Gangtok August 12: The Transport Department in association with the State Bank of Sikkim observed “Chalak Diwas, 2020” at Chintan Bhawan on 11th August.
The occasion was graced by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang as the Chief Guest and attended by Hon’ble Minister for Transport, Shri Sanjeet Kharel, Political Secretary to the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Jacob Khaling, Chairman, State Bank of Sikkim, Shri D. B. Gurung, Government Officers, Executive body of Chalak Morcha and all Truck and Taxi Associations.
Hon’ble Chief Minister launched the State Bank of Sikkim “Motor Insurance Loan Scheme”, which is set to ease the burden of the vehicle owners from payment of the huge premium amount for Insurance Policies by availing loan to finance the insurance policy and repaying on easy monthly instalments. The scheme will be available in all the branches of the State Bank of Sikkim.
Hon’ble Chief Minister also kicked off the disbursement of relief amount of Rs 5000 to the Chalaks by handing over cheques to five beneficiaries. The rest of the 7240 beneficiaries of the first lot and remaining 2000 beneficiaries will receive the relief amount through online transfer directly in their bank accounts.
For the benefit of Chalaks, the Hon’ble Chief Minister made a host of announcements, including online payment of token tax through mobile app mParivahan, dealer point registration, transfer of ownership, learners licence, renewal of driving licence.
During the programme, historic decisions on waiver of penalty portion of all pending token tax for a window period of three months, a rebate of 20 % on payment of one time tax for a period of five years at a time, full bonnet paint in taxis to be changed to a circle on the bonnet, life period of luxury tourist vehicles to be enhanced from 10 years to 12 years, Chalak Bhawan to be constructed in the next fiscal year, the introduction of health insurance to drivers and one Mahendra Bolero Vehicle to be gifted with taxi number for the best driver in each district were made.
Further, the Hon’ble Chief Minister announced that “Chalak Diwas” will henceforth be celebrated as an annual Government event with a restricted holiday. Suggestions for an appropriate and befitting date of significance have also been solicited from the Chalaks, during the programme.
(As per press release received from Transport Department)