Monday, July 25, 2011

Village-to-village tour would be an annual affair: Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling

Gangtok, Jul 25 (PTI) Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling today advocated transparency in implementation of projects including preparation of social estimates and holding mandatory public hearing in the Gram Sabha before undertaking field work. The Chief Minister who is on a month-long tour of the villages to understand first hand the problems of the people, announced that the village-to-village tour would be made an annual affair. The CM cautioned field officers against preparing estimates without understanding the ground realities. He advised them to personally undertake field trips and study the feasibility of projects before preparing estimates. The project implemented should be "transparent in every aspect" as the people have every right to know about the schemes being implemented in their areas and public hearing of the projects should be made mandatory in the Gram Sabha before undertaking field work, he said. Interacting with the people of Duga, Pachak, Central Pendam and Saku villages in East Sikkim, Chamling said that the various demands received from the public during his tour and sanctioned by him would be brought before the coming monsoon session of the Assembly. A compilation of the demands will be brought out in the form of a book and sent to the Gram Panchayats, he added. Talking about the present education system and its impact on society, Chamling said that the system of education has become a medium of producing doctors, engineers and professionals and not value based, as it should be.

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