Gangtok, Feb 20th: The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Prem Singh Tamang attended the 6th Meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, 2021 via video conference.
The Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, lt. Governors, CEO (NITI Aayog) and other officials were also present during the conference.
In his address, the Hon’ble Chief Minister conveyed his gratitude towards the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Cabinet members for the efficient handling of the pandemic and also thanked the health professionals and security personnel for their selfless dedication and the scientists who were involved in the process of vaccine development. He applauded the fact that the country was able to develop the vaccine at a record time on such a large scale.
He added that Sikkim has been recovering from the onslaughts of the pandemic and has also been able to curb the number of positive cases in the state. While mentioning some of the achievements in the past year, he spoke about revamping the organic synergy of the State and deliberating ways to turn Sikkim into the Green capital of India and also contribute to the Hon’ble Prime Ministers target of a 5 trillion economy. Further, he also stated important points identified by the NITI Aayog and the concerns of the Government in this area.
He added that the farmers in the state have been using organic fertilizers for their purpose which is sustainable and an environment-friendly method for soil conservation. Due to this, the farmers in the State have no access to the fertilizer subsidy which is applicable in other states.
Therefore, he stated that it is essential that farmers in the State also receive some form of incentive which is in line with the national objective of doubling the income of farmers and prioritizing sustenance of the environment.
He stated that Sikkim has a single highway connecting it to the rest of the country and is frequently disrupted owing to various reasons and stressed the need for proper highway and road connectivity due to the sensitive geopolitical location of the State.
Speaking about the New Education Policy 2020, the Hon’ble Chief Minister stated that the state is all set to commence the policy as comprehensive as possible and requested for the communication issues to be resolved at the earliest. He reiterated the fact that the poor internet connection needs to be improved and enhanced from 10 MBPS to at least 1GBPS. He also requested for the speedy implementation of all the Eight Digital Thrust Areas identified by the ‘Digital North East Vision-2022.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister also suggested the concept of Mountain Ports with knowledge, nature, technology and green industries as the center of attraction. This can act as an integrating factor across the mountain system and a hub for the management of various issues like climate change impact, act as a global center of research on bio-diversity and naturopathy. Apart from these topics, he also reiterated that the North East Industrial Development Scheme of 2018 which has been beneficial for the region in numerous ways should be increased for another 10 years, so the states can further gain from it.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister requested the Hon’ble Prime Minister to consider the points raised by him during his address and also welcomed his suggestions and ideas regarding the same. He concluded by saying that India is capable of any achievement and has to lead the way for the greater global good.
Chief Secretary to the Government of Sikkim, Shri S. C. Gupta, Secretary to HCM, Shri S. D. Dhakal and Secretary Planning and Development, Shri R. C. Bhutia were also present during the occasion.
Press Release from CMO.