Thursday, May 12, 2011

Pawan Chamling’s tour to review projects across Sikkim

Gangtok, May 12: Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling will embark on a month-long tour of all 31 Assembly constituencies in the state next week to review the progress of government projects and interact directly with the people.

Heads of all departments will accompany Chamling during the tour from May 17 to June 21.

“The tour will be to assess and review the works undertaken by the state government after the chief minister came to power in 1994. All heads of departments and the additional chief secretary will be travelling with the chief minister, as decided at a meeting of officials at the secretariat here yesterday,” said a government official.

“We will see where our weaknesses lie and even take decisions on the spot. Such activity will be a new experiment not only for the state but even for the entire country,” Chamling had said at the meeting.

According to the itinerary, the chief minister will start his tour from Namchi, the headquarters of South Sikkim district, on May 17. After visiting all constituencies in the district and interacting with the people, he will return to Gangtok to inaugurate the artificial turf at Paljor Stadium on May 28.

Chamling will set out for West Sikkim the next day and assess the projects in the district till June 4.

The trip to North Sikkim will begin on June 6. The chief minister will visit the high altitude areas (above 11,000ft) of Yumthang, Lachung and Lachen, besides Namphirkdang, the gateway to the Lepcha reserve of Dzongu. The North Sikkim tour will culminate on June 10.

After a gap of two days, Chamling will go to East Sikkim on June 13 and visit Kupup, Sherathang and Gnathang near Nathu-la. He will also visit Pakyong and Rongli before wrapping up the tour on June 21.

“The chief minister will inspect development works and review the progress in the implementation of various government schemes. He will listen to people’s grievances and might take decisions on the spot. That is why the department heads had been asked to accompany the chief minister. This is for the first time in India that a chief minister is embarking on such an extensive tour of the state,” said Bhim Dahal, the press adviser to the chief minister.

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