Friday, August 14, 2009

SIKKIM: Cabinet sanctions funds, series of development schemes

Rs 100 lakhs for poultry development; Rs 98.00 lakhs to prepare 3,15,693 Pink Identity Card
GANGTOK, August 13: The Cabinet yesterday approved Rs 100 lakhs as Grants-in-aid to Sikkim Poultry Development Corporation (SPDC) for implementation of the Poultry Mission.
Chaired by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling in the Cabinet Hall of Tashiling Secretariat here, the Cabinet also approved Rs.1026. 66 1akhs as NABARD loan and Rs.89.44 lakhs as State share for development of Infrastructures at Bazaars and Rural Marketing Centres in the State under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF-XIV).
Under the same department of Urban Development and Housing Department, the Cabinet accorded the approval of the ‘Integrated Housing and Slum Development at Old Slaughter House Area, Gangtok Phase II’ and ‘Integrated Housing and Slum Development for notified slum area-Rangpo-Gangtok (I) under Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP)’, a component of Jawaharlal Nehru national Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) as the cost of Rs. 515.90 lakhs consisting of Rs. 448.90 lakhs as Central share and Rs. 67.00 lakh as State share.
Under the State Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department, the Cabinet approved an additional financial sanction of Rs. 3.80 as against its earlier sanction of Rs.84, 92, 157 for construction of Tribal Bhawan at Jaunbari, South Sikkim and sanctioned Rs.33,93,409 for construction of Link road between Basnett Gaon-Khongsi (PMGSY) road and Ranipool-Pakyong SPWD road in East District under Tribal Sub¬ Plan by Rural Management and Development Department. The Cabinet also sanctioned Rs. 125.00 lakhs for implantation of Poultry Mission 2009-2012 under TSP & SCSP by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Veterinary Services under the same department.
Similarly, the Cabinet approved additional sanction of Rs. 37.40 lakhs as against its earlier sanction of Rs. 2,00,00,000 for construction of approach road, boundary pillars and boundary walls for Industrial growth centre at Samlick Marchak Namli, East Sikkim under the State Commerce and Industries Department.
A fund of Rs.62.23 lakhs has also been approved by the Cabinet under the State Energy and Power Department for installation of 500 KV A Sub-Station at Tathangchen (near Guards Ground) along with capacity up gradation of L.T distribution line and around upper and lower Tathangchen, 36.23 lakhs for installation of 315 KV A Sub-Station at Dichenling along with capacity up gradation of H.T. and L.T. distribution line in and around Dichenling area, Gangtok and Rs. 25.87 lakhs for conversion of L.T. Distribution Line into Underground Cable System in the vicinity of ole Guards Ground (West Point School), Upper Tathangchen.
The Cabinet has also approved Rs. 98.00 lakhs as the cost to prepare 3,15,693 Pink Identity Card for the Old Sikkim Subject holders and their direct legal descendents. It is informed that the purpose of issue of these cards is primarily to facilitate the Government for reservation of Government of Private undertaking jobs for the local people, to allow educational facilities to the local people which include both facilities at the school level and also for the Higher studies and in order to identify the bonafide Sikkimese for exemption of Central Income Tax.
These cards would also help extend benefits of various Government schemes to the local people on priority and preserve separate and distinct identity as the original inhabitant of State of Sikkim, it is further informed.