Centre ready to enhance NSTFDC loans with State share of Rs 5 cr: MoS Tribal Affairs

Gangtok, 25 Oct (IPR): Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Government of India, Jaswantsinh Bhabhor called on Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling this evening at his official residence at Mintokgang.

The Union Minister placed a few issues before the Chief Minister for the intervention of the State Government. He stated that the Central Government is ready to enhance the loan amount under the National Scheduled Tribe Finance Development Corporation [NSTFDC] for income generating activities, provided the State Government gives Rs 5 crore guarantee.

The Union Minister also said that the State Government can propose a fifth EMRS, in addition to the already existing and fully functional four EMRS Schools. He said that the new EMRS should be proposed in an area having population of over twenty thousand.

The Union Minister also requested for a shop/outlet of TRIFED at MG Marg Gangtok where Tribal products can be kept on display and sale.

Further, the Union Minister urged the State Government to expedite the paper work for the proposed Tribal Research Institute at Assam Lingzey in East Sikkim so that the foundation stone can be laid at the earliest.

The Union Minister said that the State is doing exceptionally well in the implementation of Tribal Schemes and assured continuous assistance from the Central Government.

Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling said that all the issues placed by the Union Minister of State would be taken up on priority by the State Government. He gave his assurance for the guarantee for Rs 5 crore from the State Government for the enhancement of loans.

The Chief Minister shared some of the unique environmental initiatives of the State Government and other highlights of the State. He shared that the tribals of Sikkim have the highest per capita income property in the country. He further shared that Sikkim is a poverty free State where the basic minimum needs of the people have been fulfilled. He said that Sikkim is a model of secularity and inclusive development.

The Chief Minister thanked the Union Minister of State for his visit and for the support extended by the Central Government to the State.