Hon’ble Minister Shri. Lok Nath Sharma convened a meeting with the District’s Incharge of West District

Gyalshing, 17th June, 2020 (IPR): The Hon’ble Minister, Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services-cum-Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency Shri. Lok Nath Sharma convened a meeting with the District’s Incharge, Agriculture Development Officers (ADOs) Horticulture Development Officers (HDOs), Veterinary Officers (VOs) and field functionaries of West District at the Community Hall of Bermiok 13th Mile, West Sikkim, today.

While elucidating the purpose of the coordination meeting, Minister Sharma stated that the meeting was called to assign ADOs, HDOs, Village Level Workers (VLW), VOs, field functionaries to identify the progressive and aspiring farmers in their respective places under the supervision of concerned Incharge. He reiterated that the field functionaries must enlighten farmers about the productivity potential and to provide effective guidance to generate better outputs in their field of interest. He also directed all concerned to conduct a comprehensive survey and submit a list of progressive and aspiring farmers within a month to provide subsidised loans and other benefits to the deserving households.

Minister Sharma also informed about the recent declaration made in favour of farmers and mentioned that every Wednesday will be reserved by the banks exclusively for the farmers, District Level Review Meeting will be held on the first Thursday of the month and Loan Mela to be organised by the Banks to release subsidised loan to the farmers on the spot.

He also articulated on the imperative need of adopting agriculture profession at large scale to fulfil growing demands and defeat situational crisis in future perspectives as well. The state govt. shall formulate a policy to ensure optimum utilisation of barren land.

He also appealed farmers to be sensitized on the wide scope of e-marketing concept and stressed to enhance production in cluster farming. He also elaborated on the benefits of dairy farming and co-related its benefits through aligned components like vermicompost, gobar gas etc. Further, he urged farmers to be determined to increase the supply of milk by 50 thousand litres per day from West District only. He also threw lights on the upcoming activities to be accomplished in the future course of action.

Minister Sharma also encouraged farmers for Bee Farming and asked to identify at least One Hundred beekeepers from each constituency of West District.

He also urged Krishi Vigyan Kendra Gyalshing to conduct a training programme to make farmers more skilled and technically efficient.
Minister Sharma also appealed people to follow all precautionary measures to save themselves from COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister Sharma, in his concluding remarks, urged all sections of society and attendees to make West Sikkim, a model district in the next four years and to support the state’s GDP, incredibly.

Additional Director AH& VS Dr. Narad Century and Joint Director Horticulture Shri Karma Sherpa also addressed the house and highlighted various beneficial schemes of their respective departments.

Joint Director Agriculture Shri TN Bhutia coordinated the meeting and drew lights on schemes and programmes of the Agriculture Department.

Credit Facilitator Shri Pradeep Bhandari outlined the banking provisions of subsidised loan for farmers prepared by the state government in coordination with the Bankers in the state.

The meeting began with the welcome address proposed by BDO, Hee Martam BAC Smt. Prativa Tamang.

The programme was also attended by the Chairman Gyalshing Municipal Council Shri. I. K. Neopaney, Dy. Director Agriculture, Soreng Sub Division Shri Pranay Gurung, Dy. Director Horticulture, Soreng Sub Division Shri Dilip Gurung, Block Development Officer Gyalshing, Shri. Mukesh Dahal, BDO Hee Martam Mrs. Prativa Tamang, ADOs, HDOs, VOs, field functionaries, President of Gram Panchayat Units and others.

A meeting to discuss the development of Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Husbandary was held in West Sikkim

Gyalshing, June 17, 2020 (IPR): A meeting to discuss the development of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandary in West Sikkim was held today at DAC Conference hall. The meeting was chaired by Karma R. Bonpo, DC West accompanied by Shri. T. T. Bhutia (SDM Yuksam) Dr. Kishor Thapa, Joint Director, Deptt of AH & VS, Shri. Jigmee Dorjee Lepcha (Executive Engineer, Agriculture West); Shri. S.M. Limboo (B.D.O Yaksum), Shri. Bishnu Sharma (R.O Tashiding), Dechen Lepcha (Asst. Director Fisheries) and Shri. P. R. Sharma (R.S Tashiding).

DC West held a preliminary meeting to explore the possibility of taking up community farming at the remote villages of Mangnam, Karjee, Mandher, Narkhola and Duphidhara in west Sikkim. He stated that plans are being explored for aggregating the landholding and creating a land pool of about 500 acres. Once the land pool is created the agriculture development on these lands will be taken up on a massive scale. The District Collector stated a holistic plan involving all departments such as Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Rural development, fisheries and social forestry needs to be prepared. He directed the animal husbandry department to explore the possibility of setting up a 500 unit dairy farm on the community land. Similarly, horticulture, agriculture and fisheries were directed to submit plans for the development of the respective sectors. The BDO was directed to explore the possibility of fodder plantation development in the area. Similarly, social forestry was directed to take up fodder plantation in the adjoining khasmal and gaucharan lands.

The DC stated that a preliminary survey of the land will be undertaken and details of the projects are being worked upon. He further stated that the pandemic has taught the importance of being self-sufficient in agriculture. The major focus should now be on organic food production and every land should be used for achieving this.

The District Collector stated that the project proposal needs to submit to the government soon and directed all departments to work on their respective areas.

Two new COVID-19 positive cases reported in the State

Gangtok, June 17: (IPR) As per COVID-19 Health Bulletin issued by DG-cum-Secretary Health, Dr. Pempa T. Bhutia today, two new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in the State.

This includes one 18-year-old female who had returned to the State from New Delhi on 7th June. She was put up at a paid facility quarantine in Pelling West Sikkim, where she tested positive on 16th June. She was immediately shifted to Isolation Ward, Ayush Hospital Geyzing.

The other person who tested positive for COVID-19 is a 52-year-old male from Tathangchen, Gangtok. He had returned from Kolkata on 14th June, and was subsequently admitted to STNM Hospital with flu-like symptoms on 15th June. His test results came positive on 16th June.

The DG-cum-Secretary also informed about the death of a 27-year-old male on the night of 16th June. He had returned to Sikkim from New Delhi on 5th June and had been placed at a paid facility quarantine centre in the capital. He started developing flu-like symptoms and was tested after completion of five days in quarantine. His TrueNat test result of 12th June came negative. After the flu symptoms persisted, his sample was tested in the VRD Laboratory (RTPCR) on 13thJune, which was reported negative. Thereafter, his sample was again tested (RTPCR) on 15th June. Again, his test results came negative. He was then tested for Tuberculosis, the result of which came positive. He was thus prescribed medication for TB and was discharged from the facility quarantine to enable him to continue with his medication at home along with a healthy diet. Unfortunately, he developed some complications on the night of 16th June and had to be rushed to CRH, Manipal, but by the time they reached the hospital, he was dead. Dr. Bhutia further informed that his sample was again tested (RTPCR) for final confirmation. The result of this test also came negative.

Dr. Bhutia in his bulletin informed that at present, there are 52 patients admitted in the Isolation Ward of COVID-19 Hospital (STNM), 3 patients in the Triage facility, and 14 patients in Isolation Ward of Ayush Hospital, Geyzing. In total, 69 patients are admitted and undergoing treatment.

As per the Health Bulletin, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the State stands at 70, of which 66 are active cases and 4 are recovered and discharged.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P. S Golay visits Singtam in fire aftermath

Singtam June 17: The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang along with the Area MLA and also Minister for Health Department Dr. M.K. Sharma, other Cabinet Ministers and officers from the line department visited Lall Bazar, Singtam, East Sikkim this afternoon, where in two house was completely gutted by the fire on the night of 16th June. It may be mentioned here that an unfortunate incident had occurred where two houses belonging to Late Karma Bhutia (two storied house) and Shri Man Bahadur Subba (one storied house) was completely gutted by the fire.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister during his visit expressed his deep concern and grief on the unfortunate incident and handed over the ex-gratia amounting to Rupees ten lakh from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) and Rupees one lakh five thousand and seven hundred from Disaster Management Fund (DMF) to Smt Binita Subba wife of Late Karma Bhutia and Rupees seven lakh from CMRF and Rupees one lakh five thousand and seven hundred from DMF to Shri Bir Bahadur Subba, son of Shri Man Bahadur Subba.

The tenants (Uma Sankhar Sony, Padam Ghatani, Bali Ram Sharma and Uttam Roy) of the house which was gutted by the fire were also handed over the ex-gratia amount of Rs two lakh each.

Ex-gratia amount of Rs one lakh each from CMRF and Rs five thousand two hundred each from DMF was also handed over to the owners (Shri Ben Kumar Pradhan and Shri Manoj Prasad) of two adjacent buildings which was partially damaged by the fire.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister assured full cooperation and support to the victims from the government.

During his visit, the Hon’ble Chief Minister also asked the competent authorities to prepare a plan under Urban Housing Scheme to replace all the kutcha houses of the urban areas of Sikkim with single storied building in a phased manner.

He further added that the government will also provide facility for those wanting to further extend it.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister during the visit also asked the Urban Development Department to come up with multi storied parking plaza near new Singtam bridge.

Adarsh Gaon of Singtam which has always faced the danger of swelling Teesta river especially during the monsoon was also inspected by the Hon’ble Chief Minister and asked the Irrigation department to come up with project to stop river abetment in the area.

On his way back to Gangtok the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang asked the concerned department to construct proper shed for the vegetable and corn vendors on the sides of NH 10.

A plantation drive was conducted at Bardara, Thangsing Road under 04-Gyalshing Bermiok constituency

Gyalshing, 17th June, 2020 (IPR): A plantation drive was conducted at Bardara, Thangsing Road under 04-Gyalshing Bermiok constituency, today. The Hon’ble Minister-cum-Area MLA Shri Lok Nath Sharma planted a sapling of Cherry , Azelia species and also distributed species of Tinosporia Cordifolia commonly known as Gurjo/Giloy to the farmers. He was also accompanied by the Divisional Forest Officer (T) West Shri. Tenzing N. Bhutia, Block Development Officer, Hee Martam BAC Smt. Prativa Tamang, Range Officer (T) and Block Officer ( T) from Dentam, Block Officer (T) Bermiok, field functionaries and others.

Earlier, Minister Sharma inspected the ongoing road carpeting of Bermiok Legship Road. He also asked to show the practical measurement of blacktopping over the widening lane of Intermediate lane of 5.5 meters wide and 75 Millimetre thickness. Further, he instructed to ensure quality works within the stipulated time for sustainable development.