CM reaches Makha, says Karmapa will be in Sikkim after June

Makha, 17 Apr:

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling’s ongoing State wide 32-day Jan Seva Abhiyan reached Makha under Tumin Lingee Constituency today.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Area MLA and Tourism Minister, Ugen T Gyatso, Zilla Panchayats, department officials, youth club members, students and public.

Mr Gyatso, in his welcome address, expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister for working towards the development of the State. He added that the residents of Tumin Lingee Constituency have worked relentlessly to translate the vision and declaration of making Tumin Lingee a model constituency.

The Chief Minister was presented with a token of gratitude in the form of a Shiv Statue by senior Hindu priests of the area.

Thereafter, chelis of the area presented saplings of Tulsi plant to the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister was also felicitated by the youth of the area.

Likewise, the panchayats presented the Chief Minister with organic products of the area as token of gratitude. The programme also saw cultural presentations by students of Makha Senior Secondary School.

The ICDS center teachers of the area also expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister for the recent hike in their monthly honorarium. The Zilla and Gram Panchayats of all the GPUs of the constituency presented their list of demands to the Chief Minister.

Mr Chamling, in his address, stated that his public addresses in the 32-day visit to different areas of the State is an endeavor to inform and educate the people of Sikkim about various public centric programmes of the Government and to review the outcome of Government’s developmental programmes over the past 24 years.

“It is also an effort to understand the shortcomings that still exist and fulfill them on the spot,” he stated.

He added that the people of Sikkim have full trust and confidence in the Government because it has fulfilled all the aspirations of the people of every stratum.

The Chief Minister informed that the Government is working to come up with an Act which will ensure protection of human rights and will grant each individual the access to basic minimum needs.

“This will be a one-of-a-kind and the first initiative where the Government is bound by law to meet the basic minimum needs of the people," stated the Chief Minister.

“We have to bring about systematization and democratization of administration so that there is equitable and inclusive development. Rule of law should prevail," he stressed.

He called upon the officers to ensure that public work is executed on priority.

“All the ongoing construction of houses should be completed within a month and handed over to the beneficiaries,” he directed.

He highlighted the unique initiatives of the Government in health and education sector. Sikkim is the second highest power producing State in the country and is number one in clean energy and industry, he shared.

He also informed that the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa will be coming to Sikkim after June.

He urged the parents and students to avail the free education facility in technical institutes like ATTC and CCCT.

“The ban on non organic vegetables in the market is a step to empower the village folk of Sikkim and make them self sufficient and self reliant,” he stated.

He further informed that the Government is establishing organic markets in all the urban areas and small towns of Sikkim.

"Opportunity and competition go hand in hand, so we have to be competitive to get the most out of the opportunities," he stated, adding that the youth of Sikkim should support each other.

He also mentioned some of the new developments in various sectors such as the establishment of Ayurveda College in Gyalshing, State University in Gangtok, National Law University, Pakyong Airport, Old age homes in all four districts, and several other infrastructures.

“All Government signboards will be written in local languages along with English and Nepali,” he announced.

The Chief Minister also granted in-principle sanction to all the demands submitted by the Panchayats of the Constituency.

After the public address programme, the Chief Minister individually met and interacted with the people of the Constituency and listened to their demands and grievances.

Highlighting the demands made by the public and panchayats, the Chief Minister said that drinking water provision will be sanctioned provided there is water source and urged that all the demands which are in the interest of public will be sanctioned. He also informed that the first phase of the sanctioned demands will be done within two months.