HCM celebrates Raksha Bandhan with the Brahma Kumaris

Gangtok, 14 Aug (IPR): On the eve of the auspicious occasion of ‘Raksha Bandan’, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. P.S. Tamang (Golay) visited Shanti Kund head quarters of Brahma Kumari here in the capital this evening.

On the occasion, Sister B.K. Sonam, State incharge of Sikkim chapter of Brahma Kumari, tied Rakhee to the HCM and while expressing her happiness also hoped that this Raksha Bandan will not only strengthen the bonding but also inculcate the feelings of Unity and Karma.

On the other hand, the HCM expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards the Brahma Kumaris for the invitation and assured full support and cooperation from the government towards the organisation. He also requested them to take this message of unity and karma to the people of Sikkim and also educate and enlighten the students of Sikkim about the values of work culture and ethics to them.

The HCM was accompanied by Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, IAS, DIG (Range), DC (East) and SP (East).

Independence day celebration committee, Soreng had the gracious presence of Hon’ble CM Shri P S Tamang (Golay) as the chief guest

Gyalshing, 13th August 19(IPR): The 73rd Independence Day celebration 2019 organized by Independence day celebration committee (IDCC), Soreng Sub – Division had the gracious presence of the Chief Minister of Sikkim , Shri. P.S Golay (Tamang) as the chief guest of the day here at the play ground of Soreng Sr. Sec. School, West Sikkim.

The programme began with guard of honour by the police department and offering of the traditional scarfs to the chief guest and the dignitaries.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister extended his best wishes on the glorious 73rd Independence Day celebration of the largest democratic country. Expressing that the national level programmes should not be politicized, Golay reiterated that SKM government would not turn the religious ,cultural and national celebration into a political programme unlike earlier government. Golay said that, any celebration should be celebrated throughout the state with feeling of oneness and not confine to certain religious or cultural parameters only.

Chief Minister Golay lamented that it was due to the glittering reports based on complete falsehood presented to the central government by the SDF government regarding development and progress of Sikkim that the present government is finding it difficult to convince the central government for dispensation of budget. “When Namchi is reeling under acute shortage of water but the report of the SDF government submitted to the centre shows the state as 100% water supply connected, then it is a false picture given to the centre”, he informed.

He said that as the Chief Minister of Sikkim he is not for creating records and receiving awards but for the service to Sikkim and the fellow citizens. He further informed that the state government has prepared the budget for one time dispensation of arrears to the government employees.
Citing the example of Actress Geetanjali Thapa, he said she was born in this region and educated here as well but with her utmost dedication and hardworking she has proven herself in national and international level. So the upcoming generation should learn and dedicate themselves to the fullest in the field of their choice and raise the name of the state to the peak. Golay said that under the scheme of smart cities, the previous government has only focused on urban areas and compared the state to Switzerland with nil importance to the rural areas but our government have the clear vision to make SMART VILLAGES which results automatically in Smart State in the near future.
He also informed that there will be hike in old age pension and house upgrades.

The Chief Minister also stated that for the Soreng Girls football academy, he has kept annual budget of Rs 10 lakhs in the budget session and also included Hostel facility so that it helps in the future of the students.

The programme also witnessed the presentation of memento to the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Sikkim by the chief patron (IDCC)-Cum- Area MLA, Shri. Aditya Golay (Tamang). Ex- Army Association of Soreng also presented memento to the Chief Minister and the area MLA. Letter of gratitude was presented by the government employees under Soreng Sub Division and Mr. Himmat Rai (SDM/Soreng).

The programme also saw the felicitation of two renowned personalities of the region by IDCC. Captain Prawesh Pradhan (pilot, Indian Airway) and Miss. Geetanjali Thapa (Bollywood Actress) who are the asset of the state and the nation.

The second semi-finals of the Inter Constituency Level Open Women’s Football Tournament was kicked off between Maneybong Detam Vs Yangthang in which Maneybong Dentam secured place at finals by 4-0. In the second semi -finals of Men’s Open football tournament SDM office Soreng led the match with 4-2 against Jaideep football club, Siliguri till the concluded time.

HCM offers prayers at Siddheshvara Dham on the auspicious Shravan month

Namchi, 12 August (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) along with his spouse Smt. Krishna Kumari Rai offered their prayers on the ongoing auspicious month of Shravan at Siddheshvara Dham in Solophok today.

He was accompanied by MP Lok Sabha, Shri Indra Hang Subba, Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, DC (South), Shri. Ragul K., ADC (South), Shri Satyen K. Pradhan, officials amidst a large number of pilgrims and the local gentry.

The HCM, his spouse along with other officials attended the Aarti, Rudra Abhishek and Hawan while at Siddheshvara Dham.

HCM chairs meeting with officials in Namchi

Namchi, 12 August (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) chaired a meeting with officials at his residence on 11th August. Present amongst others were Chief Secretary, Mr. A.K. Shrivastava, DC (South), Mr. Ragul K., SP (South), Mr. Prawin Gurung, and MEO (Namchi), Mr. Samdup Lepcha.

The HCM spoke at length about the various official circulations issued by the State Government and appraised that all the officials should adhere to the circulation. He also spoke about the various development which has been undertaken in Namchi including its beautification, efficient disaster management and district administration system.

Additionally, the HCM also spoke about employees working overtime and emphasized that these employees are an example in smooth functioning of the State Government administration and are pro-actively working for the betterment of the general public.

He also advised that official meetings of any department across the State should be placed during the afternoons as he explained that the public who visit the offices for their work should not be hampered due to the unavailability of the officials attending the meetings.

Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad attends Int’l Organ Donation Day in Patna

Patna, 11 August (IPR): Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad today attended International Organ Donation Day at Patna as chief guest. He was joined by Union Minister for Law and Justice, Shri Ravishankar Prasad, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Sushil Modi, Ministers,MLAs and various other dignitaries in a glittering function organised by Dadhichi Dehadaan Samiti, a Non Governmental Organisation working to promote organ donation for the benefit of deprived and needy people who cannot afford high cost of organ transplantation in India.

Addressing the function, the Governor exhorted everyone present to commit to the service of mankind even after death.He underlined the importance of organ donation after death and said that one body can give or save life of as many as 50 individuals if donated within prescribed time frame after one’s death.

Stressing on the need to spread the goodwill and benefits of organ donation after death, the Governor further highlighted on the existing law in the country for such lawful donations. The initiative needs to be expanded to make it a people’s movement with right orientation of the mass towards this noble cause of mankind since there are thousands and thousands of unnatural deaths in the country, he added.

“As responsible citizen, we can serve the society during our lifetime and beyond,” the Governor said while urging hundreds of prospective donors to join the movement.

It may be mentioned here, the Governor himself has registered for donating his body and is an active executive member of Dadhichi Dehadaan Samiti for over a decade.

HCM attends Late Tara Man Chettri Memorial Tournament in Melli

Melli, 11 August (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) attended the first semi final match of Late Tara Man Chettri Memorial Open Football Tournament at Melli playground today. The tournament organized by Independence Day Celebration Committee 2019 had the presence of DC (South), Mr. Ragul K., SP (South), Mr. Prawin Gurung, SDPO (Jorethang), Mr. S.K. Shrestha, SDM (Jorethang), Mr. R. Bhandari, Panchayats, teachers, students and the local gentry.

Addressing the gathering, the HCM extended his best wishes on the glorious 73rd Independence Day of our rich country. He spoke in brief about the importance of playing any kind of sports in order to be physically and mentally fit.

Additionally, he stated that the budding young sports players should be encouraged in order to realize their dream to become an excellent sportsperson thereby bringing about laurels to the State. He also cited examples of international football players of Sikkim namely Nirmal Chettri, Robin Gurung and Bikash Jairu who were also playing in today’s match in Melli FC team and elucidated that young players of Sikkim should follow the golden sporting trajectory of these players.

Furthermore, the HCM emphasized that major sporting events in our State should be adopted as a business model and said that the State Government will provide the basic amenities for development of this model.

The first semi final match was played between Kanchenjunga Football Club (KFC) and Melli Football Club (MFC) wherein the the former emerged winner with a scoreline of 3-2.

Similarly, Suman Hazra, goalkeeper of KFC, was named as man of the match.

It maybe mentioned here, on 12th August, another semi final match will be played between Real Football Club Siliguri and Forest Melli.

HCM visits Shree Shree Shree Karuneshwar Shivalaya Mandir

Gangtok, 10 August (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S. Tamang (Golay) visited Shree Shree Shree Karuneshwar Shivalaya Mandir located at Sang Zingla in East Sikkim. He offered water to the Shiva Linga and also offered his prayers.

He was accorded a warm welcome by the executive members of the Shivalaya Mandir committee and the locals present there.

The public of the locality put forward genuine grievances before the HCM for which he assured to render every possible support.

The HCM was accompanied by Political Advisor, Shri T.N. Dhakal, DC/East and SP/East.

Guru Rinpoche’s Thungkar Tshechu observed in Gangtok

Gangtok, 10 August (IPR): Guru Rinpoche’s Thungkar Tshechu (birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava) was observed in a grand manner in Gangtok today with a religious procession taken out through the town.

Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs Department, Shri Sonam Lama, graced the occasion and offered his prayers.

A religious procession started out from Dotapu Chorten Gumpa on a bright sunny morning today wherein a statue of Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) especially made and consecrated by H.H. Drodupchen Rinpoche was carried along with Ser-Treng, sZong Tingdar and rare Guru Terzoet main scriptures in 60 volumes.

The procession organised by Sikkim Buddhist Duechen Organisation and Sikkim Buddhist Association, Gangtok, with the support from various other religious organizations, NGOs, social organization and associations had the presence of school children, laymen and devotees in large number.

The procession was halted at White Memorial Hall where Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S. Tamang (Golay) offered prayers.

The statue of Guru Padmasambhava was kept there for some time to allow the dignitaries and devotees to offer Jyaldar and prayed after which the journey of the procession led back to Chorten Gompa.

Revered as the patron saint of Sikkim, the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava is observed every year with prayers organized for all sentient beings.

HCM visits Alley Dara Bhutia Gumpa at Maniram Bhanjyang

Namchi, 09 August(IPR): Honourable Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) visited Alley Dara Bhutia Gumpa, located at Bhutia Busty near Maniram Bhanjyang in South Sikkim today.

The HCM upon his arrival was accorded with warm welcome by the lamas and the people of the locality afterwhich he offered his prayers and sought blessings.

Thereafter, the HCM interacted with the gumpa committee, lamas and public of the locality wherein he assured that all possible support for the welfare of the monastery and the public will be looked into including that of road connectivity and other required infrastructure.

Also present on the occasion were Hon’ble MLA and Chairman STCS, Shri Bishnu Kumar Khatiwara, executive members of the Committee and local gentry.

HCM attends Tendong Lho Rum Faat festival in Gyalshing

Gyalshing, 08 August (IPR): Tendong Lho Rum Faat, a popular festival of the Lepcha tribe, was celebrated with much enthusiasm and fervour at Gyalshing in West Sikkim today.

Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) graced the occasion as chief guest along with Speaker, Sikkim legislative Assembly, Mr. L.B. Das, Deputy Speaker, Mr. Sangay lepcha, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs and other officials and the public at large.

The HCM, while congratulating the people of the State, extended his best regards to the Lepcha community. He emphasized that the festival/occasion is not only for one specific community to celebrate but is meant for all the people in the State regardless of their cultural and religion.

With regard to the recent Jammu and Kashmir issue and the decision made by the Union Government of India on Article 370, he congratulated the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, and extended support of the State government and the people of Sikkim.

Furthermore, he welcomed the statement made by the Union Home Minister, Mr. Amit Shah, in which it was stated to give a full protection to Article 371F. The HCM also mentioned that he had put up a request to the political leaders at the Union level to protect article 371F in his recent visit to New Delhi.

In addition, he emphasized on the pending government related developmental works such as the “Stairway to Heaven” and assured full completion to the project.

Highlighting on how we have different community based festivals in Sikkim, he urged the public to accept and celebrate all different festivities as one unit which would lead in strengthening our State. He informed that the State government has successfully allocated budget release of arrear and pension for all employees at one single installment and also underlined the efforts made by the state government to provide salaries for the ones appointed under the One Family One Job scheme.

Drawing the attention of the public towards the impediments and constraints faced by the current government due to the fabricated reports submitted by the previous government, he announced to allocate five seats for the Dzongu Constituency out of 50 seats under the Chief Minister’s Meritorious Scholarship Scheme and highlighted developmental works to be carried out without any disturbances in the constituency of Dzongu. He affirmed that the State government will always work towards the protection of Dzongu and the rest of the State.

Furthermore, Mr. Golay announced to visit all constituencies along with the entire government machinery in the near future.

Minister of Food Security, Agriculture, Horticulture & Cash crops, Animal Husbandary, Livestock Fisheries and Veterinary Services, Information & Public Relations and Printing Departments, Mr. L.N. Sharma, who was the chief patron of the organizing committee, delivered his address in Lepcha language and expressed gratitude to the government for selecting Gyalshing to host the celebration of Tendong lho Rum Faat 2019.

He stated that West district witnessed a beginning of a delightful State level function and wished for more development to all four districts in the future. He explained that the State of Sikkim has diverse culture and traditions and further urged for unity amongst all communities in the State for the betterment.

The HCM was felicitated and honoured for redefining the development and progress within the State along with his resounding victory in the recent general elections. He was presented with a citation along with Pugo reep, Sumok Thyaktuk and the traditional weapon Banphok by the Lepcha Committee.

Likewise, the Pano Mun Solong Award in the field of Art and Culture was awarded to Mr. Dawa Lepcha. Thikung General GB Mainwarning was awarded to Mr. N.T. Lepcha while the Lhatshering Kunchudyangmu Memorial Literary Award was conferred to Mrs. Puspa Choden.

District Collector, West, Mr. Karma R. Bonpo, Mr. Tshering Wangchuk, Mr. Sherap Lepcha, Mr. Azing Lepcha, Mr. Passang Lepcha, Mrs. Tshering Ongmu Lepcha and Mr. Passang Tshering Lepcha were also felicitated in various fields by the Organizing Committee on the occasion.

The event was also addressed by Deputy Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Mr. Sangay Lepcha, Minister for HRDD, Mr. Kunga Nima Lepcha, Minister for RM&DD, Mr. Sonam Lama, and President of Sikkim Lepcha Association, Mr. Tseten Lepcha.

Later, the HCM also attented the on-going Independence Day Football Tournament at Kyongsa playground.

Earlier, Mr. Golay also made a brief visit to Pemayangtse Monastery in Pelling and offered prayers.