Hon’ble Chief Minister meets Union Minister of State for Finance

New Delhi, 18 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) met Union Minister of State for Finance, Shri Anurag Thakur, at Cabinet Secretariat in New Delhi today. He was accompanied by Tourism Minister, Shri B.S. Panth, and officials of CMO.

The HCM in his brief discussion apprised him about the financial constraints faced by the State and sought for help and necessary grants from the Centre to overcome the burden. He also discussed about youth empowerment and sports development possibilities in Sikkim.

The Union Minister of State for Finance gave his valuable suggestions and also assured of all possible help and needful support from his end.

Hon’ble Chief Minister directs State Authority to help stranded tourists in North Sikkim

Gangtok, 17 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay), in his official press release, has stated that he is deeply concerned with the news of stranded tourists at North Sikkim. He has directed the State authorities including the DC North and East and other agencies involved to clear the road as soon as possible so that the stranded tourists reach their respective destinations.

The HCM has also directed the authorities to extend all possible help to the tourists and the general public who are suffering out of the unprecedented calamity and road blockage due to torrential rain.

He has further directed DM East and DM North to take all necessary precautionary measures and closely monitor the water levels of Teesta River to prevent any damage to life and property.

Accordingly, the DC East has informed that all agencies including Singtam and Rangpo Nagar Panchayats, civil defence people in Singtam, SHOs Singtam/Rangpo, district hospital Singtam etc. are all placed on high alert since afternoon. The vulnerable houses have already been evacuated in Adarshgaon area in the day time.

NHPC & Police have been conducting regular loudspeaker announcements alerting the people to be cautious. BDOs, Nagar Panchayats, District hospitals, civil defence, NHPC all carried out awareness and are still on alert. SDRF and NDRF are also kept on alert in case of any eventualities, it was informed.

As per the statement from DC East, Shri Kapil Meena, Civil Defence members present in Singtam said that there is no new danger and on physical viewing, the water level has not increased and is normal as of now.  He also informed that they are in touch with all the concerned agency and the stakeholders and have asked the public not to panic.

Hon’ble Chief Minister calls on Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing

New Delhi, 17 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) called on Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing in the Government of India, Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal, today. Industries Minister, Shri B.S. Panth, was also present during the meeting.

The Union Cabinet Minister was accompanied by former Deputy CM of Punjab, Shri Sukbir Singh Badal. The leaders discussed all possibilities of improving food processing industries in Sikkim. The Union Cabinet Minister has assured all necessary support to the State of Sikkim.

HON’BLE CHIEF MINISTER’S SPEECH AT THE 5TH EDITION OF NITI AAYOG MEET

New Delhi, 16 Jun (IPR): HON’BLE CHIEF MINISTER SHRI PREM SINGH TAMANG’S SPEECH AT THE 5TH EDITION OF NITI AAYOG MEETING CHAIRED BY HON’BLE PRIME MINISTER SHRI NARENDRA MODI ON JUNE 15TH:

Hon’ble and Respected Prime Minister

Hon’ble Union Ministers

Hon’ble Chief Ministers of various States

Hon’ble Vice Chairman and the Members of the NITI Aayog

Very distinguished officials

Ladies and Gentlemen

Namaskar !

I bring warmest greetings from the people of Sikkim to all of you in this first meeting of the NITI Aayog after the formation of the new and second NDA Government led by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Sir, we warmly congratulate you and the entire NDA team for this second inning and also for your very far reaching and visionary leadership in the country. Your political sagacity and depth and scale of new variety of governance are now globally recognised. Your farsighted stewardship of the NITI Aayog has started generating fruits of success and long term planning.

This very timely meeting of the NITI Aayog on so very critical issues of water, drought, agriculture and security are of tremendous importance to us in Sikkim. This also provides us with an opportunity to put forward our perspectives and needs before the NITI Aayog.

Besides being one of the major water towers in the Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim is endowed with two major river systems Teesta and Rangit. We get adequate rainfall. Even then we have faced situations of high drought, severe drinking water crisis, and bouts of water insecurity. It has adversely affected the entire agricultural heritage and related livelihood. Water pollution triggered by haphazard mushrooming of industrial units near the river beds, unplanned, unviable, hazardous and largely unsuccessful hydel power plants have created a huge imbalance in water availability and distribution.

Once we were the fresh water capital of the Eastern Himalayas. However due to the prolonged mis-governance, deep rooted corruption and leadership that tried to freely auction every natural resource of Sikkim in the last 25 years, we have reached a sorry and threatening state of affairs today. We consider all these to seriously impinge upon our national security. Our Government has a formidable challenge to correct these wrongs and provide a new direction.

All our four districts could be considered and incorporated in the aspirational districts programme. They have contrasting topographical features, common symptoms of laggardness and high potentials as growth centres. What is required is a well laid out long term plans, physical infrastructures and social amenities. The South district could focus on institutions, the west on tourism; north on centre of excellence for climate change studies and the east on floriculture, horticulture and light industries.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Sir, your imaginative interventions and honest and consistent efforts to reposition the North East Region of India in the last five years have brought a large number of international and multilateral institutions. These include the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the UN agencies and even the JICA from Japan. We would really urge all these institutions to come to Sikkim and participate in our aspirational district programmes in a big way.

We are keen to play a pivotal role in understanding the impact of climate change on the Himalayan regions and put forward strategies to conserve the cultural, agricultural, biodiversity, water and other heritage.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Sir, your bold action and beyond the horizon thinking on India’s Act East Policy has highly inspired us to integrate the produces of the entire North East region for exports to South East and East Asia through the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway . These produce could be agricultural, floriculture, horticulture, bamboo, silk, and even services like education, health, music and tourism. In this respect, we sincerely urge the regional planning body like the North Eastern Council and the line Ministry of the Development of North Eastern Region to do a comprehensive project based planning.

In order to integrate the market and take full advantage of the India-ASEAN Free Trade agreement, we could even invite the investors from South East Asian Countries to the North East Region under the newly introduced North East Industrial Development Scheme 2018 (NEIDS) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Being a strategically located state- peace, harmony, stability and prosperity with equality are very crucial principles of our governance in Sikkim. Our Government considers the crucial issue of national security as of paramount importance and of top most priority.

We have increasingly felt the need of nurturing our young children in schools and adults in colleges and universities with sharp consciousness about the national security interests. Hon’ble Prime Minister Sir, to this effect, we are soon going to introduce courses and programmes in the curriculum in schools and higher education institutions.

The state of Sikkim, despite profuse funding from the Union Government, is in the dire situation of large scale debt and extensive liability. We have inherited a literally empty exchequer. We remain deeply shattered by the unexplainable and unjustifiable guarantee that the State Govt generously extended to the scores of failed hydel power projects and other ventures. At this juncture, Hon’ble Prime Minister Sir, we would like to humbly request the Government of India to kindly make two effective interventions.

Firstly, an independent national commission may be appointed to examine the entire mismanagement of funds and their leakages in the last 25 years.

And secondly, to make a onetime generous financial grant to the State to recover from all these debts, laggardness and inequities.

With this very hope of restoring confidence and justice only, the people of Sikkim have voted us to form the Government and also to be a partner in the National Democratic Alliance.

We assure the nation that Sikkim is going to demonstrate a great leap forward in course of next few years with the prudent use of all the resources at its command.

We once again express our warmest greetings.

Thank you Sir, for your patience

Jai Hind and Jai Sikkim

Hon’ble Chief Minister meets Union Home Minister

New Delhi, 14 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) called on Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah, at North Block today. He congratulated and extended warm greetings on assuming the office of the Union Home Minister.

During the discussion, the HCM highlighted the provision of Article 371F of the Constitution which is the greatest gift to the Sikkimese people and that it needs to be preserved, protected and implemented both in letter and spirit. His belief on strengthening and stabilizing this glaring future of our Constitution which is in turn is to strengthen the Constitutional framework was communicated.

The HCM placed the demand for the reservation of the seats in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly for Limboo-Tamang Communities which is pending for the last so many years as a result of which the communities are deprived from their political rights.

The HCM also placed before the Union Minister for the inclusion of the 11 left out communities of Sikkim in the list of Scheduled Tribes status so as to bring equality among the Sikkimese people.

Further, the HCM requested the Union Minister to support for the water supply, power and road construction in the border areas under Border Area Development Programme.

Hon’ble Chief Minister meets Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Women & Child Development

New Delhi, 13 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) met Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Women and Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, today.

The HCM was accompanied by Hon’ble Minister, RMDD, Shri Sonam Lama, Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, and Secretary to the Chief Minister, Shri S.D Dhakal.

After exchange of pleasantries, Smt. Irani recalled her visit to Sikkim as Union HRDD Minister in 2017-18. She said that specialized fund for handloom and handicraft sector could be considered for the State in view of its vast potential and tourism inflow.

She suggested that the State Government should organize a conference in Gangtok in respect of all the issues concerning her departments so that not only the stakeholders could be heard but also requisite guidelines could be given by the Centre.

It was also mentioned that one of the handloom-handicraft Centre in the district was ready for inauguration.

Secretary, Textile Department, Shri R. Singh, suggested that the State could develop a Skill Centre which will be fully funded by Government of India.

The Chief Secretary indicated that all issues concerning women and children were fully under control in the state. All Government of India schemes were being implemented well and that empowerment of women in Sikkim was on higher pedestal.

Hon’ble Chief Minister meets Hon’ble Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare

New Delhi, 13 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) called on Hon’ble Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, on 12 June in New Delhi.

The HCM congratulated him on assuming the office of the Union Minister for the second term. The Union Minister congratulated the HCM and the people of Sikkim.

Shri Tamang highlighted some of the important issues related to the new STNM Hospital in Gangtok which was cordially taken up by the Union Minister.

Hon’ble Chief Minister meets Hon’ble MoS (IC) of Civil Aviation

New Delhi, 13 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) met Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Civil Aviation, Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, today.

The HCM was accompanied by Hon’ble Minister, RMDD, Shri Sonam Lama, Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, and Secretary to the Chief Minister, Shri S.D. Dhakal.

Two crucial issues were raised. The first was concerning the ongoing problem at Pakyong Airport wherein flights have been stopped for four months by Spicejet supposedly due to visibility issues. It was also brought to the notice of Minister Civil Aviation that in addition to providing extra land for lengthening of the runway on approach side, the airport needed instrument landing system and instrument flight rules.

It was decided that no fresh payment would be admissible by the Government of India and that the State Claims Commissioner should call the land owners and listen to their grievances afresh. Also, the Airport Director was to be directed to meet the concerned members of public soon.

Recalling his 2018 visit to Sikkim, he termed it as one of the most amazing places to visit in the world. Therefore, with a view to immediately improve and strengthen the NH10, he stated that he had written effectively to the Prime Minister which was appreciated by the HCM.

Hon’ble Chief Minister meets Union MoS (IC), New & Renewable Energy, Power

New Delhi, 13 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay), who is in Delhi to attend the meeting of NITI Aayog met Hon’ble Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of New & Renewable Energy, Power, Shri Raj Kumar Singh, in his office and congratulated him on resuming the charge of the Ministry.

Recognising the potential of Sikkim, the Union Minister expressed that mini hydropower projects can play a critical role in the development of the nation in total and Sikkim in particular. However, he expressed his concern about the non-existence of Mini Hydro Project Policy of Sikkim State and thus he urged the HCM to expedite the process and bring the policy in place.

He also expressed his concern over the implementation of the Teesta Stage IV Hydel Project and urged the State Government to hold public meetings and facilitate the entire process.