DSA thanksgiving programme for SKM govt

Tue, Jul 2, 2019

Enquiry undertaken on revenue & employment generation from HEPs: CM

NAMCHI (IPR): Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) today attended the thanksgiving ceremony organised by Denzong Sherpa Association (DSA) at Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Eco-Tourism, Chemchey today. Also, present were Deputy Speaker Sangay Lepcha, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister B.S. Panth, cabinet ministers, MLAs, various other dignitaries and public at large.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang extended his warm wishes to the members of DSA for successfully arranging this thanksgiving ceremony to the newly formed State government.
The Chief Minister said that under his government, the Sherpas as well as people from other communities existing in Sikkim will be provided with equal rights and opportunities. He added that peace amongst the various communities will be maintained and that Sikkim will set a benchmark on preserving the communal harmony. He stated that his cabinet associates are an amalgamation of intellect from various sections of the society including the Sherpa community.
Sharing his concern with the status of hydro power projects in Sikkim, the Chief Minister informed that strict action and proper enquiry is being undertaken with regards to revenue collection and employment generation in these projects. He further updated that Sikkim will soon earn the rightful revenue from the hydro projects located in the State as he reminded that it was local Sikkimese people who  gave their lands for setting up of these mega projects. He also urged the youths to equip themselves with required qualification and experience needed to work at hydro power projects.
The Chief Minister also summed up one month achievement of the State government wherein he highlighted that a commission for identification of genuine BPL families for formulation of suitable schemes will be set up soon. Introduction of motor vehicle tax with provision of payment option for one year and five years will be operational at the earliest. Additionally, e-services will be implemented throughout the district in the coming days and that giving impetus to digitalisation online facilities will be provided in all GPUs.
The Chief Minister also spoke about enhancement of salary for MGNREGA from Rs. 177 to Rs. 335.
Speaking on the occasion, Power minister M.N. Sherpa spoke about the constructive assistance provided by the State government for the upliftment of the Sherpa community. He drew out an extensive gratitude on behalf of the Sherpa community for catering to the demands placed by the community. He also emphasised that as a minister, he will unrelentingly give his service for the benefit of the State and its citizens.
During the course of the programme, the DSA felicitated the Chief Minister, cabinet ministers and other dignitaries and wished them blessings to take Sikkim to much greater heights domestically and in the global arena.

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi