ASSEMBLY SESSION BEGINS Rs. 45879.98 lakh Supplementary Demands for Grants placed

Gangtok, 28 Nov (IPR):

The First Session (Part-IV) of the Tenth Assembly of Sikkim Legislative Assembly commenced today. The session began with Speaker, L.B. Das, administering the Preamble Pledge to the Members to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Constitution of India. The Speaker apprised the House that a four-month long nation-wide campaign was launched on 26 November, 2019, which will culminate on the Birth Anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on 14 April, 2020.

The House then paid tribute to Former Members of Legislative Assembly Late IndraBahadurRai, who passed away in the month of October, 2019, and Late Tara Man Rai, who passed away in August, 2019. Speaker, L.B. Das, in his Obituary Reference remembered Late IndraBahadurRai as a veteran politician and a statesman, and stated that with his passing away, Sikkim has lost a worthy son. In his obituary reference, Speaker shared about the early life, education, professional career and political life of the former Members of the Legislative Assembly.

Speaker remembered Late T.M. Rai as a mature politician, a seasoned litterateur and an accomplished social worker who dedicated his life for the welfare of the people. The Speaker stated that the passing away of the veteran leader is a huge loss for the State and the people of Sikkim. He expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that they found strength and forbearance to overcome the grave loss.

Chief Minister,Prem Singh Tamang (Golay), in his obituary remarks paid his obeisance to the two leaders who passed away recently. While paying his tribute to Former MLA Late Tara Man Rai, the Chief Minister recollected the days when Late T.M. Rai was undergoing medical treatment at Neotia Hospital in Siliguri and later at Apollo Hospital, New Delhi. The Chief Minister shared that during his visit to the two hospitals, the ailing leader expressed his concern for Sikkim and gave his valuable advice and best wishes to the newly formed Government. The Chief Minister expressed his heartfelt condolences to the former MLA who always provided his valuable advice to the Sikkim KrantikariMorcha party as its Chief Advisor. The Chief Minister remembered Late T.M Rai as a man of integrity and commitment with excellent public relation skills. He shared that the veteran leader also took avid interest in literature and his writings were published in the Kanchenjunga Patrika. The Chief Minister expressed his solidarity to the family members of Late T.M. Rai and prayed that they found strength to bear the irreparable loss.

The Obituary Reference was also participated by MLA, D.T. Lepcha, who gave references of the lives of both the leaders.

After the Obituary References, the House observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls.

During the Financial Business, the Chief Minister, also the Minister-in-charge of Finance Department, Government of Sikkim, presented the First Supplementary Demands for Grants for the Financial Year 2019-20. The first batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2019-20 includes 38 grants, with a gross expenditure of Rs. 45879.98 lakh comprising of Rs. 17209.16 lakh on Revenue Account and Rs. 28670.82 lakh on Capital Account. Of this, the proposals involving net cash outgo aggregates to Rs. 34217.20 lakh. The discussion and voting on the Supplementary Demands for Grants would take place on Friday, 29 November, 2019.

The Speaker then read out the Order regarding disqualification of seven members of the 9th Sikkim Legislative Assembly under Article 191 (2) and para 2(1) a r/w 6(1) of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India, which was kept at abeyance vide the Sikkim Legislative Assembly Secretariat Letter No. 243/L&PA dates 23/09/2019. With powers conferred upon the Speaker of the 10th Sikkim Legislative Assembly under clause 9 of The members of Sikkim Legislative Assembly (Disqualification on Ground of Defection) Rules, 1985, the Speaker pronounced that “Since the incumbent Speaker has no jurisdiction pertaining to matters of the 9th VidhanSabha, the matter raised in the petition for disqualification under the Tenth Schedule and to the Rules made there under pertains to the previous VidhanSabha and with the dissolution of the 9th VidhanSabha, the petition has been rendered infructuous, and the matter stands disposed of.”

The Speaker also read out a direction regarding maintenance of order in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly Secretariat Estate.

The House was adjourned for the day till 10 AM of 29 November, 2019.