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.

Hon’ble Chief Minister P.S. Golay meets Hon’ble President of India

New Delhi, 13 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) called on Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi today.

The visit of the HCM was to pay respect and to obtain blessing from him for the people of Sikkim. Shri Tamang placed the request to exempt the old Settlers of Sikkim from the ambit of Income Tax.

It may be recalled that the previous Government did not place the matter to the Government of India where a Committee was constituted to recommend for the exemption. Nonetheless, the Committee in their report did not consider their case. The old Settlers made several representations to the Committee constituted by the previous government, however, no efforts were made to address it.

The President listened to the demands patiently and assured to look into the issue carefully. The HCM invited the President to visit Sikkim in the near future.

HON’BLE CHIEF MINISTER MEETS UNION FINANCE MINISTER, SMT NIRMALA SITHARAMAN

New Delhi, June 12: (IPR) Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) and Hon’ble Minister Rural Management and Development Department, Shri Sonam Lama called on Hon’ble Union Finance Minister, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman today and congratulated Smt. Sitharaman for her outstanding victory in recent Lok Sabha election and discussed various finance related matters.

Hon’ble Chief Minister briefed Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman about the financial crisis that Sikkim State is right now going through, and urged to bail Government of Sikkim out of this mess and to meet Sikkim’s demands on account of payment of arrears for the State Government employees and pensioners in line with Pay committee recommendations.

Hon’ble Chief Minister also requested Smt. Sitharaman to release the balance amount which Government of India was supposed to transfer Finance Commission’s recommendations, at the earliest and also to release Rs 300 crore for the purchase of equipments for the newly constructed STNM hospital.

Union Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman assured of all possible assistance to the State on the discussed issues.

HON’BLE CHIEF MINISTER MEETS UNION MINISTER OF TRIBAL AFFAIRS

New Delhi, June 12:(IPR) Shri Prem Singh Tamang, Hon’ble Chief Minister along with Shri Sonam Lama, Hon’ble Minister, Rural Management and Development Department called on the Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Shri Arjun Munda in Delhi today.

Hon’ble Chief Minister congratulated Shri Arjun Munda, for his victory in recent Lok Sabha election and also wished him a very fruitful career for the present assignment as the Union Minister of Tribal Affairs. Chief Minister expressed his concern over the two issues in particular, about according seat allocation in favour of Limboo and Tamang communities in Sikkim Legislative Assembly and about granting tribal status to all the eleven left out communities of Sikkim.

The Chief Minister and the Union Minister further discussed steps to sort out the above two issues in a coordinated manner. The Union Minister also assured him all possible support towards finalizing both the issues as quickly as possible.

Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S. Golay made a courtesy call to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

New Delhi, June 12: (IPR) Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) accompanied by RMDD Minister Shri Sonam Lama made a courtesy call to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on Tuesday and congratulated him for leading the BJP party to a spectacular majority for second consecutive term. He submitted that this phenomenal victory is reflective of the unanimous endorsement of the people of India towards the Prime Minister’s far-sighted social-economic and political policies that was initiated and instituted in 2014.

Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) updated the Hon’ble Prime Minister on various pending issues of Sikkim and sought his intervention in ensuring its early resolutions. He elaborated on Article 371 F of the Constitution and said that Article 371 F of the Constitution of India is the greatest gift to the Sikkimese people which needs to be preserved, protected and implemented, both in letter and spirit. He further expressed his confidence towards the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi that his second term shall definitely ensure ways and means to further strengthen and stabilize this glaring feature of the Constitution which in turn is to strengthen our Constitutional frameworks.

He further made it clear that the political rights of the Sikkimese Limboo-Tamang tribes must be ensured at the earliest possible. He reiterated that despite the lapse of all these many years, Limboo and Tamang still remain deprived from accomplishing their political rights Vis-à-vis- Limboo Tamang seat reservation in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly. Prime Minister Shri Modi remarked that it was owing to the faulty and unstable stand of the hitherto State government that this long pending demand remained unsettled. He however assured to work on it in coordination with the new SKM government for early fruition.

The Prime Minister was quick to respond positively on Chief Minister’s presentation towards inclusion of the eleven left out communities of Sikkim namely, Rai, Gurung, Mangar, Bhujel, Sunwar-Mukhia, Thami, Yakha(Dewan), Khas, Newar, Jogi and Sanyasi in the list of Scheduled Tribes. The Chief Minister has sought necessary amendments in the existing legislation’s to pave way for inclusion of these eleven left out communities in the list of Scheduled Tribes given Sikkim’s peculiar position in the country which is primarily governed by Article 371 F.

Hon’ble Prime Minister was most sympathetic on the Chief Minister’s elaboration on the State’s dwindling financial status which is virtually bankrupt and drowned into debt. He further informed the Prime Minister that the circumstances turned from bad to worst owing to the huge loans acquired by a large number of hydro power projects against the State’s guarantee from various financial institutions. Interestingly, Teesta Urja Hydro Project obtained a loan of Rs. 11,020 crores from a financial institution against State guarantee. Pertinent to mention here, some of these projects are already closed down for reasons best known to either such projects or the then Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling.

It is put on record here that as on 31.03.2019, the loan of the Sikkim Government stands at whopping figure of Rs. 8819. 10 crore while its Annual Budget is around Rs. 7000 crore and debt burden of more than Rs 8000 crore. In fact all this has now crippled in releasing the fund to settle our State government employee rightful dues owing out of the pay revision. Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang accordingly proposed for a one time grant of financial aid of Rs 4000 crore from the Government of India to bail itself out from this financial disarray. The Prime Minister assured to help the State alleviate it out of this massive fiscal deficit. He equally expressed his extreme surprise over such financial low despite the Union having provided huge and uninterrupted budget allocation to the State over the years. He accordingly requested the Chief Minister to account for such misuses in the earlier regime. Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang submitted that the State shall soon come up with a white paper on the existing financial status of the State and the ways and means to pacify the same.

Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister on having accorded blanket permission of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim anytime. In fact, this eighteen years old dharma aspiration of the Sikkimese people that went into complete oblivion during the long years of Pawan Chamling’s misrule turned into reality owing to the bold and compassionate approach of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and his efficient team in the government.

The visiting delegation exchanged customary white scarfs, Khada with the Prime Minister at his Lok Kalyan Marg residence in New Delhi. Earlier in the day, the team met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for Youth & Affairs Kiren Rijiju. The Chief Minister and his team are still expected to meet more Union Ministers to attract their attention on various pending issues of Sikkim.

Hon’ble Chief Minister meets Hon’ble MOS (IC), Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi, 11 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) of Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju, in New Delhi today and congratulated him upon assuming the charge of Sports Ministry.

While discussing various issues pertaining to Sikkim, the HCM expressed his gratitude to Shri Kiren Rijiju for his continuous support and help that was extended towards granting permission to His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim anytime.

The HCM requested the Minister of State (IC) to help Sikkim in building up world-class sports infrastructure including upgradation of Paljor Stadium in State capital Gangtok especially its turf improvement work.

Shri Rijiju thanked the HCM for the good wishes and assured to look into the issues discussed. He also urged the talented Sikkimese youth to avail the opportunities bestowed under “Khelo India Youth Games” programme that is held annually and which offers a big platform for talent identification.

Hon’ble Chief Minister meets Hon’ble Union Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, 11 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) and Hon’ble Minister for Rural Management Development Department, Shri Sonam Lama, visited Hon’ble Union Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh, today in New Delhi.

The HCM presented the flower bouquet & khada and congratulated Shri Rajnath Singh for the successful completion and for his outstanding achievement during his last tenure and also wished him for the upcoming assignment as Defence Minister, Government of India.

During the meeting, the HCM briefed the Defence Minister about various aspects of the State Government like upgradation of the Pakyong Airport to make it useful and operational throughout the year, compensating for the State government of Sikkim duly against all the lands presently occupied by all the Defence organisations in different parts of Sikkim, providing special quota to the Sikkimese youth in the Defence recruitment process and from Defence point of view strengthening the most peaceful State Sikkim that shares its maximum border with the neighbouring countries on its three sides.

After giving a patient hearing, Shri Rajnath Singh assured to consider all the request towards building Sikkim in the best possible way.

Hon’ble Chief Minister meets Union Home Minister of State of Home Affairs in Delhi

New Delhi, 11 Jun (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) and Hon’ble Minister for Rural Management & Development Department, Shri Sonam Lama, met Union Home Minister of State of Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, in New Delhi today.

They congratulated Shri Reddy on assuming the charge of the Ministry and for the massive victory of BJP in the recent Lok Sabha election.

The HCM requested Shri Reddy to facilitate the process towards according seat allocation in favour of Limboo and Tamang communities in the Sikkim
Legislative Assembly and towards the consideration of Government of India for giving tribal status to all the 11 left out ethnic communities of Sikkim as existed prior to the merger with India so that they could be given justice and provided with all possible opportunities in future at par with other Tribal communities.

He thanked Ministry of Home Affairs and Shri Reddy for considering the visit of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the head of Kagyu, to visit Sikkim. Shri Reddy heard the demands patiently and assured to consider them and provide all possible cooperation to address them.

Members of Sikkim Women’s Council meet Hon’ble CM

Gangtok, 09 Jun (IPR): Members of Sikkim Women’s Council met Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) today. The 14-member delegation led by President, Smt Rukmini Sharma, placed major demand of providing an office premises for the organisation. They also informed about the various activities which is being carried by the Council and briefed about the numerous areas where they focus such as women empowerment and other social causes.

The CM also informed them about the various programmes of the State government and further assured all possible support from their side.