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CM starts West Sikkim tour, fulfils promise made to remote villages
DHUPIDARA (West Sikkim),: P.S. Golay fulfilled his year 2018 promise made to villagers of Karjee-Mangnam and Dhupi-Norkhola as an opposition leader by taking the Sikkim Sarkar to this remotest settlement of West Sikkim on Monday as the Chief Minister.
“I had visited these remote and deprived villages as an opposition leader in 2018. I had promised developmental initiatives to them once we came to power. Keeping my promise, I along with ministers and departmental heads are visiting these villages today. As the Chief Minister, I will do my best to fulfil the people’s aspirations,” said Golay to media.
Karjee-Mangnam and Dhupi-Norkhola GPUs lie in the extreme end of West Sikkim with the local residents suffering from lack of development and public amenities. The road to these villages is in a deplorable condition.
The Chief Minister halted for the day at Dhupidara village under Karjee-Mangnam GPU, about 55 km away from Geyzing. He is on a three-day tour of remote villages in Yuksam-Tashiding constituency to take stock of the problems faced by the people far away from the development mainstream.
Golay said the State government will keep the local administration close to these far-flung villages and he would review the progress made annually.
It was the first visit by a Chief Minister to Kajree-Mangnam and Dhupi-Norkhola areas after 33 years.
Karjee-Mangnam zilla panchayat Nanda Kumar Manger said: “This is a historical day for us as the Chief Minister is visiting our remote village. In 1988, the then Chief Minister Late Nar Bahadur Bhandari had visited this area. The people here are grateful to the Chief Minister for visiting us for the development of our area.”
In the first part of his tour, the Chief Minister met the local panchayats and then spent the whole day at Dhupidara interacting with the villagers of Kongri-Lagdang, Dhupi-Norkhola and Karjee-Mangnam GPUs. He took stock of their grievances and requirements and assured that they would be brought into to the developmental mainstream of Sikkim.
The Chief Minister highlighted the deplorable road conditions in the area and directed concerned departments for the construction of all-weather road for public convenience and smooth transportation services. He mentioned that the region can be transformed into a tourist destination where rural populace can take maximum advantage and assured to provide support from the government for developing infrastructure in the area.
Our aim to solve the people’s problems at their doorsteps, said the Chief Minister. He also inaugurated a police picket post at Dhupidara.
Area MLA Sangay Lepcha, also the deputy Speaker, shared that the Chief Minister’s visit has given hope to the people. These remote villages in our constituency have been abandoned by the previous SDF government and now their hopes have been renewed with the Chief Minister’s visit, he said.
The Chief Minister distributed blankets, wheel chairs and other items to the needy people during his visit.
A health camp was also organised for the villagers along with distribution of free medicine.
Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha, additional political secretary (east) to the Chief Minister, shared that the Chief Minister also visited the Dhupidara junior high school. The Chief Minister appreciated the work conducted by SKM students wing in setting up the reading corner in the school, he said.

Sikkim at a Glance

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