Met Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India at Mintokgang this evening.

In our brief interaction, the Hon’ble Minister congratulated the State for the rapid progress made in all spheres. He was appreciative of the performance of the State in ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and other national schemes. Special mention was made to the ranking of Gangtok as 8th in the Swachh Survekshan rankings.

I shared that the State Government has been upgrading and beautifying all bazaar areas including small bazaars across the State, giving special attention to their neatness and cleaniness. I sought further assistance from the Ministry in this regard.

I also mentioned that in spite of Sikkim being a landlocked and a sensitive border State, peace, law and order has been well maintained. Informing that our forest cover has increased by 4%, I stated that we are now working to make Sikkim carbon neutral.

The Hon’ble Minister graciously assured to support the State Government through central assistance in all the flagship programmes of the Ministry.