Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021 08:45 [IST]
Last Update: Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021 03:15 [IST]
GANGTOK,: Chief Minister P.S. Golay has expressed that Sikkim feels proud to have performed well even during the protracted Covid pandemic period.
“Though the Covid-19 pandemic has caused massive distress across the globe, we feel proud that the State of Sikkim has performed well even during these trying times. There has been no cut in salaries to be disbursed and all development plans and schemes have been undertaken with full commitment,” said the Chief Minister in his Republic Day message to the people of Sikkim.
I feel proud that Sikkimese people displayed an immense sense of responsibility and cooperation towards the SOP and the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the State and the Central governments, said Golay.
The Chief Minister shared that the State government has stood by its commitment to strengthening the health sector to allow easy, affordable medical facilities in remote areas. The government has increased the allocation of funds towards the sector and procured modern equipment to further enhance the quality of services being provided, he said.
“The government has many more similar initiatives in the pipeline which will further cement our commitment towards the making of a healthy Sikkim. We have commenced with the dialysis facilities at the district level. The super-speciality outreach program has been a major success where super-specialist doctors have been performing major surgeries which were previously non-existent,” said Golay.
The Chief Minister extended his respect and gratitude to the Covid frontliners for safeguarding the people during these difficult times. He expressed his confidence that tourism sector would bounce back due to the State government’s policies.
“The Covid-19 pandemic was a major stumbling block in the last year, however, we are confident that our policies and measures will revive and revitalize the tourism sector which is major revenue and employment generating sector for the State. The road connecting Taplajung district of Nepal with Sikkim at Chewabhanjyang has already been completed. Similarly, we have also opened the Foreign Registration office including Inner Line Permit at Rammam Checkpost so international tourists can directly enter the State via this particular checkpost and save time for their travel to Rangpo checkpost.”
In this regard, the Chief Minister mentioned that re-commencement of flights from Pakyong airport will also boost Sikkim tourism sector.
“The re-commencement of flights from Pakyong airport will also lead to mitigating transports hurdles previously faced by the State and I believe that it will also be a boost for the tourism sector in the State. Flight operations were previously stopped due to poor management of the airport and other issues but we have cleared all of it and also installed all weather landing system as well,” said Golay.
The Chief Minister added that the State government aspires to make Sikkim a State with “zero homeless people”. “In this regard, we have decided to provide housing for both rural and urban homeless throughout the State. With this, we are confident that every single citizen in the State has a roof over his head,” he said.
“Emphasis is also being laid on capacity building and skill development of our youth. The government has initiated the ‘Skilled Youth Start-up Scheme’. This scheme will provide subsidy to the young entrepreneurs who have acquired skill for carrying out various entrepreneurship activities. We have recently announced the free UPSC coaching to All India Service aspirants in Sikkim in a bid to ensure that our youth are provided with every avenue to achieve their dreams and reach the pinnacle of success.”
The Chief Minister highlighted that revitalization of agricultural and dairy farming is another area of focus of the State government.
“The government recently provided incentives to the dairy farmers and also introduced awards like milkman of the year to promote dairy farming in the State. Similar incentives will be provided to farmers producing buckwheat, turmeric, orange, large cardamom and ginger, to boost and encourage small and marginal farmers and bring about an overall increase in the production of dairy and other crops,” he said.
Golay congratulated the scientific community for producing both the Covid vaccines in the country. I also extend my gratitude to the Prime Minister and the Union government for their guidance and timely intervention, he said.
I assure you that our government will provide access to Covid-19 vaccination to all, said the Chief Minister in his message.