West District Administration promotes Organic Farming in Budang, West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 21st november, 2018 (IPR): Under the program from ‘File to Field’, an initiative of the DC West, a ‘Field day on Paddy cum Kisan Ghosti’ program was organized by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, West District (KVK) at Budang, West Sikkim. The program was chaired by the District Collector Dr. A. B. Karki along with Deputy Director KVK and other officials.
The District Collector whilst addressing the gathering stated that his visitation was a form of encouragement to the KVK officials and the farmers who are carrying forwards the HCMs vision of Organic Farming to new heights. He mentioned that the simple life of the farmers go unnoticed many a times but without their contributions towards the state and without their produce the state cannot move forward hence his visit to Budang was to promote organic Sikkim and to felicitate the farmers for their works by spending a day with them and walking in their shoes for a day. He stated that their contributions towards the state is noteworthy and valuable.
The DC interacted with the farmers and participated in the harvest of the paddy along side the Deputy Director KVK and other officials. .
Shri. T. N. Bhutia, Deputy Director, KVK explained the mechanisms and the proper use of the tools needed for agricultural growth and development. He also showed how the biodegradable plastics provided by the Government for food grain storage was beneficial and effective for their produce.
The District Collector along with Officials of KVK distributed the medicines and other necessary items needed to improve the produce to the farmers present during the program

West District successfully completes First Level Checking (FLC)

Geyzing, 20th November 2018 (IPR): The First Level Checking (FLC) of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) & Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) was completed on 19th November,2018 in the presence of District Magistrate-Cum-DEO, Dr. A. B Karki, Shri. Karma Lodey Lepcha, ADC(W), Shri. Tushar Nikhare, SDM Gyalshing, Election Officials along with the representatives of different political parties of the State here at the warehouse located at Kyongsa, West Sikkim.
Mock poll on 23 machines was successfully conducted todayas per the instructions of the Election Commission of India in the presence of Political parties. Further training and awarness would be conducted after November and a total of 40 each machines have been alloted for training purposes in presence of Political parties.
A total of 390 Control Units was checked out of which 6 were rejected. 390 Ballot Units were checked out of which 1 was rejected. A total of 412 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) were checked out of which 19 were rejected.
The defective EVMs and VVPATs would be shifted to the manufacturer (BEL) as mentioned by the Returning Officer.
The Mock poll details are as follows:
1.1200 votes in 1% machines (5 machines)
2.1000 votes in 2% machines (9 machines)
3. 500 votes in 2% machines (9 machines)

DC, West conducts a surprise visit at BAC and PHSC, Chumbung

Gyalshing, 20/11/18 (IPR): Under the program ‘File to Field’ initiated by the District Collector, Dr. A. B. Karki, the District Collector along with his team visited the Block Administrative Center at Chumbung, West Sikkim.
During his surprise visit to the BAC he gave strict orders to the office bearers to be accountable for their respective duties and that their negligence in terms of work would not be tolerated. He also asked the staffs of the BAC to be present so that the public’s work should not be hindered in anyway. He also reminded that they are there to serve the public hence their punctuality and work attitude matters. He later asked the authority to install a Bio-metric system in the office and maintain cleanliness. He along with the staffs of the BAC Chumbung carried a cleanliness drive within the Office premises.
He then visited the Primary Health Sub Center of Chumbung and interacted with the staffs and wished to help them in any way possible in the near future.

First level checking for all EMVs and VVPATs in the district completed by the Zilla Bhawan

Mangan, 21st November (IPR): The First Level Checking (FLC) for all the EVMs and VVPATs in the district was completed today at Zilla Bhawan. The FLC of the EVMs was done under the supervision of the District Election Officer Shri Karma R Bonpo in the presence of the representatives of the various political parties.
A total of 159 EVMs and 156 VVPATs were checked by the engineers from BEL and 1 Ballot Unit, 3 Control Unit and 8 VVPATs were found to be defective. The defective EVMs and VVPATS will be sent to the company in Bangalore for repairs.
The team of district election officers and staff led by SDM Mangan Shri P.W Lepcha conducted a mock poll in five percent of the machines in the presence of political parties. The representatives of the political parties were fully satisfied with the mock poll.
The FLC certified EVMs are stored in the strong room and will be under round the clock supervision of the police department.

Department of Commerce and Industries conducted meeting on Ease of Doing Business

Gangtok, Nov 19: (IPR) A meeting to discuss Ease of Doing Business organized by the Department of Commerce and Industries was held in the Conference Hall of the Chief Secretary today at Manan Kendra which was chaired by the Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Shrivastava.

The welcome address was presented by the Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries Department, Shri Thomas Chandy who gave a brief background about the earlier meetings whereby it was decided that all the 13 Departments concerned in issuance of permits for registration of new industries in the state would have their own web portal where details for permits and application download from potential applicants would be given. He also pointed out that due to software development issues the matter has not been able to be implemented by the Departments and thus has remained a big hindrance.

The Principal Secretary suggested for a single window integrated format where requirements of individual Department needed from potential applicants for industries are collected and disseminated to the concerned Departments. Websites and portals of Departments already existing can link it with Industries Department for easier access to forms, applications and various other details, he said.

At the end of the deliberations, the Principal Secretary asked for active cooperation from all the Departments and said that with active coordination cooperation the growth of industries in Sikkim can be placed in the roadmap of the country soon.

Discussion and inputs from all the representatives of the line Departments also took place whereby various suggestions were placed and discussed upon.

The Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Shrivastava thanked everyone for the good discussion on this important matter and said that though industrialization in Sikkim is still in an early phase, we must all work together so that the state move towards more progress and prosperity.
The meeting was attended by HODs and representatives from various Departments and the vote of thanks was delivered by Director, Commerce and Industries Shri Tashi Chopel.