EIGHT BILLS PASSED ON FINAL DAY OF SLA SESSION Sikkim Panchayat [Amendment] Bill 'historic,'

Gangtok, 09 Jun:

On the final day of the two-day Seventh Session [Part II] of the Ninth Assembly of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, eight Bills that were introduced in the floor of the House on 08 Jun were passed.

The eight Bills that were passed are; Sikkim Ministers, Speakers, Deputy Speaker and Members of Legislative Assembly [Salaries and Allowances] Amendment Bill, Bill No.7 of 2018, Sikkim Legislative Assembly Members [Payment of Pension and Medical Allowances] Amendment Bill 2018, Sikkim Essential Services Maintenance [Amendment] Bill, Bill No. 9 of 2018, Sikkim Regulation of Transfer of Land [Amendment] Bill, Bill No. 10 of 2018, Sikkim Panchayat [Amendment] Bill, Bill No. 11 of 2018,Sikkim National Law University [Amendment] Bill, Bill No. 12 of 2018, Sikkim Regulations of Societies, Associations and other Voluntary Organizations [Amendment] Bill, Bill No.13 of 2018, Sikkim Greenfield Airport, Pakyong [Settlement of Claims for Loss and Damages] Bill, Bill no. 14 of 2018.

Leader of the House, MrChamling, in his valedictory remarks thanked Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Members of Legislative Assembly, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, HoDs, Senior Officials and everyone involved for the smooth conduct of the Session. He also said that passing of the above bills will help bring about positive development in the lives of the people of Sikkim.

Speaking about the Sikkim Panchayat [Amendment] Bill, MrChamling stated that this bill can be termed historic as it ensures security and protection to the BL community in the form of reservation in Panchayats.

On the Sikkim National Law University [Amendment] Bill, he said that with the passing of this historic bill, the State Government can now establish a National Law University which will open up unlimited opportunities for the aspiring students of Sikkim. He added that the bill reflects the pro-people and pro-poor policy of the Government.

MrChamling also highlighted the inclusive policies and initiatives of the Government to bring about visible change in the lives of the people of Sikkim. He said that the Government has ensured that all the basic minimum needs have been met, and the focus now is on sustaining the existing resources and ensuring qualitative development. He also informed about the developmental achievements in various fields which has propelled the image of the State in the national and international stage.

Speaker, SLA, KN Rai, in his valedictory address extended gratitude to the Leader of the House for his guidance and participation in the two-day Session. He also thanked the Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, Heads of Departments, officers of various Departments, members of the Press and Media, Assembly Secretariat and everybody involved to make the Assembly Session a success. He expressed hope that the Bills passed in the House will go a long way in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Sikkim.

The two-day Assembly Session came to a conclusion with the Speaker adjourning the House Sine-Die.