Governor reduces number of vehicles in his convoy


Gangtok, 09 Dec [IPR]: Governor Ganga Prasad made two historic announcements in the interest of the people of Sikkim in a press conference held at Raj Bhavan today.

Announcing a major adjustment in the present Protocol system, the Governor informed that the practice of District Magistrates/Sub Divisional Magistrates and Superintendent of Police/Sub Divisional Police Officers accompanying the VIP convoy of the Governor has subsequently been discontinued, considering that this practice drastically affects the day-to-day functioning of the respective administrations of the concerned officials thus causing inconvenience to the general public.

He stated that the instructions to reduce the number of vehicles in his convoy had been issued in order to avoid any kind of disturbance in public movement and traffic during his travel. Accordingly, the number of vehicles in the VIP carcade of the Governor will come down by 4–5 vehicles. He added that this will not only reduce unnecessary burden on the State exchequer by minimising fuel consumption but also aid in air pollution control.

The Governor has urged the concerned Magistrates and Police personnel to save their time for the service and welfare of the general public and adhere to the protocol adjustment and be present at the venue of any event as per standard protocol.

Another historic decision announced by the Governor today is the opening of Raj Bhavan for tourists and local gentry from 01 Jan, 2022.

Addressing the press gathering, the Governor expressed that Raj Bhavan, Sikkim has a long history and people have the right to experience the essence of rich heritage, biodiversity and splendidness of the complex. The decision of opening the Raj Bhavan for public viewing will offer an opportunity for the citizens to explore the grandeur and architectural beauty of the old Raj Bhavan, he added.

He informed that the Raj Bhavan complex houses the statues of Subhash Chandra Bose and SardarVallabhbhai Patel along with a 70-ft flag mast hoisting the National flag, medicinal plants farm and a scenic beauty of the premises for visitors to appreciate. Arrangements for security measures in restricted areas and discussions over future prospects for entertainment of the visitors are underway in coordination with concerned departments, he added.

Raj Bhavan will be open for public viewing from 01 Jan, 2022 between 10.00am to 12.00pm in the morning and between 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the evening. No entry fee will be required, it was informed.

Earlier at the onset of the conference, the Governor condoled the death of Chief of Defence Staff, General BipinRawat, his wife and 11 army personnel in an unfortunate helicopter crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on 8 December. He expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wished speedy recovery of the injured.