CM’S JAN SAMPARKH ABHIYAN REACHES GYALSHING Tadong College is now Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree Colle

Gyalshing, 06 May:

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling’s ongoing 32-day State-wide public outreach tour, ‘Jan Samparkh Abhiyan,’ reached Gyalshing today.

The CM, while addressing the public at Kyongsa Ground announced that the Sikkim Government College, Tadong, will be renamed Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College in the memory of former Chief Minister, the Late Nar Bahadur Bhandari.

“Tadong College was built under his leadership and it is only fitting that the college represents his contributions to Sikkim,” he said.

Addressing the criticisms from opposition parties regarding poor facilities in West Sikkim colleges, the Chief Minister assured to address all the problems and asked the opposition to not ‘politicize’ the situation.

“It takes years and years to build a fully functional educational institute. We are sincere in our efforts and the State Government is doing everything possible to address various problems faced by the students and the college administrative section,” he added.

The CM also urged the public to keep away from religion, caste and class-based discord and conflict and make Sikkim a peaceful and progressive State. He stated that the 32-day Jan Samparkh Abhiyan was for the public to bring forth their grievances and get in touch with the Chief Minister regarding policy formulation.

Expressing his continuing deep desire to work for the benefit of the people, the Chief Minister reiterated the message, ‘Afno Gaon, Afai Banau,’ and invited the people to work in their respective areas with a sense of ownership.

He further said that the projects sanctioned under State Government were all public-centric and for the benefit of Sikkimese people.

He stated that Sikkim has become polio, goiter and iron-deficiency free State and also shared his vision of making Sikkim tuberculosis free by 2022 and announced to give Rs 3,000 to people suffering from tuberculosis as financial assistance from the Government to support their treatment.

He also asked the public to not hide their illnesses and undergo proper treatment to help the State become healthy and disease-free.

Expressing his concern regarding women's health and hygiene he said that in order to prevent cervical cancer in women, the State Government is providing vaccinations to girls from 09 to 14 years of age free of cost.

The Chief Minister further said that the Government will provide land to the homeless people to build houses from the Government’s unused lands.

“If the government land is not enough, we will buy private land and distribute housing plots to the landless people,” he said.

“We will construct houses for everyone and make Sikkim a kutcha house free State as well,” he added.

Speaking on politics, the Chief Minister stressed that protection of the rights and assembly seats of the Bhutia and Lepcha communities was the number one priority of the Sikkim Democratic Front led State Government.

“If there is any community in Sikkim which feels most insecure, it is the non-tribal Nepali community of Sikkim who are 60% of the population in Sikkim,” he said.

“Sikkim will not be fully protected until and unless the non-tribal Nepali community is protected,” he said.

The Chief Minister also sanctioned of the demand for 13 link-roads in Yangthang constituency submitted by Area MLA, Chandra Maya Subba.

The Yangthang MLA had submitted the demand for link roads to connect villages in the constituency in her welcome address.

Speaking to the farming community, he stated that farmers were the backbone of Sikkim.

He further informed the meeting about the pension scheme for farmers above 50 years of age where the State Government will provide Rs 1,000 per month as a form of gratitude for their service to the State.

He informed the farmers that their produces will not go to waste with various facilities like transportation stipend, marketing sheds and other schemes implemented by the State Government to encourage organic farming.

He advised the youth to pursue agriculture and horticulture based studies to ensure the success of the organic mission.

He further assured that animals, livestock and fisheries will also be distributed for the benefit of the farming community.

On a similar note, easy application of trade licenses for rural residents was also ensured by the Chief Minister. He also said that in the coming days, private business sector of Sikkim will be directed to employ 90% Sikkimese in tourism, hospitality industry and other similar trades to ensure employment.

The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stones of Lepcha Primitive Tribe Girls Hostel at Kyongsa and Old Age Home for West District.

The Chief Minister was felicitated by Yangthang Constituency and West Sikkim Lepcha Welfare Association for being the longest serving Chief Minister of India.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Ministers, MLAs, Zilla Members, Chairmen, Department officials and the public.

The Chief Minister reached Kyongsa Ground after laying the foundation stones of Leebumba Pungwa Nee Ing Yuk, an upcoming meditation center at Darap and Iman Singh Chemjong Memorial Yukten at Tikjek.

The Chief Minister is scheduled to meet the public of Yuksam-Tashiding constituency at Yuksam Helipad tomorrow.

[with additional inputs from IPR Deptt, GoS]