CM directs depts to monitor pollution by pharma factories

Chief Minister P.S. Golay undertakes a plantation at Circuit House. Schools receiving green awards at the Chintan Bhawan function. Pics: IPR
Thu, Jun 6, 2019

Will not give political speeches in govt functions: Golay

Chief Minister P.S. Golay on Wednesday said he would not be delivering political speeches in any government functions while serving as the Chief Minister of the State. This is to save time of the employees and maintain the decorum of the programme, he said.
Golay was addressing the World Environment Day function at Chintan Bhawan here organised by the Forest department. He also directed the State government to continue with the ban on firecrackers and plastic bags in Sikkim.
The Chief Minister asked the SKM workers not to burst firecrackers like they did when the results of the Assembly elections were announced on May 23.
“Celebrations (of government forming) are now over. We should all follow the rules of the government. The chief secretary can take action if any complaints are made regarding bursting of firecrackers,” said Golay. It was his first official public programme after taking oath as the Chief Minister on May 27.
“I am not just my party’s Chief Minister, I am everyone’s Chief Minister including the opposition party of the State. We should all work together and make Sikkim even better”, said Golay.
The Chief Minister urged the concerned departments to monitor the activities of the pharma factories operating in the State.
“The pharma companies in the State are polluting the river water here. The concerned department should see whether they are following the rules and norms of the government. The companies are getting 10 years of tax exemption here and in return to this, they should also work in the interest of the State. If these companies fail to work in the interests of the State then strict action must be taken”, announced Golay.
“Our government focuses in bringing development to the State while prioritizing the environment as well. Development that hampers environment is no development to us”, said Golay.
The Chief Minister also asked the government employees to enjoy the new Saturday holiday declaration made by the new government and to work hard for the public equally.
“Now you just have to work 5 days a week only, so do work wholeheartedly for the public. You all are the vital part of the government and we need to work together. Few sections of Health and Police departments are unable to avail this benefit but we will come up with a solution soon”, he added.
The Chief Minister said the State-level World Environment Day celebration will also be held in other districts from next year.
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day was ‘beat air pollution’.
Forest minister Karma Loday Bhutia, in his address, highlighted the importance of this day and the preservation of environment for present and future. He said that awareness must continue and Forest department will work wholeheartedly in doing so.
Chief secretary A.K. Shrivastava urged the government employees to keep one day as ‘walk day’ and not use vehicles while coming to office. He highlighted the challenges faced by the State in terms of various kinds of pollution that is growing day by day. He shared that there are 52-55,000 vehicles in the State at present which is contributing in the rise of air and dust pollution.
Forest principal secretary M. L. Srivastava highlighted the schemes and policies initiated by the Forest department in his welcome address.
Sikkim Climate inventory & management system (SCIMS) portal was launched at the function where awards were also given to the schools.
Pelling Senior Secondary School received the Green School Rolling Trophy with the cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. Ten other schools received State Green school awards with the cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and Rs.50,000 respectively.
These schools were awarded for their unique green initiatives and steps towards preserving the environment.
On the occasion, the field staffs of Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary and Kyongnosla Alpine Wildlife Sanctuary received commendation certificate for their contribution in camera trapping of the Royal Bengal Tiger in Sikkim.
Earlier in the morning, the Chief Minister planted a sapling of Japanese Cherry at the premises of Circuit House here.

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