Gangtok, 12 Aug (IPR):
The Transport Department in association with the State Bank of Sikkim observed “Chalak Diwas, 2020” at Chintan Bhawan on 11 August.
The occasion was graced by Chief Minister of Sikkim, Prem Singh Tamang as the Chief Guest along with by Minister for Transport, Sanjeet Kharel, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Jacob Khaling, Chairman, State Bank of Sikkim, DB Gurung, Government Officers, Executive body of Chalak Morcha and all Truck and Taxi Associations.
Chief Minister launched the State Bank of Sikkim “Motor Insurance Loan Scheme”, which is set to ease the burden of the vehicle owners from payment of huge premium amount for Insurance Policies by availing loan to finance the insurance policy and repaying on easy monthly installments. The scheme will be available in all the branches of the State Bank of Sikkim.
Chief Minister also kicked off the disbursement of relief amount of Rs 5000 to the Chalaks by handing over cheques to five beneficiaries. The rest of the 7240 beneficiaries of the first lot and remaining 2000 beneficiaries will receive the relief amount through online transfer directly in their bank account.
For the benefit of Chalaks, the Chief Minister made a host of announcements, including online payment of token tax through mobile app mParivahan, dealer point registration, transfer of ownership, learner’s licence, renewal of driving licence.
During the programme, historic decisions on waiver of penalty portion of all pending token tax for a window period of three months, rebate of 20 % on payment of onetime tax for a period of five years at a time, full bonnet paint in taxis to be changed to a circle on the bonnet, life period of luxury tourist vehicles to be enhanced from 10 years to 12 years, Chalak Bhawan to be constructed in the next fiscal year, introduction of health insurance to drivers and one Mahendra Bolero Vehicle to be gifted with taxi number for best driver in each district were made.
Further, the Chief Minister announced that “Chalak Diwas” will henceforth be celebrated as an annual Government event with restricted holiday. Suggestions for an appropriate and befitting date of significance have also been solicited from the Chalaks, during the prog