State Assembly passes two bills and Rs 24197 lakh Second Supplementary Demands for Grants


Gangtok, 09 Mar (IPR):

The Sikkim Legislative Assembly today passed the Second Supplementary Demands for Grants worth of Rs. 24197.35 lakh for the financial year 2021-22 during the Fifth Session (Part III) of the Tenth Assembly.


The Second Supplementary Demands for Grants 2021-22 of Rs. 24197.35 lakh was passed by the House to meet gross additional expenditure after it was moved for consideration and passing by Chief Minister P.S. Tamang, who is also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance Department, during the Financial Business of the session.


Subsequently, the House also passed the Sikkim Appropriation Bill, Bill No. 04 of 2022 for the Second Supplementary Demands for Grants, relating to the Financial Year 2021-22 which was moved for consideration by the Chief Minister P.S. Tamang, also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance Department.


The Sikkim Appropriation Bill, Bill No. 04 of 2022, is introduced in pursuance of clause (1) of Article 204 read with Article 205 of the Constitution of India to provide for the appropriation from and out of the Consolidated Fund of the State of Sikkim of the money required to meet the expenditure charged in the Consolidated Fund of the State of Sikkim and Supplementary Grants made by the Sikkim Legislative Assembly for the expenditure of the Government of Sikkim for the remaining part of the financial year 2021-22.


During the Legislative Business, the House passed two Bills that were introduced by the concerned Ministers-in-Charge during the last sitting of the House on 28 January, 2022. The Bills that were passed today by a voice vote are:


1) The Sikkim Police (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (Bill No. 02 of 2022) introduced for consideration and passing by Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, also Minister-in-Charge of Home Department


2) The Sikkim (Re-organisation of Districts) (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (Bill No. 03 of 2022) introduced for consideration and passing by Minister of Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department, KungaNima Lepcha.


Earlier at the onset of the session, the House made an Obituary Reference on the passing away of former Member of Parliament (LokSabha), Late () Bhim Prasad Dahal.


Speaker, SLA, L.B. Das, in his obituary reference, expressed profound sorrow on the demise of late Bhim Prasad Dahal who left for his heavenly abode on 5th March, 2022 at STNM Hospital, Sochakgang due to prolonged illness. He was 68.


Late Bhim Prasad Dahal served the Government of Sikkim under various capacities before retiring in 1993. He later joined Sikkim politics as one of the leaders of Sikkim Democratic Front party and served as Member of the LokSabha representing Sikkim from 1996-2004. He was elected to the 11th (1996), 12th (1998) and 13th (1999) LokSabha.


Being recognised as an articulate writer, late Bhim Prasad Dahal provided his valued contributions as the Vice President of Press & Publicity cell for SDF party and as a member of various other committees.


In his obituary reference, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang expressed the demise of late B.P. Dahal as a huge loss for the State of Sikkim as it has lost an illustrious son and a renowned litterateur. He spoke about late Dahal's political ideologies and interests and shared his experiences with late Dahal as an exemplary politician. He extended his sincerest condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for their peace and comfort during this difficult time.


In his valedictory remarks, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang extended gratitude to the Speaker for the smooth conduct of the day’s proceedings and also thanked the Deputy Speaker, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, ACSs, Secretaries, media personnel and other officials for their role in the session.


After the Vote of Thanks was proposed by Speaker of the House, L.B. Das, the House was adjourned sine-die.