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Eight national awards for Sikkim in rural development

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Eight national awards for Sikkim in rural development

GANGTOK,: The Rural Development department, Sikkim government has bagged eight national awards in different categories from the Rural Development ministry.

The awards were presented at a function organised on Thursday evening by the Rural Development ministry at National Agriculture Science Complex, Pusa in New Delhi, informs an IPR release. The function was chaired by Union Rural Development minister Narendra Singh Tomar and attended by MoS (Rural Development) Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti among others.

The Sikkim team was led by State Rural Development principal secretary C.S. Rao and had senior officials, awardees and delegates. The Rural Development department of Sikkim government received the national awards in different categories.

The overall best performance during 2018-19 in respect of training programmes and participants for hilly States was awarded to State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) - Sikkim. The award was received by Rao and SIRD director Bishal Mukhia, the IPR release mentions.

The award for best overall performance in terms of quality of roads inspected by NQMs during the year 2018-19 for North East and Himalayan States was presented to Sikkim Rural Roads Development Agency under Rural Development department. It was received by the Rural Development principal secretary along with chief engineer L.D. Lamtha.

The IPR release mentions that Sikkim bagged two individual awards for field functionaries for excellent work under PMAY-G.

Under the Gram Panchayat category – the award was conferred to Bishnu Lall Thapa, ward panchayat, Geyzing Omchung GPU. Under Village Development Officer/Functionaries, the award was conferred to Prakash Subba, district programme officer, west district.

Sikkim received four national awards under MGNREGA with three in State-level category and one under gram panchayat category.

In the State category, Sikkim received the award for best performance in transparency and accountability and also for convergence and livelihood augmentation. The State also received the best performing State award for implementation of the Geo-MGNREGA initiatives.

The award for MGNREGA was received by Sarika Pradhan, additional secretary and MGNREGA project director, Dr. B. B. Rai, director, Social Audit Unit-Sikkim, Rinchen D. Bhutia, joint secretary - MGNERGA, Dr. Subash Dhakal, AD - MGNREGA and Nima Tashi Bhutia, senior planning coordinator - MGNREGA.

The best performing Gram Panchayat Award - was conferred to Parengaon Gram Panchayat of Mangalbaria block, West Sikkim. The award was received by Pramila Rai, panchayat president along with Harka Man Rai, panchayat member and Bikash Tamang, additional programme officer - Mangalbaria block.

In addition to the above eight national awards, the sponsor bank - State Bank of India - Sikkim also received the national award for timely wage payment under MGNREGA. The award was received by Aftab Ahmad Mallick, Regional Manager – State Bank of India - Gangtok along with Arijit Chatterjee, Deputy Manager.

Earlier this year, the Rural Development department received two national awards on Swachh Bharat Mission. The Panchayati Raj directorate has also received five national awards under the Panchayati Raj during the last few months. These eight national awards for the second time add up to a total of 15 national awards this year for the department.

Rao mentioned that the Rural Development department is grateful to Chief Minister P. S. Golay and Rural Development minister Sonam Lama for prioritising rural development in Sikkim and providing all support and guidance. He also congratulated all the awardees and the officials and functionaries of the Rural Development department at the district, division, block and gram panchayat level for their tremendous effort and dedication, the IPR release mentions.


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