Gangtok, 29 Aug (IPR):The East District Zilla Panchayat passed its annual budget of Rs.1,132.24 lakh during the District Planning Committee Meeting held at the Conference Hall, EDZP today.
The meeting was attended by RDD Minister Sonam Lama as chief guest and was chaired by the East Zilla Adhyashya.
During the meeting, the Minister expressed happiness on having met Zilla Panchayats from all over East district and also expressed his satisfaction with the plans and proposals placed by the concerned Zilla Panchayat members for their respective areas.
The Minister was also positive about the various proposals of the Zilla Panchayat members which he said were targeted to benefit of the rural areas and the masses.
He assured that the plans and suggestions placed during the meeting shall be taken up positively by the government.
The Minister further said that the government shall always try to develop the rural areas of the state with the support of rural representatives and asked the Zilla panchayats to come forward in support of the government for the betterment of the state.
The Minister added that the rural representatives will be given a free hand to workin the villages and will not be pressurized. At the same time, he asked the Zilla Panchayats to work honestly and diligently in the larger interest of the state.
He assured the house that the government would work to maintain proper coordination between Gram and Zilla Panchayat.
Adhyakshya, East District Zilla Panchayat, in his address, said the this District Planning Committee Meeting could be termed historicas this is the first time that any Minister has attended such a meeting.
At the same time, he thanked the minister for his presence. He further asked the representatives to recommend genuine cases for approval to the government.
He elaborated on the importance of Gram Sabha and District Planning Committee in passing the proposals meant for the rural areas.
The daylong meeting discussed and unanimously passed the Shelves of Schemes under MGNREGA under East District, Gram Panchayat Development Plan for Pakyong Sub- Division, Estimate Budget for GMC, Estimate Budget for Rangpo Nagar Panchayat and Singtam Nagar Panchayat, discussed Schemes under 4th SFC 2019–20 (I and II Phase), EDZP and Schemes under 4th SFC 2018–19 Improvement Grant,EDZP.
The meeting also included interactive session wherein ZillaPanchayats and the line department officials raised and discussed on various issues related to rural development.
Amongst others the meeting was attended by Upadhyakshya, EDZP, District Collector cum Sachiva, East District Zilla Panchayat, Commissioner, GMC, ADC, Development (Gangtok and Pakyong), ZillaPanchayat Members of East District, Block Development Officers of East District and officers from various line departments.