HM Shri L. N Sharma Attends Awareness Cum Training Programme At ICAR, Gangtok

Gangtok, Feb 13: (IPR) A daylong Awareness cum Training Programme followed by field inspection was held with the theme of Adaption and Mitigation through Soil, Water, Nutrient Management and Agro-Forestry (Soil Carbon Sequestration/Conservation Agriculture) Under NICRA Project at Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Gangtok, today. The programme was organised by the ICAR- National Organic Farming Research Institute, Gangtok.

Hon’ble Minister Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Shri Lok Nath Sharma graced the inaugural ceremony as the Chief Guest. The programme was also attended by the Secretary Agriculture Shri Rinzing C Bhutia, Secretary Horticulture Shri MT Sherpa, officials, Agriculture Scientists and farmers from different parts the of state.

Addressing the farmers, Minister Sharma drew lights on the existing scenario of agriculture in the state and encouraged farmers to adopt agricultural practices with a new spirit to witness a paradigm shift in the next five years. The state government, under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S.Tamang, is fully committed to improve the socio-economic status of farmers and to make them self reliant and agro-entrepreneurs, he added.

He urged farmers to remain informed about the existing programmes of the state government for its proper implementations in the field.
Minister applauded the activities carried out by ICAR and urged to adopt two GPU and to form a cluster in each district and to apply newly introduced technology to set an example for the encouragement of the farmers.

He also expressed concern over public grievances of wildlife interference and stressed upon the need to sort out a mechanism to curb this genuine issue.

He also asked departmental officials to be more responsible and accountable to provide available services in the coordination of farmers and also urged farmers to be more determined to practice agriculture, comprehensively as guided by the technical experts of the department.

Further, he articulated at length on the future scope of farmers for sustainable growth.

Minister Sharma also urged scientists and all concerned to revive production of various crops and fruits like Orange, Ginger, Cardamom etc. Further, he advised farmers to imbibe enlightening technical session to mitigate and overcome its effects.

Secretary, Agriculture Shri Rinzing C Bhutia enlightened farmers on Pradhan Mantri Krishi Samman Nidhi and urged them to register their name in consultation of concerned VLW to receive financial benefits of Rupees Six Thousand in three instalments, annually. He also outlined the benefits of PM Krishi Sichai Yojana and motivated farmers to cooperate for the implementation of the scheme and active functioning of FPOs for their benefits.

Secretary Horticulture Shri MT Sherpa recalled the role of agriculture in earning a livelihood in the past decades and added that the agriculture sector is getting transformed into entrepreneurship to make it a more lucrative profession. He also underlined programmes under Horticulture Mission to promote cluster farming, Community approach, human resource development etc. Shri Sherpa also informed that the new subjects of Horticulture will be introduced in the school curriculum to generate interest amongst the young generation towards Agriculture and Horticulture.

Director Horticulture Shri Padam Subba also addressed the farmers and encouraged them for the conservation of water through the construction of Water Harvesting Tank. He also urged them to share acquired information in their respective societies.

Joint Director ICAR- NOFRI Dr RK. Awasthe proposed welcome address and also drew lights on overview of ICAR and its functioning throughout the nation. Dr Awasthe also emphasised on activities accomplished by the institute and mentioned that the transfer of technology as the main component wherein regular monitoring, reporting assessment is being carried out by the institute, properly. He also threw lights on the importance of crop rotation for enhancement of the production.

During the programme, Minister Sharma handed overcrop seeds to the farmers and also launched IEC folders published in the local language.

The Awareness programme was followed by the inspection visit at the farm developed by ICAR. Minister along with the farmers visited Goat Research Farm, Poultry Seed Project, Citrus Rootstock block, Mushroom Spawn cum Production Unit, Dairy, piggery and the cultivated area. During the visit Minister also inaugurated a newly established Pig farm.

HM Shri Samdup Lepcha Chaired A Coordination Meeting At North District Zilla Panchayat Bhawan

Mangan, February 13: (IPR) Hon’ble Minister Roads & Bridges and Culture Department, Shri Samdup Lepcha chaired a district-level coordination meeting with all Head of offices of the district, Government Officers, Employees, officers of other organizations including GREF and Hydro Power Companies today here at conference hall of North District Zilla Panchayat Bhawan.

The meeting was attended by the former Up-Adhakshya, North, Shri N. T. Lepcha, District Magistrate, North, Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon, Sr. S. P. North, Shri Sonam Gyatso Bhutia.

DC/North, Shri. Kaleon in his keynote address informed that the coordination meeting was called on the direction of Hon’ble Minister to discuss on various issues related for the betterment of Lachen-Mangan and District as a whole and to sort out various issues pertaining to the different department of the district.

Minister, Shri Samdup Lepcha in his address directed all government officers and employees to maintain punctuality in the office, maintaining proper attendance of staff, simultaneously he stated that he shall conduct surprise visit to government offices and strict action will be initiated to those who are found absent.

Speaking to the works department and Engineering section, Minister, Shri Lepcha has directed that there must be proper implementation of any scheme with quality work that is being sanctioned by the government in a stipulated time with total transparency. Further, the Engineer section has been directed that henceforth the engineering cell must identify the genuine project and to prepare an authentic Detail Project Report or Estimate.

Power Department has been asked to maintain proper office records, keeping proper blueprint and work details of all contractual works which falls under their jurisdiction.

GREF officials were asked to focus on maintenance of Singtam to Rangrang road condition. The necessary direction was also given to take up immediate maintenance work in all trouble spots.

Likewise, NHPC-V official was directed to expedite the restoration work at Dikchu slide near Dikchu dam in coordination with GREF and Teesta Urja-III.

Lastly, the Minister urged the officers and staff members to work in close coordination and come forward with innovative ideas for the development of district and state as a whole in order to take Sikkim into a new height. Furthermore, he has assured the house that he would place all the issues facing by the district before state government.

During the meeting, all head of offices presented their departmental status, scheme and issues through PowerPoint presentation.

Earlier, ADC/North, Shri Surat Gurung delivered the welcome address and coordinated whole programme while the meeting ended up with a vote of thanks proposed by SDM, Mangan, Shri, Karma Thendup Bhutia.

Valedictory function of Monastic and Sanskrit Pathshala Teachers Training and Orientation Programme

12th February (IPR) : A Valedictory function of three days Monastic and Sanskrit Pathshala Teachers Training and Orientation Programme which started from 10th February 2020 till 12th February was held today at Janta Bhawan with Shri Sonam Lama Hon’ble Minister Of Ecclesiastical Affairs Department, Cooperation Department, Rural Management & Development Department Government of Sikkim as a Chief Guest.

Shri.S.T Tamang Secretary of Ecclesiastical Department, Mrs. Kunchok Doma Additional Secretary, (Ecclesiastical Deptt.)Mr. Tenzing Gelak Joint Director(Ecclesiastical Deptt.) Mrs Chunki Lhamu Deputy Secretary(Ecclesiastical Deptt.), OSD Mr. Kita Sherpa(Ecclesiastical Deptt) Resource Persons, participating Teachers and officials and staffs of Ecclesiastical Department were present at the function.

The Chief Guest in his address expressed his gratitude to be present in between all the learned Monastic and Sanskrit Teachers. He said that the Dharmic/ Sanskrit traditions have lived together in peace and mutual respect sharing a common culture and common aspiration to the highest truth. He stated that teachers is a part of team where teaching is not an isolated work, teachers need to collaborate, Co create, plan and monitor and work together. He said that dharmic education is essential to peace and understanding for all humanity and teaching are not only a mere object of academic study and research but a part of daily Sadhana and Spiritual practice.

Further adding the Chief Guest stated that Dharmic/ Sanskrit education signifies that makes life and universe possible and includes duties, rights, laws, conduct, virtues and right way of living and the spirit of teaching must remain alive in the minds and hearts of teachers and students not only at personal level but also at an intellectual level.

He expressed that Teachers / Gurus is the one who take out ignorance from us our teachers are our gurus that’s why Teacher’s Day is celebrated on the auspicious day of Gurupournima to offer gratitude at the feet of teachers.

Later Hon’ble Minister shared little about his professional and personal life adding a zest to the valedictory function. He appreciated and cited examples of all the IAS Officers of Sikkim and urged everyone present there to appreciate all the people who brings laurels to the State.

Hon’ble Minister mentioned certain points that were discussed during the interaction session earlier. He said that teachers should work hard so that they can be recognized either as a State Awardee or even at National Awardee.

Secondly he mentioned that extension will be given under certain criteria.

Thirdly Monastic and Sanskrit Pathshala will be treated equally like other Academic Schools.

Fourthly he specially mentioned that Retired Teachers will be treated with Golden Handshake.

Lastly he mentioned little about Bodh Gaya( Bihar)where Sikkim Guest House/ Sikkim Temple should be taken care off as lots of people from State visit there not forgetting to mention about the Sikkim Government property(land)which is not be being utilized and he gave assurance that it will be utilized for local public purpose at the time of his tenure.

The Resource person of the three days Monastic and Sanskrit Pathshala Teachers Training/ Orientation Programme are as follows:

1) Khem Lall Sharma

Assistant Prof. Government Sanskrit Colllege, Samdong

2) Padam Bahadur Poudeli

Assistant Prof. Satiya

Government Sanskrit College, Samdong East Sikkim

3) Karma Tashi Bhutia (PGT Bhutia)

Legship SSS West Sikkim

4) Neydup Bhutia

Assistant Prof. SIHNS (Sheda) Pangthang Taktse

5) Geeta Sharma

Senior Lecturer, DIET, Gangtok

6) Tenzing Choden Bhutia

PGT English

7) Tenzing Uden Bhutia

PGT Bhutia

The three day long training programme included teachings of skill development, Buddhism Philosophy, Tibetan Grammar, Group Activities for class 1 and 2 , Monastic Rules and Regulations, Sikkim Monastic History, Question set up and evaluation, Nayakarna, Sanskrit Philosophy, Practice of Sanskrit Sudha, Sikkim Service Rules and about Child Abuse and it’s awareness by Amrit Sharma( Social Worker)from Social Welfare Department,Sikkim.

Later there was distribution of Certificates to all the trainers and teachers who participated.

Lastly vote of thanks was proposed by Gendrung.

Sensitization meeting for dissemination of KCC

Mangan, 12 February(IPR): A sensitization meeting for dissemination of Kishan Credit Card (KCC) Loan to all PM-KISAN beneficiaries was held under the chairmanship of District Magistrate, North, Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon here at DC’s conference hall, today.

The meeting was also  attended by the Lead District Manager, State Bank of India, Shri Gopal Lama, Additional Director, Agriculture Department, Shri B. D. Rai, Additional Director, Animal Husbandry, Shri Karma Tenzing Zongtenpa, Deputy Director, Horticulture Department, Shri Rinzing Wangyal, Manager, NABARD, Shri, Avijeet Murmu and Staff Officer, SISCO, Shri Bikash Gurung.

During the meeting, Shri Gopal Lama informed that a special drive has been initiated by the Government to facilitate universal access to concessional institutional credit for all PM-KISAN beneficiaries. All PM-KISAN beneficiaries will be facilitated for issue of KCC to the benefit of Concessional Institutional Credit.

Shri Lama informed that all charges including the processing, documentation, inspection and ledger folio charges as well as other service charges for KCC loans upto 3 lakhs have been waived. All PM-KISAN beneficiaries have been auto approved for KCC and require to simply visit the nearest bank branch with a copy land document and detail of crop sown along with the filled up one page form for availing the benefit.

The benefit has now been extended to eligible Animal Husbandry and Fisheries farmers those farmers who are KCC holders. Further, the scheme includes SMS service to all PM-KISAN beneficiaries from PM-KISAN portal to visit the concerned bank branch for getting the KCC benefit.

DM, Shri Kaleon has directed to Agriculture and line department disseminate the same to all eligible farmers of the district so that the farmers may avail the opportunity and take advantage of KCC loan.

Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma visits School

Gyalshing, 12th February (IPR): The Hon’ble Minister-cum-Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency Shri Lok Nath Sharma visited the Government Secondary School Lower Bermiok at Raatomatey and a Stockman Centre of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services at Berthang, West Sikkim, this morning.

During the visit, Minister Sharma took stock on the progress of ongoing construction of additional infrastructure of the Lower Bermiok school. He also interacted with all concerned and asked to maintain quality works with respect to the establishment of new school building. He also interacted with the school staff and discussed on various initiatives of the state government and also assured to resolve pending issues.
While addressing the students, Minister articulated on importance of acquiring education to achieve a targeted goal in life and encouraged them to be more determined and competitive.

Thereafter, Minister Sharma visited the Stockman Centre of AH&VS at Berthang wherein he interacted with the staff and urged them to extend best level of services. He also enquired availability of medicines and motivated them to deliver required services on time to save animal lives on which the income of farmer depends.

Border Area Programme

Gangtok,12th Feb 2020(IPR):The North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in collaboration with Culture Department, Government of Sikkim is organizing a two days Border Area Programme ( Indo -China Border ) – Sikkim 2020 w. e.f from today I. e 12th and 13th February 2020 at Kupup and Nathang East Sikkim . Garrison liaison Officer Shri T . J .Singh was the chief guest and the programme was also attended by Lt. Col Ajit, Major Vikash Kumar Rana, Capt J. K. Sharma, Capt. Munish and Lt Taranjeet Singh as special guests. Shri Nima Sherpa Village Administrator , officials from Culture Department and Army personals and their families also witnessed the programme at Kupup today.
The programme was an initiative by NEZCC and cultural troops from five states like Sikkim , Odisha, Nagaland , Punjab and Manipur participated in the programme at Community Hall Kupup. The chief guest T.J. Singh presented a token of appreciation to all the participating Troupes from the Northeast States.
The Artists from these North East States will be showcasing their talent for the audience of Nathang Tomorrow I. e 13th February 2020.

State level orientation and Sensitization programme on “Pariksha Parv”

Gangtok,12 February 2020 (IPR):The state level orientation and sensitization programme on “Pariksha Parv” 2020 for school heads, District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) Principals was held at the conference hall of Social Justice and Welfare Department, Lumsey today organised by Sikkim Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) under Social Justice and Welfare Department.

“Pariksha Parv” is a month-long campaign during the exam period from February to March 2020. The aim of the programme is to create sensitization on the issue of stress among students due to exams and also an initiative to help in removing the stigma attached to counselling and promote positive perception.

The programme had the presence of Hon’ble Chairperson, SCPCR, Mrs Dikila Bhutia, Secretary, Social Justice and Welfare Department, Shri H.K. Chettri, Member Secretary (SCPCR) Shri N.T Bhutia, Joint Commissioner,

Shri M.B Chettri, Clinical Psychologist, Dr Sonam Ongmu Lassopa, Senior Technical Expert,Shri Paresh Shah.

At the onset of the programme, Chairperson,SCPCR,Mrs Dikila Bhutia highlighted on the decreasing trend of enrollment of the students in schools. She urged the gathering to encourage enrollment and also to be accountable of the children especially falling in the age category of 6-14 years. She further mentioned that the children living with their relatives should be given special care and attention to curb the threat of suicides due to exam anxiety.

Secretary, Shri H.K. Chettri stated that the campaign is initiated by the Prime Minister of India towards changing the outlook of children towards exams and making it a joyful activity. He also highlighted that the campaign will entail Live Streaming of Q & A Session with renowned experts, psychologists; Counselors through Facebook/Twitter/YouTube to enable students interact with experts to reduce their exam stress.

Shri Paresh Shah, Senior Technical Expert highlighted on the objective of Pariksha Parva. He presented a background on the activities undertaken under Pariksha Parva and briefly spoke on the functions of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and SCPCR at length.

Dr Sonam Ongmu Lassopa (Clinical Psychologist) spoke on Understanding and Helping Students Deal with Exam Stress. Dr M.Chettri, Joint Commissioner, (Technical- Disability) briefed on Understanding of Child Psychology and Support.

The programme concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Social Welfare Officer,Dr P.N Pradhan.