Gangtok, 06 Jun:
“Let Sikkim be turned into a Garden State with trees and flowering trees on both sides of the road,” said Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today while directing the Departments of Roads & Bridges and Forest to undertake plantation drives on roadsides across the State.
The CM was addressing the public at Cheuribotey under West Pendam constituency in East Sikkim on the second day of the second phase of his Public Outreach Campaign/ Jan Sampark Jan Seva Abhiyan.
He also appealed to all to carry out plantation drives on a massive scale throughout this month and leave no land barren whether private or government premises and even in bazaar areas.
“We must do plantation in all areas and should not leave a single area unused. The Forest Department will provide saplings for the same,” he added.
“There is still need for SDF in Sikkim. My 32-day tour of Sikkim is not a political programme but a government engagement. It has been organized to understand the requirements in villages and to address them,” he explained.
“We will be conducting HPV cervical cancer vaccination for adolescent girls of 09-14 years of age. The vaccines have arrived in Kolkata and will come to Sikkim soon. Our girls will be protected from cervical cancer once this vaccination starts in the State. Do not pay heed to some baseless rumours being circulated on social media about this vaccination,” the CM added.
He also spoke on the Government’s decision to rename Sikkim Government College, Tadong as Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College in memory and tribute to former Chief Minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari.
“I will be visiting the college on 10 Jun,” he said.
He vocalized his resentment towards the caste and class divisions that is being propagated by some people in the state and called upon the people and especially the youth to shun all concepts of this kind and shelter the communal harmony and brotherhood that the state is synonymous with.
The CM directed the Panchayats to oversee immediate completion of the pending developmental works in the area and stated that the job of the State Government is to frame plans and policies but the onus is upon the officials and the general public to see that such visions see the light of the day with proper implementation and timely completion.
Taking note of the various developmental demands placed by the people of the constituency, like Car Parking Plaza, upgradation of the power transformer in the area, Indoor Stadium for Pendam Senior Secondary school, Community Halls, safe drinking water facilities, upgradation of existing halls of the schools in the area amongst others, the CM assured immediate fulfillment of these demands.
Earlier, Area MLA Gopal Baraily placed various demands of the Constituency.
The outreach campaign saw numerous felicitations being presented to the Chief Minister in gratitude for his visions of making Sikkim a model State and also as a congratulatory gesture for setting the record of being the longest serving Chief Minister in the country.
The highlight of the campaign was the release of cheques to beneficiaries of the Chief Minister’s Start-Up Sikkim Scheme.