Gangtok: Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad on Tuesday greeted the fellow Citizens of State and nation on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day.
He paid tribute to the founding fathers of the Republic and expressed gratitude to the martyrs for sacrificing their lives defending the country.
Governor also greeted the brave Armed Forces, Para Military and the Police.Speaking on the occasion, Mr Prasad highlighting the steps taken by Government for improvement in the life of the economically backward section has enumerated the priorities.
“State Government is committed towards ensuring that the people are leading a dignified life with access to basic necessities of life. A State with zero homeless people is another priority of my Government. Accordingly, the State Government proposes 3050 nos of pucca houses to be constructed in rural areas under the Sikkim Garib Awas Yojana in addition to the 3000 nos of houses already constructed under the Chief Minister’s Rural Housing Mission (CMRHM) Stage I,” he said.
The Governor said, “New added features are an extra 97.5 Sqft more space, one TV set and furniture are being provided to the houses. For the urban homeless, my Government proposes to construct 502 nos of Beneficiary Led Housing and 270 units of Flatted Housing under the Urban Garib Awas Yojana. My Government further
proposes to extend the House Up-gradation/Repairing Scheme to 45,069 poor and deprived families of the State.”
“Adequate measures to ensure that every household in the State has access to safe, potable drinking water through implementation of numerous rural drinking water schemes in the villages. Connectivity to the last village through rural roads, suspension and foot bridges has been achieved. The institution of Panchayati Raj System and the decentralization of power have further cemented the State Government’s commitment towards alleviating the conditions of the rural populace and enabling them to lead a dignified life,” Mr Prasad said.
The Governor said State Government has maintained the delicate balance of safeguarding the people from the infectious virus while ensuring economic stability of the State. The State government has been performing phenomenally well and there is no deficit of salaries to be dispensed while every single formative plan and
undertakings of the State Government have been taken up in its right earnest. State Government, through the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, provides support to the needy patients and students for their requirement and well being. State Government has made headway in ensuring comprehensive development in the education sector.”
Mr Prasad said State Government is further looking towards developing perennial routes with reduced distance and travel time between strategically significant areas by building tunnels along various locations throughout the State. Thrust has also been given to boost Agriculture and Dairy farming, and to motivate the farmers in increasing production in these sectors.
He said Kishan Credit Loan Mela has been introduced in the villages to provide credit facilities up to Rs. 3.00 lakhs to the farmers without any mortgage tourism sector to greater heights. Strengthening the education sector, the State Government has initiated the “Skilled Youth Start-up Scheme.
Government has announced the increase in government job reservation under sports quota from the existing 2% to 5%, Mr Prasad said.
“State has women- centric policies in place and lays priority on uplifting them and at the same time safeguarding them. Lastly, I extend my gratitude to all front-line workers of Covid-19 who have selflessly and fearlessly worked to keep us safe during these difficult times,” he added.