Thursday, May 15, 2014

CS chairs meeting on counting process and State Day function

GANGTOK, 14 May [IPR]: A meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary, AK Shrivastava was held at Gangtok on 13 May with regard to various issues related to Election counting process and celebration of State Day. It was attended by Secretary Home, MG Kiran, Secretaries of LR, Power, Excise, Food and Civil Supplies, IPR Departments, ADGP, SD Negi, Chief Engineer, Project Swastik, Special Secretary Home department, G.M, BSNL, and Senior officials.
The fourth review meeting began with the welcome address by the Home Secretary, wherein he informed the gathering about the agenda of the meeting and said that since the counting of votes and the celebration of State Day were clashing this year, adequate measures have to be taken so that no untoward incidents happen. He also deliberated on the appeal brought out by the Home Department in this regard wherein the public have been requested to extend full cooperation in maintenance of law and order, keeping in view the peace and tranquility of the state.
During the meeting, the Chief Secretary mentioned that the STNM Hospital and all other District health centers be fully geared to provide relief and care to the people including ensuring that these places are free from any traffic congestion. He further instructed the Health Secretary to ensure presence of doctors and paramedicos in sufficient numbers.
Focusing on improvements needed in communication, the CS stressed on optimum utilization of communication system. The wireless and mobiles should be utilized for transmitting messages rather than receiving messages only. All key officers are to attend to calls and messages immediately from the superiors and no communication gap is to take place under any circumstance.
Addressing the issues of road connectivity, he instructed GREF to put serious focus on removing blockades along the National Highways, other Highways and JN Marg to ensure smooth movement of public, law and order vehicles, tourists, etc. He expressed happiness regarding the exemplary duty performed by a lady police officer of 3rd mile and a Tipper Driver of GREF in the night of 12 April and further announced that they will be rewarded and given commendation certificates.
Informing the Chief Secretary about the requirement of additional force, ADGP, SD Negi assured that the required force is strategically deployed in the state. He added that two companies of Kolkata Armed Police have been retained in the state. Eight companies of IRBn shall also be arriving in Sikkim on 14 May. In this connection, the Chief Secretary urged the DGP to deploy and utilize them properly.
While speaking on the monitoring of the ban on liquor and to maintain order, the Chief Secretary said, optimum measures have to be taken to avoid possibility of any kind of post counting incidents. It was informed by the Secretary Excise that five days starting from 14 May have been declared as dry days.
Regarding the need for more videographers, IPR Secretary, CC Wangdi has been instructed to hire 4 videographers, viz two for general duty and two for Police Head Quarter. IPR Secretary also assured CS to disseminate the news at the right time in public interest. Issues of maintenance of proper network by BSNL was also stressed upon at the meeting.
The Chief Secretary said that the network has to be maintained in the same way as it was maintained on poll day. He instructed G.M. BSNL to immediately solve the network problems of Lachen, Lachung, Gangtok and the surrounding areas. The CS also instructed the concerned department to ensure uninterrupted power supply. The Power Secretary assured that the vulnerable points of Bulbuley in East, Sadam and Jorethang in South and Gyalshing in West would be specially attended to. He added that the generator installed at Lachung will be working on the day of counting.
The meeting also discussed the required arrangements to be made for the State Day function on 16 May. The Home Secretary informed about the timing and agenda of the brief programme and urged invitees to be seated by 8:50 am at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok. He further added that in view of the election counting process, the function will be over by 9:45 am. and that the usual State Award ceremony on this day is being postponed to another day in the immediate future. Chief Secretary further instructed that fool-proof arrangements for crowd control and effective traffic arrangements are to be made on that day by the DGP, DM, DIG (L&O) and SP East.

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