Eastern and North-Eastern Region Policy Dialogue- Making Liveable Cities

Attended the Eastern and North-Eastern Region Policy Dialogue- Making Liveable Cities: Challenges and Way Forward, themed ‘Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change in Liveable Cities’ at Chintan Bhawan today. Following are some of the highlights of my address:- 1. Urbanization is a well-known modern phenomenon and it is only expected to intensify. However, the rapidness with which the rural to urban migration is taking place today has strained the carrying capacity of urban townships and cities. In this context, it is important to think about how we can make our cities […]

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Inaugurated three-day International Bio-diversity Congress at Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Inaugurated the three-day International Bio-diversity Congress being held at Forest Research Institute, Dehradun today. In my address, I urged all state governments to ban the use of chemical fertilizers and requested the ongoing Congress to adopt similar resolution, calling upon every other state in the Country to follow organic farming practices by effectively banning use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides. This would be a very bold yet appropriate policy intervention to save the earth from ultimate devastation. I highlighted the fact that an alarming 28% decline of global biodiversity […]

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Inauguration of Pakyong Airport, 2018

I felt extremely happy and pleased to be a part of the inauguration of Pakyong Airport by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji, who dedicated the Airport to the Nation today. It is indeed a historic and a proud moment for the people of Sikkim to see the State make its entry in the aviation map of the Nation. In my brief address, on behalf of the Sikkimese people, I once again extended a warm welcome to the Hon’ble Prime Minister and thanked him for presenting us this wonderful […]

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Concluding Day of the Two-day Session of Sikkim Legislative, 2018

I attended the concluding day of the two-day session of Sikkim Legislative today. The House passed the Bills introduced yesterday. Speaking on the Sikkim Regulation of Transfer of Land (Amendment) Bill, I said that the amendment would though bring an immediate relief to the people, it will not be beneficial in the long run. The State Government had brought about the legislation for restricting the sale of land within the people of same communities with the view to protect the land of people belonging to all communities. We did not […]

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First Day of the Two-day Session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, 2018

I attended the first day of the ensuing two-day session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly today. In the House, I made obituary references to the following departed personalities:- i) Shri Karma Topden, former MP (RS) & former Ambassador to Mongolia, ii) Shri M Karunanidhi, former Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu iii) Shri Somnath Chatterjee, former Speaker, Lok Sabha iv) Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India. I also introduced the following Bills concerning two of the departments under my charge :- i) Sikkim Regulation of Transfer of Land (Amendment) Bill […]

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State Disaster Risk Reduction Day, 2018

Attended the State Disaster Risk Reduction Day, themed ‘Volunteerism in Disaster Management,’ organized by the State Disaster Management Authority, Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department at Chintan Bhawan today. I highlighted on the significance of volunteerism which is a widely accepted concept in disaster management, particularly in view of preparedness, risk reduction and post-disaster rehabilitation. Volunteering is a work undertaken by any individual out of one’s own will towards extending help to others. It is for the good of others without expecting any benefits in return. Such noble deeds and […]

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Youth Conference on Empowering Youth, Transforming Lives, 2018

I was happy to attend the Youth Conference on ‘Empowering Youth, Transforming Lives,’ which saw the attendance of youths under Namchi-Singithang Constituency in the auditorium of Namchi Public School today. I was pleased to listen to the 19 Youth Coordinators representing various GPUs of the constituency. They spoke on numerous policies including welfare programmes initiated by the Government. I spoke on the crucial role that the youth play in State and Nation-building process and urged them to equip themselves with knowledge and skills of the modern day to be successful […]

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Meeting with Recently-Promoted Engineers of Various Departments, 2018

Pleased to meet and address some of the recently-promoted Engineers of various departments in a meeting held at Samman Bhawan today. I consider our engineers as the real force in making Sikkim visibly beautiful with their technical knowledge and education. However, to make Sikkim beautiful in every respect, they need to have beautiful mind as well: a mind with positive thoughts along with the will to work for the State and its people. If an educated and brilliant mind is plagued by negative thinking and wrong mindset, then it will […]

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Meeting with State Government Employees of Group C&D, 2018

My Dear Government Employees, Over the last few months, I have come to understand that some of our State Government employees, specially the Group C&D are expressing their unhappiness regarding the Pay Committee recommendations. It must be remembered that as the Chief Minister, I take it as my responsibility to look after the needs and welfare of our employees, whom I consider the pillar of State administration as well as my partners in State-building. I therefore, felt it pertinent to hold deliberations so as to provide the best possible pay […]

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Inauguration of Sikkim Government College of Nursing and Integrated AYUSH Hospital

I inaugurated Sikkim Government College of Nursing and Integrated AYUSH Hospital at Multi Speciality Hospital complex, Sochakgang, Gangtok today. The College of Nursing is one of the best colleges in the entire Northeast region with state-of-the-art labs for training and teaching purpose along with library-cum-conference hall, nursing foundation lab, computer centre and hostel facility. I am confident that sons and daughters of Sikkim will definitely benefit from this institute, where the course is imparted free of cost. I hope to see a pool of capable human resource of nurses, both […]

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