Namchi, 19th March (IPR): An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) strong room established at the premises of District Administration Centre (DAC) was opened today. The strong room has been opened as per the direction Of ECI for verification of EVM machines. Present during the process were DC (South) Mr. Raj Yadav, SP (South) Dr. Siva Prasad Yellasiri, (Under Secretary, Election) Ms. Tripti H. Subba, SDM (HQ) Mr. Sunil Mothey Officials from election departments and representatives from various political party.
The team inspected, physically verified the EVMs which has been kept in the strong room. It was also informed that authorized representatives shall be allowed to remain present at the time of opening and closure of the EVM strong room. Additionally, similar process will continue tomorrow for the authentication of the EVM machines followed which a report will be sent to CEO Sikkim and ECI as per the prescribed directions.
Gangtok, March 19: (IPR) Two days workshop on “Spring-shed Management: integrating aquifers, watersheds and water security in mountains” was organised on 16th and 17th March at Janta Bhawan Gangtok.
The workshop was jointly organised by RM&DD and ACWADAM Pune. Delegates from 22 organisations across the nation like Government of Nagaland, Department of Forest and Jal Sansthan (Govt. of Uttarakhand), ICIMOD (Nepal), UNDP, NABARD (Tripura), People Science Institute Dehradun, Chirag (Uttarakhand), Himmothan (Uttarakhand), Himalayan Seva Sangh (Hrisikesh), Key Stone Foundation (Tamil Nadu), Arghyam Trust (Bangalore), Gram Vikas (Orissa), Save the Hills and Prasari (West Bengal), Tata Trust, India Water Portal, PAST (Manipur), TMI India, WWF, ECOSS (Sikkim) were present in the workshop. The first day of the workshop was a field visit to Dhara Vikas Site at Perbing, South Sikkim where the state resource persons Dr Subash Dhakal and Mr Pem Norbu Sherpa explained to the participants how the science of hydro-geology was applied while executing Dhara Vikas project.
The second day was a classroom session at Janta Bhawan which was chaired by Additional Secretary, RM&DD, Sarika Pradhan. In her inaugural speech, Mrs Pradhan highlighted on the different initiative for water security taken under RM&DD such as preparation of habitation level Village Water Security Plan, Mapping of springs, Hydrogeological Modelling and intensive research in collaboration with CDAC Pune. She also mentioned that the Dharavikas initiative of the state has been appreciated by Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India. Dr Himansu Kulkarni and Jayesh Desai from ACWADAM, Dr Debashish Sen from PSI Dehradun, representative from Chirag Uttarakhand and Dr S. Dhakal and Pem Norbu from RM&DD gave their presentation. The presentations and discussions included the problem of spring depletion, approaches to understanding spring systems and partnerships through which the concept of springshed management is being implemented.
The second-day session was also attended by all the ADC (Development), Deputy Secretary, BDOs, Assistant Engineers, and officials from RM&DD. The programme ended with a panel discussion on Governance of spring water which was actively participated by representatives’ of different organisations present.
Jorethang, 17th March (IPR): A daylong Awareness and Sensitization programme on Right to Information Act, 2005 organized by Administrative Training Institute (ATI), DOPART & Public Grievances and sponsored by Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, DOPT, Government of India was held at Denchung Gram Sabha hall, Nandugoan today.
Present as the Chief Guest in the event was SDM Jorethang Mr. Bimal. C Rai alongside Director ATI Mr. Prabhakar Dewan, BDO Jorethang Prem. K. Rai, officials of line departments, staff of BDO office, school heads and panchayats of 35 Poklok Denchung GPU.
At the onset of the program, BDO Jorethang Prem. K. Rai welcomed the gathering and expounded the objective of the program to the participants present in the event.
The resource person on the occasion, Deputy Secretary Sikkim Information Commission Mr. Abinash Rai, gave a detailed PPT presentation on how RTI Act, 2005 is an Act of the Parliament which empowers every citizen to seek any information from the Government, inspect any Government documents and seek certified photocopies thereof. He underlined the significance of the Act which if effectively implemented, can bring in openness and transparency between public authorities and the public to help enhance informed citizenry and socio-economic development. The resource person also spelled out the objectives of RTI Act, 2005 and its main components while also discussing the means of filing an RTI application to any concerned authority. He further spoke about the DO’s and DONT’s, format and timelines involved while replying, transferring, issuing and appealing various notices under the ambit of RTI Act 2005. He also elaborated various instances whereby the public have sincerely and effectively used their new right given by constitution to get the information in correct form and right time.
The program also saw an interactive session between the resource person of the programme and the attendees.
It may be noted here that Sikkim Information Commission has been actively engaging in publicity and awareness generation on the Right to Information (RTI) Act among the public all over Sikkim.