Enhanced financial assistance sought from NEC for new STNM hospital

Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad at the NEC plenary session in Guwahati.
Mon, Sep 9, 2019

Governor seeks early resolution of air and rail connectivity issues for Sikkim

SE Report
Governor Ganga Prasad today sought early resolution to the air and rail link connectivity issues of Sikkim while addressing the 68th plenary session of the North East Council (NEC) at Guwahati.
The NEC plenary session was chaired by Union Home minister Amit Shah, also the NEC chairperson. It is being attended by Governors and Chief Ministers of all the eight Northeastern States along with DoNER minister Dr. Jitendra Singh and officials from various ministries and NEC, an official press release informs.
Sikkim Chief Minister P.S. Golay also attended the plenary session along with Sikkim Lok Sabha MP Indra Hang Subba.
In his address, Prasad stressed on the early resolution of air and rail link issues impacting the growth and accelerated development of Sikkim.  He informed that Pakyong airport, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2018, has remained non-operational since June 1 this year. This was due to technical reasons related with Instrumental Landing System and radar which are yet to be installed at Pakyong airport for smooth operation of flights across all seasons.
Drawing the attention of Central government and Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Sikkim Governor pressed for early settlement of the matter and to equip the only airport in the State with all required technical equipment for smooth operation of flights throughout the year.
Prasad also highlighted the inordinate delay for one decade in the execution and completion of the much-awaited railway link to Sikkim. He sought the intervention of Central government to resolve the issue of forest clearance and land issues in West Bengal side which has often stalled the construction of the railway. He pressed on the early realisation of railway link to Sikkim.
The Governor sought the attention of the NEC forum over the issue of reduction in release of fund for various NEC projects in the State. He stressed on enhanced financial assistance from NEC for ultra-modern equipment and facilities for Multi- Speciality Hospital (new STNM hospital) in Gangtok, made operational recently by the government. He also sought financial assistance from Central government for the State Medical College to be made operational at the Multi-Speciality Hospital.
In addition to these, the Governor also drew the attention of the NEC for early release of fund for pending projects such as District Hospital Mangan and Inter State Bus Terminus in the State, sanctioned earlier by the NEC.
Prasad sought continuous patronage of Centre and special financial assistance to North Eastern States for bridging regional imbalances in development arising out of geographical difficulties, extreme weather conditions and connectivity bottlenecks. He stressed that Focus North East as envisaged in Centre’s Act East Policy must be complimented with enhanced investments towards strengthening road, railway, air and broadband connectivity in the region for ushering new era of growth and  prosperity, the release mentions.
Addressing the session, the Governor stated that there is no second thought about the fact that vision of developed India will be realised only through developed North East and, in order to achieve the goal of developed North East, North East Council must be financially strengthened and empowered. He also underlined the strength of Sikkim being the most peaceful and stable State with impressive growth rate despite surrounded by three international borders with China, Bhutan and Nepal.

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