Department of Archives


The State Archives has in its custody, the record holdings of 15 Secretariat Department of the Darbar period. The rules regulating the access to the records have not been finalized by the Department of Art and Culture, Government of Sikkim. The Secretary, Culture Affairs & Heritage Department, however, is authorized to grant permission to the scholars for consultation of records housed in the custody of the Sikkim State Archives and Museum. The record holdings in the custody of the Sikkim State Archives which are more than 30 years old, are open for consultation to bonafide research scholars. Foreign scholars are required to produce a letter of introduction from their respective Diplomatic Mission in India. All such applications for permission to consult the records, are to be addressed to the Secretary, Culture Affairs & Heritage Department, Government of Sikkim, Main Secretariat Building, Tashiling Gangtok-737101.

Growth of Secretariat

The secretariat administration of the Government of Sikkim, prior to its merger to the Indian Union in 1975, was conducted by the Chogyal (Ruler) of Sikkim. The Chogyal was assisted by an organized secretariat, similar to the Government of India. In 1994, the Dewan or Principal Administration Officer (PAO) of Sikkim was appointed. The Dewan was the head of the secretariat Administration. The administration was carried through various Secretariat Departments


Three Secretariats as details below, carried the administration of the State. Besides, a state engineer performed the functions of a secretary for the Public Work Department in Sikkim.


General Secretary dealt with police, arms & ammunition, land administration, registration, cooperative credit societies, forest, political, miscellaneous (concerning post, telegraphs and stationery etc.)


Judicial Secretary dealt with education, medical (including sanitation), ecclesiastical, jails, income tax, excise, bazar, veterinary, stamps, census, transport.

c) Finance Secretary dealt with the budget, accounts audit, salaries, etc.

Besides the three secretariats, there was a State Council comprising nine members to aid the secretariat administration.


On 5th December 1950, a treaty was signed between India and Sikkim, which ratified the status of Sikkim as a Protectorate with Chogyal as its monarch. Under the provisions of this treaty, the responsibility pertaining to Defence and Foreign Affairs of Sikkim, were taken over by the Government of India. The matters pertaining to postal system and currency and coinage, were also entrusted to the Government of India. However, the Chogyal carried out the internal administration.

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