CM hails three Bills as important, historic interventions for Sikkim

Sagar Chhetri

Gangtok, 08 Dec:

Chief Minister PS Tamang, in his vote of thanks address to the Assembly session today on its concluding day, hailed the three Bills passed by the legislature as important interventions for Sikkim and as being of historic significance.

He thanked all Members of the House for their support to the Bills and remarked that Bills like the creation of two new districts were proof of the State government responding to long-pending demands of the people, and the amendment to the State University Act will see the university transition from operating out of a section of Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College to its own campus.

The third Bill, Sikkim Skill University Bill, he said, was a big achievement in the education sector, a milestone in the skill development sector.

The CM also responded to issues raised by Members of the House. On the Limboo-Tamang seat reservation, tribal status for leftout communities and the Karmapa’s visit to Sikkim issues, he assured to take up suggestions made by Members during the assembly session.

On the issue of unemployment raised by DT Lepcha, he explained that the government has been filling all vacant posts in various government departments, properly, through the SPSC.

He added that not only in the government, but the government has been encouraging youth in the private sector as well by providing subsidies and loans for startups.

He added that the government was also working hard on the ‘One Family-One Entrepreneur’ mission and was also focusing on promoting village tourism.

“We are preparing our youth to take advantage of opportunities in and outside the state through skill development and training in various sectors,” he added.

Refuting MLA DT Lepcha’s claim that the law and order situation was poor in the State, he countered that latest data on law and order shows that the situation has in fact improved under the present government and that crime rate has also gone down.

Sikkim, he pointed out, has been ranked first among Small States in improvement in law & order for 2020-21.

Responding to other issues raised by Mr Lepcha, the CM said that the SKM government has given continuation to all work works and schemes of the previous government.

“We have not only given continuation to good works of the earlier government, but we are also clearing liabilities created by the earlier government,” he added.

On the people’s desire to have the Karmapa visit Sikkim, he first questioned the SDF Government and why it did not do enough to have the Karmapa visit Sikkim when restrictions on his movement were lifted in 2018 when SDF was in office in Sikkim.

The SKM government in contrast, has set aside Rs One crore to organize a grand reception for Karmapa Ogyen Thinley Dorje whenever he visits Sikkim and informed that the Sangha MLA was scheduled to travel soon to officially invite the Karmapa to visit Sikkim.

On the comment by DR Thapa regarding shortage of teachers in government schools, he said there were 10,000 teachers in State Government rolls at present - 6,500 regular and 3,500 probationary teachers. He added that shortage of teachers would not have been an issue if the SDF government had been sincere towards adhoc teachers in the State.

He alleged that the previous government made false promises to ad hoc teachers and caused the situation which the SKM Government has now resolved.

Responding to queries raised on the government’s announcement to provide financial incentive to doctors and medical staffs, he said that incentives were recently provided to ASHA workers and will soon provide the same to other health workers.