Senior Citizens and Retired Officials of 25th Martam GPU felicitated by Hon’ble Minister Shri. Lok Nath Sharma

Gyalshing, 18th February (IPR): The Senior Citizens and Retired Officials of 25th Martam Gram Panchayat Unit under Gyalshing Bermiok constituency were felicitated and honoured in a special felicitation programme organised at Martam Gram Panchayat Unit, today.
Hon’ble Minister-cum-Area MLA Shri Lok Nath Sharma graced the occasion as the Chief Guest in presence of ADC (Dev) RDD Gyalshing Shri Milan Subba and Block Development Officer Hee Martam Smt. Pavitra Tamang.

During the programme, Minister Sharma acknowledged their contributions and handed over felicitation letter along with a shawl to the retired officials including Ret. Secretaries Shri K. B. Kuwar and Shri T. R. Poudyal, Ret. DFO Kharka Bdr. Gurung, Ret. SE Shri K. S. Gautam, Ret. Headmasters, teachers, Ret. ANM Bishnu Maya Chettri, Ret. Supervisor Laxmi Prashad Sharma, Ret. officials from police department.
Minister Sharma presented shawl and felicitated all the Senior Citizens from Ghaiyabari, Martam SiriJunga, Rathong, Sherpa Gaon, Arithang Daragaon and received blessings from the elderly citizens.

Addressing the occasion, Minister Sharma expressed his happiness on being part of the programme to honour Senior Citizens and Retired Officials. He mentioned that the Sr. Citizens have dedicated their lives and guided generations to transform society to new heights of progress and development. He informed that the State Govt. is committed to initiate welfare schemes for elderly citizens and will enhance Old Age Pension from the financial year 2020-21.

Minister Sharma recalled the healthy lifestyle of the people practised before few decades and advised people to adopt agriculture profession actively, to gain sustainable income and good health in return.

Minister Sharma also informed that the State Government is preparing a strategic plan to combat issues of wildlife interference and assured to compensate damaged property after assessment with the implementation of new policy. Further, he added that the entire government machinery under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P. S. Tamang, is working tirelessly for overall development of the state and to address public grievances. He urged everyone to put an extra efforts in delivering assigned responsibility to ensure better output.
He also informed that long pending demand of Bermiok Gyalshing road connectivity with the construction of Bridge via Rungdu has been completed successfully within eight months of new government formation. Bermiok Sr Secondary School is all set to begin science stream from new academic session. Minister Sharma also underlined the future roadmap of developmental work in his constituency and urged for their support and cooperation to transform Gyalshing Bermiok into a model constituency in the state.

He also shared the innovations in dairy farming and agriculture by farmers in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and also informed on the provision of subsidised loan in the State to encourage farmers towards Agro-entrepreneurship.

Minister Sharma also extended congratulations to the Sr. Citizens and Ret. Officials on behalf of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim.

ADC Development/RDD Gyalshing Shri. Milan Subba, drew lights on ‘Jal Jiwan Mission’ and its objectives to ensure water connectivity throughout the targeted area. He also informed on the guidelines and said that the public need to bear 5% of the total expenditure with a motive to develop sense of ownership amongst beneficiaries, that can be paid through cash or in-kind.
During the programme ADC Development Shri Milan Subba, BDO Hee Martam BAC Smt. Pavitra Tamang, Dy. Director Tourism Shri G. P. Sharma and other officials and social activists were also acknowledged for their contributions towards GPU.

Earlier Minister Sharma inspected the take up point of new road connectivity from Central Martam to 15th Mile, Martam via Lepcha Gaon/ Rafong. He also expressed gratitude to the Land donor and instructed contractor to complete the awarded work within stipulated time with quality.

He also visited Central Martam Secondary School and interacted with the school staff and the students. Minister Sharma extended his best wishes and assured to reward the students of Class X for securing marks 85% and above. Minister also assured to address the requirements of the schools at the earliest.

Review meeting for the upcoming 1st Global Cinema Festival Sikkim

Gangtok, 18 Feb (IPR): A review meeting for the upcoming 1st Global Cinema Festival Sikkim 2020 was held at the conference hall of Sochna Bhawan, IPR Department today.

The meeting was chaired by IPR Secretary, Ms Namrata Thapa, in the presence of Ms Benu Gurung, Director IPR, Ms Mrinalini Shrivastava, Special Secretary, C&I, and Shri T. Dorjee, Director ACFC, Tourism Department along with a host of media and film personalities including film directors, producers, promoters, etc.

The meeting was conducted to discuss and prepare ideas and create necessary action plans for the upcoming 1st Global Cinema Film Festival Sikkim 2020 scheduled to be held from 28th February to 1st March 2020.

The main objective for organising the upcoming Global Cinema Festival Sikkim 2020 is to provide a platform and create a warm, non-competitive and visitor-friendly atmosphere for films, filmmakers, volunteers, guests and audience.
Various ideas and plans were discussed for the extensive promotion and marketing of the the festival including logistics, advertisements and transportation.

Ms Mrinalini Shrivastava shared her views and insights and provided necessary details related to the event. She also shared the floor plan of the venue on the inaugural day of the event.

Further, she provided in-depth analysis on significant deliverables of the action plan to be adopted for the smooth success of the event.

Ms Namrata Thapa, Secretary, IPR Department speaking during the meeting informed about the launch of Sikkim Film Policy by IPR Department on the inaugural day of the festival.
She also highlighted that the department is prepared for the upcoming event and added that the concerned departments like Power and Education will be working in close coordination and providing all possible help to make this event a grand success.

She further informed that skillful individuals will be invited to attend the technical sessions and skill development workshops under the aegis of NFDC and Film Industry during the course of the festival.
She also discussed ways to make the Global Film Festival website more user-friendly and further informed that a pre event press conference will be held on 25th February 2020 for wider publicity and dissemination of news and information regarding the festival.

The meeting concluded with the Secretary, IPR Department extending her best wishes for the grand success of the festival.

Training for Field Trainers for Census

Namchi, 17th February (IPR): A five day long training of Field Trainers (FT) of South and West District for the Census 2021 was inaugurated at State Institute of Rural Development, Karfectar, today. The training program was inaugurated by Director of Census Operations, Sikkim Mrs. Yasoda Bhandari in presence of ADC cum District Census Officer (South) Mr. Satyen K. Pradhan, SDM (Yangang) cum Master Trainer Mr. Sangay Gyatso alongwith officials from Census of India and trainees.

After acquiring the training, these FTs will train the enumerators and supervisors of the districts and also assist the respective Charge officers.

On the occasion, director Mrs. Bhandari spoke of the importance of census and it’s impact on the planning process. Further, she asked the FTs to train the field workers efficiently emphasizing that the quality of census depends on the field workers.

Addressing the gathering ADC (South) encouraged the participants to understand the training module in an efficient manner as they will be responsible to train the field workers. They have to also maintain smooth co-ordination during the process of census.

It may be noted that the census 2021 is due soon and the activities related to the census works have already been started. A total number of 15 trainees have been training in the program that will conclude on 21st February

Hon’ble Governor felicitated Senior GM, DGM and HR of Zydus Healthcare Pharmaceutical Limited

Gangtok, February 17(IPR): In two separate engagement today, Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad granted audience to Jain Muni who are in Sikkim Padyatra for fortnight at Raj Bhawan.

In another engagement Hon’ble Governor, Shri Prasad felicitated Senior GM, DGM and HR of Zydus Healthcare Pharmaceutical Limited, Bhagheykhola, Majhitar who has recently been felicitated by Dainik Jagran North Bengal Icon Award 2020 at Siliguri.

Hon’ble Governor extended best wishes to the pharma giant and urged the unit to work for the better social cause besides their commercial interest.

Meeting on District Planning Committee

Gyalshing,17th February 2020 (IPR): A meeting regarding District Planning Committee organized by West District Zilla Panchayat was held today here at the conference hall of Zilla Bhawan, Kyongsha.
Present in the meeting were Agriculture and IPR Minister, Mr. Lok Nath Sharma; Zilla Adhakshya (West),Smt. Devika Subba; Zilla Upadhakshya-Cum-Chairman Finance Commission, Mr. Ashok Gurung; District Collector(west) Mr. Karma R. Bonpo; Mr. Tika Legi Gurung (Chairman,JMC); Mr. I. K Neopaney, Chairman,GMC; Mr. Milan Subba, ADC/Dev(Gyalshing); Mr. Gayas Pega, ADC Dev. (Soreng); , Mr. L. P. Kaflay (Chairman for standing committee of PRIs); BDOs; Zilla Panchayat, Panchayat members and heads of various departments .

In the meeting, budget for 2020 – 2021 in regards to various public welfare works to be initiated by the committee was placed. The budget consisting 3 crores and 89 lakhs rupees as Zilla Panchayat Yojana Budget passed in the meeting and rupees 20 lakh was placed as the budget for two separate wards of Jorethang Municipal Council those falls under the jurisdiction of west district Zilla Panchayat. The budgetary amount of 44 crores and 45 thousands was also passed as the labour budget for MGNREGA. Plans and proposals regarding various public welfare schemes were also placed in the meeting and resolutions were passed.

Minister Sharma, in his address stressed upon pivotal role of Zilla Panchayats, Panchayats, Gram Prashasanik Kendra for formulation of plan for the growth and development of their respective areas. Since the people have given absolute mandate, the public representatives need to be responsible and accountable to address the genuine needs in the interest of the people.

Panchayats and Zilla Members should identify the actual need and requirements at grass root level to upgrade rural areas and called for joint efforts to transform and develop the West as a model district in the state. It is utmost essential to monitor and appraise the higher authority for onward action, he added.

He asked Panchayats to focus on primary need to fulfill availability and proper functioning of basic facilities in Schools, Water Supply, Medical, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Power Supply and other sectors. Further he motivated Zilla Panchayats to realise and fulfill assigned responsibilities unitedly ignoring the party affiliations.

Further he mentioned that the state government is fully committed to work with transparency and accountability for the development of all districts in the State. Minister Sharma said that the state government has given prime importance to encourage and uplift farmers in socio-economic status. He also urged Panchayats to encourage farmers for floriculture, dairy farming, vegetable productions and advocated to practice organic farming in the field. He also informed about the ongoing strategic initiatives of the government to ensure value addition of their produce.
Minister Lok Nath Sharma further called for a proper coordination amongst the panchayat members and the Government Departments for implementations of all the public welfare works and schemes in West District. He added that the panchayat members and the government employees should shoulder the responsibilities assigned to them for better execution of developmental schemes being initiated through Panchayati Raj System. He asserted that the State Government would provide all the help to sort out the drawbacks and difficulties pertaining to various developmental works. “We have been elected by the people with an aspirations that we will serve them better and we will not let the people down”, he added.
He also apprised the house on the state’s government commitment for all round development of West Sikkim.

Smt. Devika Subba highlighted on the roles and responsibilities of panchayat and zilla panchayat members and called for necessary coordination between the panchayat members and government officials while executing public welfare works in the district. Bringing forth the issues related to drinking water facilities, sanitation and other welfare schemes, Smt. Subba maintained that such issues should be fixed after proper assessment. On rampant practice licence subletting, Devika Subba sought the help of West District Administration to address the issue in a proper way. She expressed that West District Zilla Panchayat is committed to serve the people to the fullest.

DC (West) Karma R. Bonpo in his address expressed that proper assessment, verification and monitoring should be done before implementing the developmental projects. He added that collective efforts must be put up by panchayat, Zilla panchayat members and the government officials overseeing the projects to root out the problems related to public welfare schemes so that implementations of such schemes turn out to be a successful initiative.

Panchayat members in an open house discussion aspired the house on the problems related to drinking water facilities, schools repairing, road connectivity, sanitation, irrigation and others.