North Sikkim celebrated the 71st Republic Day

Mangan, January 26: (IPR) North Sikkim celebrated the 71st Republic Day in a grand manner with much patriotism, Chief Guest of the day Area MLA –cum- Minister for Roads & Bridges and Culture Affairs Department; Shri Samdup Lepcha unfurled the national flag followed by national anthem and guard of honor at Zilla Panchayat Bhawan complex, Pentok, North Sikkim.

Second session of the day commenced at conference hall of NDZP Bhawan with lighting of lamp by the chief guest followed by patriotic song preformed by the student of North Sikkim Academy.

The programme attended amongst other by the Up-adhakshya, North, Shri Theney Bhutia, Sr. SP, North Shri Sonam Gyatso Bhutia, ADC/N, Shri Surat Gurung, ADC(Dev), Shri Somnath Adhikari, ASP/N, Shri Mahindra Subba, SDM. Mangan, Shri Karma Thupden Bhutia, Head of offices of the district, officers & staff, Teachers & students, panchayat members and local dignitaries.

Addressing the gathering on the 71st Republic Day Celebration the chief guest, Shri Lepcha extended his warmest Republic Day greeting to the gathering, simultaneously, he paid his rich tribute to the martyr of the country who sacrificed their lives for country and made India a republic country. He talked about the importance of the Republic Day and urged everyone to imbibe the significance of the republic day in their lives. Elucidating the meaning of the tri-color Shri Lepcha called one and all to be honest, faithful, peaceful and courageous towards one’s own country.

Speaking on overall developmental perspective of the state Government he sought people cooperation to take Sikkim into new horizon of development and assured that the government shall work tirelessly for development of the state and for the benefit of public.

Lastly, Shri Lepcha asked to the government employees of the district to work more efficiently and sincerely in the public interest.

The Message of Hon’ble Governor and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim were read out by ADC/N and SDM, Mangan respectively.

On the occasion, Chief Guest also handed over “Best District Employees Award” to Smt, Dawnu Lepcha, Data Operator, Education Department and Shri Ramesh Chhettri, Plant Operator, Public Health Engineer Department.

Meanwhile, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Mangan also Felicitated ‘Sikkim Lepcha Youth Association, Dzongu Branch, Passingdang, North Sikkim’ in the area of social service with certificate of Appreciation and cash incentives of Rs. 25000/-.

Besides to this the very day also witnessed eye-catching cultural show. Earlier, ADC/N, Shri Gurung delivered welcome address while vote of thanks was proposed and presented by ADC (Dev) Shri Adhikari.

West Sikkim Celebrates 71st Republic Day.

Gyalshing, 26th January, 2020 (IPR): The 71st Republic Day was celebrated in a grand manner by the District Administration Center (DAC) in the DAC Complex, Rabdentse, West Sikkim. Shri. L. N. Sharma, Minister, Agricultre and IPR graced the auspicious occasion as the Chief Guest in the presence of Shri. Karma R. Bonpo, DC West; Shri Tenzing Loden Lepcha, SP West; Shri. Karma Loday Lepcha, ADC West; Shri. Tushar G. Nikhare, SDM (HQ); Shri. R. N. Mishra, Commandant, 36th SSB; HoDs of Line Departments; Officials and various dignitaries.

Addressing the gathering on the 71st Republic Day Celebration the Hon’ble IPR Minister, Shri. L. N. Sharma talked about the importance and the sanctity of the Republic Day. He also mentioned about the various initiatives of the Government and programs which have been deployed by the State Government for the benefit of the public. The HM extended his gratitude to the Government Employees for their Services and encouraged them to continue doing the same. HM urged them to work more efficiently since the Government depends upon their efficiency and work morals which helps the state to be more progressive.
He also stated that the State Government is keen in keeping Sikkim peaceful and prosperous.

The Message of Hon’ble Governor and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim was read out by DC and ADC West respectively.

The Chief Guest also handed over Felicitations to Officers and Staffs of DAC for their services for the West District.
The list of Awardees are as follows:
1. Smt. Sujata Dahal, District Nurse Superintendent (DNS).
2. Shri. Rajesh Gurung, Ambulance Driver.
3. Shri. Bishnu Lal Thapa, Field Functionary.
4. Shri. Prakash Subba, Assistant Program Officer.
5. Shri. P. P. Sharma, BLO 3/16 Mangalbaria.
6. Shri. Madhu Prasad Sharma, Reporter (Press).
7. Shri. Basudeo Sharma, Lab Assistant, Dentam (AH&VS).

During the Program the Agricultre Department of West Sikkim in association with ATMA also Felicitated “Progressive Farmers” along with cash incentives of Rs. 5000/- each.
The list of Awardees are:
1. Shri. P. B. Gautam, Berthan, Bermiok.
2. Suk Hang Subba, Rumbuk, Sombaria.
3. Rudra Mani Sharma, Ratomatey, Bermiok.

The 72nd SSB had a ‘Fire-Arm’ display during the Republic Day Celebration.

Republic Day Celebration in Namchi

Namchi, 26th January (IPR): The 71st Republic Day was celebrated with enthusiasm and patriotic fervor at the premises of Namchi District Administrative Centre, today. Organised by South District Administration, District Level Cultural Show in collaboration with Namchi Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK) the occassion had the presence of Hon’ble Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Departments Shri. B.S. Panth. Present amongst others were District Collector (South) Shri Ragul K, SP (South) Shri Prawin Gurung alongwith SDMs, HoDs, officals, police personnel, NYK members and staff of the district.

At the onset of the program, Chief Guest was accorded the Gaurd of Honour followed by unfurling of the tricolour and singing of National Anthem.

Thereafter, DC(South) and SDM (HQ) read out the messages from Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, respectively.

Addressing the gathering, chief guest extended warm greetings on the occassions of the 71st Republic Day. Speaking on the importance of the Republic Day celebration in the country the Chief Guest informed about the historical background of republic day and how on 26th January, 1950 the Constitution of India came into force. Mr. Panth spoke about how the leaders and freedom fighters of our nation have sacrificed in order to establish our great nation and that the public should not forget about those sacrifices. Mr. Panth also highlighted that Sikkim has always strived to be a model state in the country and the State Government has laid prime focus on the development of tourism in a sustainable manner.

During the program, the chief guest felicitated Tanak Project Samiti from Temi Tarku,
Future Club from Sadam, Lakshya Club from Namthang and the Team VOICE, an NGO based in Namchi for their active participation in the event. The program also saw colourful cultural extravaganza performed by the various clubs, NGOs and participants from Nehru Yuva Kendra.

Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang convened a co-ordination meeting with Power Department officials at Chintan Bhawan

Gangtok, Jan 25: (IPR) Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang convened a co-ordination meeting with Power Department officials at Chintan Bhawan today.
The meeting had the presence and participation of Shri M.N Sherpa, Minister Power Department, along with Shri S.C Gupta, Chief Secretary, Shri VB Pathak, Additional Chief Secretary cum Dev Commissioner, DPER & NECAD, Shri AK Yadav, Additional Chief Secretary, Power Department, Shri A.B Rai, PCE cum Secretary, Power Department, Shri S.D Dhakal, Secretary, CMO and officials from Power Department.
The main purpose of the meeting was to review the response of engineers at various levels to the complaints of the public about the erratic power outages in the state, and also to assess the performance of the department in every aspect.
Recommending corrective actions, the Chief Minister assured all possible help and support to the Department but at the same time he added that the Department should be totally responsible for providing continuous power supply to the general public.
He added that Power Department is a business-oriented Department and hence Government will provide all necessary help to transform the Power Department into a revenue generating department.
The Chief Minister also provided suggestions for proper streamlining and ways to bring the department back on track. He added that the power department is a vital department and development of the state is impossible without the supply of power and electricity.
He also suggested for analysis on the maintenance incurred by the Department and sought early rectifications in all the discrepancies faced by the Department.
He further added that sense of responsibility should prevail among the politicians, officials and local public at large and urged the officials to sentimentally engage with public.
He directed the officials from the Power Department to put forth the ground realities before the Government in order to curb the power shortages in the state.
HCM suggested framing of proper rules and regulations by the department to achieve the targeted revenue and ensure timely revenue collection.
The Chief Minister also mentioned that all the pending land compensation will be paid in the coming days and directed the Department to collect all the necessary information regarding the same.

In conclusion, the Chief Minister specifically stressed on proper district wise outsourcing of personnel of all line departments in the state. He urged the department to work fearlessly for the state, and provide the necessary service to the public at any cost.
Earlier, Minister, Shri M.N Sherpa welcomed and thanked the Chief Minister for chairing the meeting despite of his busy schedule. In his address, the Minister stated that maintaining discipline and decorum within the department is of the outmost importance, therefore the Minister sought for collective responsibility among the staffs and employees for the smooth functioning of the department.
The Minister asked the officials from the Power Department to highlight and convey the information prior to power cuts before the public through various social media forums.
He also suggested for organising training and awareness programmes for the linesmen and meter readers of the department in order to gain more knowledge and acumen in their respective fields.
Speaking on the shortages of man power in the department, the Minister suggested for proper adjustment in the appointment system through proper deputation and utilization of the employees.
Further, he suggested for timely payments of increments among the field functionaries including linesmen and meter readers.
He also highlighted on taking safe precautionary measures to curb untoward accidents among the field functionaries.
The Minister suggested for 100% metering of all households and suggested for remedial measures to stop illegal connections in the state.
The Minister further directed the power officials to maintain and repair outdated stations and sub stations especially at rural area and added that it was the responsibility of power officials to deliver continuous power supply to the rural belts. He further sought necessary reports and information regarding all the power solar light installation in the state from the department.
The Minister also urged for proper interaction of top-level officials with the field functionaries on a regular basis for proper coordination among the employees in the department. He further sought report on all the pending and incomplete works under the civil section of the department.
He also suggested for maintaining proper records and exact figures of engineers, staffs and retiring field functionaries of the department.

Further, the Minister directed the officials to create more awareness regarding online bill payment to the public.
The Minister also suggested for proper relocation of sub stations by the roadside for suitable placements of sub stations and for proper storage facilities for equipment and tools.
Finally, he directed the concerned officials to submit all the reports regarding forest clearances despite it being a lengthy process.
Earlier, PCE cum Secretary Power Department Shri A.B Rai presented an overview of the Power Department and highlighted on the services provided by the department over the years. He also put forth agendas and grievances of the power department before the Chief Minister.
The second phase of the meeting witnessed an short open house interaction between the Minister and officials of the Power Department wherein all the matters and issues pertaining to the Power Department were discussed at length.

“Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” celebration week

Mangan, January 25: (IPR) On the sixth day of “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” celebration week, the District Task Force organised talk show on various issues pertaining to the girl child at district conference hall, Mangan today.

Additional Magistrate, North, Shri Surat Gurung attended the programme as the chief guest along with SDM, Mangan, Shri Karma Thupden Bhutia, SDM, Dzongu, Shri Tshering Norbhu Bhutia, Deputy Director, Education, North, Shri Sajan V. Sebestain, Dealing Officer/ BBBP, Shri Wangchuk Bhutia.

Sole purpose of the day was to sensitize and disseminate the legal and social issues related to women and girl child to masses through panchayats and participants who were present during the programme.

During its technical session, resource person, DCPO, North Smt. Wendy Lepcha talked on child protection, similarly SHO, Mangan, Shri Bishan Rai gave brief talk on Pre-conception & pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act while DRCHO, North, Smt. P. K. Basnett spoke on Health and Nutrition.

Speaking on the occasion, chief guest, Shri Gurung expressed his happiness over active participation of panchayat members in beti bachao beti padhao celebration week and urged them to disseminate the message of weeklong programme in their respective area. Further, he called forward the public at large to join hands for the safety, security and development of girl child.

Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy”

Gangtok, Jan 25: (IPR) The 10th National Voter’s Day with the theme of “Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy” was celebrated amid fervent patriotic devotion here at Conference Hall of Zilla Bhawan, East District, today.

The celebration was graced by Chief Electoral Officer, Sikkim, Shri R. Telang. He was accompanied by District Magistrate, East, Shri Raj Yadav, Special Secretary, Rural Development Department cum Roll Observer for Special Summary Revision, Shri Anil Raj Rai, Additional Secretary, Election Department, Smt Roshni Rai, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Shri Shyam Pradhan and Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Shri Hemant Rai. Also present in the programme were BLOs, EROs, AEROs, Zilla Panchayat members, students, principals and the new registered voters.

The main objective of the programme was to encourage new voters to take part in the election process of the largest democracy in the world.

During the programme, the National Voters Day pledge was administered by the Chief Electoral Officer.

The CEO in his address lauded the freedom enjoyed by citizens of India as compared to other neighbouring countries. He stated that India has sustained itself as the largest democracy in the world due to constitutional rule and independent institutions such as Supreme Court, Election Commission of India etc.

He urged those present in the meeting to become responsible voters to sustain democratic values in the country. Furthermore, he added that one should not vote influenced by caste, religion and communal feelings.
On the occasion, a few new registered voters were felicitated by the Chief Guest. He also felicitated the Best Electoral Literacy Club, Best District and State Level BLOs, Best AERO, Best ERO, and best Nodal Officer.

10th National Voters Day Celebrated in West Sikkim.

Gyalshing, 25th January 2020 (IPR): The 10th National Voter’s Day with the theme “Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy” was celebrated in a grandeur manner at Bhanu Shalig, Gyalshing, West Sikkim organised by the Office of the Chief Electoral. National Voters Day is observed on the 25th of January every year, a practice that was initiated in 2011 to enhance the participation of voter, especially the youth in the democratic process.
Shri. Karma R. Bonpo (DC West) was present to grace the program as the Chief Guest accompanied by the Shri. Karma L. Lepcha, ADC(West); Shri. Tushar G. Nikhare, SDM (HQ) and newly registered voters of Gyalshing.
The Chief Guest in his address gave an introduction to National Voter’s Day and expressed that National Voter’s Day is observed so that people rededicate themselves to their constitutional rights. He also pointed out that this day is observed not only to spread awareness with regard to the democratic right of voting but to encourage more young voters to take part in the electoral process as well as to honour the newly enrolled voters.
DC West also called upon every individual specially the newly enrolled voters to exercise their franchise and added that responsibility is essential in every citizen and appealed for maximum participation of people in future election. In his address highlighted the NVSP (National Voters’ Services Portal) and initiatives taken by the BLOs for purification process and empowering voters through various awareness programmes.
The Chief Guest administered the Voters Pledge to the participants and also gave away the token of EPIC to newly enrolled voters.

“Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy”

Mangan, January 25: (IPR) Election Department, North Sikkim celebrated the 10th National Voters Day on 25th January 2020 with the theme “Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy” at District Election Conference hall, Mangan. The programme was organised by the office of the chief electoral officer, Sikkim.

It may be recalled that the Election Commission of India was constituted on 25th January 1950. Thus 25th January every year is now observed as the National Voters Day.

Additional Magistrate, North, Shri Surat Gurung graced the function as the Chief Guest along with SDM, Mangan, Shri Karma Thupden Bhutia, SDM, Dzongu, Shri Tshering Norbhu Bhutia, Deputy Director, Education, North, Shri Sajan V. Sebestain, Deputy Director, Election, North, Shri Biswa B. Raj Gurung.

ADM/N, Shri Gurung speaking on the occasion congratulated young voters who have just turned 18 and got the right to vote for the first time. He said that after entering into an adult franchise one should become more responsible in order bring positive changes in the society and country as a whole. Right to vote is one of the fundamental rights of a citizen thus the new registered voters must exert their rights in a befitting manner for the good cause, he urged.

During the celebration SDM, Dzongu, Shri Bhutia read out the national voters day message of Chief Election Commissioner of India. Simultaneously, ADM/N administered the national voters day pledge.

The National Voters Day event also witnessed the felicitation of new registered voters and distribution of Election Photo Identity Card.

Earlier, the programme started with the lighting of lamp by the chief guest followed by the welcome address delivered by the Deputy Director, Education, North while the programme ended up with the vote of thanks proposed by Shri Wangchuk Bhutia, Dealing Officer, BBBP.

National Voters’ Day pledge

Namchi, 25th January (IPR): On the occasion of 10th National Voters’ Day, the District Election Officer (DEO) cum District Collector (South) Shri. Ragul K administered the National Voters’ Day pledge at a celebration held at Namchi DAC Conference hall today.

The event also had the presence of SDM Namchi Shri. Agwane Rohan Ramesh, SDM (HQ) Shri Chiran Rizal alongwith with the officials and staff of Election Department, Booth Level Officers (BLOs) and newly enrolled young voters.

In his address, the DEO South spoke about the significance National Voters’ Day celebrations abs informed the gathering that casting of vote a democratic practice. He urged all the eligible voters to value and exercise their franchise to elect a rightful candidate.

During the program, DEO South administered the National Voters’ Day pledge besides presenting Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) numbers to 4 newly enrolled young voters of the district. He also presented awards and certificates to the Best Performing BLOs under South District based on their performance during 2019 Sikkim Legislative Assembly-Parliamentary Elections and Bye-Elections of Poklok-Kamrang constituency.

The names of the awardees from 8 different constituencies under South Distirct are as follows:
•08 Zoom-Salghari- Smt. Purnima Chettri
•09 Barfung- Shri. Basu Dev Khanal
•10 Poklok-Kamrang- Shri. Dawa Tshering Lepcha
•11 Namchi-Singhithang- Shri. Mani Kamal Gurung
•12 Melli- Shri. Hom Nath Sharma.
•13 Namthang-Rateypani – Shri. Mukunda Dhungel
•14 Temi-Namphing- Shri Gokul Prashad Subedi
•15 Rangang-Yangyang- Shri Pahal Man Limboo
•16 Tumin Lingee – Shri Pashu Ram Sharma

During the course of the program, a message from the Chief Election Commissioner of India was also showcased before the attendees