Gyalshing, October 3 (IPR): The 3rd day of the Nar Bahadur Bhandari Jayanti Celebration witnessed a series of Semi-finals of the respective competitions including the ongoing volleyball tournament at the Soreng playground, today.
Minister of Labour and Power Department, Shri Mingma Norbu Sherpa graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Shri P.K Subba, Advisor (State Scheduled Tribe Welfare Board) joined him as the Guest of Honour. Accompanying him were the MLA, Shri Aditya Golay, Panchayats and respective Official dignitaries from the Sub-division.
Addressing the audience, Minister Shri Sherpa extended his warm greetings to all. He briefly spoke about the contributions made by Late Bhandari towards his Community and the responsibilities he had taken up as the Leader of a State.
He took the opportunity to speak in-depth regarding the Labour laws, restrictions and information on Labour registration. He informed that any migrant labour/ worker entering the state has to be registered at the State border entry point. Every labour entering will be authorized a One-year work permit that must be renewed yearly, he added. He clarified that it is the concerned authorities’ responsibility to issue licenses for carrying out any form of business in the area. He highlighted the fact that due to the pandemic and lack of required documents, restrictions while entering the State for such workers have been made. He also enumerated the schemes and policies that are available under the current Sikkim Labour Act. He talked about the importance of getting the labourers registered by the concerned Stakeholders. He urged all the BOCW (Building And Other Construction Workers) to get registered in order to avail the welfare policies and schemes under the State Government. He called on all the respective SDMs and BDOs to clarify such confusion regarding worker’s registration.
The Minister also highlighted some of the developmental work of the current Government. He added that better health facilities will be made available in the coming future along with the appointment of technical personnel. The Government is also focusing on improving the tourism sector for more local financial stability, he said. He briefly stated about the new district formation in Soreng and how it will benefit the local communities of Soreng, Rinchenpong, Daramdin and nearby areas. He expressed his gratitude towards MLA Shri Aditya Golay for being the formidable force behind the District formation.
He finally ended his speech by addressing issues regarding power and electricity in urban and rural areas and the Government’s initiative to solve major electricity problems. Speaking on the electricity shortage problems, he urged everyone to be more cautious while using electricity for day-to-day usage.
At the start of the programme, the MLA Shri Aditya Golay welcomed the chief guest by presenting the traditional Nepali shawl and a souvenir as a token of appreciation