Saturday, September 19, 2009

Vision 2030 for Sikkim by CM Pawan Chamling

Sikkim will be developed at par with other developed nations: CM


GANGTOK, September 18: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today said that Sikkim will be at par with other developed nations in the world with modern infrastructure and facilities by 2030.
Keeping the global target to 2030, the Chief Minister said during his speech during the golden jubilee celebrations of West Point school at Guards Ground here today, that Sikkim will be transformed in the most advanced State in the nation by 2015. The pace of development and self-improvement will not stop until all hi-tech infrastructure, technology and facilities are not set up in Sikkim at par with the developed nations in the world by 2030, he said.
Asserting his vision for a comprehensive development of Sikkim, Mr. Chamling said that the State government had selected Airport Authority of India for the construction of the Greenfield airport at Pakyong as the State Government believes in quality work. He also expressed his lack on trust on the local agencies for the construction of the Sikkim’s first airport.
As works are going for the construction of Pakyong airport, the State government has already acquired 500 acres of land for a five star hotel with a casino, said Mr. Chamling. There is an investment of Rs. 40,000 crores into Sikkim presently which will definite create benefits for the people, he said.
During his outlining of the upcoming programmes for Sikkim, the Chief Minister also said that efforts must be made to save Sikkim from falling into wrong hands. If Sikkim falls into wrong hands, then Sikkim will be finished within six months, he warned.
The Chief Minister also took the occasion to slam the critics for the recent India Today Conclave awards given to Sikkim. The awards are a result of the good works done by our government in the past 15 years but the anti-Sikkimese elements are trying to raise controversy over the awards, he said.
Mr. Chamling further said that the teachers in Sikkim are the highest paid in the nation and continuity has been maintained in the recommendations of the Fourth Pay Commission. He also announced that the report of the commission will be made public on September 22.