Hon’ble Chief Minister P.S. Golay meets Hon’ble President of India

New Delhi, 13 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) called on Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi today.

The visit of the HCM was to pay respect and to obtain blessing from him for the people of Sikkim. Shri Tamang placed the request to exempt the old Settlers of Sikkim from the ambit of Income Tax.

It may be recalled that the previous Government did not place the matter to the Government of India where a Committee was constituted to recommend for the exemption. Nonetheless, the Committee in their report did not consider their case. The old Settlers made several representations to the Committee constituted by the previous government, however, no efforts were made to address it.

The President listened to the demands patiently and assured to look into the issue carefully. The HCM invited the President to visit Sikkim in the near future.

Meeting held in the presence of Hon’ble HRDD Minister over SU issues

Gangtok, 13 Jun (IPR): A meeting was held in the chamber of Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development Department, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, to discuss issues related to Sikkim University on 11 June. The meeting was also attended by Hon’ble MP (Lok Sabha), Shri Indra Hang Subba, ACS (HRDD), Shri G.P. Upadhyaya, and his team along with representatives of the students’ wing.

During the meeting, it was informed that there is an unwritten convention to provide reservation of seats in different Undergraduate and Post Graduate Courses under Sikkim University for up to 60% of the total intake capacity for Sikkimese students.

In this matter, the Vice Chancellor informed that he would take up this matter with the Hon’ble Minister of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India for provision in the Statute which can provide for 60% reservation to the Sikkimese students.

The VC also offered to discuss the matter with the University Grants Commission. It was also decided that the MP (Lok Sabha) would accompany the VC for the same.

In the meeting it was informed that the intake in PG Courses of Sikkim University in extension centre at Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College, Tadong was considered inadequate. Thus, a request was made to explore the possibility to increase the number of seats in these PG courses.

With regard to this, it was decided that an inspection team would be sent by SU to access the possibility of increasing the number of seats and all possible support from their end was assured.

It was also informed that there are few courses which after completion have ample employment opportunity available, however, it was mentioned that these courses (Chinese, Hindi, Peace and Conflict Management, Psychology, Anthropology, International Relations, etc) are not being opted by the Sikkimese students.

Therefore, an urgent need for creating awareness among students who have passed out Class XII was felt. For this purpose, it was decided that HRDD would conduct awareness during its counselling session to students during admission time of government college and also during allocation of State quota seats.

At the end, Minister Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha said that this is the first meeting of its kind with Sikkim University and there will be more regular meetings and interactions in the future as well.

HON’BLE CHIEF MINISTER MEETS UNION FINANCE MINISTER, SMT NIRMALA SITHARAMAN

New Delhi, June 12: (IPR) Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) and Hon’ble Minister Rural Management and Development Department, Shri Sonam Lama called on Hon’ble Union Finance Minister, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman today and congratulated Smt. Sitharaman for her outstanding victory in recent Lok Sabha election and discussed various finance related matters.

Hon’ble Chief Minister briefed Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman about the financial crisis that Sikkim State is right now going through, and urged to bail Government of Sikkim out of this mess and to meet Sikkim’s demands on account of payment of arrears for the State Government employees and pensioners in line with Pay committee recommendations.

Hon’ble Chief Minister also requested Smt. Sitharaman to release the balance amount which Government of India was supposed to transfer Finance Commission’s recommendations, at the earliest and also to release Rs 300 crore for the purchase of equipments for the newly constructed STNM hospital.

Union Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman assured of all possible assistance to the State on the discussed issues.

HON’BLE CHIEF MINISTER MEETS UNION MINISTER OF TRIBAL AFFAIRS

New Delhi, June 12:(IPR) Shri Prem Singh Tamang, Hon’ble Chief Minister along with Shri Sonam Lama, Hon’ble Minister, Rural Management and Development Department called on the Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Shri Arjun Munda in Delhi today.

Hon’ble Chief Minister congratulated Shri Arjun Munda, for his victory in recent Lok Sabha election and also wished him a very fruitful career for the present assignment as the Union Minister of Tribal Affairs. Chief Minister expressed his concern over the two issues in particular, about according seat allocation in favour of Limboo and Tamang communities in Sikkim Legislative Assembly and about granting tribal status to all the eleven left out communities of Sikkim.

The Chief Minister and the Union Minister further discussed steps to sort out the above two issues in a coordinated manner. The Union Minister also assured him all possible support towards finalizing both the issues as quickly as possible.

Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S. Golay made a courtesy call to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

New Delhi, June 12: (IPR) Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) accompanied by RMDD Minister Shri Sonam Lama made a courtesy call to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on Tuesday and congratulated him for leading the BJP party to a spectacular majority for second consecutive term. He submitted that this phenomenal victory is reflective of the unanimous endorsement of the people of India towards the Prime Minister’s far-sighted social-economic and political policies that was initiated and instituted in 2014.

Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) updated the Hon’ble Prime Minister on various pending issues of Sikkim and sought his intervention in ensuring its early resolutions. He elaborated on Article 371 F of the Constitution and said that Article 371 F of the Constitution of India is the greatest gift to the Sikkimese people which needs to be preserved, protected and implemented, both in letter and spirit. He further expressed his confidence towards the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi that his second term shall definitely ensure ways and means to further strengthen and stabilize this glaring feature of the Constitution which in turn is to strengthen our Constitutional frameworks.

He further made it clear that the political rights of the Sikkimese Limboo-Tamang tribes must be ensured at the earliest possible. He reiterated that despite the lapse of all these many years, Limboo and Tamang still remain deprived from accomplishing their political rights Vis-à-vis- Limboo Tamang seat reservation in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly. Prime Minister Shri Modi remarked that it was owing to the faulty and unstable stand of the hitherto State government that this long pending demand remained unsettled. He however assured to work on it in coordination with the new SKM government for early fruition.

The Prime Minister was quick to respond positively on Chief Minister’s presentation towards inclusion of the eleven left out communities of Sikkim namely, Rai, Gurung, Mangar, Bhujel, Sunwar-Mukhia, Thami, Yakha(Dewan), Khas, Newar, Jogi and Sanyasi in the list of Scheduled Tribes. The Chief Minister has sought necessary amendments in the existing legislation’s to pave way for inclusion of these eleven left out communities in the list of Scheduled Tribes given Sikkim’s peculiar position in the country which is primarily governed by Article 371 F.

Hon’ble Prime Minister was most sympathetic on the Chief Minister’s elaboration on the State’s dwindling financial status which is virtually bankrupt and drowned into debt. He further informed the Prime Minister that the circumstances turned from bad to worst owing to the huge loans acquired by a large number of hydro power projects against the State’s guarantee from various financial institutions. Interestingly, Teesta Urja Hydro Project obtained a loan of Rs. 11,020 crores from a financial institution against State guarantee. Pertinent to mention here, some of these projects are already closed down for reasons best known to either such projects or the then Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling.

It is put on record here that as on 31.03.2019, the loan of the Sikkim Government stands at whopping figure of Rs. 8819. 10 crore while its Annual Budget is around Rs. 7000 crore and debt burden of more than Rs 8000 crore. In fact all this has now crippled in releasing the fund to settle our State government employee rightful dues owing out of the pay revision. Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang accordingly proposed for a one time grant of financial aid of Rs 4000 crore from the Government of India to bail itself out from this financial disarray. The Prime Minister assured to help the State alleviate it out of this massive fiscal deficit. He equally expressed his extreme surprise over such financial low despite the Union having provided huge and uninterrupted budget allocation to the State over the years. He accordingly requested the Chief Minister to account for such misuses in the earlier regime. Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang submitted that the State shall soon come up with a white paper on the existing financial status of the State and the ways and means to pacify the same.

Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister on having accorded blanket permission of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim anytime. In fact, this eighteen years old dharma aspiration of the Sikkimese people that went into complete oblivion during the long years of Pawan Chamling’s misrule turned into reality owing to the bold and compassionate approach of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and his efficient team in the government.

The visiting delegation exchanged customary white scarfs, Khada with the Prime Minister at his Lok Kalyan Marg residence in New Delhi. Earlier in the day, the team met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for Youth & Affairs Kiren Rijiju. The Chief Minister and his team are still expected to meet more Union Ministers to attract their attention on various pending issues of Sikkim.

Sensitization programme on Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) and Poshan Abhiyan

Mangan, June 12 (IPR): A day long sensitization programme on ‘Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) and Poshan Abhiyan’ for members of Zilla and Gram Panchayat of North district was held here at the conference hall of North district Zilla Panchayat Bhawan, today.

Zilla Adhakshya, North, Ms. Namday Lepcha attended the programme as the chief guest along with Additional Director-cum-State Nodal Officer, PMMVY, Mrs. Normit Lepcha.

The programme attended amongst other by CDPO, Mangan, Mrs. L.D. Denzongpa, CDPO, Dzongu, Mr. Netuk Lepcha, CDPO, Chungthang, Mrs. Sonam Lhaden Lachungpa, Anganwadi & ASHA workers and staffs of ICDS of the district.

Speaking in the programme, Mrs. Normit Lepcha stated that Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana is a centrally sponsored scheme, using the platform of Anganwadi service scheme under Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. Scheme is being implemented from 01. 01. 2017 in all the district of the country in accordance with the provision of the National Food Security Act, 2013. Under PMMVY, a cash incentive of rupees 5000/- would be provided directly in the account of pregnant women and lactating mothers for first living child of the family subject to their fulfilling specific conditions.

Talking on objective of the scheme, she informed that providing partial compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that the women can take adequate rest before and after delivery of the first living child. The cash incentives provided would lead to improved health seeking behavior amongst the pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Further she informed that All pregnant women and lactating mothers (PW&LM) , excluding PW&LM who are in regular employment with the central government of the state government or PSUs or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law for the time being in force will eligible for the scheme who have their pregnancy on or after 01. 01. 2017 for first child in family.

Cash incentive will be disbursed in three installments: First installment of rupees 1000 on early registration of pregnancy at the Anganwadi Centre approved health facility. Second installment of rupees 2000 after six month of pregnancy on receiving at least one ante-natal check-up and Third installment of rupees 2000 after child birth is registered and the child has received the first cycle of BCG, OBV, DPT and Hepatitis B, or its equivalent/substitute.

Similarly, Mrs. Normit Lepcha sensitized the participants on Poshan Abhiyan she said that Poshan Abhiyan is a flagship programme of ministry of women and child development to reduce stunting, under- nutrition, anaemia and low birth weight.

The programme strives to address Malnutrition holistically with use of technology, a targeted approach and convergence. The scheme also calls for action generating social movement towards a malnutrition free India.

Chief medical officer, North, Mr. D. C. Sharma spoke on Pre-Conception and Post-Natal Diagnostic Technique Act, 1994.
He stated that the said Act was enacted to stop female feticides and arrest the declining sex ratio in India. The act banned prenatal sex determination.

The main purpose of enacting the act is to ban the use of sex selection techniques after conception and prevent the misuse of prenatal diagnostic technique for sex selective abortions. The Act provides for the prohibition of sex selection, before or after conception.

Chief Guest in her short speech, she urged all the participants disseminate the general information on PMMVY, Poshan Abhiyan and PCPNDT, Act 1994 in their respective areas as to generate more aware among the public.

Further she requested all ASHA & Anganwadi workers to work in tandem with Department as to orient best result and to take north district into a new horizon in terms of holistic development.