Gangtok, June 4: The Confidential Secretary cum Chief Coordinator (Press & Public Affairs) to the Chief Minister issued a press release to describe the 9th edition of the SKM Legislators meeting which was held on June 3 at Samman Bhawan, Gangtok, chaired by the Chief Minister P.S. Golay and attended by all the legislators, advisors and secretaries from the SKM party. 

The CM asserted during the meeting that the current government will “give justice to all hardworking workers and supporters of the party”. He stressed on the strengthening of the various organisations under SKM party including district-level committee, constituency level committees as well as block-level and ward level. 

He also expressed his gratitude towards the generosity of all the legislators, advisors and party workers for contributing sum of Rs. 10 lakhs towards CM relief fund and Rs. 11 lakhs towards PM Cares fund to combat COVID-19. 

The SKM government’s flagship programme, Sikkim Garib Awas Yojana, which is a housing scheme purely for the rural areas was discussed at length. The goal is set to construct 100 houses in each constituency where the CM asked all the legislators to select beneficiaries without any discrimination. Similar to this scheme, Sikkim Urban Awas Yojana, a plan for urban settlers is also hoped to roll out soon. 

He informed that the government shall allocate a separate budget for small scale civil works like Jhora-training besides NC budget allocation. During this financial year, the government has made a budget provision for the construction of roads in the various constituencies and provide grants to farmers for growing their agricultural products. 

The CM also highlighted that Rs. 50 crores have been allocated for Skill Youth Startup scheme for encouraging youth in entrepreneurship and the funds will grant subsidised loans in tie-up with central banks. 

Keeping the environment into mind, the CM urged all legislators to plant at least 1000 saplings in their respective areas starting from 5th June and continue till the month of July 2020. 

The meeting also welcomed the government’s decision to completely ban the service extension system and unanimously decided it would not be encouraged in the future. Further, ways to reform administrative activities in the state and proper management of every department so that people can avail government works without any hardship, was discussed. 

The SKM Legislator’s body passed gratitude to Shri P.K. Pradhan (former Chief Secretary) for providing 6.9 acres of land for Soreng community health centre.

With regard to the pandemic, citizens are urged not to panic but rather stay calm as the state government is prepared for the containment of the disease. The CM informed that inter-district movement of vehicles has been barred, taking safety concern of the people and would be relaxed as soon as the situation normalizes. 

“To win from this situation mutual responsibility and cooperation are needed among the citizens so let us all unite and rise above our differences to prevail from this global pandemic”, concludes the statement. 

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