State Level Nodal Agency (SLNA) with the Division of Social Forestry ( Project Implementing Agency)North, Forest & Environment Department, Government of Sikkim organized Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav with full fervor. Under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana(PMKSY) WDC, Watershed Development Component 2.0 there are many projects yet to be started in the State of Sikkim. Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav(AKAM) is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of it’s people, culture and achievements. Hence SLNA teamed with the PIAs had selected the school students as an exceptional way to celebrate and commemorate the rich history, culture and diversity of India
PHENSONG ,MAY 19:Phensong Sec. School and the nearby Northway Academy participated in AKAM. The staff faulty representative Shri Tsezear Bhutia shared the problems of water source being faraway affecting the school midday meals. He also highlighted requirement of fencing around the area of School premises as the nearby cattle grazes on the freshly planted saplings and plants. Mrs Angel Ongmu Chettri, DFO-cum-CEO, SLNA, F&E Department, acknowledging the problem proceeded to brief about the Importance and Role of Forestry about Conservation. She also made sure the house is interactive by quizzing the students, who answered questions fittingly.
The second presentation was about importance of spring water & Springshed mainly known as “Dhara Vikas” by Dr. Subash Dahal Assistant Director, Rural Development Department. He gave a basic idea about how spring water depends on “dips” and “faults” of rocks. He also informed that Sikkim is the pioneer in Valley to Valley approach of spring water in India. Under the leadership of Sandeep Tambe, IFS, the RDD had managed to conserve, preserve and rejuvenate many Springs of Sikkim. Being highly knowledgeable in the hydrological aspects he familiarized and enlightened the mass with importance of terms like DE concretization, de-siltation,trenches, etc.
The programme was followed by plantation drive by students, staffs, officers in and around the school campus. The programme was attended by the Shri. Jigdel Lachungpa, DFO-cum-PIA,SLNA, Social Forestry, North. Smt. Shanta Subba ACF-cum- PL SLNA, Social Forestry, North, Shri. Jigmy Hisay Bhutia Programme Co-ordinator SLNA, North. Smt. Sukrani Subba R.O SLNA, Social Forestry, North. B.O, Accountant, & Staff of SLNA, Social Forestry, North.
MANGAN, MAY, 20: On the last day of the week, the AKAM was celebrated at Government Mangan Sr Sec School (MSSS), conference hall. Mrs Angel O. Chettri ,CEO-cum-DFO presented some forestry related subjects and made awareness about biodiversity hot spots, e-waste management, deforestation, protection of environment and water resources,etc. She also made an interactive session with the students with the General knowledge quizzes. Further she also highlighted Role of Forest and Environment Department on Conservation. Finally students were also shown short movie on Forestry of Sikkim and deforestation.
Since SLNA would be working on Watershed management programmes where one of the major emphasis is Spring water Development, it is pertinent to have knowledge about the topic of Spring water. Therefore the second presentation was on Dhara Vikas by Mr Nima Tashi ,State Planning Officer, Rural Development Department. He mainly highlighted on the requirement of water in all nooks and corners of Sikkim, some of the littlest villages affected by scarcity of water. He also explained how the conservation and rejuvenation of spring water was misunderstood for many years and how the RDD under the guidance of Shri Sandeep Tambe, IFS, brought about countless positive changes in many parts of Sikkim. He gave a brief understanding about “Conservation and protection of Catchment areas” for the water to percolate and fill the reservoir of the spring. Lastly he added that there is a necessity for the preservation and protection of ground water too.
The Principal of the School, Shri Karma T. Ethenpa who is also a member of the Ornithologist Group of Sikkim has abundant knowledge in the Environment. He has started “No junk in the school premises” with a motive to better the health of the students and Cleanliness of the School Surroundings. Therefore the students cleans the classes and premises for ten minutes everyday.
The programme ended with cleanliness drive in school premises.
Both the programmes were attended by DFO cum PIA, Mr. Jigdel Lachungpa, SLNA, Social forestry, North district, programme coordinator, SLNA North, Mr Jigmy N Bhutia, ACF cum Project leader, Smt Shanta Subba, Principal MSSS, Mr. KT Ethenpa, Social forestry department, RO’s, BO’s and staffs of Mangan division