Gangtok, 24 Nov:
Governor Ganga Prasad today attended the main session of ongoing three-day Governors’ Conference at Ashoka Hall, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
The third day of the conference saw the presentation of State Reports by the respective Governors and Lt. Governors, highlighting issues of prime importance of the States which required urgent attention of Central Government, a press communiqué from Raj Bhawan informs.
The Sikkim Governor urged the Union Government to assist the State in augmenting the Hydro Power Potential of Sikkim and underlined the need for more investment in the sector in order to complete the ongoing projects on priority.
This will ensure greater economic dividends for the State’s developmental needs, the Governor reportedly said.
He highlighted the need for strengthening of road connectivity to Sikkim and upgradation and expediting construction of alternate highway to Sikkim.
He also conveyed the concern and displeasure of Sikkim on the slow pace of construction of the Sevoke-Rangpo rail-link project and sought its early completion.
The Governor also highlighted the issues and bottlenecks which have halted flight operations at Pakyong Airport since June and urged the central government to intervene and ensure early restoration of flight operations.
Broadband and internet connectivity also featured in the Governor’s report who stated that Sikkim was yet to take full advantage of the digitisation of economy, cashless banking and other transactions, public delivery of services as per Digital India Mission due to poor internet connectivity.
He also underlined Sikkim’s current internet connectivity coverage and said that except a few towns and cities, broadband network remains elusive in nearly 65% of the total area under habitation in the State.
Highlighting the strategic location and geographical limitations of Sikkim, the Governor sought continuous assistance and patronage of the Central Government to fulfil its developmental needs, specially in the sector of tourism, organic farming, infrastructure including road network within the State.
Hon’ble Governor called for a special criteria of providing central funds to states like Sikkim, based on potential of growth rather than on the criteria of area and population.
While placing the State Report, the Governor also sought the Centre’s intervention in early resolution of all pending demands of the State lying with the Central Government.
Earlier, on second day of the Conference, the Governor attended a breakaway session of the sub-group of Governors on ‘Governance for ‘Ease of Living’ and participated in deliberations.