Following are some of the decisions taken in the Cabinet Meeting held today at Samman Bhawan, Gangtok:-

HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
1. Approval of academic programme and activities and financial sanction of Rs.701.84 lakhs under SCERT and DIET.

2. Approval and sanction of Rs.52.89 lakhs for payment of land compensation & other standing properties for construction of new approach road from Gyalshing Sakyong Road to Lower Bhaluthang in West Sikkim.

ROADS AND BRIDGES DEPARTMENT
3. Approval and sanction of Rs.54.42 lakhs for payment of land compensation & other standing properties for construction of Road from Satam Sumruk to Gangla in South Sikkim.

4. Approval and financial sanction of Rs.153.733 lakhs for payment of land compensation & other standing properties for construction of Road from Upper Wok via Chemchey to Lachithang under Ravangla Sub-Division.

5. Approval and additional financial sanction of Rs.76.09 lakhs for payment of land compensation for construction of link road from Passingdong PHC to Lingthem Gumpa and Lingthem School in Upper Dzongu , North Sikkim.

6. Approval and additional financial sanction of Rs.47.31 lakhs for payment of land compensation for construction of PWD Road from Kongri to Kongri Gufadara in West Sikkim.

7. Approval and additional financial sanction of Rs.31.21 lakhs for payment of land compensation for construction of PWD Road from Que Khola to Bouchen-Phandgung Gumpa, Phadamchen under Lingtam Block, East Sikkim.

8. Approval and sanction of Rs.55.62 lakhs for payment of land compensation & other standing properties for construction of new approach Road from Rimbi Khecheperi SPWD Road to 14th mile via Thingling I &II (Thingling Mangheem Roads) in West Sikkim.

URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT
9. Approval and sanction of Rs.128.39 lakhs for construction of drainage system and up gradation of road at Mazhi Gaon, Jorethang, South Sikkim.

10. Approval and sanction of Rs.77 lakhs for implementation of Geographic Information System (GIS) based Master Plan, Sub-Scheme under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

11. Approval and sanction of Rs.269.04 lakhs for implementation of the work -“Beautification and Up gradation of Yangang Bazaar in South Sikkim.

12. Approval and financial sanction of the following with regard to Namchi Smart City to be implemented by Namchi Smart City Limited:
a. Confirmation of sanction amounting to Rs.555.50 crores.
b. To transfer Rs.109 crore to the account of Namchi Smart City Limited (NSCL).
c. Transfer subsequent release of Smart City Grant from the MoH &UA, GoI amounting to Rs.389 crore to the account of Namchi Smart City Limited.

13. Rs.136.36 lakhs for construction of exit road from Parking Plaza to NH 510 Ravangla, South Sikkim.

14. Approval and sanction of Rs.1 crore for development of Tsuklakhang Palace Complex at Gangtok, East Sikkim.

15. Approval and sanction of Rs.425.86 lakhs for implementation of the work -Beautification and Up gradation of Soreng and Chakung Bazaar in West Sikkim.

DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, LIVESTOCK, FISHERIES & VETERINARY SERVICES
16. Approval and sanction of Rs.598.95 lakhs for development of Fisheries under Centrally Sponsored Scheme : Blue Revolution.

17. En-bloc sanction of Rs.99.52 lakhs for construction of four Veterinary Dispensaries.

ECCLESIASTICAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
18. Approval of Rs.13,80, 50,000/- and to release Rs.12 crores to 307 Religious Institutions.

RURAL MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
19. Approval and revised sanction of Rs.3, 10, 54,646/- for construction of Kabir Math at Lingmoo in South Sikkim.

20. Approval and financial of Rs.16,09,47,942 for establishment of Gaushala at Mamring Cha Kaapey, East Sikkim and Rs.11,20,89,969/- at Dodak, West Sikkim .

FOREST, ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
21. Approval and financial sanction of Rs.22.78 for implementation of Management Action Plan for conservation and management of Tsomgo wetland in East District of Sikkim by utilizing the unspent balance of 2012-13 during the year 2017-18.

LAW DEPARTMENT
22. Approval for extension and enforcement of the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961 with subsequent amendments, to the State of Sikkim. The enforcement of said Act will bring uniformity in the Maternity Benefits throughout the Country with 26 weeks leave up to the birth of two children to female Government employees.

LEGAL, LEGISLATIVE AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
23. Approval for making recommendation to the Hon’ble Governor for prorogation of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly.

HEALTH CARE, HUMAN SERVICES & FAMILY WELFARE DEPARTMENT
24. Approval and financial sanction of Rs.10 crores for additional Infrastructural works for Pharmacy College at Sajong, Rumtek, East Sikkim.

ENERGY AND POWER DEPARTMENT
25. Approval and sanction of Rs.880.46 lakhs for up-gradation of distribution transformers.

CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND HERITAGE DEPARTMENT
26. Approval and sanction of Rs.1 crore to implement a short term intensive course leading to M.A w.e.f 2017-18 under the banner of Buddhist Studies which shall be affiliated to the Sikkim University.

27. Approval and sanction of Rs.3,76,17,337/- for payment of total land compensation for the project : Construction of Folk Healers Centre at Assam Lingzey, East Sikkim.

HORTICULTURE & CASH CROPS DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
28. Approval to take necessary action for issuance of notification prohibiting entry of non-organic agricultural and Horticultural and Livestock products into Sikkim in a phased manner.
The list of products to be prohibited for entry into the State wef 31st March,2018 are:-
Agricultural commodities:- Cereals- Maize.
Horticultural commodities:-
(i)Vegetables- beans, brinjal, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, capsicum, carrot, chayote, cucumber, drumstick, lady’sfinger, leafy vegetables, palak, pea, radish, tomato, pointed gourd (potol).
(ii)Fruits- banana, guava, mango, orange, papaya
(iii)Spices & condiments- ginger, green chilly, turmeric.

The list of products to be prohibited for entry into the State wef 31st March, 2019 are:-
Agricultural commodities:-(i)millet-finger millet (ii)Pulses-soyabean (iii)oilseed- rapeseed and mustard.
Horticultural commodities:-Vegetables- onion, potato and garlic.
Livestock & Fisheries:- i) Milk & packaged milk ii) Mustard oil cake
BUILDINGS AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT
29. Approval and sanction of Rs.5, 47, 07,900/- for construction of Sub Divisional Magistrate Office at Dentam, West Sikkim.

30. Approval and sanction of Rs.5, 40, 11,000/- for construction of Sub Divisional Magistrate Office at Jorethang, South Sikkim.

31. Approval and sanction of Rs.5, 87,18,300/- for construction of Sub Divisional Magistrate Office at Yangang, South Sikkim.

FINANCE REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE DEPARTMENT
32. Approval and sanction of Rs.58 lakhs as State Share to be released to the implementing Agency for the Mission Mode Project of Computerisation of Commercial Tax Division.

FOOD SECURITY & AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
33. Approval and sanction of the following with regards to :Support to State Extension Programme for Extension Reforms under Submission on Agricultural Extension (SMAE) for the year 2017-18:
I. Utilization of Rs.381.07 lakhs Government of India Share for Extension Activities.
ii. Release of Rs.42.34 lakhs as State Share, for extension activities.

34. Approval and sanction of the following with regard to various projects under Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) for the year 2017-18:
i. 6 new projects under RKVY amounting to Rs.669.00 lakhs .
ii.10% matching state share for new projects amounting to Rs.66.90 lakhs.

HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
35. Approval and financial sanction of Rs.461.49 lakhs as land compensation for acquisition of land for construction of Women’s College at Khamdong, East Sikkim.

36. Approval and sanction of Rs.235.13 lakhs for construction and establishment of Science College at Scheduled Caste Bhawan Complex at Chakung, West Sikkim .(Post facto).

WATER RESOURCE & RIVER DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
37. Approval and sanction of Rs.250 lakhs for construction of various anti -erosion works, natural water ways, catch water drainage works with total of 31 works to be taken up in three districts.

SOCAIL JUSTICE EMPOWERMENT AND WELFARE DEPARTMENT
38. Approval and sanction of Rs.597 lakhs as Recurring and non-Recurring grants to be transferred to the respective societies which are running the EMRS as per the guidelines and for incurring expenditure towards various schemes and programmes in prescribed manner.

HEALTH CARE, HUMAN SERVICES & FAMILY WELFARE DEPARTMENT
39. Approval and sanction of Rs.150 lakhs for construction of PHSC at Chota Samdong and Mabong Sigeng in West Sikkim and Ben in South Sikkim.

40. Approval and sanction of Rs.50 lakhs for extension of PHC building at Yangang, South Sikkim.

DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, LIVESTOCK, FISHERIES & VETERINARY SERVICES
41. Approval for issuance of notification to formulate Rules under the Sikkim Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 2017 for the purpose of implementation of the said Act.

DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL, ADM.REFORMS, TRAINING & PUBLIC GRIEVANCES
42. Approval of the revised cadre review of Sikkim State Health Services duly enhancing the present cadre strength of 305 to 626. It is also proposed to bifurcate the present Cadre service into two Services namely i. General Duty and Public Health Services with 325 GDMOs and ii. Sikkim State Specialist Services with 301 Specialist at various levels.

BUILDINGS AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT
43. Approval and financial sanction of Rs.540.11 lakhs for construction of Sub Divisional Magistrate Office at Rangpo,East Sikkim.

URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT
44. Approval and sanction of Rs.373.35 lakhs for the work: infrastructure development at Dentam Bazaar in West Sikkim.

45. Approval and sanction of Rs.361.12 lakhs for the work: Repair and restoration of road surface from NH-10 to Mechanical Workshop, Gangtok, East Sikkim.

46. Approval and sanction of Rs.398.57 lakhs for the work: Infrastructure Development and Beautification of Mazitar in South Sikkim.

47. Approval and sanction of Rs.445.57 lakhs for the project : Construction of Approach Road to Hee Bazar in West Sikkim.

FOREST, ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
48. Approval for forest clearance for diversion of forest land for settlement of 60 landless families at Zaluk, East Sikkim within forest land and Rural Management and Development Department will be the designated the User Agency for the same.

BUILDINGS AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT
49. Approval and sanction of Rs.19996 lakhs for setting up of Gyan Mandir- a world class library in Sikkim.

DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
50. Approval for the implementation of following announcements made during National Press Day Celebrations,2017:-
i)Annual Grants for Press Club of Sikkim to be enhanced from Rs 2.5 lakhs to Rs 5 lakhs.
ii)Late Kashiraj Pradhan Lifetime Journalism Award with cash prize of Rs 5 lakhs to be instituted and awarded once in two years.
iii)Late YN Bhandari Best Journalism Award with a cash prize of Rs 2 lakhs annually to be instituted.
iv)Positive Journalism Award to be enhanced from Rs 10,000/- to Rs 50,000/-