Former panchayats felicitated at SKM panchayat cell’s coordination meet for Gnathang-Machong


Gangtok, 07 Mar: Sikkim Krantikari Morcha’s panchayat cell convened a coordination meeting for Gnathang-Machong constituency at the Pakyong community hall on Sunday. An SKM press release

issued by its general secretary [press & publicity], Boom Tshering Yonzon, informs that during the meeting, former and sitting Zilla Panchayat and panchayat members were felicitated for their

“tireless contributions” towards the upliftment of society during their respective tenures in office.

The meeting had SKM in-charge for Gnathang- Machong constituency, Tshering Bhutia, as chief guest and was also attended by SKM vice-president in-charge [Panchayat Cell], Tenzing Norbu Lamtha, who

is also the Advisor to Information Technology Department, Advisor to SF & CS, Inching Bhutia,

Advisor Cooperation Department, JB Basnet, and Chairperson Culture Board, Sonam Sherpa. The release informs that the party honored former Zilla Panchayat, Damdi Bhutia, former Panchayats, Ari Bahadur Gurung and Pem Chuki Bhutia and sitting panchayat since the year 2000, Sangay Bhutia for their contributions towards society. The SKM Panchayat Cell vice president incharge, Tenzing Norbu

Lamtha, in his address, appealed to the Zilla and Gram Panchayats of Gnathang Machong constituency

to work together for the betterment of the constituency and its people. He also highlighted the mendments made to the Sikkim Panchayat Act by the SKM Government in March 2020 freeing anchayats from political parties by making panchayat elections non-partisan. He highlighted that

Chief Minister PS Tamang delivered on his promise to abolish political party based Panchayati Raj Institutions due to which political parties can no longer field candidates in Panchayat elections.

“We are very sure this will usher true democracy to grassroots governance and also show

how serious the present government is towards fulfilling promises made to the people of Sikkim,”

he added. The release informs that the meeting was also attended by SKM panchayat cell president,

Bal Govind Rasaily, general secretary Karma Tshering Bhutia and other executive members, senior

leaders and workers of the party along with sitting and former Zilla Panchayats, Panchayat Presidents and Panchayat members.