ECI organises video conference with CEOs of 20 different States and UTs of India

Gangtok, 08 Feb (IPR): The Election Commission of India (ECI) organised a video conference with Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) of 20 different states and Union Territories of India on preparatory of Roll out of EVM Management system for general election.

The Deputy Election Commissioner, ECI, Shri. Sudeep Jain chaired the video conference.

Chief Electoral Officers of 20 States and Union Territories viz; Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Daman, Goa, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and West Bengal attended the video conference.

Shri. Sudeep Jain informed that ECI is going to launch new software called EMS on February 25th for upcoming general election. The new software will replace old ETS software that is used by the Commission.

Chief Minister Shri. Pawan Chamling inaugurated the District Veterinary Polyclinic

Namchi, 4th January(IPR): The Chief Minister Mr Pawan Chamling inaugurated the District Veterinary Polyclinic, at Boomtar Namchi today. Present, during the inaugural ceremony were SLA Speaker Mr. K. N. Rai, Minister Animal Husbandry, Livestock, Fisheries and Veterinary Services Mr. Somnath Poudyal, Secretary Animal Husbandry Dr. Kumar Bhandari alongside various officials. At the outset, the Chief Minister alongwith the dignitaries also inspected the Polyclinic.

The Secretary presented the technical report of the Polyclinic at the function held at Community Hall in which he detailed the report. He added that the Veterinary Polyclinic has been built with a project cost of Rs. 4.87 crore which has been funded under North East Council (NEC) with a financing pattern of 90:10. The Polyclinic has four components and the main Polyclinic is a two storied building where the ground level will be used for clinical examination of animals, carrying out surgical operation and diagnostic laboratory facility including X-ray and ultrasound. The first level will include a facility for training hall and office rooms for doctors. The second component is construction of 5 unit class II quarter for veterinary doctors with parking space. The third component is construction of carpeted approach road and drainage facility and protective wall, the 4th component consist of construction of fencing alongwith the boundary.

Additionally, the Secretary elucidated that the establishment of this polyclinic will assist and meet the demands for modern animal health care and treatment required for domestic animal.

World Tourism Day 2018 celebrated at Pelling ,West Sikkim.

Gyalshing, 26th September, 2018 (IPR): The Inaugural of the two days long ‘World Tourism Day’ celebration organized on the theme ‘Tourism and Digital Transformation’ commenced at Pelling Senior Secondary School ground. The event is organized by West Sikkim Tourism Society in coordination with District Administration (west), Tourism Department Government of Sikkim, Pelling Tourism Development Society and various tourism stakeholders of West Sikkim.
The Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Shri. Ugen Gyatso Bhutia also the Chief Guest for the program inaugurated the function. Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) Shri. P.D Rai was the Special Guest, Minister Shri. N.K Subba, MLA Ms. Chandra Maya Subba, Special Secretary (Tourism) Ms. Namrata Thapa, D.C (West) Dr. A. B Karki, S.P West, representatives from different travel agencies from around the country and tourism stakeholders were also present in the first day of event.
The highlight of the event was panel discussion held on different aspects of tourism industry and scopes of tourism in Sikkim. The experts also the representatives of popular travel agencies such as Make My Trip,Booking.comYatra.com and heads of well-known chains of hotels of India presented their distinct views and ideas regarding promotions and development of tourism in the state of Sikkim through effective activities based on tourism with participations of people in fruitful way. The panelists shared that Sikkim could capitalize on its natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and its serene environment for development of tourism in the state.
Shri. P.D Rai in his brief address stated that he learnt a lot from penal discussion regarding mechanism related to tourism and he expressed the need of comprehensive work to be done on development of sustainable tourism through involvement of people in progressive way. He expressed that an easy means of livelihood could be created through tourism sector. He also mentioned the necessity of technologies for making tourism a global venture. He added that state’s sustainable tourism goal could be achieved when all mechanisms work in tandem to propel the tourism sector of the state.
Mr. Adarsh Jha, national head of Yatra.com expressed that promotion of tourism depends upon technological assistance and active involvement of people. He added that availability of well-connected tourism network help to propel the tourism prospects of any state in the country.
Mr. Ugen Chopel from Chumbi Group of hotels mentioned that in spite of having won national and international accolades in tourism sector, Sikkim has failed to take advantages of such accolades to take the sector to a newer level. Stressing the need of promotion of Sikkim with a distinct catch line in tourism sector to ensure uniqueness of the state, Mr. Chopel said that catch line adopted by other states of the country have become effective in terms of promotion and propagation of tourism . He further spoke about need of popularizing traditional food items, products and distinct cultural heritage of Sikkim for propagation of state’s tourism sector.
Other expert panelists opined that provision of proper transport network, availability of hotels and homestays with proper hospitality management are key factors that contribute towards development of tourism. The panelist also expressed that tourism industry could act as a gateway to employment opportunities for people if the industry is managed in proper way.
Speaking about technical necessity for making tourism industry far reaching and advantageous to people, the panelists expressed that advancement of technologies have contributed a lot for development of tourism industry and acquiring knowledge about technologies have become essential for the people working in the industry. They also spoke about efficiency of technology to cater the service related to tourism in easy and prompt way.
The panelists answered different questions raised by individuals involved with tourism in relation to issues pertaining to tourism sector.
At the outset, president of organizing committee Sushil Tamang speaking about objective of the World Tourism Day Celebration informed that effort is on for making the celebratory event informative and constructive for the tourism stakeholders of state. He added that in order to make tourism a prosperous sector, activities based on tourism is most needed.
Organizing committee felicitated Minister N. K Subba and M.P Lok Sabha Mr. P. D. Rai and awarded persons involved with tourism sector and other personalities for their contributions towards the society.

Sadbhavana Diwas was observed at Secretariat, Manan Kendra in Gangtok.

Gangtok, August 20: (IPR) Sadbhavana Diwas was observed at Secretariat, Manan Kendra today. The Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Shrivastava administered the pledge to all the HODs, officers and staffs present.

The Chief Secretary asked everyone to perform their duties for the emotional oneness and harmony of all the people of India regardless of caste, region, religion or language and to resolve all differences through dialogue and constitutional means without resorting to violence.

Sadbhavana Diwas was also observed in all the Departments throughout the state.

Legal Services camp organized at Community Hall, Gyalshing.

Gyalshing, 14th June, 2018 (IPR): A legal Services camp was organized by District Legal Services Authority, West in coordination with Sikkim State Legal Services Authority under the aegis of National Legal Services Authority at the Community Hall, Gyalshing. The program was chaired by Hon’ble Chairperson cum District & Sessions Judge, Mr. Suraj Chettri; Secretary cum Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ms. Subarna Rai; S.P West Mr.Tenzing Loden Lepcha; Social Worker Ms.Roshna Chettri and Pannel Advocate Mr. Pujan Kharka.
Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act & Sikkim Anti Drugs Act were discussed in brief along with various other child rights . The program concluded with an interactive session which witnessed the participation of many local Gentries.

Paryavaran Mahotsav celebrated by organising plantation and cleanliness drives in of South Sikkim.

Namchi, 1st July:Paryavaran Mahotsav was celebrated amidst much fervour by organising plantation and cleanliness drives in different areas of South Sikkim. Avenue plantation along State Highways were taken up at various locations. Local public, Line Departments, Schools, NGOs, Pharmaceutical companies, Ward and Zilla Panchayat members coordinated and supported the Forest Department in organising the plantation drives. Likewise, Ten minutes to earth was also celebrated. The cleanliness drive were held in location namely that of Namchi, Lingmoo, Yangyang, Melli and many more which had an active participation and support from local public, line Departments, concernd ward and Zilla Panchayat members.

The Jan Seva and Jan Sampark programme of the Chief Minister, Shri Pawan Chamling reached Rongli.

Rongli, June 19 (IPR): Taking his second phase public outreach further, the Jan Seva and Jan Sampark programme of the Chief Minister, Shri Pawan Chamling reached Rongli under Chujachen Constituency today.

The programme began with the welcome address by the area MLA Shri Bikram Pradhan who expressed his gratitude towards the HCM on behalf of the public from the Constituency. He said that the development till date in the area was possible only due to the vision and hard work of the Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling. He also put forth various demands before the HCM for the welfare of the Constituency. The Hon’ble Chief Minister sanctioned all their demands in principle.

The Chief Minister began his address by thanking the gathering for a warm welcome and expressed that he was glad to be amongst them. He went on to state that ‘Change’ was necessary, not only in politics but in all fields of life. However, one should always change for the better and not for the worse, he declared. He then reminded the people that democracy meant a responsible government as well as responsible citizens. “Freedom lies with responsibility, only then the State can be truly democratic,” he said.

The Chief Minister put across his thoughts on gender and communal inequality and differences, stating that the government had drawn schemes and plans to counter the existing polarity and that, it was the people’s right as well as their duty to rightfully take what is theirs. He gave example of the Succession Act 2008 and also spoke on the protection and reservation of the minorities and questioned the crowd on why we lacked compassion and kindness. He advised all to be considerate and sensitive, especially those in power and in control. Asserting on striking the balance between equality and fairness, he said that his government has been working on maintaining this balance so that justice is delivered to all. He urged the people not to be misled and manipulated by those who used religious and communal difference to bring about purposeless arguments.

He made public that approval regarding appointment of government employees on compassionate ground need not be sent to the Chief Minister’s Office. Instead, the officials could scrutinize the documents, verify it and employ the next in kin promptly, for it was important to have at least one breadwinner in the house.

The Chief Minister also spoke on the importance of industrial development and the gravity of private sectors. He announced that a law had been passed in the house recently, stating that it was mandatory for these private industries and offices to employ 90% of the local people. He then gave examples of countries like Canada and Iceland who have let the industrial sector develop and evolve them as a nation.

Shri Chamling thanked the Aganwadi Workers and the Aganwadi Helpers for leaving no stone unturned in implementing the health schemes especially those, catering to pregnant women and primigravida mothers. He stressed on the importance of having children and encouraged the public to follow a sensible family plan. He also spoke on the immense value of nature and environment, motivating the people to have several plantation drives and promised them that his government would construct parks and environment-friendly recreational centres in days to come.

Stressing on the importance of education, he stated that when a person is denied of the tool of education, it could stunt his growth as a human being. He spoke proudly that today Sikkim has 27 colleges and 7 universities and education up to college level has been made free so that no child can be refused the right to education. However, he also mentioned that while educational degrees would enhance a person’s confidence and growth, it was equally important to be a good human being in the first place.

He spoke with pride on Sikkim being the only Organic State in the country as well as gaining popularity globally in the agricultural sector. He said that initially, while tourists and people from outside visited the State bringing knowledge with them to share with the Sikkimese people, the tables have now turned for they come to take knowledge from Sikkim. He propelled the people, particularly the youth to become producers instead of consumers and to be self-sufficient. Further, he advised them to come forward and take up loans for Start-Up Ventures and scholarships.

Towards the end, he asked the people to be free from all forms of dependency and to instill in them the power and wisdom to build a village, town and eventually a State of their own dreams. He brought to mind that the power and responsibility lay in the hands of the public and the government both.

He concluded his speech, promising the public that he would build houses of all religion so that there would be no religious discrimination and warned the people to be wary of intellectual dishonesty.

He thanked the people for their time and support and said that in the last twenty-four years, his government had made sure that Sikkim was safe and secure and would continue to do so in the coming years, with the help and co-operation of the people.

Earlier Chief Minister was felicitated by Cheli Morcha and Yuva Morcha of Chujahen Constituency, presentation of Smriti Chinna by Zilla Panchayats, Gram Panchayats and Panchayats of Sudunglakha GPU, Anganwadi workers, Aasha workers, Boudha Sanskar Sudhar Samiti (Dalapchand), Progressive farmers and social media group from the Constituency. He also released a music album on the occasion.

The public event had the presence of Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chairpersons, Panchayat Level Functionaries, HODs, Officials of the State Government, students and people from the constituency.