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GANGTOK,: Chief Minister P.S. Golay on Saturday attended the 6th meeting of NITI Aayog governing council via video conference, informs a CMO press release.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union ministers, Chief Ministers, Lt. Governors, NITI Aayog CEO and officials were present during the video conference.
In his address, the Chief Minister conveyed his gratitude towards the Prime Minister and cabinet members for the efficient handling of the Covid pandemic. He added that Sikkim is recovering from the onslaughts of the pandemic and has also been able to curb the number of positive cases in the State.
While mentioning some of the achievements in the past year, Golay spoke about revamping the organic synergy of the State and deliberating ways to turn Sikkim into the Green capital of India and also contribute to the Prime Minister’s target of a 5 trillion economy. Further, he also stated important points identified by the NITI Aayog and the concerns of the government in this area.
The Chief Minister added that the farmers in Sikkim have been using organic fertilizers for their purpose which is sustainable and an environment-friendly method for soil conservation. Due to this, the farmers in the State have no access to the fertilizer subsidy which is applicable in other States. Therefore, he stated that it is essential that farmers of Sikkim also receive some form of incentive which is in line with the national objective of doubling the income of farmers and prioritizing sustenance of the environment.
Golay stated that Sikkim has a single highway connecting it to the rest of the country and is frequently disrupted owing to various reasons. He stressed on the need for proper highway and road connectivity due to the sensitive geopolitical location of the State.
Speaking about the New Education Policy 2020, the Chief Minister stated that the State is all set to commence the policy as comprehensive as possible and requested for the communication issues to be resolved at the earliest. He reiterated the fact that the poor internet connection needs to be improved and enhanced from 10 MBPS to at least 1GBPS. He also requested for the speedy implementation of all the Eight Digital Thrust Areas identified by the ‘Digital North East Vision-2022’.
The Chief Minister also suggested the concept of mountain ports with knowledge, nature, technology and green industries as the centre of attraction. This can act as an integrating factor across the mountain system and a hub for the management of various issues like climate change impact, act as a global centre of research on bio-diversity and naturopathy, he said. Apart from these topics, he also reiterated that the North East Industrial Development Scheme of 2018 which has been beneficial for the region in numerous ways should be increased for another 10 years so the States can further gain from it.
Golay requested the Prime Minister to consider the points submitted by him during his address and also welcomed his suggestions and ideas regarding the same. He concluded by saying that India is capable of any achievement and has to lead the way for the greater global good.
Chief secretary S.C. Gupta, Chief Minister’s secretary S.D. Dhakal and Planning secretary R.C. Bhutia were also present during the occasion, the release mentions.