HCM attends the 26th Annual Youth Convention of EPCS Church at Rambak, Chakung, West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 24th January, 2020 (IPR): The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) attended as the Chief Guest for the 26th Annual Youth convention of EPCS at EPCS Church at Rambak, Chakung, West Sikkim. The HCM was accompanied by Shri. L. N. Sharma, Minister, IPR; Shri. Jacob Khaling, Hon’ble Political Secretary to HCM; Shri. Aditya Golay, Hon’ble MLA Soreng-Chakung; Shri. G. T. Dhungel, Hon’ble MLA Upper Tadong; Shri. P . T. Luksom, Former Deputy CM; Moderators, Elders, Seniors, Pastors and devotees at large.
The HCM in his address spoke about his joy to be present at the event. He informed that the Government is present and keen to extend any form of support to the Christian Community of Sikkim. He also mentioned that the State of Sikkim is known for the cultural and religious harmony.
HCM also mentioned that the State Government is working tirelessly to improve the status of the rural populous and their habitat.
He also informed that the Government desires to improve the Energy and Power related issues within the state. HCM also mentioned about the various schemes in relation to the Tourism.

One-day State Level Workshop on “Roles and Responsibilities of Frontline Staffs”

Gangtok, Jan 24: (IPR) One-day State Level Workshop on “Roles and Responsibilities of Frontline Staffs” of Forest Department was held at the conference hall of Forest Secretariat today. The workshop was organised by JICA assisted Sikkim Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project ( SBFB) Department Of Forest & Environment, Government of Sikkim .

Minister, Forest Department,Shri Karma Loday Bhutia graced the occasion as the chief guest, in the presence of Shri M.L Shrivastava (IFS) PS cum PCCF cum CPD, Shri N.W. Tamang PCCF cum Project Director SBFP, dignitaries, Officials and staffs, members from NGOs, SHGs, Resource person and the front line guards.

The Minister in his address lauded the SBFP for organizing the vital training workshop for the front line workers.He announced incentives to be given to all the front line staffs for their contribution to the department.
The Minister spoke about various administrative issues mentioning the cadre review system and about the proposal for “Creation of Foresters Welfare Fund” and urged all the staff to contribute to this initiative.
He cited the example of the guest house at Jorethang which has been maintained carefully and requested all the concerned officers to look after all the department guest houses.
He further requested the concerned officials to give NOC to the schools which had crossed 110 years ( eg. Enchey Sr. Secondary School and Bhojoghari School) and to set up a Check post at the entrance of West Sikkim along with a fire brigade system as it is the Low Belt Area.

Shir M.L.Shrivastava in his key note address said that frontline staffs should be equipped and trained for programme implementation and for forest protection as it is the most important sector in the department as they are the ones who are responsible for execution, and function as the interface between the department and the public.
He said that JICA has been supporting the department since long and the priority areas such as Human Wildlife Conflict and State Technology system has been defined. He stated that the department is focusing on technology sector quoting the example of Madhya Pradesh which is very advanced in Forest fire, plantation module and wildlife module.
He further added that the department is strengthening the policy of people’s participation to make the management more inclusive and urged all the front line staff to take full leverage of today’s one day training programme.

Project Director Shri N.W. Tamang said that the front line staff should be responsible for safeguarding the forest areas, restore environment and create sustainable future. He highlighted that today’s programme focuses on developing technological skills among the front line staffs as they should have a viable solution to analyse and to report to the concerned officials so that immediate initiatives can be taken to pacify people.

The programme also saw the felicitation to three front line staffs/ Forest Guard for their contribution and bringing laurels to the department.
1) Miss Reshmi Chettri
2) Miss Kalpana Chettri
3) Shri Prem Kumar Chettri

Earlier there was a presentation on training supported by SBFP-JICA for officers and frontline staffs of F&ED by Additional Project Director- l
The programme concluded with vote of thanks was proposed by Additional Project Director ll.

National Girl Child Day Celebration at MayalLyang Children Home

Namchi, 24th January (IPR): National Girl Child Day Celebration was observed at the premises of MayalLyang Children Home in Namchi, today. The occasion is a part of week long events of celebration of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme. Organised by State Resource Centre for Women under Social Justice and Welfare Department, South District had the presence of Sr. DPHNO South Smt. Bijay Laxmi Rai as the Chief Guest. Present amongst others were DPHNO (Ward) Smt Durga Pokhrel, State Project Coordinator (State Resource Centre for Women) Smt Pabitra Bhattarai, CDPO Namchi Shri Laxman Tamang along with ICDS Supervisors, Project Supervisors, Nutrition Inspector, officials and staff of concerned Department, incharge Shri Suk Tshering Lepcha and children of Mayal Lyang Children Home.

Addressing the gatherings, chief guest Smt Bijay Laxmi Rai spoke with regard to gender discriminations based on education, work place and in daily life faced by girl children. Informing, women have an equal contribution for building society she urged for awareness in health, education and nutrition for the development of girl child. She also touched upon the topics such as Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994 which act bans prenatal sex determination to stop female foeticides.

In brief address, CDPO Namchi Shri Laxman Tamang highlighted on the significance and objectives behind the celebration. He informed that the celebration is to bring awareness as well as to provide support and opportunity to girl children. In addition, he also spoke about various programmes provided under Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG) to the girl children of country wherein they can avail benefits.

As a part of celebration, the program also had counselling on Menstrual Hygiene Management presented by Aganwadi Worker to the children. The girls of Mayal Lyang also participated in dance, games and art competition wherein prizes were also awarded to them. It maybe mentioned here that a total of 34 girl children actively participated at the said program. During the program pupils from Mayal Lyang Children Home also performed on various activities.

Programme for the newly appointed Assistant Government Advocates cum Assistant Public Prosecutors

Gangtok, Jan 23: A day-long Training Programme for the newly appointed Assistant Government Advocates cum Assistant Public Prosecutors was organised by the Law and Parliamentary Affairs Department, Government of Sikkim at the Administrative Training Institute, Gangtok. The Training Programme was chaired by Shri Jagat B. Rai, L.R-cum-Secretary, Law & P.A. Department, Government of Sikkim. The two-session Training Programme was specially organised for the recently appointed Asst. Government Advocates cum Asst. Public Prosecutors to educate them in the intricacies of the legal matters and also as an Orientation Programme for them. The Training cum Orientation was conducted by two of Sikkim’s very respected and reputed Senior Advocates Shri.A.J. Sharma and Shri N.P. Sharma.
In the first session of the day, Resource Person Shri A.J. Sharma enlightened the gathering on the basic concept of civil cases under the Civil Procedure Code, 1980 r/w Evidence Act, 1872 and Limitation Act, 1973 all the while drawing attention to filing of nature of suits, pliant, filing of written statements, injunction application, stay of suits, filing of evidence of affidavits, filing of documents, issuance of commission, appeal, revision, second appeal, additional evidence in appeal, amendment, rejection, judgement on admission, suits of Specific Relief Act and suits for Defamation.
Following the first session, the second session of the day was conducted by Senior Advocate Shri N.P. Sharma. In this session Shri N.P. Sharma discussed the basic concepts of Criminal Cases under Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 r/w Evidence Act, 1872 and Limitation Act, 1973 mainly focusing on the filing of charge sheet, pecuniary jurisdiction, cognizance of offences by Magistrates and Court of Session, bar of taking cognizance, examination in chief, cross-examination and re-examination, framing of charge, joinder of charge, alteration of charge, additional evidence appeal, revision, evidence for defence, warrant trial and summary trial, bail, recalling of witnesses, Proclamation for person absconding, attachment of property of person absconding, compounding of offences, withdrawal from prosecution and procedure in cases of unsound mind/lunatic.
The entire day and the topics discussed therein by the two very experienced Resource People will prove to be very helpful to the new Legal Practitioners in their careers. The very informative and knowledgeable day concluded with an encouraging speech by Ms. Choden Gyatso, Joint Secretary, Law & P.A. Department, Government of Sikkim along with the distribution of Certificate of Participation to all the trainees/attendees.

Press meet on GST

Gangtok, January 23 (IPR):The Commercial Taxes Division, Finance Department in association with Sikkim Hotels & Restaurants Association (SHRA) has decided to organize an awareness drive on GST (Goods and Services Tax) followed by an enforcement drive to ensure timely payment of GST and other taxes. The enforcement drive will commence from 17th February, 2020. A press conference in this regard was organized today by the Commercial Taxes Division of the Finance Department, here in the capital.
The press conference was jointly addressed by Mayor (GMC) Shri Shakti Singh Choudhary, Commissioner (Commercial Taxes Division) Shri Jigmee Dorjee Bhutia, Director (Accounts) Tourism Department, Shri Tseten Dorjee Bhutia, Superintendent of Police (East) Shri Hari Chettri, and President (SHRA) Shri Roshan Pradhan.
It was informed that GST is a destination based tax system, and this feature of GST has generated more revenue for consumer states like Sikkim and other states of North – East.
The overall collection of Commercial Taxes Division during April-December 2019 has grown by 21.28 % in comparison to collection of April-December 2018. Further, GST collection during April to December 2019 has grown by 17.32 % in comparison to collection of April to December 2018; Per capita collection of GST from April to December 2019 in Sikkim is Rs 3.505.00 which is highest among all the states of India. Second position is held by Goa with per capita collection of 2.488. 00 and Delhi is third with 2.203.00.
Nevertheless, in sector wise analysis of revenue collection it is found that the collection of GST from Hotel sector remains below par compared to other sectors of the State Economy. Department conducted a field survey of the hotels and found that the number of defaulters is very high and the majority of the defaulters are ignorant about the consequential law. It is essential to make stakeholders aware about the legal provision before taking coercive action. Hence, the Commercial Taxes Division arranged to publish notices in local newspapers urging the hoteliers to obtain registration, pay GST in time and file returns regularly.
It was also informed that this Joint Press Conference is specially held to inform hoteliers that the Commercial Taxes Division will launch enforcement action from 17 February 2020 against the defaulting hoteliers. It may even include the arrest of the defaulters under Section 69 of the Sikkim Goods & Services Tax Act, 2017. So all hoteliers should make sure their GST payment is up to date before 17 February, 2020. It has been noted that most of the property owners and license holders have leased out their business to a third party. In such cases, it is the duty of the Lessor (the property owner or licensee) to register himself/herself as a taxpayer providing leasing service. He/she should collect GST on the lease amount and deposit the GST to the Government.
When the Lessor is registered, it will automatically compel the lessee also to obtain registration as taxpayer providing service of supply of food and accommodation services. The lessee can take credit of the tax paid on lease amount, so there is not extra tax burden on him.
It was further informed that in the current scenario, the lessor is neither taking registration nor paying tax on the lease amount. This is opening back door route to the Lesse to evade tax. It may be true that the lease deed is a mere bunch of paper and can be shielded, but the ongoing hotel business is hidden neither in the physical market nor in the Internet market. If the Lesse does not take the registration for the hotel business, then by default the person holding the license issued by UDHD or Municipality ‘or the BDO office to run the hotel will be responsible to pay the GST for the business turnover. Usually the license holders are property owners themselves or their nominees. It should also be noted that the Commercial Taxes Division is part of the Common Forum constituting Income Tax Department, Private Banks and Public Banks. The forum regularly shares all information about financial transactions.
In today’s state of information technology advancement it is not possible to remain hidden from the eye for a very long time. Any kind of tax, interest, and penalty can be recovered through various measures empowered in the GST Act including Auction of properties, it was stressed upon in the press conference.

Government of Sikkim organised its second edition of Mapping of Tribal Sports Talents

Mangan, January 23:The Tribal Research Institute, SJ&WD, GoS in collaboration with Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sikkim organised its second edition of Mapping of Tribal Sports Talents at Mangan today.This second edition of Mapping of Tribal Sports Talents was funded by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.Various disciplines of sports such as Archery, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Football was conducted by the department.

The tribal children’s from the age group of 9 to 14 years lively participated into these events and displayed their skills. It was disclosed that best two talents from each categories will be consider to participate in the state level at Gangtok which is schedule to be held later. And after due selection, the best 10 talents will be sponsored to visit Sports Academy outside the state.

Objectives of the program is to provide a platform to identify an innate sports talents from these tribal children’s and introspect to inculcate same talents where they can avail an opportunity to horn their skills in a chosen games in a national and international arena.

The Mapping of Tribal Sports Talent will be subsequently held in rest of the 3 districts of state very shortly.

The programme at Mangan was attended by the Officials of Tribal Research Institute, respective coaches and the Officials from Sports and Youth Affairs Department (Gangtok & Mangan), Government of Sikkim.

MP Lok Sabha, Shri. Indra Hang Subba attends the DISHA Meeting at Gyalshing

Gyalshing, 22nd January, 2020 (IPR): The Meeting on the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DISHA) for West District organized by the Rural Development Department (RDD) and District Administration Center (DAC) was held at the West District Zilla Panchayat Conference Hall, Kyongsa, Gyalshing, West Sikkim.
The Meeting was chaired by Shri. Indra Hang Subba, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) who is also the Chairman of the DISHA Committee. The Chief Guest was accompanied by Smt. Devika Subba, Adhakshya, WDZP; Shri. Ashok Gurung, Up-Adhakshya WDZP; Shri. Karma R. Bonpo, DC West; Shri. Karma L. Lepcha, ADC West; Shri. Milan Subba, ADC Dev. (Gyalshing); Shri. Gayas Pega, ADC Dev. (Soreng); HoDs of Line Departments; Officials of DAC; Zilla Members; Panchayats and Dignitaries.
Hon’ble MP in his address to the gathering mentioned that the West District is blessed with everything and it is the duty of the Local Representatives and officials to provide the best for the public in terms of policies formulated by the Center and the State for the benefit of the rural populous. He mentioned as an elected representatives of the public it is the duty of every elected individual to work for the benefit of the rural population and be the voice to the voiceless public in implementing the public works and policies. He also stressed on the importance of the Officials who need to guide the public in being aware of the policies and its essential norms which needs to be followed by them.
He further mentioned that monitoring of the work in progress at various levels need to be properly monitored and kept in check so that the rural populous can get the best work out of the sanctioned projects and facilities. He also mentioned that the key element in the progression of the district is close inter-departmental coordination and also amongst the elected representatives. He further mentioned that the MP-LAD fund would solely be used for Education Department purposes for the year 2020. He also urged the PMGSY wing to carry out their work with more efficiency and quality. He also urged the PHE department to crosscheck their data with their counterparts to ensure marginal errors. He also directed the Energy and Power Department to implement proper distribution pattern in West District so that electricity which is an essential part of public’s lives today will not be hampered.
He further talked about the ‘Transfer Policy’ which is being formulated at the State Level to sort the issues of the lack of manpower in the districts. He also stressed on the importance of the “Zero Waste Policy” which needs to be implemented from the rural level. He also informed that the BDOs along with the Panchayats need to sensitize the public of their areas to discard their wastes in proper manner and not dump in Jhoras and streams. He also urged them to keep a check on such practices and encourage cleanliness at the rural level. He also mentioned that the DISHA Meeting needs to be done “Quarterly” for which he is willing to attend positively to see the progress of the District Administration.
DC West in his welcome address highlighted the importance of the DISHA Meeting and how crucial it is for all (Elected Representatives and Officials) to participate actively which can be beneficial to the District at large. He also floored the various issues and problems in the West District in relation to Roads, Internet Connectivity and Electricity. He also highlighted on the initiatives and progress of the District Administration.
During the Meeting detailed presentations were given by various Departments namely PMGSY; RDD; PHE; NRDWP; Agriculture and Horticulture; GMC; Energy and Power; Health and Education Department.