A two day long training by the State Level Master Trainer (SLMT) for Electoral Literacy Club (ELC)

Namchi, 8th May(IPR): A two day long training for DLMTs, Nodal Officers of educational institutions, NCC, NYK, NSS & youth hostel by the State Level Master Trainer (SLMT) for Electoral Literacy Club (ELC) was held at the auditorium of Namchi Government College, Kamrang today. The programme organized by the Chief Electoral Office had the presence of Deputy Secretary (Elections) Ms. Tashi Choden Bhutia, SDM (HQ) Mr. Hemant Rai, Principal Kamrang College Dr. P. R. Poudyal.

Addressing, the gathering resource person SDM (Kabi) cum SLMT Mr. Mahesh Sharma gave a detailed presentation on Electoral Literacy Club, wherein he emphasized on the aims and objectives of ELCs which he said will be responsible for developing and sustaining the electoral culture among future and new voters. ELC will also aim to develop a culture of registration and electoral participation right from the youngsters first election once they cross 18 years of age. The resource person emphasized that ELC shall function as a mini election office to conduct simulated elections, organize events and activities that promote understanding electoral system and processes, electoral institutional structure, organization and electoral participation. Additionally, the SLMT articulated the overall objectives of establishing of Electoral Literacy Clubs in schools and educational institutions which is to educate the targeted populations about voter registration, entire electoral process and related matters by engaging them through well designed attractive resources in hands on experience.

On, the occasion resource person Under Secretary, (Election) Ms. Tripti H. Subba also presented a brief about ELC wherein she underlined the significance of ELC which is to have citizens informed and aware about electoral process, motivation and facilitation for electoral participation and promoting informed and ethical voting. She also spoke that it is imperative to identify key organizational partners from government as well as non-government sector namely that of school and colleges and guide them as they will be effective instrument of engaging young and future voters. She also highlighted the gathering that ELC will assist in developing effective electoral engagement, encourage participation, aid in making informed choices and ethical ballot decisions which she shared is extremely vital in a democratic country.

The training also saw the participants and the resource person develop a calendar of ELC activities.

State level Pre-Monsoon Preparedness Meeting

Gangtok,May 3 (IPR): Amid ongoing spell of pre-monsoon showers across the state, a state level Pre-Monsoon Preparedness Meeting was held today at Mini Conference Hall of Chintan Bhawan today. The meeting was chaired by State Relief Commissioner cum Secretary of Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Shri. Tshegyal Tashi.

The meeting was also attended by Special Secretary of Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Shri Rinzing Chewang, officials from all line departments, representatives from Centre Government Agencies, Central Water Commission (CWC), Army, ITBP, SSB, BSNL, Hydro power developers, nodal officers from different departments, officials and staffs from Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA) and representatives from NGO agencies.

State Relief Commissioner cum Secretary, Shri. Tshegyal Tashi took stock of the preparedness of various state and central agencies, Army, ITBP, SSB etc to tackle the disaster situation in the state.

During the meeting lessons learned from the previous preparedness meeting and disaster response activities were shared among the participants.

In his opening remarks, State Relief Commissioner directed all the line departments to further review and submit their Office Disaster Management Plan as soon as possible. He urged the participants to take advanced action in order to tackle the upcoming monsoon.

Also addressing the meeting, Secretary, LR&DM urged for a better coordination between the personnel of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in order to tackle the disaster collectively. He said that natural disasters are unpredictable and inevitable therefore it is very imperative to impart necessary training to SDRF personnel and Civil Defence Institutions. He further emphasised on greater coordination and co-operation from various stakeholders and non-governmental agencies.

He also highlighted on the crucial role of the Police and Fire Emergency Department, Health Department, Food and Civil Supplies Department, PHE Department, Power Department, SSDMA, NDRF, ARMY, ITBP, Civil Defence Institutions and NGO in combating the disaster and future calamities.

Various issues like framing of Office Management Disaster Plan by all the departments, preparation of department wise monsoon preparedness plan, disaster relief measures, early warning system, checking the readiness of equipment and communication system, advance procurement of necessary relief materials, coordinated approach for disaster response in the four districts and community-based disaster management were highlighted at the meeting.

Vital suggestion and preventive measures for the upcoming monsoon were shared and deliberated among the participants. During the meeting measures and good practices being adopted by the state and central government to address the disaster management related issues in the state were discussed at length.

State Relief Commissioner cum Secretary, Shri Tshegyal Tashi during the meeting assured all possible help and assistance to all the State Department and other Central Government Agencies during the time of emergency.

The State Department and other Central Government institution have in return assured to fully co-operate and respond proactively during the time of disaster.

In his closing remark, Secretary Shri T. Tashi strongly urged the participants to be prepared and primarily be in a state of full alert for any forthcoming disaster.

Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim conferred ‘Rajya Puraskar’ to 16 Bharat Scouts & Guides contingents from five different schools

Gangtok, May 2: In a special function held at Raj Bhavan on 2nd May, 2018, Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Shriniwas Patil conferred ‘Rajya Puraskar’ to 16 Bharat Scouts & Guides contingents from five different schools of East districts of Sikkim.
Hon’ble Governor also handed over National Level Trainer certificate to Mr. Dhan Raj Gurung and National Level Himalayan Wood Batch certificate to Mr. Khem Raj Sharma on the occasion.
First Lady Smt Rajanidevi Patil, Dr. H.P. Chettri, State Chief Commissioner, Bharat Scouts & Guides, Sikkim, State Secretary and Treasurer of the organisation, Assistant State Training Commissioner of Guides were present on the occasion.
Dr. Chettri briefed the Hon’ble Governor, the Patron of the Bharat Scouts and Guides, Sikkim, about the activities and camps of the Bharat Scouts & Guides, and the competition from which the selected contingents are being awarded Rajya Purashkar.
Hon’ble Governor urged the organisation to remain consistent in grooming the youth to be self reliant and continue be a platform to motivate and encourage the student to aim big in life. The organisation should train the scouts and guides in leadership and selfless service in society, Hon’ble Governor added.
The awardees will now compete for the next year’s Rashtrapati Award through National Level Testing Camp.

(As per Press Release issued by PRO to Hon’ble Governor)