New Delhi, December 19: (IPR) Rural Development Department, Government of Sikkim, bagged 8 National Awards in different categories in the National Award Ceremony organized by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India on 19th December, 2019 at National Agriculture Science Complex, Pusa, New Delhi. The Ceremony was chaired by Shri. Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Union Minister (RD &PR and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare) along with Smt. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Hon’ble Minister of State for Rural Development, Government of India.
The team from Sikkim was led by Shri. C.S. Rao, IFS, Principal Secretary, Rural Development Department along with the Senior officials, Awardees and delegates. The department received the following National Award from the Hon’ble Union Minister.
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 and the award was received by Shri. C.S. Rao, IFS, Principal Secretary along with Shri. Bishal Mukhia, Director – SIRD – Sikkim
The award for Best overall performance in terms of quality of roads inspected by NQMs (Weighted Average of the Quality Grading for ongoing, completed and maintenance works during the year 2018-19 for North East and Himalayan State was given to to Sikkim Rural Roads Development Agency under RDD and was received by Shri. C. S. Rao, IFS, Principal Secretary along with Shri. L.D. Lamtha, Chief Engineer – RDD
Sikkim bagged two Individual Award for Field Functionaries for excellent work under PMAY-G. Under the Gram Panchayat category – the Award was conferred to Shri. Bishnu Lall Thapa, Ward Panchayat, Geyzing Omchung GPU while under Village Development Officer / Functionaries, the award was conferred to Shri. Prakash Subba, District Programme Officer, West District
Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Sikkim once again received 4 National Awards with 3 in the State level Category and one under Gram Panchayat Category.
In The State category the State 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 mplementation of the Geo-MGNREGA initiatives.
The Award for MGNREGA was received by Smt. Sarika Pradhan, Additional Secretary cum PD – MGNREGA, Dr. B. B. Rai, Director – Social Audit Unit – Sikkim, Smt. Rinchen D. Bhutia, Joint Secretary – MGNERGA, Dr. Subash Dhakal, AD- MGNREGA and Shri. Nima Tashi Bhutia, Sr. Planning Coordinator – MGNREGA.
The best performing Gram panchayat Award – was conferred to Parengoan Gram Panchyat, of Mangalbarey block, West Sikkim. The award was received by Smt. Pramila Rai, Panchayat President along with Shri. Harka Man Rai, Panchayat Member and Shri. Bikash Tamang, Additional Program Officer – Mangalbaria Block.
In addition to the above 8 National Awards, the Sponsor Bank – State Bank of India – Sikkim also received the National Award for Timely wage payment under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA and the Award was received by Shri. Aftab Ahmad Mallick, Regional Manager – State Bank of India – Gangtok along with Shri Arijit Chatterjee, Deputy Manager.
Earlier this year the department received two National Award on Swachh Bharat Mission- Grameen Annual Award -2019 in the category 1) Swachh Bharat Puraskar- 1st in the country and 2) Swachh Survekshan Grameen Award- 2nd in North East. The Panchayati Raj directorate has akso received 5 National Awards under the Panchayati Raj during the last few months. This 8 National Award for the second time adds up to a total of 15 National Award this year.
Shri. C.S. Rao, IFS, Principal Secretary – RDD stated that the department is very grateful to the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P. S. Tamang and Hon’ble Minister – RDD Shri 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 RDD at the district, division, block and GP level for their tremendous effort and dedication.