, ICU, Sterilization room, Doctors Examination room, Nurses Station and rest rooms for Doctors and Nurses. He also interacted with the patients and visited the pediatric ward. Thereafter he inspected the newly sanctioned 100 bedded District Hospital which is under construction and directed that there should be no compromise on the quality of construction.
The Honourable Chief Minister was accompanied by Minister for Health care Human Services and Family Welfare Deptt. Shri Arjun Kumar Ghatani , MP Shri Hissay Lachungpa, Deputy Speaker Shri Sonam Gyatso , Minister Forest and Environment Shri Tshering Wangdi Lepcha , Area MLA Shri Ugen Nedup Bhutia, Commissioners and Secretaries of several Departments, District Collector, CMO, Doctors, Nurses and other Officials .

Valedictory function of Sikkim Organic Day cum Krishi Unnati Mela

Gangtok, Jan 19: (IPR) The valedictory function of Sikkim Organic Day cum Krishi Unnati Mela was held at Manan Bhawan Gangtok. The programme was graced by Governor Shri Ganga Prasad as the chief guest.

The program had the presence of Agriculture Minister Shri Somnath Poudyal, Secretary Agriculture Shri Khorlo Bhutia, Chief Executive Officer, Sikkim Organic Mission Dr. S. Anbalagan, Joint Director, NOFRI (ICAR)Dr R.K. Avasthe and ICAR Scientists and other dignitaries, officials and farmers from across the State.

The two-day program was organized jointly by Food Security & Agriculture Development Department, Horticulture & Cash crops Development Department and ICAR with support from National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) , ICAR- RCNEH Research Complex North – Eastern Hill Region and ICAR – ATARI -IV Agriculture Technology Application Research Institute IV.

Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad in his speech welcomed the dignitaries and highlighted the focal points in the programme, that Sikkim has made a historic declaration in the State Legislative Assembly passing a resolution to convert the entire agricultural land of Sikkim into Organic in 2003.He expressed satisfaction over increasing participation of farmers in organic agriculture. He opined that assertive interventions by the government are required to ensure that more and more farmers get access to the land holdings. He said that there is a need for adopting participatory approach for management of irrigation, conservation of natural resources like soil, water and vegetation for sustained development and continuing economic progress and improved way of life of the people. He also laid the importance of Vermi composting, EM composting, biodynamic composting etc and massive awareness training at all the village level through Krishi Mela. He stressed on the importance of skill-oriented education and emphasized on the role of educational institutions to inspire students towards agriculture-based professions. The Governor also appreciated the role of ICAR-NOFRI in technological empowerment of farmers in agriculture which has enabled the policy makers to take high level policy initiatives in this sector. He stated that Sikkim being a small State has been declared as an organic State further emphasizing the need to empower farmer with new knowledge and skill and the system must also seek the inputs of farmers as they have historically been the source of much traditional knowledge and innovations at the grassroot level.

Secretary Agriculture Shri Khorlo Bhutia in his address said that Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling declared January 18th as an ” Organic Day ” in Sikkim to be observed annually after Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi lauded the State’s development progress in agriculture sector. He also said that Sikkim has been bestowed with pride of becoming the first State of India to declare and adopt 100% Organic Farming for healthy living and sustainable agriculture maintaining the ecology and environment for healthy and wealthy future of the Sikkimese people.

Chief Executive Officer, Sikkim Organic Mission, Dr S. Anbalagan made a presentation on overview of Sikkim Organic Mission where its vision and mission were highlighted. He said that 2003 was given as foundation year and after that two to three years were given for preparatory phase and in 2010 witnessed the implementation phase followed by certification programme. Presently government is initiating in phase two which involves processing and marketing. In the presentation the Government measures on Sikkim Organic Policy, some important policy decisions and various strategies were highlighted.

Joint Director, ICAR-NOFRI Dr. R.K.Avasthe briefed about the Organic Farming Technologies for doubling Farmers Income by 2022. In his presentation he focused on Agronomic technology developed at ICAR, Zero till vegetable pea in rice fallow, Micro WHS, Jalkund in different villages of Sikkim and various other technique like low cost water harvesting, year-round organic vegetable production under low cost plastic tunnels for doubling farmers income. He also said that collective action of farmer is required so that they come together on a single platform to march further.

The programme also witnessed the distribution of certificates of appreciation to Field Functionaries of the Department.

The two-day program concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Secretary HCCDD Shri DK Bhandari.

The third edition of ‘Sikkim Organic Day’

Gangtok, January 18: (IPR) The third edition of ‘Sikkim Organic Day’ was celebrated today in a function held at Manan Bhawan Gangtok. An addition to the programme from the previous years was the organization of ‘Krishi Unnati Mela’. The programme was graced by Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling as the chief guest.

The two-day event has been organized jointly by Food Security & Agriculture Development Department, Horticulture & Cash Crops Development Department, and ICAR- National Organic Farming Research Institute, with support from National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD), ICAR- RCNEH Research Complex North- Eastern Hill Region and ICAR- ATARI-IV Agriculture Technology Application Research Institute-IV.

Addressing the program, Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling congratulated and thanked the farmers and the public for adopting the idea of organic farming in the State and providing leadership in the field of sustainable agricultural practices. He acknowledged and appreciated the contribution of farmers and every individual and the government for making Sikkim a fully Organic Farming State. With this, Sikkim has given a positive message worldwide, he added. Sikkim has been appreciated as a role model in Organic Farming across the globe and has created new milestone in organic farming which is validated by the numerous awards and accolades bestowed upon the State at the national and international stage. “Sikkim has set an outstanding example to the world by transforming itself into an organic farming State becoming a model in sustainable agricultural practices,” he added.

The Chief Minister also urged the public to work harder to strengthen the Sikkim Organic Farming Mission, to give continuity to the success, and not to keep any land fallow thereby ensuring surplus production. He asked Self Help Groups, Progressive Farmers and Unemployed youths to opt for organic farming as a profession and to take advantage of organic farming. “Agriculture as a profession will never be out of fashion or out dated,” he stated.

He emphasized that the future of agriculture rests on the shoulders of Sikkimese youth and everybody need to make this sector more attractive, fashionable and lucrative.

He also announced to make Sikkim a self-sufficient state in Diary Products and Perishable Vegetable products and to achieve Self Sufficiency in Food Grains within five years which will come under Five Year Mission of Sikkim.

The Chief Minister encouraged people for the creation of Agro- Grower Cooperatives, Producer Associations, it is the need of the hour to motivate group farmers into entrepreneurs, self-help groups and production companies for processing, value-addition and marketing, the Chief Minister said. He called for the people of Sikkim to exercise social policing, responsibility and accountability to sustain the organic mission and laid emphasis on exclusive preparation of organic manure such as vermi-compost and green manure. Likewise, he called for increasing the population of cattle for propagation of dairy farming in the State and administered the concerned Department to create a Seed Bank on priority.

Agriculture Minister Shri Somnath Poudyal in his address said that the efforts of the Government of Sikkim have created a ripple effect across the Indian States and the idea of organic farming has received full emphasis in India, never known in the past. It is a great privilege to see Sikkim mentioned numerous times as a role model in organic farming across the nation. For unemployed youths of Sikkim, the government has created enormous opportunities to cater and excel in organic farming, he added. He also underlined the Journey of Organic Farming in Sikkim and how it has achieved success and made Sikkim known worldwide.

Earlier, Secretary Agriculture Shri Khorlo Bhutia in his welcome address talked about the transformation of Sikkim’s Organic Farming Mission, awards and accolades received by the State and its growth till date.

Earlier, Chief Executive Officer, Sikkim Organic Mission, Dr. S. Anbalagan made a presentation on the overview of Sikkim Organic Mission where he elaborated few topics like Farming in Sikkim, Organic Movement in Sikkim Phase wise, main objective behind making Sikkim an Organic Farming State and various strategies under the mission.

The programme also saw the felicitation of progressive farmers and retired officer Shri Dorjee Tenzing Bhutia.

During the program, the Chief Minister also handed over appointment orders to seven candidates to the post of Field Assistant in the Agriculture & Horticulture Department, under “One Family One Job”. He also released a souvenir and film on Sikkim Organic Festival.

The program had the presence of Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Shri K.N. Rai, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Heads of Departments and officers of the State Government, Panchayats, officer of ICAR-NOFRI and partner organizations, and farmers from throughout the State.

Sikkim Organic Day Cum Two Days Krishi Unnati Mela

IPR 18th Jan,2019: Sikkim Organic Day Cum Two Days Krishi Unnati Mela has been jointly organized by Food Security & Agriculture Development Department, Horticulture & Cash Crops Development Department, and ICAR- National Organic Farming Research Institute , at Manan Kendra.

Chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Pawan Chamling as a Chief Guest along with SLA Speaker Shri K.N Rai , Minister for Agriculture and Horticulture Shri Somnath Poudyal , Chief Secretary Shri A.K Shrivastava, MLAs, HODs and Senior Officials from the Government Department.

Also public from all the four districts has the participation.

Sikkim Organic Day Cum Two Days Krishi Unnati Mela

IPR 18th Jan,2019: Sikkim Organic Day Cum Two Days Krishi Unnati Mela has been jointly organized by Food Security & Agriculture Development Department, Horticulture & Cash Crops Development Department, and ICAR- National Organic Farming Research Institute , at Manan Kendra.

Chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Pawan Chamling as a Chief Guest along with SLA Speaker Shri K.N Rai , Minister for Agriculture and Horticulture Shri Somnath Poudyal , Chief Secretary Shri A.K Shrivastava, MLAs, HODs and Senior Officials from the Government Department.

Also public from all the four districts has the participation.

JANTA MELA GRAM SWARAJ ABHIYAN RORATHANG

Rorathang, Jan 17: (IPR) The Janta Mela at Rorathang was held today amidst a huge crowd of people, mostly beneficiaries under the administrative centres of Rhenock, Parakha, Pakyong and Regu.

Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Present with him were Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Panchayat Adyakshas and Upadyakshas, Heads of Departments, officers of all the participating departments, Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies, beneficiaries under various schemes and people from different parts of the area.

After formally inaugurating the program, Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling handed over token grants/benefits in cash and kind to beneficiaries from different parts of the district. Some of the items distributed on the occasion were Electronic Rice Cookers, Water Filters, Compost Bins, Sound System, Samajik Seva Bhatta, Financial Assistance for purchase of religious robes, Oxen for Ploughing and Breeding, Milch Cow, financial incentive for setting up business Enterprises to disabled persons, Incentives under CM’s Start-up Scheme, House allotment certificates under CMRHM Phase II, GCI Sheets, House upgradation grant, LPG, Induction Stove, Kadhai & Frying Pan, buffet Sets, torch Light, Sewing Machine, Photocopier Machines, Water Filters, Tents/Shamiyana, Pressure Cookers, Desktop Computers, Laptops to students and Self Help Groups, Power Tiller, GENEP tank – 50,000 litres, Community Vermicompost, RCC Tank – 10,000 litres, Post Metric Scholarship schemes to students, CM’s Merit Scholarship Scheme, 1000 litres HDPE Tanks, Poly pipes, flexible/nylon pipes, and fabricated green houses. Likewise, buffaloes, poultry and piglets were also distributed under Animal Husbandry Department. Similarly, token incentives were also handed over to beneficiaries of ‘Proud Mother Scheme’, grant-in-aid to religious institutions under Ecclesiastical department, and incentives for community investment under State Rural Livelihood Mission.
The Chief Minister also handed over token allotment orders to eligible beneficiaries under ‘Land Bank Scheme’ to Sukumbasis (Landless).

The Chief Minister began his address explaining the concept of Janta Mela or the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan to the public, stressing that this was one of those special fairs where instead of buying and trading, the common man receives what he needs and requires. He said that while this was an event that is designed to provide welfare and grants, it is also a time when the public must acknowledge and accept the good deeds of the State Government.

He highlighted the milestones achieved by the State in the last 24 years and also stated that it is not a political party alone who takes care of the people but the administration as well and urged those in the administrative sectors to be responsible and provide and cater to the common man for the schemes to be implemented effectively.

He spoke on the stable socio-political status of Sikkim, reminding the people that everybody needs safety and security, whether rich or poor, a farmer or a bureaucrat, it is important to safeguard everybody’s democratic rights and the State under the present government has never had any conflict or insurgencies. He added even when neighbouring States have had strikes and agitations, Sikkim hasn’t been affected in regard to food and ration, safety and security within the State.

The Organic Revolution, the rise in quality education with the highest literacy rate, health benefits and care and the Land Bank Scheme to Sukumbasis (landless) were some of the topics that the Chief Minister spoke about in detail.

He asked the public to be cautious and responsible in choosing their government because elections come and go but Sikkim will remain forever. Hence, in the true democratic sense, people must remember the good changes and good development taken in the last 24 years for the government is in their hands. He also declared that he is content and has worked transparently, innovatively and clairvoyantly for the people and by the people.

He ended his address, advising the people to be content and to work fairly for the betterment of the people of Sikkim.

Earlier, Minister RM&DD, Shri S.B Subedi welcomed the Chief Minister and the gathering. He briefed the crowd on the over-all development of the State and the significance of the Janta Mela. He also stated that this unique fair gives benefits and makes sure that these grants are delivered efficiently and in the right hands. He said that under the leadership of the Chief Minister, the Government would work continuously for the welfare and well-being of the State.

Secretary, RM&DD, Shri C.S Rao presented the welcome address, giving a warm welcome to the Chief Guest, officials and the public. He spoke on the developments and achievements of the State in the last 24 years. He said that the government would continue to work towards sustainable goals and explore new avenues. He asked people to work towards community development and thanked the Chief Minister for being the constant force and guide in making Sikkim a shining state and region.

Additional District Collector (Development), Pakyong, Ms Urvashi Poudyal delivered the vote of thanks address.

JANTA MELA OR GRAM SWARAJ ABHIYAN FOR 2018-19 GETS UNDERWAY

Gangtok, Jan 16: (IPR) The popular outreach program of the State Government, the Janta Mela or Gram Swaraj Abhiyan for the year 2018-19 began from the East District, with the first program held at Paljor Stadium today. Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
Beneficiaries under five Block Administrative Centres namely Duga, Khamdong, Martam, Ranka and Nandok have been covered in today’s program.
The Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, popularly known as Janta Mela, is a unique endeavour of the State Government launched in the year 2008. Conceived and conceptualized by Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling himself, the public outreach program aims to ensure that welfare schemes and benefits earmarked for distribution to beneficiaries are handed over in public events by the Chief Minister himself. The socio-economic upliftment of people from lower economic strata is at the heart of the program. Apart from distributing benefits in cash or kind, the objective of the program is also to make people aware of the people-centric policies and programs of the Government. It also serves as a platform for people from the rural areas to directly interact with the Chief Minister and place their demands and grievances. The Department of Rural Management & Development is the nodal department responsible for organizing the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, in coordination with all the line departments of the Government.
After formally inaugurating the program, Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling handed over token grants/benefits in cash and kind to beneficiaries from different parts of the district. Some of the items distributed on the occasion were Electronic Rice Cookers, Water Filters, Compost Bins, Sound System, Samajik Seva Bhatta, Financial Assistance for purchase of religious robes, Oxen for Ploughing and Breeding, Milch Cow, financial incentive for setting up business Enterprises to disabled persons, Incentives under CM’s Start-up Scheme, House allotment certificates under CMRHM Phase II, GCI Sheets, House upgradation grant, LPG, Induction Stove, Kadhai & Frying Pan, buffet Sets, torch Light, Sewing Machine, Photocopier Machines, Water Filters, Tents/Shamiyana, Pressure Cookers, Desktop Computers, Laptops to students and Self Help Groups, Power Tiller, GENEP tank – 50,000 litres, Community Vermicompost, RCC Tank – 10,000 litres, Post Metric Scholarship schemes to students, CM’s Merit Scholarship Scheme, 1000 litres HDPE Tanks, Poly pipes, flexible/nylon pipes, and fabricated green houses. Likewise, buffaloes, poultry and piglets were also distributed under Animal Husbandry Department. Similarly, token incentives were also handed over to beneficiaries of ‘Proud Mother Scheme’, grant-in-aid to religious institutions under Ecclesiastical department, and incentives for community investment under State Rural Livelihood Mission.
A significant addition to this year’s programme is the distribution of allotment orders to eligible beneficiaries under ‘Land Bank Scheme’ to Sukumbasis (Landless). This welfare Scheme is a recent government decision and entails allotting available Government lands to Sukumbasis. Some of the beneficiaries were handed over token allotment orders by the Chief Minister today. The first phase will have more than 100 allotments being distributed during the Janta Mela program in all the districts, and subsequent cases will be covered in the coming days. The Land Revenue & Disaster Management Department is the nodal department entrusted with the implementation of this Scheme.
Token for Eight number of Garbage Collection and Disposal Vehicles were also distributed by the Chief Minister on the occasion.
The Chief Minister also launched the website of the East District Collectorate on the occasion.
Some of the major benefits/grants/welfare schemes to be distributed during the Janta Mela Program in all the four districts are:
• Allotment orders for CMRHM houses – Phase II to 3000 beneficiaries
• GCI sheets 19200 beneficiaries
• House Upgradation Grant to 32000 beneficiaries
• LPG connection to 6400 beneficiaries
• Laptops to 5000 Self Help Groups
• Allotment orders for ‘Land Bank Scheme’ to 1475 beneficiaries

After distributing the token benefits, Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling in his address stated that the Government in the last twenty four years has delivered on all the promises made, and has implemented all the stipulated schemes and programs.
The Chief Minister informed that forty different types of benefits are being distributed during this Janta Mela which is worth a whooping Rupees One Thousand Crores covering a total of 1,42,988 beneficiaries.
He directed all the officers of various departments to distribute all the benefits at the venue by the end of the day.
He further said that the Government has ensured that basic services like drinking water and electricity are provided free of cost or at highly subsidized rates. Likewise, rice is being supplied free of cost. All the basic minimum needs of the people of Sikkim have been met. There has been major improvement in the living standards of the Sikkimese people. He added that these benefits and grants are given to the people to make them self-reliant. He urged the people to use these incentives to augment their livelihood.
The Chief Minister elaborated on all the welfare schemes being implemented by the State Government. Speaking about Krishi Pension initiated by the Government, he said that it is a one-off initiative to honour the farmers who toil hard to provide food grains and vegetables for the family and society.
Journalists too have been honoured with a pension scheme because they are the fourth pillar in a democracy and have a huge role in society. He also spoke about free health schemes of the Government and elaborated on some of the facilities that that will be made available once the new hospital at Sochyagang is operational. He added that all types of medical diagnosis and treatment will be done in the hospital, and people will not have to travel outside the State.
The Chief Minister also highlighted the accomplishments of the State in the field of education. He said that the State has created a benchmark in this field by becoming the State with the highest literacy rate.
He said that in coming years, the roads of Sikkim will be upgraded and made into world class roads. He added that the Government will construct underground tunnel roads in the coming days. Likewise, the Government will create underground shopping centres in Gangtok as well as in districts and sub-towns. He informed that the preliminary work has already started.
He announced that all the people having their names in the voters list will be given employment in all private sectors operating from the State, on priority.
Speaking on Organic farming, the Chief Minister urged the people to take full benefit of the enabling environment created by the Government. He urged the people to increase their production capacity and become self-sufficient in food grain and vegetable production.
The Chief Minister elaborated on all the programs and policies implemented by the Government to ensure inclusive development in the State. He stressed on the initiatives taken to empower women and youth.
He said that the benefits of Jantan mela are also being given to people of the urban areas.
In conclusion, the Chief Minister announced that festival of Bomchu, Teez, Mangshirey Purnima of Bhujel community, and Sanderpida of Mukhia community will be designated Government holidays.

Earlier, the programme began with welcome address by Secretary, Rural Management & Development Department, Shri C.S. Rao, who also gave a brief introduction about the objective behind organizing Janta Mela. He also informed about the benefits and grants to be distributed under various departments during the Janta Mela program in all the four districts, starting today.
The program had the presence of Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Panchayat Adyakshas and Upadyakshas, all Heads of Departments, officers of all the participating departments, Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies, beneficiaries under various schemes and people from different parts of the district.
The departments participating in the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan or Janta Mela are Urban Development & Housing Department, Cultural Affairs & Heritage Department, Social Justice Empowerment & Welfare Department, Food Security & Agriculture Development Department, Human Resource Development Department, Horticulture & Cash Crops Development Department, Animal Husbandry department, with Rural Management & Development Department being the nodal department organizing the program. Stalls were put up by all the participating departments to facilitate the process of distribution of benefits under respective schemes.
The Gram Swaraj Abhiyan will be held in Rorathang in East Sikkim on the 17th of January, followed by five more designated venues in the remaining three districts. The public outreach program will culminate at Gyalshing, West Sikkim, on 28th January 2019.

Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling inaugurated the 1000 bedded Multi Speciality Government Hospital

Gangtok, Jan 14: (IPR) Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling today inaugurated the 1000-bedded Multi-Speciality Government Hospital at Sochyagang, Sichey. After unveiling the plaque and formally inaugurating the Multi-Speciality Hospital, the Chief Minister along with other dignitaries visited various wards including Emergency and Trauma Centre, Cytopathology, Cardiology, Cathlab, ICU, MRI, Private Rooms, and other facilities. The Chief Minister was accompanied by State Health Minister Shri A.K. Ghatani, Minister for Building & Housing Shri D.T. Lepcha, Speaker Sikkim Legislative Assembly Shri K.N. Rai, Commissioner-cum-Secretary Health Shri Vishal Chauhan, and senior officers of Health Department, Doctors, and engineers of the Building & Housing Department and CEPL, Kolkata.

The foundation stone of the Multi-Speciality Hospital was laid on 10th February, 2010 by Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling. After official tenders, the work of construction of the Hospital was awarded to CEPL, Kolkata. Today, after completion, the thirteen-storey state-of-the-art hospital is the biggest of such infrastructures in the entire region.

Later, addressing the inaugural function, Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling dedicated the ultra-modern Multi Speciality Hospital to the people of Sikkim. Expressing his happiness, the Chief Minister said that this is the biggest Government hospital in the country after All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He said that the Government will continue to safeguard the history of Sikkim and hence the new hospital will be called the ‘New STNM Multi-Speciality Hospital’. He announced that the new hospital will be fully functional from 1st of February, 2019. He directed the officials of the Health department to facilitate immediate shifting. The Chief Minister shared some of the key features, the facilities available and the services to be offered in the new Hospital.

The Chief Minister further informed that the hospital will be fully digital and all District Hospitals will be digitally linked with it. He added that this would aid the people in the districts to avail treatment in the new hospital. He further shared that the hospital will have round the clock health care assistants for patients. He informed that eight number of 24-seater government buses will ferry patients every day to and from Gangtok. He said that the buses will be free of cost and will be available round the clock.

The Chief Minister informed that ICU ambulances will be made available to ferry patients from the districts. He informed the gathering that four numbers of ICU ambulances and four passenger buses have been donated by the Chairman of CEPL, Shri Shamalendu Ghoshal, and he thanked him for the noble gesture.

The Chief Minister further informed that the hospital has world class treatment facilities with latest equipments, so that the people of Sikkim do not have to travel outside the State for any kind of treatment.

He said that the people of Sikkim will now have access to world class medical treatment at their doorstep. They will not have to travel outside the state and hence will save a lot on the travelling cost. He said that the hospital will also open up avenues of employment and added that over hundred people from Burtuk constituency have already been employed in various C and D Grade categories. He added that the hospital will employ three-four people from each constituency in the coming days.

The Chief Minister further said that the hospital will also cater to the people of the neighbouring States.

He however stated that the people of the nearby areas will benefit the most from the hospital. The value of land will increase, and the place will give the people an identity and prestige, he added. The place will become a medical and education hub and will also bring about multiple business opportunities like shops and cafeteria, taxis and hotels and other avenues. He urged the people in the nearby areas not to carry out any kind of construction work on road side as that would obstruct road widening and related works in future. He called upon the people to have a sense of ownership for the world class asset and cooperate with the Hospital management, in the larger interest of the people of Sikkim.

The Chief Minister said that the Government Medical College whose foundation stone was also laid today would be completed before the scheduled time of three years. He reiterated the Government’s decision to offer medical education free of cost to Sikkimese students.

The Chief Minister emphasized on the need to focus on preventive health care. He also called for the need to strengthen the psycho-somatic department in the Hospital, as most of the illness is psycho-somatic and not clinical. He elaborated on the importance of having a healthy mind along with a healthy body.

In the end, he congratulated the Doctors and all health workers for the inauguration of the hospital and urged everyone to serve the people of Sikkim with utmost sincerity.

Earlier, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Health, Shri Vishal Chauhan in his welcome address gave a brief outline of the main features of the hospital. He expressed his thankfulness to Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling for making the hospital a possibility.

PCE-cum-Secretary, Building & Housing Department, Shri R.B. Thapa presented the technical report of the 1000 bedded Multi-Specialty Hospital.

The hospital was built at a total cost of Rs. 1281 crores on about fifteen acres of land. The hospital is a eight moment magnitude resistant RCC structure with a single basement, ground +9 storey main block behemoth having a total built up area of 46886 sq. meters with 13 lifts and contemporary finishes in tune to a 21st century building.

The main block houses all the general, surgical and speciality departments along with eleven major and twelve departmental operation theatres with the latest surgery equipment, MRI, CT and Revolution Evo 128 slice CT scanners including OPG and DOPPLER medical equipment.

The separate Annexe Ward Building features four deluxe, six special single, two La Famme, twenty eight single and thirty-six double bedded cabins with fully furnished stores, medical record room, workshop, pantry and other services including Doctors and Nurses transit facilities in a single basement, Ground +8 storey, eight moment magnitude resistant RCC building covering a built-up area of 6876.33 sq. meters.

Besides, the 1000-bedded hospital is fully computerised with support services featuring water supply, power supply, incinerator and treatment plants as well as a 300-seater auditorium with audio-video instrumentations, a library and gymnasium.

Within the complex also sits a 962 sq. meters Ayush Block to provide traditional care in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy besides Amji.

To facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of Cancer, the Hospital boasts of a Radio Therapy facility with high end CT simulator, LINAC Braclay therapy equipment and a Digital Linear Accelerator, installed and operated, under the guidance of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board of India.

Within this mega complex also is a 119-bedded Yatri Niwas with dining and medical room facility and a Nursing College which was inaugurated by the Chief Minister on 10th September 2018.

Phase II of the project coting Rs. 451 crores consisting of quarters, police outpost, bank, post office and shopping arcade is under construction and will be completed very soon.

During the programme, Managing Director, CEPL, Shri Shamalendu Ghoshal, was felicitated by the Chief Minister for the successful completion and handing over of the State-of-the-Art Hospital to the State Government.

The Chief Minister then felicitated the first batch of thirty mid-level health providers who have just completed a six-month training on community health and will now be posted in rural parts of Sikkim. They were trained under the Ayushman Bharat Programme.

The Chief Minister also launched the 104 Health Helpline, a 24/7 call centre to register grievances, as well as seek advice and information on various pertinent health issues.

A book on Ayurveda and alternate medicine titled ‘Tripoid of Health’ authored by Dr. Gayatri Sharma, Ayurvedic Doctor at AYUSH Hospital, Sochyagang, was also released on the occasion by the Chief Minister.

As a gesture of gratitude, Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling was felicitated on the occasion by the officers, doctors and paramedical staff of the health Department. The team was led by State Health Minister Shri A.K. Ghatani along Commissioner-cum-Secretary Health Shri Vishal Chauhan.

The programme concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Medical Superintendent, STNM Hospital, Dr. K.B. Gurung.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister of Shri Pawan Chamling laid the foundation stone of Sikkim Government Medical College at Sichey, Gangtok. This eill be the first every medical college in the State.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by the Minister for Health Shri A.K. Ghatani, Buildings and Housing Minister Shri DT Lepcha, Minister Energy & Power Shri D.D Bhutia, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Shri Ugen T Gyatso, Minister Agriculture & Horticulture Shri Somnath Poudyal, Minister Forest Shri Tshering Wangdi Lepcha, MLA Upper Burtuk Constituency Shri D.R. Thapa, MLA Shri Hemendra Adhikari, MP Lok Sabha Shri PD Rai, Chief Secretary Shri A K Shrivastava and other officials.

Principal Chief Engineer-cum-Secretary, Roads & Bridges Department Shri R.B. Thapa briefed the Chief Minister about the upcoming Sikkim Government Medical College.

The first Government Medical College will be built in an area measuring 8.15 acres at a cost of Rs. 555.29 crores and will be established as per MCI norms. The Multi-Speciality Hospital in due course will also be the teaching hospital to this Medical College.

There are four major components this project besides internal roads and landscaping:

• A seven-storey academic cum administrative building with a total built up area of 17306 sq meters

• Modifications to the Multi-Specialty Hospital for teaching facilities

• 15 separate residential accommodations for staffs and students

• And other infrastructural services