CM inaugurates new Pabyuik Monastery

Gangtok, 27 Nov:

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today inaugurated the newly constructed Pabyuik Monastery at Pabyuik-Naitam under Shyari constituency.

Devotees, monks, local residents and government officials were present.

Also today, the Chief Minister sanctioned demands placed by the monks and local people. The demands sanctioned today are for courtyard fencing and beautification of Pabyuik Monastery, Rs 50lakh financial support for completion of Pema Choeling Monastery, Merung Monastery and Lower Shyari monastery.

Also sanctioned was a from Gairigolai, Rs 20 lakh for reopening of Lower Tathangchen road.

A demand was also placed seeking heritage status for the old Pabyuik monastery.

“I will write to UNESCO seeking world heritage status for the monastery. We have previously submitted a request seeking world heritage status for Dupdi monastery as well,” the CM said.

The CM mentioned that during my 32-day constituency-wise tour of the State recently, demands were received from around 1,200 religious institutions. He informed that all these demands were have been sanctioned and cheques are currently being disbursed against the same.

The CM said the pending government scholarship for school students will be disbursed in December and informed the audience that laptops will be distributed to students from classes X to XII and college students in January.

“We want our village students to be a part of digital education and be equipped to compete in the digital world. We will also give laptops to all the SHGs of Sikkim. There are around 5,000 SHGs in Sikkim,” he announced.

Keeping the focus on rural Sikkim, he informed the gathering about the Janta Melas to be held in January when government assistance in the form of cows, piglets, green houses, power tillers, induction stoves, housing schemes etc will be handed over to people.

The CM also informed that a grievance redressal assistants will be appointed for every village soon, tasked with the responsibility to take note of the problems and grievances of the villagers and convey the same to the government.

“We are also appointing village police assistant guards who will try to mediate smaller cases at the village-level itself and work out whether matters can be resolved at the village or a police case needs to be registered. The appointees will first be trained and then sent to the villages,” he informed.

He further informed that Environment Protection Assistants will also be appointed in every village.

The Chief Minister also said that unutilized government lands should be allotted to ‘Sukumbasis’ and if the government land is not sufficient, private land should be purchased at government rates.

“We are giving government jobs to 16,000-17,000 youths under the one family, one job scheme. The appointment orders will be given in December and they will be reporting for duty on 02 January. Those left out from the scheme, will be given jobs in the second phase in March 2019. All of them will be appointed on adhoc basis and will become regular employees after five years of service,” the CM announced.

The CM also lashed out against Opposition parties and accused them of indulging in a politics of bitterness, hate and spite when what Sikkim deserves was positivity, vision and service.

The Chief Minister was also felicitated by the Duchi Committee of Pabyuk Gompa, Dharma Friends Group of Tathangchen and senior citizens from Syari Constituency. Organic produce was also offered to the Chief Minister by Pastanga Mani Lakhang.