Thursday, June 28, 2007


GANGTOK, June 28: The Sikkim Governor, Mr V Rama Rao, met the Prime Minister in New Delhi on Saturday to discuss the pending issues with the Centre. He also informed Dr Manmohan Singh about the proposed rail connectivity in Sikkim and requested the Railways to start work on extending railway line as near to Nathu-La as possible to match the infrastructure being created on the other side in China. The Governor apprised the Prime Minister about air connectivity in the state and requested his intervention to tie up the funding for this long-felt need in Sikkim. He also drew the Prime Minister’s attention to the state government’s pending request for 100 per cent Central funding for the modernisation of the police force as being done in other north-eastern states. The Prime Minister has agreed to visit Sikkim in the near future. The Governor also called on the President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, and conveyed the fond greetings of the people and children of Sikkim. He also briefed him on the progress of the state