CM's public outreach tour reaches Namcheybong

Gangtok, 05 Jun:

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today addressed the public of Namcheybong constituency at Saramsa Garden in Ranipool, East Sikkim, as part of his 32-day State-wide public outreach tour ‘Jan Sewa Jan Sampark Yatra’.

The CM reiterated that the tour is not a political programme but a government programme.

He said that the tour aims to assess development projects sanctioned by the government in different areas of the State and interact with the people.

South, West and North leg of the tour has wrapped up and the CM is now covering the East district.

Talking about World Environment Day, Mr Chamling said that his government’s policy is based on environment conservation and sustainable development.

“Our government banned plastic 15 years ago and now the world is following our footsteps. We are leading the world to a plastic-free environment,” he said.

The Chief Minister approved the demands of Namcheybong constituency for new roads, water supply projects and upgradation of the infrastructure of the schools.

He further urged the gathering to work together to protect water sources and organize plantation drives to prevent landslides and other natural calamities.

“One percent of all schemes of the State Government will be allocated for water security purpose,” he declared.

He further requested the panchayats to allocate one percent of their budget for water security activities.

Mr Chamling informed that the State Government is constructing tunnels to connect all the four districts of the State.

“Yesterday the Cabinet passed the proposal for construction a tunnel that will bypass Ridge Park and come out at Guards Ground. With this, we will make Ridge Park a vehicle-free zone and develop it as a tourism spot,” he said.

The Chief Minister appealed the people not to sub-let their contract work, supply work and trade licenses to non-Sikkim Subject holders as it will endanger the income tax exemption granted to the Sikkim Subject holders, he said.

“We must protect the income tax exemption given to the Sikkim Subject holders,” he said.

He also informed the gathering about the cabinet’s decision regarding the purchase and sale of land belonging to different communities.

“Lands belonging to Limboo-Tamang community cannot be sold to other communities. The land belonging to Limboo-Tamang communities must be purchased and sold within the Limboo-Tamang communities. Other communities cannot buy their land like the law for lands of Bhutia-Lepcha community,” he said.

Similarly, lands measuring 10 acre and below belonging to OBC [Central list] communities in Sikkim cannot be sold to other communities. It must be sold within the OBC [Central list] communities of the state. Only land above 10 acre can be sold to other communities by the OBC [Central list] communities.

Similarly, lands measuring 10 acre and below belonging to OBC [State list] cannot be sold to other communities. It must be sold within the OBC [State list] communities. Only land above 10 acre can be sold to other communities by the OBC [State list] communities. For this, they have to get special permission from the government.

The same decision has been taken for the SC communities of Sikkim, said the Chief Minister.

Also, no one from OBC [State list], OBC [Central list] and SC community can sell their land to anyone if they have land measuring to only 3 acres. Only in emergency situations they can sell such land with permission from the state government, he said.

This is being done to protect the land of the future generation. The future generation will have no land left if people sell their land even if they have only 3 acre or less land. Let no grandchildren be landless, said Mr Chamling.

He also informed about the Cabinet’s decision to provide 20% reservation for BL communities in panchayat and nagar panchayats. There has been some changes in the job reservation. Artistes, singers, musicans and others in art field will get a 2% reservation in government jobs. Similarly, sportspersons will get 05% reservation in government jobs. There is 5% reservation for BPL and one percent reservation each for the three categories of physically challenged persons, he said.

There is 3% job reservation for ex-armymen and this time we have also included ex-personnel of Assam Rifles and BSF in this category, said the Chief Minister.

Whatever contract works, employment and business come to the villages, it must be all done by our people. We are bringing a law for 90% reservation for local persons in hotels, industries, factories and other private sector. This must be done or else that establishment would be shut down, said Mr Chamling.

"We are holding a mega Start-up Mela at Gangtok on July 17. I direct the Commerce & Industries Secretary to tour the districts and meet the unemployed youth who want to do start-ups and get loans for them from the banks and also provide 35% subsidy to them," he said.

The Cabinet yesterday also decided that property share of Sikkimese women married to non-Subject holders would be registered in the name of that Sikkimese women.

"Our daughters will be entitled to their inheritance and property of their parents even if they are married to non-Sikkim Subject holders. This is being done so there is no gender discrimination in Sikkim," said Mr Chamling.

Earlier, Area MLA, BB Rai in his welcome address placed various demands of the Namcheybong constituency.

The Chief Minister was also felicitated for being the longest serving Chief Minister of the country.