Thursday, November 19, 2009
GANGTOK, November 18: The Chief Minister Pawan Chamling in a meeting held with the Heads of the Department on capacity building programme here at Samman Bhawan yesterday finalised the venues for the establishment of ‘Livelihood Schools’ in all the 31 constituencies of the State.
The establishment of ‘Livelihood Schools’ aimed at curtailing school drop outs was approved during a Cabinet session on October 31, 2009.
According to an IPR release, Mr. Chamling informed that each livelihood school will have a Secretary or HoDs of the concerned Department as its in-charge. The Chief Minister further said that the livelihood schools will enable the unemployed to develop their capabilities and skill and will enable them to sustain themselves economically.
“It is a new concept and will be established at the Regional Administrative Centre, Karfectar, South Sikkim as its Headquarters, the Chief Minister said directing that RAC, Karfectar should be vacated immediately and be handed over to the Directorate of Capacity Building for the said purpose.
Adding to this, he also suggested that offices located in RAC, Karfectar should be relocated elsewhere within November 25 so that the Directorate would be fully functional by December 12, 2009.
Mr. Chamling also directed the officials of Building and Housing department to expedite assessment of private houses earmarked for livelihood school if the government buildings are not available for the same. He further directed the government departments and officers to impart training on different vocational subjects as specified by the government. The Chief Minister emphasized that the training should preferably be imparted by local resource persons.
The Chief Secretary, TT Dorji also expressed his views and made suggestions during the meeting, the release added