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

DEPARTMENT OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
1. Approval and sanction of Rs.2 crores as Grants-in-aid to State Institute of Capacity Building .

FOOD AND CIVIL SUPPLIES AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
2. Approval and sanction of Rs.479 lakhs for the construction of three food storage godowns under Border Area Development Programme at 13th Mile JN Road, Talkharka and Lachen.

FORESTS, ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
3. Approval and sanction of Rs.45, 99,764/- for purchase of uniform for field staff for the year 2017-18.

4. Approval of the draft bill for State Amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

DEPARTMENT OF SPORTS AND YOUTH AFFAIRS
5. Approval for annual grant of Rs.12 lakhs to multiple grade Sports Clubs/Associations in disciplines such as, football, badminton, boxing, archery, table tennis and some other disciplines where the State bags gold medals and 5% reservation to National and International players.

FINANCE REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE DEPARTMENT
6. Approval and sanction of Rs.47.98 lakhs for procurement of two rack servers and a SAN Storage device to be utilized for development and testing of SIFMS 2.0 along with backup system at NIC, Sikkim.

ECCLESIASTICAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
7. Approval and sanction of Rs.53, 62,132/- for procurement of furniture for 10 Monastic Schools.

COMMERCE AND INDUSTRIES DEPARTMENT
8. Approval to amend the eligibility criteria of the beneficiary for Chief Minister’s Startup Scheme (CMSSS) by extending the upper age limit to 45 years from existing 40 years.

CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND HERITAGE DEPARTMENT
9. Approval and sanction of Rs.79,39,400/- for distribution of “Samajik Sewa Bhatta” for the year 2017-18.

HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
10. Approval and additional sanction of Rs.15.67 lakhs for the infrastructure development at Tharpu Senior Secondary School, West Sikkim.

11. Approval and additional sanction of Rs.21,74,888/- for construction of four- roomed school building at Upper Luing Senior Secondary School in East Sikkim.

12. Approval and additional sanction of Rs.96.94 lakhs for construction of Late C.S Rai Memorial School Building at Arithang Junior High School , Gangtok.

HORTICULTURE AND CASH CROPS DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
13. Approval and sanction of Rs. 2777.78 lakhs for implementation of Horticulture Mission for Northeast and Himalayan States (HMNEH) under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) for 2018-19.

ROADS AND BRIDGES DEPARTMENT
14. Approval and sanction of Rs.170.97 lakhs for the work “Up-gradation of Approach Road to Dikchu Mines in East Sikkim”.

15. Approval and sanction of Rs.38, 97,936/- for the work “Construction, Strengthening and Carpeting of Approach road to Food Corporation of India (FCI) Godown site at Paiyong in South Sikkim”.

16. Approval and sanction of Rs.118.18 lakhs for the work “Surface Improvement work along Rangka Dhajey to Ani Gumpa in East Sikkim”.

17. Approval and sanction of Rs.44 lakhs for the work “Strengthening of Approach road to Lingdum Monastery in East Sikkim”.

18. Approval and sanction of Rs.170.42 crores for the work “Construction of fair weather roads in the State of Sikkim”.

19. Approval for Rs.19,84,49,000/- and additional sanction of Rs.3,77,47,000/- for the work “Up-gradation, Carpeting, Protective & Drainage works of Sang Khola Sumin Road in East Sikkim”.

ENERGY AND POWER DEPARTMENT
20. Approval and sanction of Rs.2074.04 lakhs for implementation of Integrated Power Development Schemes (IPDS) in eight statutory towns of Sikkim, viz Namchi, Jorethang, Nayabazar, Gyalshing, Rangpo, Singtam, Gangtok and Mangan.

21. Approval and sanction of Rs.98 lakhs for providing protective work to the damaged area along the water conductor line at Bhusuk in East Sikkim.

22. Approval and sanction of Rs.182 lakhs as Grant-in-Aid to Sikkim Renewable Energy Development Agency (SREDA).

URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT
23. Approval for revision of monthly honorarium of elected representatives other than Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Urban Local Bodies at the following rates wef 1st April,2018:-
i)Councillors of Municipal Corporation(excluding Mayor, Dy Mayor & Chairman)- from Rs 4800/- to Rs 10000/-
ii) Councillors of Municipal Councils(excluding Chairman & Vice –Chairperson)- from Rs 4400/- to Rs 9000/-
iii)President of Nagar Panchayats- from Rs 4800/- to Rs 10000/- iv)Vice-Presidents of Nagar Panchayats- from Rs 4400/- to Rs 9500/-
v)Councillors of Nagar Panchayats (excluding President & Vice President) from Rs 4400/-to Rs 9000/-

24. Approval and sanction of Rs.2,07,18,000/- for beautification and development of Parking Yard at Sang Bazaar.

25. Approval and sanction of Rs.7,34, 66,300/- for up-gradation of following roads :- i)Up-gradation & carpeting of Chaar Dham Road, Namchi ii) Up-gradation & carpeting of road from DAC to Blind School, Namchi iii) Up-gradation of roads in and around Gangtok.

26. Approval and sanction of Rs.1,75,82,000/- for construction of link road from NH10 to Tiny Pearls School via Rajgram Village, East Sikkim.

HEALTH CARE, HUMAN SERVICE & FAMILY WELFARE DEPARTMENT
27. Approval and sanction of Rs. 225 lakhs to implement the “Proud Mother” Scheme in the State for the year 2018-19.

28. Approval and sanction of Rs.1 crore for implementation of Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Annual and Total Check-up for Healthy Sikkim (CATCH).

29. Approval and sanction of Rs. 415 lakhs towards TB- free Sikkim .

30. Approval and sanction of Rs. 5935 lakhs towards implementation of National Health Mission (NHM).

DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, LIVESTOCK, FISHERIES AND VETERINARY SERVICES
31. Approval for creation of Livestock Check Posts /Disease Screening Centres at the following inter-State border: Manpur and Majhitar (South District), Raman, Budang, Ribdi- Bhareng, Naya Bazar and Akar Bridge (West District).

32. Approval and sanction of Rs.23.35 lakhs for construction of Sub-Divisional Veterinary-cum-Staff Quarters at SDM Complex, Pachey, Pakyong in East Sikkim.

TOURISM AND CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT
33. Approval and sanction of Rs.30,97,400/- for acquisition of 28093.81 sqft land for tourism infrastructure at Tingchim in North Sikkim.

LABOUR DEPARTMENT
34. Approval to amend Rule 20 of the Sikkim Labour Protection Act, 2005 duly incorporating various provisions under new Sub-Rules for industrial progress in the State as also for the welfare of workers/ labourers working in Sikkim. Under these new provisions, the establishments /employer has to provide:-
i)To and fro conveyance to the workers or grant conveyance allowance
ii) In-house skill development programmes to enhance the skill of workers for their career progression
iii) Annual increments based on their performance
iv) Paid 10 days’ casual leave
v) House Rent Allowance in case of non-adherence of provisions contained in Rule20(1)(b) of Sikkim Labour Protection Rules,2006
vi) Janta Personal Accident Insurance Policy in addition to the existing ESIC benefits to all workers
vii)Preferentially employ 90% local Sikkimese persons ,provided that non-Sikkimese persons may be appointed only when suitably qualified and experienced Sikkimese persons are not available for the said employment. However, the Notification issued by the State Government in respect of manufacturing industrial units shall continue to be applicable
viii)Constitute Grievance Redressal Committee with representatives of workers of the said establishment and management

DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL, ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS, TRAINING AND PUBLIC GRIEVANCES
35. Approval for cadre revision of Fisheries Block Officer and Assistant Fisheries Guard in the Sikkim State Sub-ordinate Fisheries Service and creation of 12 additional posts of Feed Mill Operator and Feed Mill Helper.

BUILDINGS AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT
36. Approval of the following with regards to establishment of 100- seater Medical College at Sochayagang Sichey in East Sikkim:
i) To include the area of three ‘A’ Grade bungalows at Sichey so as to facilitate 100-seater Medical College and handover the same to Government Medical College, Sikkim.
ii) To shift the occupants of above bungalows to any other available quarters.
iii) To acquire additional plot of land belonging to private individual measuring 1.30 acres (approx) at Government approved rates.

HOME DEPARTMENT
37. Approval and sanction of Rs.264.34 lakhs for purchase of equipments and vehicles under Modernization of Police Force.

HEALTH CARE, HUMAN SERVICE & FAMILY WELFARE DEPARTMENT
38. Approval and additional sanction of Rs.62,37 ,953/- to complete the work and make ANM school and hostel functional on time.

39. Approval and sanction of Rs.10,20,53,338/- for Comprehensive Annual Maintenance Contract for various high end equipments installed at various health facilities including STNM.

SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEPARTMENT
40. Approval and sanction of Rs.400 lakhs as Central Share and Rs.40 lakhs as State Share for implementation of Deen Dayal Upadhaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojna (DDU-GKY).

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT
41. Approval and sanction of Rs.3, 82,75,171/- for additional new work for depot up-gradation.

DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
42.En-bloc sanction of Rs.300 lakhs and approval to transfer it to Centre for Research and Training in Informatics (CRTI), State Data Centre account.

HEALTH CARE, HUMAN SERVICE & FAMILY WELFARE DEPARTMENT
43. Approval and sanction of Rs.2,28,01, 245/- purchase of medicines and drugs by the Central Health Store Organization.

44. Approval and sanction of Rs.6,50, 52,738/- for purchase of hospital medical consumables.

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, LIVESTOCK FISHERIES & VETERINARY SERVICES
45. Approval and sanction of Rs 50 lakhs for piglet distribution to 580 beneficiaries at ratio of 1:1 (Male : Female) in 29 territorial constituencies.

46. Approval and sanction of Rs.221,57, 496/- for implementation of Five –Year project under National Livestock Mission 2017-2022.

FINANCE REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE DEPARTMENT
47. Approval of the Memorandum of State and its Local Bodies submitted to the 15th Finance Commission amounting to Rs 65343.37 crores.

SOCIAL JUSTICE EMPOWERMENT AND WELFARE DEPARTMENT
48. Approval and sanction of Rs.940.62 lakhs for construction and establishment of Drug-De-Addiction-cum-Rehabilitation Centre together with Livelihood School at Kitchudumra in South Sikkim.