Pending RC applications must be cleared by 31 Mar, CM directs

Gangtok, 02 Feb [IPR]:

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today called a high level meeting at Samman Bhawan today.

The Chief Minister discussed the issue of ban on sale of liquor for outlets residing along the national and state highways with regard to the Supreme Court directives. Commissioner-cum-Secretary [Excise Department], R Telang informed about how the ban has caused problems to liquor vendors suggesting alternate ways to keep the shops in its original location without obstructing the direction of the Supreme Court.

The Chief Minister instructed that a suitable solution to the issue needs to be found in consultation with Law Department at the earliest.

The Chief Minister also discussed the issue of Residential Certificates and directed that all pending Residential Certificate applications must be cleared by 31 Mar, 2018.

He also instructed that District Police and Special Branch of Sikkim Police should conduct verification of antecedents and issue verification report expeditiously.

The scrutiny of Residential Certificate applications forwarded by District Collectors was instructed by the Chief Minister to be undertaken by Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department only.

He also asked the Chief Secretary to issue necessary directions in the matter in order to facilitate timely disposal of applications. Mr Chamling also said that wives of Residential Certificate holders should be issued Residential Certificate after thorough verification.

He also instructed Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department to put up proposal for notifying the entitlement and benefits that can be provided to Residential Certificate holders.

He said that the old Residential Certificate issued by the District Collectors is ‘invalid’ and asked the Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department to issue necessary directions regarding the matter.

Matters pertaining to the issue of Trade License were also discussed and deliberated upon in detail and the Chief Minister stated that Trade Licenses will be issued only to Certificate Of Identification/Sikkim Subject Certificate and Residential Certificate holders. Children of old businessmen issued with Trade License are also eligible to apply for License. In the case of death of husband, the wife can continue the business with the Trade License issued to her late husband and transfer it in her name.

He also directed the Urban Development & Housing Department to issue and renew Trade Licenses of Class-II bazaars- Rhenock, Rongli, Pakyong, Rabongla and Melli.

Gram Panchayats, Block Development Officers can issue and renew Trade Licenses only for class III bazaars and subletting of Trade Licenses should be thoroughly checked in all bazaar areas, it was decided.

The meeting today was attended by Chief Secretary, AK Shrivastava, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, R.S Basnett, Commissioner-cum-Secretary [Excise Department], R. Telang, Secretary [Urban Development and Housing Department], LB Chettri, District Collector [East], Prabhakar Verma, District Collector [North] Karma Bonpo, Gangtok Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Tshewang Gyaccho, GMC Mayor, Shakti Singh Choudhary, Special Secretary [Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department], Rinzing Chewang Bhutia, Special Secretary [Information and Public Relations], Sherab Shenga, officers of the concerned line departments and representative of the business community.