The Union Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, made a visit to the Eklavya Model Residential Schools

Mangan, 19th May 2018 (IPR): The Union Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Smt Leena Nair today made a visit to the Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) at Swayem in North Sikkim. She was accompanied by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs Shri Rajesh Agarwal and Director ICDS, Government of Sikkim. The District Collector, North Shri Karma R Bonpo, Joint Director, Social Welfare, Principal EMRS, Panchayats of Namok Syawem GPU and SMC members received the visiting dignitaries at the school.
The Secretary expressed her satisfaction with regard to the education being imparted in the school. In an interactive session held with the school teacher and students, she heard the experiences and problems of the students. She also promised that all help will be rendered by the Central Government with regard to up-gradation of the infrastructure of the school. During the program, the District Collector North stated that there was requirement of a multipurpose Auditorium, Sports Stadium, science labs and additional hostel for school. The Secretary promised to look favourably into the demands and also directed that the Project Proposals for the same be sent to the Ministry through the State Government. The Secretary stated that there was need to implement water harvesting in the schools and she also spoke on gender equality.
The Principal EMRS gave a brief report on the enrolment and education achievement of the school. He stated that school started in 2008 had its first AISSCE batch in 2013. From the current session the school has been upgraded to Senior Secondary School with Science and Humanities stream. The Current enrolment was around 331 with 175 girls and 156 boys and stated the school was consistently producing good results in the board exams.
A cultural program displaying dances of the various tribal communities in the district was also presented to the visiting dignitaries.

30 breedable goats of approved age were distributed


Namchi, 19th May: 30 breedable goats of approved age were distributed with insurance coverage at Alley cluster from Maniram Phalidara GPU under Namchi-Singithang Assembly Constituency, South District. The program is a convergence of Livestock based farming system under Rainfed Area Development (RAD) of FS&ADD with AHLF&VSD for 2017-18 with considerable share from State capital. The beneficiaries were also provided with packs of mineral vitamins, dewormer, anti-stress tonic &handouts. The aim of the program is sustainable livlihood of farmers through goat production.

The beneficiaries were also made aware of modern managemental practices focussing on balanced diet, breeding, health coverage, insurance for enhanced production. The program was attended by Advisor to the Government of Simkim, Power & Energy Department Mr. Gagan Rai accompanied by members from District & Block Working Committee, area Panchayats & officers from the concerned department headed by Dr T Bajgai, JD/South.

Chairman, National Commission for Safai Karmacharis, Shri Manhar Valjibhai Zala addressed a press conference

Gangtok, May 17: (IPR) Chairman, National Commission for Safai Karmacharis, Government of India, Shri Manhar Valjibhai Zala addressed a press conference this afternoon to share the outcome of his meetings with State Chief Secretary, DGP, Heads of Departments, State Government functionaries. Counsellors of Gangtok Municipal Corporation and Nagar Panchayats, and Safai Karmacharis from all the four District headquarters.

The Chairman expressed happiness at Sikkim being the only state in India where Safai Karmacharis are living with great respect and dignity and recorded his appreciation for the noble initiative of referring to Safai Karmacharis under Gangtok Municipal Corporation as “Gangtok Beautifiers”.

The Chairman informed the media persons about the discussions and suggestion put forth by the Commission regarding issues relating to Safai Karmacharis and Manual Scavengers for the State of Sikkim and their Rehabilitation Act 2013. He also briefed about the various issues related to Safai Karmacahris which were discussed, their grievances and demands, health insurance, education facilities, housing/accommodation schemes, loans, salary/pension, recruitment, orientation, medical camps etc for the welfare of the Safai Karmacharis.

He also informed that a recommendation for forming a State Commission for Safai Karmacharis has been submitted to the government of Sikkim. This, he added will aid in the social-economic development of the safai karmacharis.

He said that all the meetings chaired by him during his visit came out fruitful, and expressed his satisfaction to see the standard maintained for the Safai Karmacharis within the State.

He urged every individual to be more aware about the Schemes, facilities and initiatives taken by the Central and State Government.

Earlier, Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim, Shri A.K. Shrivastava while addressing the meeting chaired by the Chairman National Safaikarmachari Board, GOI, stated that Sikkim is perhaps the only State where manual scavenging is not practiced, and safai karmacharis live with dignity and respect and enjoy adequate facilities provided by the Government. He added that there have not been a single death of safai karmachari while cleaning potholes or sewerage.

The Chairman was accompanied in the meeting by Secretary, National Commission for Safai Karmacharis, Government of India, Shri Narayan Das, and Principal Private Secretary to the Chairman Shri Mahenk Prasad.