Third Day of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, 2018

On the third day of the on-going Budget session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, besides the mandatory Question Hour, the proceedings of the House were as follows:- 1. Sikkim Water Supply & Water Charges (Amendment) Bill was passed by the House. 2. Presentation, discussion and voting on the Demands for Grants of the following departments: i) Health Care, Human Services & Family Welfare, IPR and Printing & Stationery Departments. ii) Buildings & Housing Department. iii) RMDD and Co-operation Department. iv) HRDD, Sports & Youth Affairs Department and Law, Legislative & Parliamentary […]

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Second Day of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, 2018

The second day of the on-going Budget session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly began with the Question Hour, wherein questions were raised by Hon’ble Members – Shri RN Chamling and Shri KN Lepcha, answers for which were provided by the Ministers Incharge including me. In reply on the discussion on the Motion of Thanks to the Hon’ble Governor’s address, I expressed my gratitude to the Hon’ble Governor for extensively outlining the major initiatives of the State Government. Besides, I gave replies to the points raised by Hon’ble Members on the discussion. […]

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Budget Session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, 2018

The Budget session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly began today with the address of Hon’ble Governor, Shri Shrinivas Patil. I moved the Motion of Thanks on the Hon’ble Governor’s address. I had the honour of presenting the General Budget for the year 2018-19, totalling to Rs 7051.09 crore. This year’s budget is youth-centric and employment-oriented in line with our objective of providing ample opportunity to every Sikkimese youth to achieve their economic and social dreams. During the last 24 years of our governance, we have taken various initiatives to boost employment […]

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Mahamati Shri Prannath Prakatya Chaturtha Shatabdi Mahotsav, 2018

I visited Shri Krishna Pranami Mangal Dham Mandir in Namphing Bermoik, South Sikkim on the auspicious occasion of Mahamati Shri Prannath Prakatya Chaturtha Shatabdi Mahotsav. I also welcomed the ‘Jagani Rathyatra’ which had started from Jamnagar, Gujarat in September last year and reached Sikkim today, spreading the message and teachings of Lord Prannath. It was a happy and blessed moment for me to listen to the teachings of the 108th Guruji Shri Mohan Priyacharya Maharaj. In my short address, I spoke on the importance of ‘Dharma’ and the need to […]

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26th Foundation Day of Sikkim Democratic Front Party, 2018

With immense joy and satisfaction, I attended the 26th Foundation Day of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) Party held today at Mining Ground, Rangpo, East Sikkim. 26 years ago, the Party was formed, and today it is heartening to see that it has grown from strength to strength. With our pro-people policies, SDF has been able to win the hearts of the Sikkimese people. The very fact that we have enjoyed the people’s mandate for five consecutive times speaks about the popularity of our party. On this historic day, I congratulate […]

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Foundation Stone Laying of Ethnic Cultural Center at Bariakhop, 2018

I attended the foundation stone laying ceremony of Ethnic Cultural Center at Bariakhop, West Sikkim. Sikkim is home to 3 major ethnic communities and 21 castes which are distinct from each other in tradition, culture, lifestyle, food habits and customs. This makes our society unique and diverse. It is therefore, imperative to preserve and promote the distinct identity and existence of every community and sub caste. With this objective, the centre is envisioned to depict and showcase the unique identity of every community, which I am sure will be a […]

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Zangdokpalri Temple Door Installation Ceremony of Denjong Mindrolling Gumpa at Tumlong, 2018

I attended the Zangdokpalri Temple Door installation ceremony of Denjong Mindrolling Gumpa at Tumlong, North Sikkim. The following are the highlights of my address:- 1. Outlining the various fields of developments that have taken place during the last 24 years of our governance, I emphasized on our endeavour to make Sikkim an exemplary State in the Country. 2. I urged the gathering to incorporate and practise the teachings of Buddhism in their lives instead of only limiting themselves to prayers and worship. 3. ‘Dharma’ is incorporating righteousness as a way […]

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Cabinet Meeting, 2018

Following are some of the decisions taken in the Cabinet Meeting held today at Samman Bhawan, Gangtok. SOCIAL JUSTICE EMPOWERMENT AND WELFARE DEPARTMENT 1. Approval and sanction of Rs.3022.79 lakhs and transfer the same to Sikkim State Child Development Society for implementation of ICDS Schemes in Mission Mode. 2. Ex- post facto approval and sanction of Rs.515.37 lakhs and release the same to Integrated Child Protection Scheme. 3. Ex-post facto approval and sanction of Rs.53.76 lakhs for providing water supply to Dodrupchen Chorten Gumpa Complex, Deorali, East Sikkim, Phase II […]

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Laying of Foundation Stone of Folk History Centre of Sikkim at Pastinga, Gaucharan in Assam Linzey, 2018

I laid the foundation stone of Folk Healing Centre at Pastinga, Gaucharan in Assam Linzey. I suggested it to be renamed as ‘Folk History Centre of Sikkim’ as this project will be a complete institution that will highlight and showcase the complete folk history of Sikkim ie, folk culture, folk music, folk lore, folk literature, etc. These old practices, believed to have been originated along with human history, will be preserved in this centre by linking it with the present day Sikkimese society and modern day tourism. This creative, innovative […]

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Laying of Foundation Stone of Ashta-Chiranjeevi Dham at Nagi, Namthang, 2018

I laid the foundation stone of Ashta-Chiranjeevi Dham at Nagi in Namthang, South Sikkim. I also inaugurated the 12-roomed School Building-cum-Multipurpose Hall and Mid-Day Meal Dinning Hall of Namthang Senior Secondary School and dedicated these new infrastructures to the students of this institution. A 54 ft bronze statue of Lord Hanuman along with 16ft statue each of Ashwasthama, Bali, Vyasa, Vibhishana, Kripacharya, Markandeya and Parshurama would be constructed to complete the group of ‘Ashta Chiranjeevis.’ According to Hindu belief, ‘Ashta Chiranjeevis’ are still alive on earth as they embody immortality. […]

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