Sikkim Government "one of a kind" says CM

Mangan, 03 Apr:

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, on the second day of his three-day tour of North Sikkim, held a meeting with the residents of Lachen-Mangan constituency here at Mangan, North Sikkim, today.

Panchayats and public of the constituency placed various demands before the Chief Minister.

Addressing the meeting, Mr Chamling urged the people to be responsible and fulfill their duties as citizens and cooperate.

Terming the Sikkim Democratic Front led State Government as a ‘pro people government’, Mr Chamling said, “Sikkim Government is one of a kind government in the world”.

He called for kindness and positivity amongst the people of Sikkim.

“I want Sikkimese people to adapt the teachings of Lord Buddha and live with pure thoughts,” he added.

Speaking on the ban on imported vegetables in the State, Mr Chamling said that he wants Sikkimese people to live longer and urged everyone to grow their own vegetables and be self reliant.

“Our forefathers led long and healthy lives because they ate pure organic produce grown in their fields,” he said.

He further added that the SDF government has given every facility to the monks of the State.

The CM also announced sanctions of demands placed by the public and directed the departments to prepare Detailed Project Reports (DPR) of the demands.

“I want the DPR to be prepared and on my table within one month and by two months all the work should be sanctioned,” Mr Chamling announced.

The CM also announced distribution of milch cows and pigs as demanded by the people.

Appreciating the efforts of District Collector [North], Karma Bonpo, the Chief Minister opined that the North District is blessed with one of the most deserving DCs who is ‘enthusiastic and dedicated’.

The CM further announced his plans to make Lachen-Lachung and Yumthang a sustainable tourism destination.

“I want to make Sikkim self reliant and best of the best State in India,” the CM said.

Earlier, Area MLA cum Forest Minister, TW Lepcha delivered the welcome address.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by cabinet ministers, MLAs and head of departments.

The CM also made a series of announcements, starting with a facelift for Mangan Bazar which, he said, will be appointed with all the amenities of a modern town. He also announced that a children’s park and a recreational centre would be constructed at Mangan and directed the District Collector to make use of excess unutilized government land in the area for this project.

He also invited the people to explore wellness tourism in the district along with culture tourism and recreational tourism. Towards this end, the Government will invest in a grand tourism infrastructure project in Lachung, Lachen and Chungthang. The CM announced that during his ongoing 32-day tour, he will return to North Sikkim and lay the foundation stone of this project.

He stressed that people should come forward with common projects and not projects based on personal interests.

He also informed that a Kisan Bazaar will be constructed in Mangan which will be exclusive to local farmers to sell organic produce. He also shared that price support and crop insurance against natural calamities and animal trespass will be provided by the Government to Organic farmers. Compensation will also be provided to organic farmers if their produce gets damaged during transportation or goes unsold, he added.

He said that since agriculture has become lucrative with the ban on non-organic produce in the State, people should engage in agriculture. He also urged the youth to start innovative enterprises and explore value addition to organic produce.

He further said that dairy farming was now a priority sector of the Government and large numbers of cows were being distributed and people should go for organic milk production as also Organic fisheries, poultry and organic meat production

He reiterated that the housing for all initiative of the State Government, initiated some twenty years ago was now nearing 100% pucca houses for locals and added that this was an ongoing programme and that people will receive the scheme even before they ask for it.

He also sanctioned many projects like 50-bedded hostels at Chungthang and Naga and announced a Rs 1 crore grant for Ringhim Monastery, weaving and dyeing center at Chaten and an eight-roomed school building at Mangan Senior Secondary School and a community hall for Mangan.