I inaugurated the newly constructed Pabyuik Tashi Choeling Gumpa, today at Pabyuik Naitam in East Sikkim. One of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, it was severely damaged by the earthquake of 18th September, 2011. Since renovation and retrofitting of the damaged ‘Gumpa’ was not possible due to safety reasons, the State Government decided to re-construct this heritage monastery including the sacred Pabyuik Manilhakhang.

I spoke at length on the progress and development that Sikkim has witnessed in the last 24 years of the SDF Government. Today, Sikkim has the recognition of being the only state in India to fulfil the basic minimum needs of the people. Moreover, Sikkim is a true example of a state where communal harmony exists and where the three ethnic communities of Bhutia, Lepcha and Nepali along with the business community live in perfect harmony. I stated that the next phase of developmental programmes would lay focus on qualitative development in all spheres, particularly in education, health care services and human development.

I reiterated that there has been complete protection of socio-economic and political rights of the Bhutias and Lepchas under our Government. In fact, they have been provided with more rights than ever before. A whole lot of work have also been done in promotion and strengthening of Buddhism in Sikkim.We have endeavoured to fulfil all the needs and requirements of the Buddhist community. Establishment of Buddhist University, construction of Monastic Schools across the State, recruitment of Monastic Teacher are some of the initiatives undertaken.

I made the following announcements:-

1. Fencing and beautification work should be carried out in the ‘Gumpa’ premises.

2. All demands of Pabyuk Manilhakhang will be fulfilled.

3. Sanction of Rs.50 lakhs each for Pema Choeling Gumpa, Chongay and Sher Sonam Tshering Gumpa, Merung for their early completion.

4. Recommendation letter will be sent to the office of UNESCO for inclusion of Pabyuik Tashi Choeling Gumpa in the list of World Heritage sites.

5. In-principle sanction of Rs.30 lakhs for Syari Gumpa.

6. Rs.20 lakhs for unblocking the connecting road at Lower Tathangchen.

7. All pending amount for scholarship of students will be cleared.

8. Free computers will be provided to all Self Help Groups of the State.

9. Enhancement of house up-gradation amount to Rs.50,000 which would be provided in two instalments of Rs 20,000 and Rs.30,000.

10. All landless people (‘Sukumbasis’) will be provided land under Land Bank Scheme and their houses will be constructed by December, 2018. MLAs, District Collectors, Panchayats should adhere to the policy decision of the Government by acquiring land at the newly approved rate.

11. Recruitment of Grievance Redressal Assistants, Village Police Assistant Guards and Environment Protection Assistants at every GPU level.