The Hon’ble Chief Minister convened a high level meeting at Manan Kendra

Gangtok, April 10(IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang convened a high level meeting at Manan Kendra, today. The meeting was held to take stock of the situation in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 and to organize “Teeka Utsav” or vaccination festival in the State.
The meeting was attended by the Hon’ble Cabinet Ministers, Chief Secretary Shri S. C. Gupta, DGP, Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, Special DGP, Heads of Departments, District Collectors, Superintendent of Police and senior officials of various departments.
The meeting thoroughly discussed the present COVID status, vaccination drive and treatment in the State and also deliberated on the issues that needed urgent attention and interventions from all the stakeholders.
Hon’ble Chief Minister in his address said that in the span of a year-long fight against COVID-19, the State has done a tremendous effort to tackle the virus in the State. He also lauded the support and cooperation of the general public in the fight against the virus in 2020 till date and solicited the same to continue with it in the future as well. The Chief Minister also appealed to follow the five fold strategy i.e. Testing, Tracing, Treatment, COVID appropriate behavior and Vaccination to deal with the virus. He also gave directions to Heads of the State Government Departments to take out the lists of all employees who have attained 45 years and above to encourage them to take the vaccine in this drive. Similarly, he also directed the Police and Information and Public Relations Departments to generate massive awareness to the general people to come forward and participate in the Teeka Utsav. Likewise, directions were also given to organise awareness campaigns and publicity on the second wave of coronavirus and sensitize the general public in the State. The Chief Minister also directed all the Heads of Departments including DCs, SPs to chart out a road map for a comprehensive strategy to take the message across all section of society and disseminate the information with regard to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour, Dawai Bhi Kadai Bhi, and to participate in Teeka Utsav who are eligible people so that the vaccination to targeted population could be achieved.
The Minister for Health Dr. Mani Kumar Sharma also highlighted the State Government’s initiative with regard to COVID-19 and urged everyone to strictly follow preventive measures and guidelines of the Central and State Government.
Chief Secretary Shri S.C. Gupta in his introductory remarks stated that following the direction of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, Teeka Ustav- Vaccination Festival will be held in Sikkim from April 11 to April 14, 2021, to accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination in the State. He also informed that the venue for Teeka Utsav would be in Gymnasium Hall, Paljor Stadium and urged everyone from the age group of 45 years and above to take the vaccine. He also gave an overview of the COVID-19 status in the State. The Chief Secretary also mentioned the recent guidelines issued on 31st of March and directed the Heads of the Departments to implement the same in letter and spirit.
DG cum Secretary Health Dr Pempa T. Bhutia gave a powerpoint presentation on the COVID-19 scenario in the State and action taken report by the Department till date.

Hon’ble Governor and First lady receive the Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Gangtok, April 9(IPR): Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad and the First lady of Sikkim, Smt. Kamla Devi, received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at STNM hospital, Sochyagang, today.
The Governor in his brief address stated that he has taken a second dose of vaccination, today. He appealed to everyone to take the vaccination of COVID-19 for the safety of oneself and of others and urged not to pay heed to the rumours being spread on vaccination. The Governor also reiterated to follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour which includes social distancing, constant hand-washing and wearing of a mask.
He also spoke on the Hon’ble Prime Minister initiative on ‘Dawai Bhi Kadai Bhi’ and appealed to focus on the fivefold strategy to deal with the emerging COVID crisis i.e Testing, Tracing, Treatment, COVID appropriate behaviour and Vaccination.
ADC to Hon’ble Governor Major Vikash Kumar also received the first dose of Covid vaccine.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister arrives at Bagdogra Airport

Siliguri, April 9(IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri. Prem Singh Tamang, arrived at the Bagdogra Airport, today, after participating in the ‘Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav’ in Gujarat.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Hon’ble Minister for Power Department Shri. M. N. Sherpa, Secretary to HCM Shri. S. D. Dhakal along with other officials.
Upon his arrival, the Chief Minister was received by Officials of Home, Tourism and Civil Aviation Departments along with Information and Public Relations Department.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister called on the Hon’ble Union Minister of Road Transport Shri Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi, April 7: The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang called on the Hon’ble Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari, in New Delhi today.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister discussed various issues relating to road transport connectivity in the State and also on the issue of alternate National Highway between Sikkim and West Bengal. He proposed for the construction of the National Highway connecting Kali Jhora from Rangpo West Bengal, Sikkim Border via Mansong, 17th Mile Kalimpong, 12th Mile Alpert Villa, Ralli, Khani, Shinji, Samalbong, Samthar and Pampu joining Kalijohra in the National Highway.
He also requested for the alternate National Highway between Melli and Singtam on the Sikkim side for which the project proposal is already submitted to the Ministry. He highlighted the need for improving Indira Bypass, Manpur-Nayabazaar-Legship Road, Gangtok- Tashi View Point, Rangpo-Pachak-Mamjay-Dickling to Pakyong Airport to be declared as National Highway.
Another highlight of the meeting was the 134 km road connecting Naya Bazaar-Daramdin-Soreng-Kaluk-Dentam-Uttarey to Chiwabhanjyang for better improvement as well as declaring it a National Highway. This connectivity touches Chiwabhanjyang at the western part of the State with Nepal which will be an important route for tourism and business purposes.
Further, the Ranipul – Gangtok Bypass Road via Sajong (Rumtek) connecting Burtuk which was under construction since 2010 is now abandoned because of the midway termination of the contract. This being a very important Bypass connecting Upper Burtuk will ease the traffic congestion in the present National Highway and lead to seamless access to Nathula Pass (Indo-China Border). The Hon’ble Chief Minister requested for the completion of the balance work for which the Government of Sikkim has already submitted the proposal.
The Hon’ble Union Minister has taken note of all the proposals and directed the officials to initiate the activities on the subject raised by the Hon’ble Chief Minister.
(S.D. Dhakal)
Secretary to HCM
Camp: New Delhi

The Hon’ble Chief Minister called on the Hon’ble Minister of State of Power Government of India

New Delhi, April 7: The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang called on the Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Power, New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, Shri R. K Singh, in New Delhi, today.
The Chief Minister submitted a Memorandum to make Sikkim a developed and efficient electricity provider to its consumer through green energy within the State and to consumers outside the State as well. He also requested for the consideration by the power purchasers of other States to fulfill the Hydropower Purchase Obligation and also discussed the evacuation system for direct withdrawal of free share of power from the State Independent Power Producer (IPP) projects including Teesta Stage III Hydro Electricity Project. Provisions for prepaid smart meter system were also discussed in the meeting for which the Hon’ble Chief Minister requested for 90% grant to the State for completing the installation of prepaid smart meters.
In regards to the solar renewable purchase obligation, the Chief Minister offered a vacant land for the installation of 1 (one) megawatt at Pakyong, East Sikkim and requested the Hon’ble Minister to provide special assistance from the Government of India. He also requested the cancellation of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and withdrawal of all thermal power which in spite of generating surplus green energy is not profiting the state.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister was accompanied by the Hon’ble Minister for Energy & Power, Government of Sikkim, Shri M.N. Sherpa and the senior officers of the Ministry of Power, New & Renewable Energy, Government of India. The meeting was very fruitful as the Hon’ble Union Minister of State (I/C) has assured that all the points discussed will be looked into at the earliest.
(S.D. Dhakal)
Secretary to HCM
Camp: New Delhi

The Hon’ble Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari handed over care ambulances to the State of Sikkim

New Delhi, April 7: The Hon’ble Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways handed over three basic care ambulances to the State of Sikkim. NHIDCL has procured these ambulances fitted with basic care appliances, medicines and the ambulances will be providing services to the road accident victims and act as a quick response tool for road mishaps.
On behalf of the Sikkim Government, Special Resident Commissioner, Sikkim Government Ms. Monalisa Dash received the keys for the said ambulance which was handed over to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Prem Singh Tamang in New Delhi, today.
(Press release from CMO)

From the official page of Hon’ble Chief Minister

I was pleased to join the Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Governor of Gujarat Shri Acharya Devvrat, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijaybhai Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat for the closing ceremony of the Dandi Yatra at National Salt Satyagraha Memorial, Samarpan Ashram Road, Dandi in Gujarat.
In my address, I expressed our delight to be a part of this historic event. Speaking about the Sathyagraha Ashram in Ahmedabad I added that the purpose of the ashram was to improve the economic conditions and instill the spirit of independence through non-violence. It is the most influential weapon for mankind and was the same principle preached by Mahatma Gandhi which I urged all to embrace.
Commending the progress of our country under the able leadership of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, I stated that the call for Vocal for Local has ushered in a fresh chapter in the glorious history of our country. I also mentioned the Make in India campaign and stated prime examples of accomplishment under this initiative like the Tejas aircraft and the COVID-19 vaccines to name a few. I urged everyone to collectively work towards ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT and set more milestones in years to follow.
Speaking about the integration of Sikkim as the 22nd state of India, I added that Sikkimese people are equally patriotic and proud to be Indians. I informed them about a couple of initiatives and achievements of our state and the intention to contribute towards the welfare of our country.
I also expressed my sorrow and deepest condolences on the recent death of soldiers in Chattisgarh at the hands of the Naxalites and condemned such heinous acts.
I extended my gratitude to the Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble Home Minister and thanked the Hon’ble Governor, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat and the entire State for the exceptional hospitality and for hosting such a wonderful event.
After the event, I also visited the Dandi beach, Saifee House and the Gandhi Memorial situated in the same vicinity.

18 young IPS probationers called on the Hon’ble Governor

Gangtok, April 6 (Raj Bhawan): A group of 18 young Indian Police Service (IPS) probationers of 72 Regular Recruits (RR) and 3 Mauritius Police Force called on the Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad at the Raj Bhawan, today. All these IPS and Mauritius Police Force Probationers of 72 RR are in a part of study cum cultural tour to Himalayan State.
During the interaction, the Hon’ble Governor advised the young probationers to keep up their self-learning experiences and knowledge they have earned to serve the people with willingness and sincerity. He also urged them to work with zeal and high devotion in their respective States cadre.
Ratna Singh and Amit Kumar from IPS probationers and Mohammad Immambocus from Mauritius Police Force shared their views and experiences about their visit to Sikkim.
Mohammad Immambocus from Mauritius Police Force lauded Sikkim for organic farming, cleanliness and environmental initiatives of the State.
The Hon’ble Governor also wished them a very successful career ahead.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister participates in the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Dandi March in Gujarat

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Prem Singh Tamang participated in the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Dandi March on 3rd April 2021, along with the Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, officials and the students in Gujarat.
The 12-mile long journey on foot commenced from Damman where he addressed the local gentry. He expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome accorded to the Sikkim contingent and asserted on building a strong relationship between the two states. He paid homage to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi who had opposed the salt tax levied during the time and is considered one of the historic moment of the pre-independence era.
On the way, the Hon’ble Chief Minister was presented with mementoes and also had a brief interaction with the people. The march concluded at Navsari, where a cultural programme was organised in the presence of Hon’ble Minister of Tribal Development, Tourism, Forest, Women & Child Welfare, Shri Ganpathsinh Vasava. The programme included performances from Gujarat and Sikkim showcasing the cultural vibrance.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister in his brief address in the programme stated that he including the representatives from Sikkim are fortunate to be a part of this momentous occasion. He added that Sikkim, in spite of being a small state has walked hand in hand with the nation and has contributed to the prices of nation-building. He added that Sikkim will continue to work in tandem with the nation and promote the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s call for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and under his able guidance, he believes the country will reach newer heights.
He extended an invitation to the people of Gujarat to visit Sikkim and experience the vibrant culture and tradition the state has to offer. Further, he stressed building a strong relationship between the two states for mutual benefit.

Foreign Secretary of India Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla called on the Hon’ble Governor

Gangtok, April 3: Foreign Secretary of India, Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla called on Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad at Raj Bhawan today. It was a courtesy call by the Foreign Secretary, Government of India who is on a visit to Sikkim to attend the inaugural ceremony of “Kanchenjunga Dialogue” organized by Sikkim Central University at Samman Bhawan, Gangtok.
Hon’ble Governor stated that Sikkim being a small state holds a lot of potential in organic farming, tourism industry, hydropower, horticulture and floriculture etc.
Foreign Secretary Shri Shringla mentioned the importance of the Look East Policy and India Act East Policy for the development of the northeast region.
Shri Shringla said that Northeast India will play an important role in India’s Act East Policy. The Centre government is building infrastructure so that Northeast India could emerge as an important hub in India’s engagement with South-East Asian countries, he added. He also apprised that the main focus of the government is to extend connectivity through rail, road, and air in order to improve cultural, trade exchange between states and neighbouring countries.
Foreign Secretary, Shri Harsh Vardhan appreciated the State government for their efforts to run the state in a smooth manner and extend the best possible assistance for the developmental project.
The Foreign Secretary was accompanied by Dr. Anupam Ray Joint Secretary Policy Planning and Research and Ms. Satwant Khanalia Director FSO of Ministry of External Affairs.