Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad inaugurates new Paediatric & Orthopaedic wards of CRH

Gangtok, 26 Feb (IPR): Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad, inaugurated new Paediatric and Orthopaedic wards of Central Referral Hospital (CRH), Manipal in Tadong today in the presence of Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, Vice Chancellor of Sikkim Manipal University (SMU), Lieutenant General (retired), Dr. M.D. Venkatesh, and host of other dignitaries.

The Governor congratulated SMU for infrastructural development in the health sector in the State. The Governor and other dignitaries took a round of the Paediatric ward, Orthopaedic ward and Nursing Skills Laboratory.

After inaugurating Pediatric and Ortho ward of CRH, the Governor interacted with the students of Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences.

Addressing the students, the Governor said that over a period of two and half decades, tremendous progress has been made by the SMIMS in health care and academic sector. SMIMS has given an opportunity for everyone to chase their dream and aspiration, he said, urging the students to make the most of it.

The Governor opined that it was important to empower the young minds with knowledge, but however stated that they should not be self-centred but should give back to the society once students achieve their goals. He added that the goal of education should be to strengthen and develop the society at large.

Encouraging young minds, the Governor said, “Effective time management is one of the important foundations in academic and profession as well in order to be a successful person in life.”

Urging the students to make best use of time in several career options available before them, Shri Prasad said that students should not confine to only educational knowledge.

“You have all the qualities and the spirit to excel so therefore you must keep your spirit alive throughout your life. Institution provides you wide range of opportunities and unique experiences to develop leadership and life skills and I am sure this will be exciting journey for learning and growth for all of you,” the Governor added.

Earlier, the Governor interacted with the students and answered several of their queries.

Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, in his address urged the students to keep themselves away from substance abuse which is one of the major menaces in the modern day. Speaking about present day ills like suicide and depression, the CS urged the students to avoid jumping into conclusion immediately and motivated them to make their own assessment in an intelligent way.

Earlier, Vice Chancellor, SMU, Dr. M.D. Venkatesh, in his welcome address gave brief glimpses of the journey of SMU in order to provide better health care services in the State.

DC West felicitates sub divisional essay competition winners

Gyalshing, 26 Feb (IPR): On the last working day of District Collector, West, Dr. A.B. Karki, felicitated three students who were adjudged as Best Essay Writers in the Inter Sub-division School Essay Competition which was recently conducted by the Human Resource Development Department at the Subdivisional level. A sum of Rs. 5000/- to three best essay writers from three Sub Divisions were handed over by the DC in the presence of Additional DC, West, Shri Karma L. Lepcha, Additional Director, HRDD, Smt T. Eden Bhutia, and Sub Divisional Magistrate, Yuksam, Dr. Sonam R. Lepcha.

Names of the winners are:

  1. Ashwik Karki from Sakyong SSS
  2. Darshan Rai from Pelling SSS
  3. Isha Subba from Bermoik SS

First round of training for Assistant Expenditure Observer conducted successfully in West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 26 Feb (IPR): The First Round of Training for Assistant Expenditure Observer was conducted by the District Election Cell at DAC Conference Hall. The programme was chaired by District Collector, West, Dr. A.B. Karki, Additional District Collector, West, Shri Karma Lodey Lepcha, Sub Divisional Magistrate, West, Shri Tushar G. Nikhare, SDM, Yuksam, Dr. Sonam R. Lepcha, and Accounts Officer, Human Resource Development Department, Shri Ashap Sharma.

Deputy Chief (Pay & Accounts), Shri K.B. Subba, was the master trainer for the programme wherein he explained all the necessary procedures to be followed by the AEOs during the time of elections. The training was mainly for the AEOs and their supporting staffs. Accounts Officer, HRDD, Shri Ashap Sharma, has been appointed as Nodal Officer for Election Expenditure Monitoring.

It may be recalled that the first round of training for Sector Magistrates, Flying Squad, Static Surveillance and Video Surveillance Teams was also conducted on 21st February, 2019 at the Zilla Conference Hall in Kyongsa. The Sector Police officers were also trained and appointed by Superintendent of Police, West. 

A total of 21 names have been selected for the Sector Magistrates, 08 teams each for Flying Squad, Static Surveillance, Video Surveillance and 01 Nodal Officer as informed by the ADC (W).

Hon’ble Governor attends National SC-ST Hub Conclave in the capital

Gangtok, 26 Feb (IPR): The National SC-ST Hub Conclave, an initiative of the Ministry of MSME, Government of India was held today at Chintan Bhawan.

Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad attended the event as chief guest. Present at the conclave were Mayor, Gangtok Municipal Corporation, Shri Shakti Singh Choudhary, Principal Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Dr. Thomas Chandy, National Working President of Forum of SC and ST Legislatures & Parliamentarians & Director General of Dr. Ambedkar Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, Director (P&M), NSIC, Head Office, New Delhi, Mr. P. Udaya Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing, Government of India, Dr. Rakesh Sarwal, and Zonal General Manager, NSIC (North-East), Dr. Avinash Choudhary.

The Governor, in his address, expressed his happiness and gratitude for inviting him as the chief guest, stating that for a developing economy like India, it was of utmost importance to have an interactive gathering of entrepreneurs and investors for development that is inclusive of all.

“Sikkim has already made its mark in the Organic sector so it is both sensible and valuable to expand its organic market and grow globally,” said the Governor.

He praised the State Government for providing beneficial schemes to the public that has helped a consumer become a producer thereby uplifting various sections of the society. He stressed on making maximum utilization of products like bamboo that can be marketed extensively and encouraged the youth to be confident and innovative, both. He ended his note stating that in order to be capable, one needs to empower themselves with skill and knowledge and advised that entrepreneurs make optimum use of the benefits and schemes provided by the government.

Principal Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Dr. Chandy, spoke on the benefits of various schemes for budding entrepreneurs, stressing particularly on the history of traditional arts and crafts that is unique to Sikkim. He mentioned the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms that has existed since the monarchy and said that with time and development, necessary marketing and investment is the need of the hour to take the industry forward.

He also talked about livelihood schools that cater and hone the skills of youngsters so that they become skilled craftsmen and entrepreneurs. Adding to that, he mentioned that various banks provide loans that can financially aid a business venture and that budding entrepreneurs should take advantage of this. He advised people to be proactive and stated that incubation centres with technological interventions along with marketing support and market information would enhance every commercial venture. He further said that comprehensive information with collaboration between the Ministry and State Government and all public-private sectors would be of great help in disseminating awareness thus expanding the market.

Dr. Chandy concluded his address saying that the existing capacity should be in proportion with the capacity that is sourced from outside so that the schemes and benefits are packaged accordingly for the enhancement of skills for the entrepreneurs.

Earlier, Director (P&M), NSIC, Head Office, New Delhi, Mr. Kumar, briefed the gathering on the importance of the SC-ST hub and its necessity for growing entrepreneurs, particularly in the North East region. He mentioned some of the key initiatives of the NSIC and encouraged all to turn into job providers instead of job seekers.

The second half of the session had presentations on the different schemes of MSME-DI (Government of India), KVIC (Government of Sikkim), NSIC (North East), Department of Industries (Government of Sikkim), FCI (Sikkim), Power Grid Corporation of India and the National Hydro Electric Power Corporation Ltd.

The final session included presentations from various banks like the Branch Indian Overseas Bank, SBI (Gangtok), NEDFI (Gangtok), NABARD (Gangtok) and the Central Bank of India.

Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad lays foundation stone of Rajya Sainik Board’s Office-cum-Guest House

Gangtok, 26 Feb (IPR): Governor Shri Ganga Prasad laid the foundation stone of Office-cum-Guest House of Rajya Sainik Board here in the capital today in the presence of Minister, Building & Housing, Shri D.T. Lepcha. Also present in the function were Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, Secretary, Building & Housing Department, Shri R.B. Thapa, Secretary, Rajya Sainik Board, Col (Retd) D.N. Bhutia, and other officials.

Upon arrival, Governor Shri Ganga Prasad was received by the Minister, Chief Secretary and other officials and was briefed about the activities of the Rajya Sainik Board by Secretary Col D.N. Bhutia before the laying of the foundation Stone. Secretary, Building and Housing Department, Shri R.B. Thapa, gave the technical briefing of the upcoming infrastructure.

The Sainik Rest House Cum Office will be built in a total area of 2.866 acres at an estimated cost of Rs. 613.27 lakhs. Built on a floor area of 14035.2 sq ft, the facility will comprise of the Secretary’s office/room, officer’s room, staff hall, clinic, kitchen, dining hall tradesman’s room, caretaker office, visitor’s lounge and washrooms in the ground floor, while the remaining three floors will have guest rooms, dormitory hall, general kitchen, linen rooms, and multipurpose hall.

The Governor was welcomed with shawl, floral bouquet and traditional khadas by Family of World War II Veterans, Gallantry Award Winners, Veer Naari and Everesters. The Governor individually met and interacted with each member of the audience.

Addressing the programme, the Governor paid tribute to the brave jawans and ex-servicemen who have dedicated their lives to the service of the nation. He also paid his respect to World War Veterans, Gallantry Award Winners, Veer Naari, Ex Servicemen and Serving Personnel, and brave individuals who have scaled Mount Everest, many of whom were present in the program. He said that it is because of the selfless service of the brave jawans that the citizens of the country can enjoy peace and security. He added that the nation is progressing in every front because of the vigilance of the army. He added that the army is committed to serve the nation even in dire circumstances.

“For them, mother and motherland are supreme and protection of the two is their prime duty,” he said.

Governor Shri Ganga Prasad lauded the positive initiative of the State Government in envisaging this Rajya Sainik Board Guest House cum Office and for allocating adequate financial resources for the same. He said that the infrastructure once complete will be a huge asset for the Rajya Sainik Board. The Governor suggested that the Government should consider having special classes taken by Ex-Servicemen in schools and colleges so that students can listen and learn from their inspiring stories.

The Governor also remembered the 43 jawans who lost their lives in the recent terrorist attack in Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir and paid his tribute to the families of the martyrs. He said that India is a powerful nation and believes in its capabilities. He reiterated that enemies of the nation will not be spared.

Earlier, Secretary, Rajya Sainik Board, Col (Retd) D.N. Bhutia, in his welcome address, highlighted the various welfare incentives by the State and Central Government to Ex Servicemen, serving personnel and families.

Sikkim to host the National SC-ST Hub (NSSH) Conclave at Chintan Bhawan

Gangtok, 25 Feb (IPR): The State of Sikkim will host the National SC-ST Hub (NSSH) Conclave on the 26th of February here at Chintan Bhawan in Gangtok. The NSSH is an initiative of the Ministry of MSME, Government of India, to provide professional support to SC-ST Entrepreneurs to fulfill the objectives of 4% procurement from CPSEs as per the mandate of the Public Procurement Policy. The hub is providing hand-holding support to SC-ST MSEs through finance facilitation, e-tendering support, CPSE connect, market linkages, and development of new entrepreneurs to participate in procurement process.

This was informed in a press conference held at the conference hall of Udhyog Bhawan in Tadong today. The press conference was jointly addressed by Principal Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Dr. Thomas Chandy, and former MLA and National Working President, Forum of SC and ST Legislators Parliamentarians, and Director General, Dr. Ambedkar Chamber of Commerce, Mr Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal. Also present in the press conference were Branch Manager, National Small Industries Corporation Limited, a Government of India Enterprise, Mr Peter Thawngneihchina, and his colleague, Mr Hemanta Kumar.

It was informed that similar conclaves have been held recently in all the States including all the North Eastern States and Sikkim will be the last State to host the Conclave in this round. The conclave aims to bring together CPSEs, Industry Associations and State Government on a common platform and deliberate upon steps to be taken to fulfill Public Procurement Policy mandate for SC-ST entrepreneurs. It aims to understand how NSSH can collaborate with State Government and work together at the ground level to augment the capabilities of existing SC-ST entrepreneurs. There will be interactions with Industry Associations and Incubators to understand their expectations about NSSH programme while also on-boarding them to play a larger role.

The Ministry of MSME has taken several initiatives under the hub with an objective to increase participation of SC-ST MSEs in Public Procurement Policy i.e., State conclaves awareness campaigns, etc. Therefore, a database of SC-ST candidates has been developed. NSSH has set up Call centre for outbound calling process to validate the database of SC-ST participants of State Conclaves, UAM, SPRS, SMAS, etc. As a result, data of more than 4000 SC-ST MSEs has been verified as is being shared by CPSEs.

In addition, more than 16,000 SC-ST MSEs benefited through SMAS, SPRS ad PCRS schemes under National SC-ST Hub till date. The Hub would thus aid in strengthening market access/linkages, mentoring, capacity building, leveraging financial support schemes, and sharing industry best practices. In addition, the Hub would facilitate activities such as maintaining MSME Database, Vendor Development Programmes, Mentoring and Capacity Building, Finance Facilitation, Consortia of SC-ST Suppliers, Marketing Assistance, Private Affirmative Action, Collaboration with States, Awards and Felicitation and Management Information System (MIS).

The one-day conclave will be graced by Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Mr Ganga Prasad, as chief guest in the presence of host of other dignitaries. The conclave will have participation of entrepreneurs from Sikkim and other States, Ministry officials, Banks, and senior students of Colleges and Universities.