CM announces setting up of Veterinary College in Sikkim

Khamdong, 16 Apr:

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today announced the construction of a Veterinary College in the State where Sikkimese students will be given free education. Mr Chamling made the announcement while addressing a huge gathering at Simik Gumpa.

The CM began his Jan Seva Abhiyan in the East district today with the inauguration or Prana Prathisthana of Ganesh Statue at the Ganesh Temple at Khamdong Aritar. He also performed Puja and hawan at the temple premises and interacted with the local people and students.

The entourage then proceeded to Simik Gumpa, the main venue for the day's programme, where the Chief Minister performed Puja.

In his address, Mr Chamling reiterated the government's commitment to reach out to every constituency in the State and fulfill the needs and demands of the people and ensure equitable development of every section of the population. He stated that the 32-day visit of the entire government machinery to every constituency exhibits the sincere commitment of the government to ensure that nobody is deprived of any rights privileges and opportunities.

Addressing the students and youth, he said that some political parties are trying to distract the youth from the real concerns and they are doing this because they are not concerned about the future of the youth and therefore, the state. Here he urged them to use their sense of discrimination to decide what is right and wrong and not be swayed by negative opinion makers. He added that Sikkim is steadily moving towards being a 100% literate state.

The government has established 26 colleges and 7 universities in the last twenty two years, along with providing various incentives to encourage total literacy and ensure that students can study any subject of their choice, said Mr Chamling. We are also coming up with our own State University, he further stated.

Addressing the monks, Mr Chamling recalled the initiatives taken by the government for their overall upliftment through various incentives and schemes.

Addressing the government employees, the Chief Minister stated that the government has implemented the Pay Commission and enhanced the salaries and allowances of employees working under various capacities. He urged them to work with a sense of responsibility and accountability for the welfare of the people of Sikkim.

Speaking on organic agriculture, he explained that its main objective is to improve and preserve the health of the soil so that our ecosystem is healthy, along with preserving human health. He urged the people to use their land for mixed agriculture and not leave any land fallow.

"We have to reverse the economy and make our farmers richer," he stated adding that farmers should be 100% producers.

He announced compensation for produce which does not sell for various reasons, Market price support, and vehicle and vehicle fare to transport organic products for the next five years

The Chief Minister also announced a one-time grant of Rs 1 lakh to Khamdong Senior Secondary School.

Concluding his address, the CM granted in-principle approval and sanction to all the demands presented by the Area MLA, Panchayats and Nagar Panchayats of the Constituency. He assured that the construction of new roads will start in two months time. He maintained that all the work should be done in the interest of the people and should not be contractor-oriented.

He stated that farm houses and other government resources should be used as a model for the benefit of the entire region rather than being for mere employment of few temporary staff.

The CM announced that MR workers who do not possess COI and have been serving for over 20 years will be absorbed on Work Charged basis.

"In the span of over twenty years of the tenure of our government, the life expectancy of the people of Sikkim has increased by 10 years. This is the biggest outcome of all-round and inclusive development of our government," he concluded.

Earlier, Minister Agriculture and area MLA, Somnath Poudyal in his welcome address placed some of the demands of Khamdong Singtam constituency. He said that road connectivity is a serious issue for the constituency and needs to be improved. He added that DPR for the same at an estimated cost of Rs 60 crore has been sanctioned.

Earlier, the Zilla and Gram Panchayat Members of all the GPUs under Khamdong Singtam Constituency and Singtam Nagar Panchayat submitted various demands under their respective GPUs and Nagar Panchayat.

The CM was presented with a letter of gratitude for his commitment to establish the first and only all-women college in the State at Ralap in East Sikkim.

Anganwadi workers also expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister for the recent hike in their monthly honorarium.

The programme concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Former MLA, Acharya Tshering Lama.