DC North chairs the beginning of the week long National Girl Child Day 2021 & BBBP

Mangan, 21st January (IPR): The North District began the celebration of the National Girl Child Day 2021 and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao(BBBP) Anniversary. A week long programme from 21st to 26th January 2021 has been planned throughout the District. The meeting was conducted in District Collector’s chamber, Mangan and was chaired by the Chairperson of District Task Force, Shri Tenzing T Kaleon. Members of the District Task Force were present at the meeting. During the meeting, the activities for the almost week-long programme were planned.
It is a six-day long programme, which starts from today and the programme/activities finalised are as follows:
1. Day 1: Webinar on Menstrual Hygiene.
2. Day 2: Online slogan- Writing, Drawing, Painting, Poetry competition with school/ college students at the District level on the theme ” Celebrate the Girl Child”.
3. Day 3: Webinar meeting on Health and Nutrition.
4. Day 4: Committee members will conduct an awareness programme at the block level.
5. Day 5: Marathon run in Mangan on the theme ” Celebrate the Girl Child”.
6. Day 6: The six-day will conclude on Republic Day. It was also announced that on the occasion, there will be a felicitation of frontline workers for their outstanding work and duty during the pandemic period under BBBP by District Administration.
There will also be a felicitation for best Panchayat for addressing CSR issue (improvement in SRB, as per HMIS) by District Administration.

SFPB chairperson meets the Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India

New Delhi, January 21st (IPR): Hon’ble Chairperson for Sikkim Film Promotion Board, Department of IPR, Miss Pooja Sharma met the Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India Shri Amit Khare at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, today.
Ms Sharma was accompanied by Resident Commissioner, Joint Director IPR Shri Bishal Khawas and Smt Anita Gupta, External Advisor of Sikkim Global Film Festival 2021.
During the meeting, Ms. Sharma appraised the Secretary on the establishment of the Sikkim Film Promotion Board and its future course of action. He accepted the invitation to attend the upcoming Sikkim Global Film Festival in Gangtok scheduled to be held on the 1st week of April 2021 and extended support to the State for the event.
Further, the team led by Ms Sharma also met the Secretary, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr. Inder Jit Singh. In the meeting, Ms Sharma explained about the recent developments in Sikkim and it’s initiative of Eco-Heritage Film City. Dr. Singh extended full support to the State and accepted the invitation to attend the Film Festival.

Covishield Vaccine drive begins from Mangan for North District

Mangan, 21st Jan:( IPR) The Vaccination drive for COVID-19 commenced at the District Hospital, Mangan, today. District Collector (North) Shri Tenzing T Kaleon administered the commencement of the vaccine shots with assistance from CMO (North) Dr. Tempo Kaleon and the medical team of the district hospital. AEFI support Medical specialist from Singtam Hospital Dr. Dwarika Niraula, a representative from United Nations Development Programme Dr. Sashi Ghimirey, SP (North) Smt. Ongmu Bhutia and SDPO Shri Tseten P Bhutia, were also present.
It may be mentioned that the DC (North) is also the chairperson of the District Task Force. He congratulated the District Hospital team for the successful launching of Covishield Vaccine and also stated that the vaccination process would operate smoothly. He also requested everyone not to indulge in fake news and misconceptions about the side effects of the vaccine.
Dr. Tara Gautam DRCHO provided a succinct briefing on the launch of the Vaccine. She said that the District Hospital, Mangan has received 760 doses of the vaccine, in which 1002 persons have been registered to be vaccinated on the first day, i.e 21st January 2021; similarly, another 100 persons are registered to be vaccinated on the second day, followed by 50 persons on the third day. The Vaccination will first be provided to the health workers, Aganwadi workers and Asha workers. She also stated that 3 teams have been formed for the drive, so that the vaccination process is carried out strategically, keeping in mind the guidelines laid down by the Government of India. The three teams are as follows:
1. AEFI Team (Adverse Event Following Immunization)
2. RRT (Rapid Response Team)
3. District Hospital Core Committee.
The first person in the district to receive the vaccine was Jeet Kumar Kami, a driver of the Health Department, Mangan.
The vaccination drive will then move to Primary Health Centre, Dikchu.

Hon’ble Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma visits Government Senior Secondary School, Chujachen

Gangtok, January 20 (IPR): With a view to enlighten the students on agriculture and livestock farming, the Hon’ble Minister, Agriculture, Horticulture and Veterinary Services Departments, Shri Lok Nath Sharma visited Government Senior Secondary School, Chujachen, this afternoon.
While addressing the first interactive session with the students, the Minister shared the initiative and program of the State Government under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Tamang to introduce practical education of agriculture in the academic syllabus in every school and educational institutions.
In his address, the Minister articulated the significant role of agriculture and livestock farming and further also motivated them to involve in obtaining vocational education in agriculture. He underlined the strength of the students, who can pave the way for building a progressive and self-reliant state by involving themselves in the sustainable income-generating profession, he added. He also highlighted the wide scope and enormous range of opportunities in the agriculture sector in the years to come.
The Minister also informed to provide a tubular greenhouse, flexitank of fifty thousand litre, polypipe, agro net and other necessary requirements to teach practical education in school premises. He encouraged students to be updated with the new technology and developments in the agriculture sector, across the globe.
The Minister was also accompanied by Joint Director Horticulture (E) Shri Passang Tamang, J.D. Horticulture Rongli Sub Division Shri T. Chopel, Block Development Officer/Regu Shri Bhim Pradhan, Officials of concerned departments and others.
At the outset, he was accorded a warm welcome by the School Principal Ms.J.M. Chettri, teachers and students.

SFPB chairperson calls on DONER Minister at New Delhi

New Delhi, January 20 (IPR): Hon’ble Chairperson for Sikkim Film Promotion Board, Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Sikkim, Miss Pooja Sharma made a courtesy call to the Hon’ble Union Minister of State Ministry of DONER, MoS PMO, Government of India Dr. Jitendra Singh in New Delhi, today.
Ms Sharma was accompanied by Resident Commissioner, Joint Director IPR Shri Bishal Khawas and other department officials.
During the meeting, Miss Sharma appraised the Hon’ble Union Minister on the establishment of the Sikkim Film Promotion Board (SFPB) and its various projects in the pipeline. She also discussed Eco-heritage Film City, Film Policy and Sikkim Global Film Festival 2021 planned by SFPB to promote Sikkim as a shooting destination and enhance State tourism. She further mentioned Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang’s determination and a keen interest in establishing a Film Industry in Sikkim.
During the meeting, the Hon’ble Minister accepted the invitation to attend the Sikkim Global Film Festival in its inaugural ceremony scheduled to be held in the first week of April 2021.

Hon’ble Minister Shri L. N. Sharma attends Silver Jubilee Celebration of New Diamond Club at Markang, Rongli

Gangtok, January 20(IPR): The Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Departments Shri Lok Nath Sharma graced the occasion of Silver Jubilee Celebration of New Diamond Club, a Chujachen based Non Governmental Organisation as the Chief Guest at Markang, Rongli, today.
The programme was also attended by the Hon’ble Area MLA-cum-Advisor Buildings and Housing Department, Shri Krishna Bahadur Rai, former MLA, Chujachen Constituency Shri Mohan Gurung, Principal Director Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Dr. Sangey D. Kazi, Director Fisheries Shri N.Jaswant Singh, Joint Directors of AH&VS Horticulture Departments, Block Development Officer/Regu, Panchayats, Officials, Civil Society and the public at large.
During the programme, the Departments of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services distributed token of various welfare schemes to the farmers of Chujachen Constituency.
The Minister also handed over a token of Genap Tank, five tubular fabricated Green House, three on-farm handling unit ( Collection Centre), two brush cutter under Horticulture Department, three power tiller, chaff cutter and polypipe under Agriculture and chaff cutter and oat seeds under AH&VS, to the progressive farmers. He also presented a token of genap tank to the Club and encouraged them to adopt farming as a lucrative profession, involving people at a community level.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister congratulated the New Diamond Club for their noble service extended towards the society in the glorious twenty-five years, since its establishment in the year 1996.
Elucidating the importance of the rural economy, the Minister said that the economy of urban population as well as the State depends on the growth of the rural sector, hence, every youth from villages needs to be more dedicated and determined to opt agriculture with new vigour and energy. The State Government is also putting all possible efforts for the progress and development of rural areas in all spheres, he added.
He also underlined the initiative made by the State Government in agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and allied sectors to ensure an adequate supply of vegetables and agriculture produce during the crisis of COVID 19. He also stated that the growing demands of agricultural produce can only be meet up with the augmentation in farming activities.
He informed that the State of Sikkim has witnessed additional production of 40000 litres of milk/per day after launching of financial incentives of Rs. 8/ per litre of milk.
He also highlighted various programmes initiated by the State Government including financial incentives to dairy farmers, series of Pasudhan Mela, Development through Credit and implementation of various other welfare schemes. He also informed to include the dried area of the locality under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) to extend the coverage of irrigation.
The Organizing Committee also expressed their gratitude to the State Government for the presence.
The programme also saw a colourful cultural presentation and also felicitation of various personalities for rendering social services.

A coordination meeting of State Mission Directorate, Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban & ULBs held at Gangtok Municipal Corporation

Gangtok, January 20: A coordination meeting of State Mission Directorate, Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) was held at the Conference Hall, Gangtok Municipal Corporation, Deorali, Gangtok, today.
The objective of the meeting was to review the progress of ULBs on various on-going flagship programs launched under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban and to discuss improving the rank of ULBs in Swachh Survekshan-2021.
Ms. Sheela Subba, Under Secretary, SBM-U appraised the actions taken under various components of SBM-U and the issues and challenges being faced by the State Mission Directorate.
Shri Mahesh Sharma, State Mission Director, SBM-U welcomed the participants and conveyed the importance of compliance of instructions and proper documentation of the works done and also sought cooperation for achieving the Mission targets.
Shri H.K. Chettri, Municipal Commissioner put forward the challenges faced by ULBs on the collection and waste segregation at source.
The ULBs were also enlightened about the Hon’ble National Green Tribunal (NGT), Solid Waste Management practices, Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge, ODF+, Garbage Free City, etc. The participant was also informed regarding the monthly report, updation in the SBM-U MIS portal.
The meeting was attended by DMC, AMC-Gangtok Municipal Corporation, Under Secretary, Inspectors, Municipal Executive Officers of ULBs and the Project Management Unit, SBM-U.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Rinzing Tamang,(OSD) SBM-U.
(Press release from Urban Development Department)