Mangan, 20 Jan (IPR): The Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, popularly known as Janta Mela, which took off from Gangtok on 16 January, was held today at Mangan with Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as the chief guest accompanied by his Cabinet colleagues, Chairpersons, Advisors, and Secretaries of various departments, Panchayats and officers from the district.
The Chief Minister was warmly welcomed, amidst cheers by a massive gathering of public from the three constituencies of North District at Mangan Public Ground.
While addressing the gathering, he stated that the objective of the landmark Janta Mela, besides reaching basic welfare needs to the people, was also to understand the problems and development issues of the citizens.
The Janta Mela also provides a platform for the citizens to get in direct touch with the Chief Minister and place their demands and grievances.
It is also to inform citizens about the policies and schemes of the government so that they can assert their rights.
The Janta Mela also ensures that government schemes are distributed in a transparent and open manner in the presence of the community and the stakeholders. The CM said that Janta Mela was being conducted every year, bringing welfare benefits to the doorsteps of the common man.
This year, Rs 1,000 crore worth of benefits were being distributed both in cash and kind to the people of Sikkim, he informed.
He hoped that North District would be kutcha house free with the additional allotment of CMRHM Phase-II Houses in this year’s Janta Mela.
The Chief Minister handed over tokens of benefits which were both in cash and kind.
The beneficiaries were at the receiving end of forty different kinds of items ranging from LPG Gas, Electric Cookers, Pressure Cookers, Desk top Computers, Laptops for students and SHGs, Community vermi-compost bins, Buffet Sets, Water Filters, Incentives under CM Start-up scheme and sanction letters from SBS, Genap Tanks, Power Tillers, 1,000 liters HDP tank, Fabricated Greenhouse, CMRHM Phase II, House up-gradation worth Rs 50,000, GCI sheets, Milch Cows, Heifers, Buffalos, Piglets, Goats etc.
The Community Investment funds of Rs 3 lakhs were also disbursed.
The schemes from Culture Department like Samajik Sewa Bhatta to Bongthings and sound systems to various local clubs of the district were also disbursed.
The deserving students at various levels were also benefitted with scholarships. Token incentives of Rs 7,000 were handed over to beneficiaries under Proud Mother Scheme. Grants in Aid from Ecclesiastical department to several religious institutions were also release.
Cash of Rs 3 lakh for entry point activity to several JFMCs under Forest Department were also disbursed.
The Chief Minister also stated that all the demands made during his 32-day tour have been sanctioned and the orders will be handed over soon.
Chumki Doma Bhutia was awarded the Best Aganwadi worker with a cash prize of Rs One lakh.
The Chief Minister, while addressing the gathering, stated that the present government, during its tenure of 24 years, has ensured that all the needs of the Sikkimese people are fulfilled and peace and security of the State ensured.
He said that it was now the responsibility of the people to make the right choice and choose the leader who has a good track record and is time-tested and proven.
The future of the State now lies in the choices made by the people and they should not destroy Sikkim by choosing the wrong leaders.
He also highlighted some of the achievement of the Government. He said that the newly-inaugurated 1000-bed hospital at Sokaythang will offer all kinds of treatment, surgery, dialysis free of cost.
There will be eight buses plying from Gangtok to the Sokaythang providing free transport facilities to the patients, he informed, adding that state-of-the-art diagnostic machines have been procured and all world class medical facilities will be provided in the hospital.
He also said that a medical college is being constructed which will provide free medical courses to local students.
The Rozgar Mela was organized where 12,000 people were provided employment in one day and recently 1,046 IRBn jawans have been inducted.
He said that the second phase of Rozgar Mela will be conducted in the first week of February for left out and deserving candidates.
He said that the basic minimum needs like water supply and 100 units of free electricity is being provided. Earlier, less than 50 percent houses were electrified now the Government has achieved 100 percent electrification.
He said that the Government has a policy to ensure that every village is connected by road and remaining roads have been sanctioned, old roads widened and metaled and bridges strengthened.
The Chief Minister also stated that sanctity of Dzongu region has been maintained by the present government and he has ensured that the region is being led by a person belonging to Dzongu and there is no outside interference.
The Chief Minister shared his vision of Sikkim as a self-reliant and self-sufficient with empowered citizens.
Apart from Government jobs, the State Government has also given opportunities for entrepreneurship development. He appealed to the youth to venture into activities that are natural resource based and eco-friendly.
He said that landmark schemes will be undertaken in North Sikkim like the Munsulong statue in Dzongu with a research centre. The people should understand and appreciate the good work done by the government and respect the policy, ideology and principle of the government that has made Sikkim to be recognized at national and global level.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister was felicitated by Malling SHG, Mangan Nagar Panchayat and Panchayats and public of Dzongu. The public of Dzongu offered their sincere gratitude for the historic declaration of Lepcha Indigenous Habitat through gazette notification and for promotion, preservation and enrichment of Lepcha culture.
The program ended with vote of thanks proposed by ADC/ Dev, KR Limboo.