• Sujal Pradhan, NET Correspondent, Sikkim

The Senior Journalist – Bhim Rawat has been conferred with the ’sixteenth Kanchenjunga Kalam Puraskar 2022′, on the event of the twentieth Press Membership of Sikkim (PCS) basis ceremony held at Manan Kendra, right here as we speak.

Equally, the Laganshil Yuva Patrakar Puraskar 2022 was awarded to journalist Sujal Pradhan. PCS additionally felicitated veteran journalist Sukvir Blone on the basis day celebration.

The award was introduced by the hand of Chief Minster PS Golay, within the presence of IPR minister and visitor of honour Lok Nath Sharma, ministers from numerous departments, MLAs, dignitaries, journalists from Sikkim, Nepal, Assam, West Bengal and many others. and invited visitors.

The Chief Minister, on behalf of the State authorities introduced cheques of Rs 51000 every to the three awardees. Golay knowledgeable that from subsequent 12 months, all three awardees will obtain cheques of Rs 51000 from the State authorities. This 12 months, it was distributed from the CM fund however from subsequent 12 months, the quantity will likely be given by way of. the IPR division.

Through the event, CM Golay knowledgeable {that a} new award ‘Teesta-Rangeet Aviral Kalam Puraskar’ will likely be launched on the PCS basis day, on behalf of the State authorities. He knowledgeable that Rs 101000 will likely be awarded to the awardee and the notification will likely be issued quickly.

The founding PCS members have been additionally felicitated throughout the event.

Stating the day as a historic one, the Chief Minister congratulated the members of PCS and journalists of Sikkim for finishing 20 wonderful years of its basis and thanked the founding members for establishing PCS for the advantage of the journalists in Sikkim.

The CM additional knowledgeable that for the reason that SKM authorities got here in energy, the media homes will not be underneath stress from the political events, not like the earlier ruling occasion the place violence towards media and journalists have been prevalent. “For the reason that SKM occasion got here into energy, there was an entire freedom of speech for the fourth property. Through the earlier authorities’s rule, numerous media homes have been attacked. Not one of the culprits have been convicted when the Hamro Prajashakti workplace was vandalized throughout the earlier governments rule, as a result of it was the ruling occasion who staged the assault on the media home. The State authorities have by no means requested media homes to write down solely in favour of the SKM authorities as a result of we all know that if there isn’t any freedom of press, there won’t be democracy in Sikkim. The State authorities additionally welcomes criticism, in order that the errors may be rectified. We now have set you free to work by yourself and we are attempting to fulfil all of the calls for positioned by the media in Sikkim. We’re right here to assist the fourth property,” expressed Golay.

CM Golay additional knowledgeable that the media personnel had demanded an area to assemble the PCS Bhawan earlier than the State authorities and inside no time, a four-storey constructing located at MP Golai was introduced to PCS very quickly. “The demand for the PCS Bhawan was a long-time demand. The members have been beforehand paying hire for the PCS workplace close to Paljor Stadium. The PCS members had beforehand demanded land to assemble the PCS Bhawan, however the State authorities thought that solely giving land was not the answer and so the four-storeyed constructing was introduced to PCS, however numerous norms and standards need to be adopted, a minimal lease quantity is being collected,” he added.

Golay urged the PCS members to make use of the constructing accordingly in order that income may also be generated, on the similar time.

The Chief Minister knowledgeable that the PCS government members had visited Mintokgang earlier and had positioned numerous calls for earlier than the State authorities. The calls for have been forwarded to the involved departments, it was talked about.

Relating to pension for journalists, Golay urged PCS and IPR division to sit down collectively and formulated the factors for the eligibility of pension for journalists. “Standards needs to be formulated in order that solely the deserving journalists get the pension. The 2 departments ought to come out with the answer,” he stated.

In view of the medical insurance for journalists demand, that was additionally positioned by Bhim Rawat in in acceptance speech earlier as we speak, Golay knowledgeable that the State authorities have been offering monetary assist to journalists who’re underneath therapy. He additional stated that for these journalists who’ve minimal revenue will obtain medical insurance coverage and the State authorities is considering of collaborating with Central Referral Hospital (CRH), Tadong.

Golay additionally knowledgeable {that a} funds of Rs 20 lakhs has been put aside for reporters of Sikkim. Ten reporters will obtain funds of Rs 2 lakhs every for a examine tour nationwide.

With regard to the renovation of PSC Bhawan, which value Rs 14 lakhs, the Chief Minister knowledgeable that the State authorities will present Rs 10 lakhs to PCS.

He additionally highlighted on commercial invoice modification act and supporting media homes on the verge of closing down.

CM Golay said that he’ll embody the PCS basis ceremony on the Azadi Ki Amrit Mahotsav as India celebrates 75 years of Independence as we speak. To have a good time 75 years of Independence, Golay has urged the general public to hoist the Indian flag at their properties from August 1-15. The flag will likely be distributed by the State authorities. He additionally urged the Chalak Morcha to additionally place the Indian flag within the autos too. He additionally urged the minsters and MLAs to organise grand Independence celebration of their revered areas.

IPR minister LN Sharma congratulated the PCS members on finishing 20 years of its basis. He expressed that the State authorities has been supporting the media personnel in Sikkim and can take heed to all of the calls for.

Senior journalist Bhim Rawat in his speech highlighted that the PCS was based 20 years in the past with the only purpose of talking up for the advantage of the journalists in Sikkim. Him, being one of many founding members of PCS additionally make clear the assorted accolades of PCS by way of social service, reporting and many others. He urged the upcoming journalists to be accountable and never simply run after viewership throughout the occasions of social media.

Sujal Pradhan thanked the PCS for the award and expressed happiness on his identify being shortlisted for the award.

PCS president Shekhar Khawas, in his welcome tackle knowledgeable that PCS was established in 2022 by a gaggle of like-minded journalists who understood the worth of the fourth pillar of the society.

Through the event, the official press stickers was additionally launched by the hand of the CM. Press stickers are being launched in Sikkim with the purpose to curb misuse of the press stickers. PCS in collaboration with Sikkim Police and Visitors Police will introduce an unique press sticker with the PCS brand in it.

Equally, the second version of Samvahak, a publication of the PCS was additionally launched. The publication is tri-lingual i.e. Hindi, Nepali and English. The editors are journalists Rajen Pradhan (Nepali), Bijoy Gurung (English) and Bishal Gurung (Hindi). The primary version was launched 10 years in the past.

The occasion additionally had Sikkim College Historical past division HOD Krishna Ananth because the useful resource particular person. A cultural occasion by the members of PCS additionally adopted throughout the celebration.


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