CM calls on MoS for Power, seeks quicker clearance of pending projects, interest relaxation on loans

New Delhi, 08 Nov [IPR]: Chief Minister PS Tamang met RK Singh, Minister of State (IC) of Power, New & Renewable Energy and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, today.

Both the dignitaries had a cordial meeting as regard to the request of the State Government to reduce the interest component of the loan taken by the previous Government from the Power Finance Corporation to reduce the liability of State Government.

The Chief Minister apprised him about the various high priority schemes related to the power sector in the State of Sikkim that has been awaiting Government of India’s approval.

He solicited his intervention to clear the pending project for which the Union Minister has given full assurance on the issue raised by the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister also submitted the list of the schemes on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), Integrated Power Development Schemes (IPDS), North East Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) and Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR).

The Power Minister has assured to take up the schemes and he will inform the Chief Minister soon

Both the leaders discussed the Paris Convention on Climate Change and India’s commitment to follow the sustainable goals for developing the country. The Chief Minister also suggested the new technology on hydro-electricity generation which will help the powerhouses to reutilize the water in the lean season.

The Chief Minister also informed that power projects which were abandoned during the previous State Government are being revamped with the help of Central Government with the LANCO Project at Sirwani and Jal Power Project at Jorethang being taken over by National Hydro Power Corporation Limited.

The Union Minister assured the Chief Minister that these projects will be completed in a scheduled time. The Chief Minister invited the Union Minister to visit Sikkim in near future.