State-level Independence Day celebrated at Bhaichung Stadium

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022 10:00 [IST]

Last Update: Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022 04:23 [IST]

State-level Independence Day celebrated at Bhaichung Stadium

CM announces one-year maternity leave for all government employees
The State-level Independence Day celebration was held at Bhaichung Stadium, Namchi wherein Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang announced various schemes and policies aimed at the benefit of the masses.
The Chief Minister launched Sikkim Aama Sasaktikaran Yojana, Chief Minister’s Vatsalya Scheme, Segway electric scooter, online permit system for Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and Protected Area Permit (PAP).
The programme began with the Chief Minister hoisting the national flag, followed by national salute and review of the Independence Day parade.
The march past was participated by the smart contingents from Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Sikkim Armed Police, 2nd IRBn, 3rd IRBn, Sikkim Police (Male Platoon), Sikkim Police (Female Platoon), Home Guards Sainik, National Cadet Corps Sikkim, Sikkim Police Brass Band, Sikkim Armed Police Band, girls platoon of Namchi Public School, boys platoon of Namchi Senior Secondary School and guides of Namchi Girls’ Senior Secondary School. The parade was led by deputy SP Santosh Baniya.
In his address, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang extended his greetings to the people of Sikkim and the nation. He spoke in detail about the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and Har Ghar Tiranga campaign which the State of Sikkim has been observed in a dedicated manner. He also paid rich tribute towards the national stalwarts who fought for the independence of our great nation. Closer home, he spoke about the contributions of Late Trilochan or Gandhi Pokhrel and Late Helen Lepcha and said that their sacrifices should be remembered.
The Chief Minister announced that the State government will soon frame a policy which will extend the maternity leave for government employees from the existing six months to a year, similar to the recently notified maternity leave for teachers. Speaking about education sector, the Chief Minister informed that 621 probationary teachers have been regularized under Teachers Regularization Policy which has been framed and implemented by the government as per the NCTE norms. He added that the State government has completely done away with the concept of ad-hoc teachers and streamlined the appointment of regular teachers based on NCTE norms thereby ensuring the availability of teachers in all the schools in the State.  
He informed about the various developments which has been carried by the State government such as construction of government colleges at Gyalshing and Mangshila, Sikkim International University which has been established at Sreebadam. He also elucidated about the Medhavi Skills University which is being established at Bermiok, Sikkim Alpine University at Kamrang, Capital University at Zoom, Soreng, Skill University at Namthang-Rateypani, Mahatma Gandhi University at Daramdin and further informed that 100 acres of land has been provided for NIT Sikkim campus at Khamdong. He further spoke about the Nar Bahadur Bhandari Fellowship Scheme to pursue higher study abroad under the patronage of the State government and about the Apatan Fellowship scheme to pursue Ph.D. in Hindi and other vernacular languages of Sikkim. He spoke about the one of its kind, Chief Minister’s Internship Scheme which has been launched recently in which, 100 fresh college/university graduates will be attached to various departments/PSUs under the scheme. He updated that an ambulance has also been given to all the colleges in the State and for schools located in rural areas, they will be provided with a vehicle for their convenience.
Delving about the health sector, the Chief Minister spoke in-depth about the best primary health care infrastructures which the State currently has in the country. He said that tremendous progress has been made in the up-gradation of promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative health care for the people of Sikkim. Sikkim is known today as one of the most progressive States in the Health Sector in India, he said. He said that Sikkim also became the first State to achieve a 100% target of vaccination of 1st dose to the eligible age group persons with minimal loss of vaccines. He elaborated that the State government has successfully completed the 2nd dose vaccination for the same and have rolled out the precautionary dose for all eligible persons. He said that Sikkim is among the top-performing states for Covid vaccination.
In tourism sector, the Chief Minister said that the placement of proper infrastructure is the backbone for the development of any economy and tourism. The State government, over the past 3 years, has taken the most proactive decision in the creation of numerous innovative tourism infrastructures at the places of tourist interest and also by the release of requisite funds for those projects approved which were laying at standstill due to non-allocation of resources earlier, he said. The aim he said is to harness the vast untapped rural tourism potential of Sikkim as community-based tourism.
The Chief Minister added that the best Nagar Panchayats, Nagar Parishads, and Nagar Nigam will be awarded Rs. 10 lakh, Rs. 7 lakh, and Rs. 5 lakh to the first second, and third position holders respectively. Similarly, the best Gram Panchayats will be given Rs. 5 lakh, Rs. 3 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh to the first, second and third position holders, respectively.
The Chief Minister outlined various welfare initiatives of the State government and launched a slew of schemes and projects namely, the ‘Sikkim Aama Sasaktikaran Yojana’ (SASY) and also presented the cheques to seven beneficiaries. The nodal department of implementing this scheme is Women and Child Development department and it is a welfare scheme to provide one-time financial assistance of Rs. 20,000 to non-working, unmarried, widowed, divorced or separated mothers between 18-59 years of age. However, in some special cases relating to POCSO/rape victims, the age limit may have to be reconsidered and decision thereof will have to be taken up on a case to case basis. For the selection of beneficiaries, awareness generation among the people about eligibility shall be done by the district/block/intermediate and village level panchayats and urban local government institutions. The beneficiaries shall be selected through rural local bodies/urban local bodies duly certified by the concerned Block Development Officer/Municipal Commissioner and Additional District Collector (Development) and the District Collector. Signatories for authorisation, verification and acknowledgment have to be identified by the department.
Similarly, he also launched Chief Minister’s Vatsalya Scheme and distributed referral/ letters/advance cheques to the beneficiaries. Considering the decline in Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of Sikkim, the State government has launched this unique scheme to grant financial assistance to childless couples of Sikkim who wish to undergo In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment at empanelled hospitals, on referral by the State Medical Board. This scheme covers all the general public of Sikkim holding valid Sikkim Subject Certificate or Certificate of Identification and includes all the government employees including temporary employees. The financial assistance under this scheme would be Rs. 3 lakh per couple at the rate of Rs. 1.5 lakhfor the first attempt of IVF Treatment and Rs. 1.5 lakh for the second attempt of IVF treatment.

Likewise, the Chief Minister also distributed referral letter to MR/Adhoc/ contractual/probationary employees under Mukhya Mantri Swasthya Suvidha Yojana. Under this Yojana, reimbursement up to Rs. 2.5 lakh would be given to the temporary government employees for such referral medical treatment.
The Chief Minister also launched the online permit system for Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and Protected Area Permit (PAP). The restricted and protected areas within Sikkim require a permit to be visited which is being issued by the Check Post branch of Sikkim Police. Keeping in view the importance of digital convenience the online passes shall be issued from the Check Post HQ at 3rd mile on JN road. The passes shall have Quick Response Codes (QR) which can be read either on mobile phone or on QR barcode reader. The passes for North Sikkim shall be checked at Toong Check Post while for East Sikkim it shall be checked at 3rd Mile.
The Chief Minister also launched Segway electric scooter for Traffic and Beat patrol of M.G. Marg.
The Chief Minister also flagged-off three Mobile Village Clinics (Mobile Van), to facilitate health services to the doorsteps of the people living in rural and remote areas. This van will be manned by qualified medical doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, pharmacists and drivers.
During the programme, it was also announced that President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service from the Ministry of Home Affairs was awarded to Sonam Tenzing Bhutia, IGP, Check Post, PHQ Gangtok, Sikkim on Independence Day, 2022, Police Medal for Meritorious Service from Ministry of Home Affairs was awarded to Thakur Thapa, DIG, Armed Police and Training, PHQ Gangtok, The President’s Fire Service Medal for distinguished service was awarded to Madhu Sudhan Adhikari, Assistant Sub Fire Officer, on Independence Day, 2022. The Fire service medal for meritorious service was awarded to Kharga Bahadur Gurung, Leading Fireman, on Independence Day, 2022.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister also handed over awards, medals and Certificate of Appreciation to individuals for making a distinct mark in their respective fields. He also presented the State Meritorious Service Awards to the employees of the Government of Sikkim for their services and dedication to the State in the course of their career.
The Chief Minister also presented awards for patriotic song and patriotic poetry competition organized by Culture department under the banner Har Ghar Trianga Campaign on 31st July, 2022. He also presented awards for school level inter-district patriotic song competition and inter-district patriotic poem competition.
Similarly, Anushya Pradhan received the Nar Bahadur Fellowship scheme for the academic year 2021-22. A total amount of Rs. 33,85,485 has been sanctioned which will be utilized for course fee, accommodation, flight tickets and return flight ticket.
The Chief Minister also released a book of Information & Public Relations department titled ‘Sikkim’s Achievements Celebration of India at 75’ along with a coffee table book from Labour Department. He handed over 18 provisional office orders under Ad-Hoc Teachers Regularization Policy, 2021.
During the occasion the overall best platoon was given to Sikkim Police (Female Platoon). The best school contingent was handed over to girls platoon of Namchi Public School while Sikkim Armed Police received the consolation prize. Similarly, the Best Police Station award was handed over to Temi Police Station.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi