Gangtok, 20 Feb (IPR): The concluding day of the two-day Seventh Session (Part VI) of the Ninth Assembly of Sikkim Legislative Assembly saw the passing of the Sikkim Regulation of Transfer of Land (Amendment) Bill, Bill No. 2 of 2019, presented in the house by Shri Pawan Chamling, Leader of the House and also the Minister-in-Charge of Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department.
The Bill aims to ensure protection against alienation of the land holding of the Limboo community. Following persistent demand of the Limboo community for protection against alienation of Land belonging to the person of Limboo Community and with a view to ensure such protection of the interest of Land of the said community, Sections 3(A) and 3(B) have been proposed for insertion in the Act.
The House also passed the Beggary (Amendment) Bill, Bill No. 3 of 2019, presented by Smt. Tulshi Devi Rai, Hon’ble Minister-in –Charge of Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department.
The Bill seeks to amend section 25 of the Sikkim Prohibition of Beggary Act, 2004 which cast stigma on the persons suffering from leprosy and also create a disability for them as per the direction given by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in its order dated 24/04/2018 in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 1151/2017 in the matter of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy versus Union of India.
During the Financial Business, the Vote of Account 2019-20 for the State of Sikkim for six months starting April to September 2019 was to the tune of Rs. 356629.60 lakh comprising of Rs. 271388.39 lakh on Revenue Account and Rs. 85241.21 lakh on Capital Account which was announced and passed by the House and was presented by Shri Pawan Chamling, Leader of the House also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance, Revenue and Expenditure Department.
The House also passed the Sikkim Appropriation Bill, Bill No. 1 of 2019 unanimously for the Vote on Account 2019-20. It was introduced by Shri Pawan Chamling, Leader of the House and also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance, Revenue and Expenditure Department.
The Leader of the House also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance, Revenue and Expenditure Department presented the CAG Reports on Finance Accounts (Volume I & II) for the year 2017-18 and Appropriation Accounts for the year 2017-18.
Hon’ble Chairman Shri B.B. Rai, Public Accounts Committee also presented the report of the Assembly Committees on
- 113th Report on Action Taken on the Recommendations of the Public Accounts Committee by the State Government Departments as contained in its 102nd Report.
- 114th Report on further Action Taken on the Recommendations of the Public Accounts Committee by the Energy and Power Department, Government of Sikkim as contained in its 104th Report.
- 115th Report on Action Taken on the Recommendations of the Public Accounts Committee by the State Bank of Sikkim as contained in its 106th Report.
Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Shri K.N. Rai, announced and presented the Annual Report of the Commission and Government Departments which was laid on the table of the House.
The Leader of the House and Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Pawan Chamling, in his valedictory address stated his gratitude to the people of Sikkim for giving his government continued mandate for the fifth consecutive term. He reminisced his initial years as a young leader of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly and how he had spent close to 35 years for the welfare of Sikkim and its people.
He stated that the last 25 years of his governance has been dedicated towards fulfilling the basic minimum needs of the people of the State. He proclaimed that delivering justice to the people of Sikkim was a vision he pursued right from day one and always dreamt of a peaceful and progressive Sikkim and a brighter future for the people. He articulated how the present government advocated for equal rights to all and stated that plans and policies of the government have been framed and implemented giving highest priority to their grievances.
The Leader of the House said decades of toil and labour of his government has been dedicated towards taking the state and the people forward.
“25 years of trials and tribulations has been spent in fulfilling the Sikkimese dream of growth and progress,” he added.
Shri Chamling further stressed that priorities of the state government employees have always been placed first in the annual budget every year. He recollected that there has never been an instance where tensions have erupted due to non-payment of the salaries of the employees and also added that potential situations were also immediately addressed to avoid any inconveniences to the employees and advocated that all officers should also work towards smoothening out administrative creases for the welfare of all.
While addressing the various claims and false allegations about the flagship schemes of the state government such as the One Family One Job Scheme being a complete hogwash, Shri Pawan Chamling asserted that the scheme has been framed and implemented keeping all the nitty-gritties in mind and hence the people, and esp. the youth should come forward and have faith in the state government and stay away from rumours and speculations and believe in the reality of almost 20,000 unemployed Sikkimese getting employment that is out for all to see.
He also made references to the Sikkim Regulation of Transfer of Land (Amendment) Bill,2019 that was passed today in the State Assembly, adding that the bill was placed in the house only after consultations with members of the concerned community keeping their grievances in mind. He also stated that the bill would be amended if there are any issues that are brought forward by the community in future.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister stated that Sikkim has come a long way due to the state government’s vision of development and progress. He vocalized that no leader has been seen or heard making promises of fulfilling the basic minimum needs of the people anywhere and conjoined that only in Sikkim one can witness developmental politics where development of the state and uplifting the people has been the only agenda.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister gave the august House a synopsis of the landmark initiatives and achievements of the state government in the last 25 years like the Organic Sikkim Mission, making Sikkim a 100% literate State in the Country, upholding the values of communal harmony and secularism in the State, making the youth self-reliant, increasing the state’s rich and unique biodiversity and green cover, equality of women in all avenues, Free Education to the students and, most important of all free education in the field of medicine and free health care to the people of the state which are firsts in comparison to anywhere in the world.
In conclusion, the Hon’ble Chief Minister said, “Sikkim is our heaven and our paradise right here on earth and the merits of progress, peace, development and harmony encompassing all sectors should be valued and taken forward by the Sikkimese.”
He propounded that onus is upon the people to give their mandate to progress and development without compromising on the peace and security that Sikkim is respected and admired for. The Leader of the House extended appreciation and credit to the Speaker of the SLA, the Deputy Speaker, MLA’s and all the officials and staff of the State Legislative Assembly, Law and Order Officials and staff and the Press and Media for ensuring that every session of the esteemed Legislative Assembly has gone by without any glitch. He highlighted that this smooth functioning of the House is a distinction for the entire state.
Shri Chamling called upon all to preserve and strengthen the State, concluding his Vote of Thanks for the Seventh Session of the Ninth Assembly with the words, “Hamro Sikkim, Ramroo Sikkim- sandhai banaunu parcha”.
The Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly, Shri K.N. Rai, in his Vote of Thanks expressed his thanks to the Deputy Speaker, The Leader of the House, the MLA’s and all the officials of the State Assembly, the Police Department and the Press and Media for unhindered sessions of the State Legislative Assembly.
Earlier, Members of Legislative Assembly, Shri R.B. Subba, Shri Hemendra Adhikari and Shri Shyam Pradhan also rendered their Vote of Thanks wherein they thanked the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker for successful conduction of Assembly Sessions. They also made references to the Chief Minister for his vision in transforming Sikkim into a world class model state in the country and the world.
At the end, the Speaker adjourned the House sine-die.