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Thursday, March 21, 2019 22:40:11 IST

Platinum Jubilee Celebration of Kewzing Senior Secondary School

I was pleased to attend the Valedictory Function of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Kewzing Senior Secondary School today. At the outset of my address, I congratulated the students, the teaching fraternity, the local gentry and the Platinum Jubilee Celebration Committee on completing 82 glorious years of the School’s establishment. I remembered and paid tributes to all those who contributed towards setting up this educational institution, including the teaching staff and the land donors for their valuable service and contributions. I am happy to learn that the students of this […]

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314th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Mahatma Teyoungsi Sirijunga

I was pleased to attend the 314th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Teyoungsi Sirijunga today at Yuma Manghim in Martam, West Sikkim, a symbolic place of worship for all the people particularly to the Limboo Community across the globe. In my address, I highlighted the contribution of Mahatma Sirijunga towards the upliftment of his community through literature. Sirijunga was not only a saint and a Limboo scholar, but a social thinker, guide, educator and a philosopher who taught the Limboo community to lead meaningful lives. As a storehouse of knowledge, […]

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Concluding Day of the Two- Day Session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly

The Third Supplementary Demands for Grants 2018-19 was passed by the House today on the concluding day of the two- day session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly. I also presented the Annual Technical Inspection CAG Report on Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies for the year ended 31st March, 2017. During the Legislative Business, the Sikkim Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill was passed by the House. The Bill had been presented in the House by Shri R.B. Subba, Minister-in-Charge of Law, Legal, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Department yesterday. In my valedictory address, […]

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Kagyed Dance, 2018

I felt blessed to offer prayers in the benign presence of His Eminence the 12th Goshir Gyalshab Rinpoche and to witness the ceremonious ‘Gutur Chaam’ on the auspicious occasion of Kagyed Dance held today at Karma Thubten Chokerling Monastery or the Old Rumtek Monastery. At the outset, I informed the gathering that the State Government has been successful in getting permission for the visit of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorji to Sikkim from the Government of India. Now it is up to His Holiness to visit Sikkim […]

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Inauguration of newly-constructed Tashiling Secretariat

With immense pleasure, I inaugurated the newly-constructed Tashiling Secretariat today, and dedicated it to the people of Sikkim. This is the third Secretariat building which has been constructed in the State. The first, also known as the Chief Court was constructed in 1915 and the second after joining the Indian Union, which had to be demolished after it was damaged by the earthquake of 18th September 2011. The devastating earthquake of 2011 wreaked havoc both on human life and property. Many houses, buildings, roads, ‘mandirs’, ‘gumpas’, churches and other religious […]

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Cabinet Meeting

Following are some of the decisions taken in the Cabinet meeting that was held today at Samman Bhawan:- CO-OPERATION DEPARTMENT 1. Approval for release of Rs.1 crore as Grants-in-aid to 12 Cooperative Societies for construction of infrastructure. BUILDINGS AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT 2. Approval and sanction of Rs.75.26 lakhs for extension of Ashirwad Bhawan in the Raj Bhawan Complex. HEALTH CARE, HUMAN SERVICES & FAMILY WELFARE DEPARTMENT 3. Approval and sanction of Rs. 42.99 crores towards establishment of Tertiary Cancer Care Centre at Multi Speciality Hospital, Sichey. 4. Approval and sanction […]

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Inauguration of Pabyuik Tashi Choeling Gumpa

I inaugurated the newly constructed Pabyuik Tashi Choeling Gumpa, today at Pabyuik Naitam in East Sikkim. One of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, it was severely damaged by the earthquake of 18th September, 2011. Since renovation and retrofitting of the damaged ‘Gumpa’ was not possible due to safety reasons, the State Government decided to re-construct this heritage monastery including the sacred Pabyuik Manilhakhang. I spoke at length on the progress and development that Sikkim has witnessed in the last 24 years of the SDF Government. Today, Sikkim has the recognition […]

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Annual Makala Gurdak Mask Dance, Labrang Gumpa

Felt blessed to attend the ‘Annual Makala Gurdak Mask Dance’ held at Labrang Palden Phuntshol Gumpa, one of the oldest monasteries in the State, at Upper Tumlong in North Sikkim today. I also offered prayers for the wellbeing of the State and the people. In my address, I spoke on the importance that our Government lays on protection and preservation of old heritage institutions, particularly the religious structures of the State. The ‘Gumpa’ severely damaged by the earthquake of September, 2011, has now been re-built by the State Government. I […]

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State Level Panchayat & Organic Growers’ Sammelan

Attended the State Level Panchayat & Organic Growers’ Sammelan held today at Saramsa Gardens, which was jointly organized by Food Security and Agriculture Development Department, Horticulture and Cash Crops Development and Rural Management and Development Department. At the outset, I was happy to present the first ever ‘Kissan Pension’ to the farmers. This scheme is novel to Sikkim and nowhere to be found. The pension consists of Rs.1,000 per month to all farmers of the State abobe the age of 50 years and pro-actively engaged in the profession of agriculture. […]

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International Symposium on ‘Evergreen Oak Forests in the Eastern Himalayas’

Attended the International Symposium on ‘Evergreen Oak Forests in the Eastern Himalayas’ held today at Chintan Bhawan. Some of the highlights of my address are:- 1. For the last 24 years Sikkim has shown rapid progress in the field of Biodiversity and environmental conservation and sustainable development, especially focusing on how best our forested areas expand and help contributing to a greener regional landscape. As the Sikkim Himalaya is the part of one of the important Global Biodiversity Hotspots, the Himalaya, the Sikkim Government has been very committed on conserving […]

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