SUPPLEMENTARY DEMANDS FOR GRANTS FOR THE YEAR 2019-20 PASSED CM blames fiscal indiscipline of previo

Gangtok, 29 Nov:

The first Supplementary Demands for Grants for the year 2019-20 was passed by the Legislative Assembly on the last day of the first session [Part-IV] of the Tenth Assembly of Sikkim Legislative Assembly on Friday.

The Supplementary Demands for Grants includes 38 grants, with a gross expenditure of Rs 45,879.98 lakh comprising of Rs 17,209.16 lakh on Revenue Account and Rs 28,670.82 lakh on Capital Account. Of this, the proposals involving net cash outgo aggregates to Rs 34,217.20 lakh.

Also today, the Sikkim Appropriation Bill, Bill No. 8 of 2019 for the first supplementary demands for grants for the financial year 2019-20, was also passed by the House.

Participating in the discussions, MLA DT Lepcha raised various queries related to supplementary demands for grants and other issues and also placed some suggestions.

He welcomed the supplementary demands of grants placed by the CM and urged that payments be released equally to big and small contractors.

He stated that Sikkim has been receiving 42% by way of from the Centre on the basis of the 1971 census when the State just had a population of just 2.12 lakhs. Sikkim now has a population of more than 6 lakh. On the same, he urged the CM to ask the Centre to work out the at least on the basis of the 1991 census in the interest of the people of Sikkim.

While thanking the government for taking out a White Paper on the financial health of the State exchequer, Mr Lepcha asked the State government about the source for the document.

He also suggested that the government work to increase the GSDP of the State and seriously check leakage in all departments.

In his reply to the comments, the CM stated that the earlier government had floated many tenders and awarded work orders near the elections without any financial provisions. This had complicated the accounts.

He shared that the present government was facing a financial crunch due to the mistakes of the previous government. That said, the SKM Government was trying its best to give continuity to developmental works in the State.

The CM informed that the government has cleared 37% of the dues before Dasain and will definitely make good on its payments for all genuine works.

He mentioned that the government will also conduct an enquiry into all illegal works awarded without due process. He said that the previous government had not given adequate preference to the health sector and informed that the SKM government has made health the priority sector.

While welcoming the suggestions of MLA to increase the revenue of the State, he stated that the SKM government has been working hard to increase the revenue of the State and trying to check all leakages in different department created in the earlier government.

On the query on the White Paper, the CM mentioned that the White Paper has been taken out on the basis of reports submitted by every department.

Minister for Social Justice and Welfare Department, Dr MK Sharma, also placed a copy of the Sikkim Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2019 today while the Speaker presented the Annual Report of the Sikkim State Human Rights Commission under Section 28(1) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 (Central Act No. 10 of 1994) for the year 2018-19. The speaker also informed the House on presentation of Annual Report of the Government Departments.

The last day of the two-day long assembly session began with Obituary Reference for former MLA Tulshi Prashad Pradhan who passed away on 27 November 2019. The Speaker, CM, Minister LN Sharma and MLA NK Subba participated in the Obituary References.