150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi observed at Namchi

Namchi, 2nd October (IPR): The South District headquaters observed 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at District Administrative Centre (DAC) Namchi today.

Present on the occasion were District Collector (South) Shri Ragul K., ADC (South) Shri Satyen K. Pradhan accompanied by Heads of Departments, officials and staff from various department. To commemorate the birth anniversary, the attendees paid tribute and offered khadas to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at DAC premises.

Seminar of Career guidance held at NBB Degree College, Gangtok

Gangtok, 1st October 2019 : (IPR) Seminar of Career guidance for students was held at auditorium of NBB Degree College, Gangtok today which was graced by Shri G.P. Upadhyay IAS, Additional Chief Secretary Education Department as the Chief Guest.
The programme primarily focused on bringing awareness and providing guidance to the youth of Sikkim with regard to various government exam, career option, preparation strategies and struggle sharing to motivate young generation.

Returning Officer conducted a coordination meeting with SM, FST, SST, VST, VVT, AC & AEO

Gangtok, October 1st: The Returning Officer Mr. Raj Yadav, conducted a coordination meeting with the Sector Magistrates (SM), Flying Squad Team (FST), Static Surveillance Team (SST),Video Surveillance Team (VST), Video Viewing Team (VVT), Accounting Team (AC) and Assistant Expenditure Observer (AEO) and presented a detailed address so as to ensure smooth management and effective security measures for the upcoming Bye- elections in the two Constituencies of East District.

Hon’ble Governor granted audience to a group of 50 farmers of NE States & officers of Assam Rifles

Gangtok, Oct 1st: (IPR) Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad today, granted audience to a group of 50 farmers of North East States and officers of Assam Rifles at Raj Bhavan.

The farmer’s team consisting of 31 male and 19 female is currently undertaking 20 days Organic Farming Tour to Sikkim sponsored and conducted by Assam Rifles as a part of their Civic Action programme. The tour was flagged off by Director General Assam Rifles Lt. General Sukhdeep Sangwan, SM, on 24th September 2019 from Shillong.

The team is lead by Major Nadeem Khan, 4 Assam Rifles, who in his brief introductory address outlined the objective of sponsoring the tour to Sikkim and how they look forward to have best possible learning and exposure during their stay in Sikkim.

In his brief address to the farmers, Hon’ble Governor highlighted how the organic farming practice has put Sikkim in world focus and established itself as the first fully organic state in the country. He expressed that the entire North East Region can be transformed into organic farming hub, given the ecology and biodiversity that has supported sustainable farming practices for ages. Terming the organic farming practice as future of agriculture, Hon’ble Governor stressed on the need to facilitate the farmers with proper marketing, processing and storage facilities for organic products. He also urged the farmers to use their learning from the tour in better way which will facilitate the transformation of agriculture in their respective locality and state.

Hon’ble Governor wished all the members of the team a memorable stay in Sikkim.

First training for Presiding and Polling Officers I held

Namchi, 1st October (IPR): The first training for Presiding Officers and Polling Officers I for the ensuing Bye-Elections of 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency was conducted at the Conference hall of Zilla Bhawan, Namchi today.

The training program had the presence of General Observer for the Bye-Elections of 10 Poklok Kamrang Shri. Alak Kumar Saharia IAS, SDM Gyalshing Shri.Tushar Nikhare as Master Trainer, SDM Yangang Shri. Sangay Gyatso Bhutia as Nodal Officer (training) along with SDM (HQ) Shri. Chiran Rizal and SDM Namchi, Shri. Vishu Lama.

It maybe mentioned that a total of 64 Presiding Officers and Polling Officers I attended the first day of the training along with the BDOs of Sikkip, Poklok Nandugaon and Namchi which falls under 10- Poklok Kamrang Constituency.

General Observer Shri Alak Kumar Saharia addressed the program wherein he said that the Presiding and Polling Officers should actively participate in carrying out free and fair elections as per the guidelines of Election Commission of India. He also added that these officials should acquaint and update with election coursework so as to avoid errors. He further urged the attendees to work collectively and make the upcoming Bye Elections a successful one.

Speaking during the training Master Trainer Shri Tushar Nikhare shared the significant aspects of the training. He also spoke in-depth about the various roles and responsibilities of the Presiding and Polling Officers. He underlined the various aspects that these officials need to function during the poll, on polling day and on different occasions namely that of conducting of the mock polls, recording of votes, voting procedure, sealing of election papers, preparation of Presiding Officer’s dairy, delivery of voting machines and enforcement of election laws in and around the Polling Station.

During the course of the program, a hands on training on preparation of control unit, fixing of green paper seals in the control unit, closing and sealing of control unit and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail was also conducted.

Scrutiny of nomination in East District for Bye-Election 2019

Gangtok, Oct 1st: (IPR) The scrutiny of nominations for Bye-Election in East district was held today in the office of the Returning Officer; East district Shri Raj Yadav in the presence of General Observer.
A total of 14 nominations for two Assembly Constituencies were scrutinized and all nomination papers were found to be valid with no rejection.
Names of the candidates whose nominations was accepted are as follows:

1. Nuk Tshering Bhutia – SDF- 24-Martam Rumtek
2. Sonam Tshering Venchungpa – BJP – 24- Martam Rumtek
3. Mingma Tshering Sherpa – SRP – 24- Martam Rumtek
4. Nima Lepcha – HSP- 24- Martam Rumtek
5. Passang G. Sherpa – Independent – 24- Martam Rumtek
6. Sonam Tashi Bhutia – Independent- 24- Martam Rumtek
7. Mechung Bhutia – Independent – 24- Martam Rumtek
8. Chewang Dadul Bhutia – Independent – 24- Martam Rumtek
9. Delay Namgyal Barfungpa – SNPP – 27-Gangtok
10. Yomg Tshering Lepcha – BJP – 27 Gangtok
11. Rinzing Ongmu Bhutia – SDF – 27-Gangtok
12. Song Tshering Lepcha – SRP – 27-Gangtok
13. Bhaichung Bhutia – HSP – 27-Gangtok
14. Karma Yenthen Chankapa – Independent – 27-Gangtok

It is also to be informed that date of withdrawal of candidature is on the 3rd October 2019 from 11 pm till 3 pm and symbol allotment for Independent Candidature will take place after that.

Scrutiny of Nominations for bye elections for 10 Poklok Kamrang

Namchi, 1st October(IPR): The scrutiny of nominations filed by four candidates for bye elections for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency under South District was carried out by the Returning Officer (South) Mr. Ragul. K in the presence of General Election Observer (South) Mr. Alak Kumar Saharia at DAC Namchi, today.

It maybe mentioned that after verification of the documents, RO informed that three nomination papers were accepted and one was rejected. The nominations of Mr Kharka Bdr Rai from Sikkim Krantikari Morcha Party was rejected as the main candidate’s nomination was accepted, as he was the substitute candidate.

The names of the candidate are:
1. Mr. Prem Singh Tamang, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM)
2. Mr. Moses Rai, Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF)
3. Mr. Yadhu Kumar Rai, Sikkim Republican Party (SRP)

In, addition the RO (South) informed that the last day for withdrawal of candidature is on 3rd October 2019 upto 3:00 p.m.

Residential Electrician Training concludes successfully at ITI, Gyalshing

Gyalshing, 30 Sept (IPR): Twenty-five-daylong Residential Electrician Training which had commenced on 06 Sept successfully concluded at Government ITI Gyalshing campus. The chief guest for the closing ceremony was District Collector, West, Shri Karma R. Bonpo, accompanied by Shri Om Prakash Singh, Deputy Commandant 72 BN SSB Yuksam and Principal ITI.

The DC West, in his address, congratulated the 25 trainees from different parts of Sikkim who had completed the 25 days long training successfully. He advised the trainees to expand the knowledge that they have gained in the training period and get enrolled in the Government.

ITI centers to enhance their skills further in order to be capable for the coming future. He also mentioned that as they have learnt they should make themselves more capable to achieve greater heights in the future.

The State needs self-sufficient and reliable youths who can make the State proud and Govt. ITI is an institute which caters to the need of empowering youths to be skilled and be self-reliant. He also mentioned that skilled workforce is the demand of the industries and hence they should be able to gather more experiences and skills in order to establish themselves.

He also enlightened them about the various avenues and opportunities available in India and abroad for which they should try. He also mentioned schemes and projects for the youths who are willing to do something in life.

Principal ITI also addressed the gathering under the similar lines and encouraged the participants to take part in similar training and make themselves self-sufficient.

The 25-daylong residential electrician training programme was organized by the 72 BN SSB Yuksam under the Civic Action Program North East Region. The main trainers for the training programme were Shri Sanjiv Ramudhamu and Shri Dhani Raj Rai (Faculty of Govt. ITI Gyalshing).

Poshan Maah campaign concludes in North district

Mangan, 30 Sept (IPR): Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department, North District, Government of Sikkim organized the closing ceremony of “Poshan Maah” campaign here at the conference hall of Zilla Bhawan in Mangan today.

It is to be mentioned, the entire month of September was celebrated as Rashtriya Poshan Maah (National Nutritional Month). This year the theme was Complimentary Feeding. Prime Minister’s Overreaching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment (POSHAN ABHIYAAN) is a multi-ministerial convergence mission with the vision to address malnutrition with the targeted approach by 2022.

The closing ceremony of Poshan Maah campaign was graced by Smt. Chungkipu Lepcha. The ceremony also had the presence of District Collector, North, Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon, Chief Medical Officer, North, Shri D.C. Sharma, Additional District Collector (Development), North, Shri Somnath Adhikari, POSHAN Abhiyaan, Mission Director, Phuchung Bhutia, ICDS, District Co-ordinator, North, Miss Sonam Wangmu, CDPO/Mangan, Smt. Lhanzay Donka Bhutia, CDPO/Chungthang, Smt. Sonam Laden Lachungpa, and CDPO/Dzongu, Shri Nedup Lepcha, Integrated Child Development Service, Supervisor, North, Smt Aruna Rai, BDOs, Accredited Social Health Activist workers, ICDS staffs, Anganwadi workers, teachers, parents and students.

Chief guest Smt. Chungkipu Lepcha, in her short speech, praised the efforts put up by the Aganwadi, ASHA and ICDS workers who are making the difference in the rural community by spreading awareness on leading a healthy lifestyle. Further, she said that this month long nutritional campaign was an eye opener for mothers and children in the community.

POSHAN Abhiyaan, Principal Director, Phuchung Bhutia apprised everyone about the importance of POSHAN Maah campaign as the previous nutritional programmes in the country had failed to bring any results. He informed everyone that POSHAN Maah is the world’s largest nutritional programme. The target of this campaign is to reduce stunting in children by 2% per annum.

DC/N, Shri Kaleon, in his address gave a brief outline of POSHAN Maah initiated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Congratulating the Aganwadi workers he said that the POSHAN Maah campaign has far reaching consequences on the country’s economy as healthy population leads to healthy economic growth.

Further, he said that the statistics of high numbers of stunted and anemic children in the district is alarming. He hoped that this month long nutritional campaign would bear fruits in the future and that this campaign will continue beyond this month.

CMO/N, Shri Sharma explained two types of nutrients (micronutrients and macronutrients) which is necessary for a person to lead a healthy life. He underlined the importance of having a healthy community as a society full of health issues only bring economic and social productivity loss. It was reported during the meeting that the main causes of malnutrition are 1) Inadequate intake and 2) Faulty diet habits. Shri Sharma hoped that the POSHAN Maah month will correct the faulty dietary habits amongst the general public in the district.

CDPO Mangan, Smt. Bhutia spoke on the first 1,000 days of baby’s life is a very crucial period where physical, intellectual and emotional development takes place. She emphasized to the general people to take care of new born baby right from birth to 2 years of age.

CDPO, Chungthang, Smt. Lachungpa gave a concise data on Anemia and its causes. She explained that the anemia is caused when a person’s body has decreased amount of Red Blood Cells and in order to tackle it a person can reach nearest health centre or ICDS centre to get Iron tablets, syrups, iron tablets for women and deworming tablets.

CDPO, Dzongu, Shri Lepcha spoke about Diarrhea management through the use of ORS packets which will be provided for free at any ICDS centres in the district. He urged everyone to boil the water before drinking. In addition, he said that proper hand washing technique plays a vital role in preventing diarrhea and others water borne diseases.

ICDS, District Co-ordinator, Miss Sonam Wangmu gave a report on the activities done by the ICDS during POSHAN Maah campaign. According to the report, there has been 1,622 activities and participation of 37,590 personnel in this campaign. These activities included Poshan Melas, school based events, recipe demonstration, village awareness programme, cleanliness drive, and community based events, hand washing demonstration, anemic camp and home visits.

On the occasion, Northern Bikers who participated in the POSHAN Maah bike rally in the district and the schools who actively participated on closing ceremony were felicitated by the organizing body.