Gangtok, 05 Sept:
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha spokesperson, Jacob Khaling, marking 100 Days since his party formed the government in Sikkim, today stressed that the SKM government has been working to establish a strong foundation to make a better Sikkim. The first 100 days, he said, were spent preparing a roadmap to prepare future generations for the next 100 years.
He also stated today that the SKM government was struggling to pull Sikkim out of the fiscal stress that the SDF government’s mismanagement and lapses have sucked the State into.
He reiterated that the SKM government was committed to rescuing Sikkim from the present fiscal crises.
Addressing a press conference here this afternoon, Mr Khaling claimed that Chief Minister PS Tamang [Golay] has not taken a single day’s break since taking office and has been working overtime for the people of Sikkim.
He said that the State government has taken some immediate and some long term decisions in the interest of Sikkim which will be seen in the days to come.
He further contended that everyone has been working in a free environment for these 100 days and that Sikkim was now enjoying true democracy.
Mr Khaling singled out the State Government’s austerity measures as the main achievement of the government and added that the government has been working hard to root out corruption from the State and punish the corrupt.
He further claimed that the amendment to the Lokayukta Act was a step in this direction and announced today that even though action could get delayed, action will definitely be taken against the corrupt.
About the “On One, Family One Job” scheme, he informed that the verification process was underway and that all genuine appointees will be regularised after which the government would work towards providing jobs to the left out unemployed.
Mr Khaling further mentioned that the CM has been repeatedly placing the political demands of the State with the Centre.
He informed that the government has allocated Rs 451 crore to make Sikkim a kutcha house free State. He informed that a house of Rs 15 lakh will be provided to beneficiaries along with furniture and television. What is more, beneficiaries can choose from three design options.
He added that the health insurance scheme which will provide health insurance of upto Rs 20 lakh to all govt employees was also in the final phase of implementation.
Likewise, SKM spokesperson, CP Sharma, mentioned that all the lapses and damages caused by the earlier government cannot be expected to be repaired in the mere 100 days that SKM has been in government and added that substantial strides have still been made.
SKM spokesperson, Sonam Venchungpa, added that the SKM government has been working in the interest of government employees. He added that the government was also working proactively to revive stalled hydel projects in the State and will consult all stakeholders on the same.
Likewise, SKM senior vice-president, TN Dhakal mentioned that the people of Sikkim gave their mandate to SKM for five years and that the SKM government has been working in a phased manner to lift Sikkim out of the present situation.