Gangtok, 11 Apr:
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today made two significant announcements during the second day of his West Sikkim tour at Soreng.
The CM was accompanied by Ministers, MLAs, Zilla Panchayat members, Heads of Departments and other officials.
Mr Chamling announced that Sikkimese students would be able to undertake MBBS course at the upcoming Medical College at Sokeythang in Gangtok free of cost.
“Students who want to pursue MBBS course at the upcoming Sokeythang Medical College will be admitted free of cost,” Mr Chamling declared.
The Chief Minister informed that the decision has been taken to ensure that all deserving students get a fair shot at pursuing their dream of becoming a doctor.
He also informed about the 1000 bedded super specialty hospital at Gangtok which is scheduled to be operational from October this year.
Apart from fee exemption to Sikkimese students at the upcoming medical college at Sokeythang, the Chief Minister announced the distribution of free mobile phones to students of class XII studying in Government Schools.
“Cell phones have become very important in research oriented lessons and assignments. The decision has been made to ensure that students get every information they need in the palm of their hands,” Mr Chamling added.
He further informed that a new Animal Husbandry College would be set up in the now vacant EIILM University campus at Budang in West Sikkim.
Further, the present Primary Health Centre at Soreng will be upgraded as Community Health Centre.
He further announced that all demands for the development of Soreng will be sanctioned immediately.
The Chief Minister also addressed the public regarding various issues put forward by them. He said that his 32-day tour is not to garner votes for the elections but to meet the public at their doorstep. He mentioned that his tour of various districts of Sikkim was to be a ‘result oriented’ visit wherein he hopes to get the people's full support in his endeavor of making Sikkim a progressive State of the Country.
Mr Chamling expressed his desire to make the Sikkimese community self-sufficient, self-reliant and ever progressing citizens of India. He stressed on the goal of making Sikkim an organic hub of the country where farmers can explore their opportunities as future stakeholders in the Organic Market.
He also informed the public that any unused government land would be allocated to the landless citizens of Sikkim under the ‘Land Bank Scheme’ in due time.
While addressing the public regarding the various demands put forward by the different Panchayats, he mentioned that public centric demands will be met and treated as a priority.