Sikkim received more than Rs One lakh cr in central funds in past 4 years: BJP “If utilized well, problems of poverty and unemployment would have been solved”

February 16, 2019

Gangtok, 15 Feb:

The Sikkim unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has expressed gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving more than Rs One lakh crores to Sikkim by way of development funds in different sectors over the last four years. The party stresses that this proves the concern of the Prime Minister towards Sikkim and its people.

Addressing a press conference here today, BJP-Sikkim president, DB Chauhan, detailed that various projects and schemes launched during the current NDA Government which focused on overall development of Sikkim.

He added that these projects and schemes were launched in different sectors like highways, repair of roads and bridges, infrastructure development, drinking water supply, food security, health, education, poverty alleviation, hydro power projects, rural electrification, transport and communication, public health, civil aviation, pollution control, forest and environment, urbanization etc.

“All sectors have been rejuvenated and the people are empowered through digital technology. Swacchh Bharat Abhiyan has been a boon to the health and hygiene of the people of Sikkim,” he said. 

Mr Chauhan mentioned that the Central government’s initiative of Direct Benefit Transfer has benefited the people to a great extent as people now get their subsidies directly in their bank accounts.

“There are a total of 130 central government scheme many of which are not implemented in Sikkim which is very unfortunate. If all schemes would have been implemented sincerely then there would be no poverty or unemployment in Sikkim,” he said.

He also presented figures of the funds released by the Central Government to Sikkim from 2014 to 2018.

He informed that Rs 965.3 crores was given to preserve sacred lakes and wetland complexes, Rs 16,756.89 crores for strengthening of transmission, rural electrification and construction of dams, Rs 640. 44 crores for community centres, Rs 41,453 crores for construction, broadening, carpeting and repairing of roads and construction of national highway, Rs 31,090.1 crores in MGNREGA, PMGSY, PMAY and others, Rs 1345. 90 crores for poverty alleviation, augmentation of water supply and RUSA and Rs 4,013 crores for a 43 KM long railway track with four stations, which comes to a total of around Rs 96,264.63 crores

He added that the figure could be more than one lakh crores of rupees as the party has still not received details on Swacchh Bharat Abhiyan, digital India and on welfare schemes for different sections.

He added that this data was taken from the Centre and these only included funds which were sanctioned and utilised. He added that this shows that how the NDA government was sincere and concerned towards Sikkim with its Act East policy for the State.

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