Namchi, IPR Report 19th May: The 3rd day of the Sikkim Chief Minister's marathon tour from village to village started from Mikhola a tiny hamlet below Namchi Bazar, headquarter of South Sikkim where he was accorded huge reception by the public. “We have come to learn from you where our weakness lies” said the Chief Minister and added “inspite of the fact we have all the required facilities and infrastructure as to why still poverty lies in our people.” The next visit was towards Sorok Syampani GPK from where the entourage headed towards Kitam Bazar.
During the day the Chief Minister visited Mikkhola, Kitam, Melli, Melli-Sadam, Turuk, Sadam, Maniram-Bhangyang, Fungdara covering more than 100 kms and interacting and addressing the people at about more than six places.
At Melli Bazar the Chief Minister enquired about the beautification work which is in progress and inspected the ongoing construction work of Central Square Hard Court at the cost of Rs.50,00,000/-. The construction work is being
undertaken by Mellidara Paiyong Registered Co-operative Society. He also ensured that the construction work of Vegetable Packaging House under construction at Melli shall be completed by three months. The Chief Minister at Melli Dara GPU inaugurated the CM Pradhan Auditorium besides the Gram Prashasan Kendra. The Chief Minsiter also visited the Melli Dara GPU which is one of the best GPU in the country and interacted with the people in an organized Public Court (Janta Durbar). The Chief Minister gave patient hearing to the people’s demands and grievances in the public court and addressed to their grievances. During his address the Chief Minister said that he will try to ensure that such type of village to village visit is given continuity.
Talking about the various programmes and schemes of the government the Chief Minister stressed on the capacity building of the people to ensure sustainable development and self sufficiency. The government has tried its level best with utmost dedication and hard work for the economic upliftment but now the people have to react on this positively, he said. Besides many other demands which he sanctioned in principal, the Chief Minister ensured to upgrade the existing power station of Melli Dara. The people of the GPU had demanded for the upgradation of the power station to ensure uninterrupted supply of power for the poultry industry which the entire village has adopted and is one of the main source of income of the area. Highlighting on the incentives and schemes for the agriculture and allied industries the Chief Minsiter talked about the price support on agriculture and allied products, establishmen of Kishan Bazar, establishmen of Co-operative Apex Bank to facilitate the farmers.
At Melli Dara GPU the Chief Minister was very impressed with the ward maps of the Gram Panchayat in which kutcha house, infrastructure details, demographic details etc. were depicted. He was also informed about the annual transaction of milk export under dairy farming which has reached Rs. 86,40,000. The President of the GPU informed the Chief Minister of the progress made by poultry growers of the Gram Panchayat and informed that the annual transaction of poultry has crossed Rs. 4 crores. The Chief Minister informed the people of the mission of cooperative societies and urged the cooperative societies of the Gram Panchayat Unit to work dedicatedly and congratulated them for having procured work of worth Rs. 10,56,72,806. He announced to formulate rules to allot work value upto Rs. 1 crore to cooperative societies without calling tender.
He interacted with the people of the Gram Panchayat Unit and urged the people to be producers and become self reliant. He was very happy to learn the public were very much thankful to the government for all the schemes targeted towards the masses. He appreciated the 22-Melli Dara Gram Panchayat Unit for its numerous initiatives and iterated that if all the Gram Panchayats and the government servants of Sikkim work dedicatedly in their respective fields then Sikkim can be the Switzerland of the East. He expressed his belief in Gram Panchayats and said that state’s mission can be easily achieved if all the Gram Panchayats work efficiently and selflessly.