Honorable Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad addressed the 68th Plenary Session of the North Eastern Council held at Assam Administrative College, Guwahati.

Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad addressed  the  68th Plenary Session of the North Eastern Council held  at Assam Administrative College, Guwahati.

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PRESS RELEASE

Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad today addressed  the  68th Plenary Session of the North Eastern Council held  at Assam Administrative College, Guwahati. The two  day Plenary Session of the council starting today is being   chaired by Shri Amit Shah, Hon’ble Union Minister and also the new Chairperson  of NEC, and  is being  attended by Governors and Chief Ministers of all eight North Eastern  States,  Minister of State for DoNER Dr. Jitendra Singh, Officers of various Ministries of Central Government and State government departments including the North Eastern Council.

         Hon’ble Governor participated in the deliberations today on the agendas  which included various issues concerning the development of North Eastern States with special focus on the role of DoNER and North Eastern Council in the region. Besides,  issues including action taken on the previous resolutions of the NEC Plenary and vision put forward by Hon’ble Prime Minister for development of North Eastern Region were also discussed.

        Addressing the session, Hon’ble Governor stated that there is no second thought about the fact that  vision of  developed India  will be realised only through developed North East and, in order to achieve the goal of developed North East, North East Council must be financially strengthened and empowered. He also underlined the strength of Sikkim being the most peaceful and stable State with impressive growth rate despite surrounded by three international borders with China, Bhutan and Nepal.

   Hon’ble Governor in his address stressed on the early resolution of following issues impacting the growth and accelerated development of Sikkim.

  1. Pakyong Greenfield Airport, though inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister in September 2018, has remained no- operational since 1st June this year due to technical reasons related with Instrument Landing System and Radar, which is yet to be installed for smooth operation of flight across all seasons. Drawing the attention of Central Government and Ministry of Civil Aviation, Hon’ble Governor pressed for early settlement of the matter and equip the only airport in the State with all required technical equipments for smooth operation of flight throughout the year.
  2. Bringing forth the  inordinate delay for a decade in the execution and completion of much awaited Railway link to Sikkim, Hon’ble Governor sought the intervention of Central Government to resolve the issue of forest clearance and land issues in West Bengal side which has often stalled the construction of the railway. He pressed on the early realisation of Railway link to Sikkim.
  3. Hon’ble Governor sought the attention of the NEC forum over the issue of reduction in release of fund for various NEC projects in the State. He stressed on enhanced financial assistance from NEC for ultra modern equipments and  facilities for Multi Speciality Hospital in Gangtok, made operational recently by the government. He also sought financial assistance from Central Government for the State Medical College to be made operational  at the Multi Speciality Hospital premises in Gangtok. In addition to these Hon’ble Governor also drew the attention of NEC for early release of fund for  pending projects such as District Hospital Mangan and Inter State Bus Terminus in the State, sanctioned earlier by NEC.

   Hon’ble Governor sought continuous patronage of Central Government and special financial assistance to North Eastern States for bridging regional imbalances in development  arising out of geographical difficulties, extreme weather conditions  and connectivity bottlenecks. He stressed that Focus North East as envisaged in Centre’s Act East Policy must be complimented with enhanced investments towards strengthening road, railway, air and broadband connectivity in the region for ushering new era of growth and  prosperity.  

Dy. Secretary (PR) to Governor

         SKM/GOV/DS(PR)/2019/76                                                          

        8th September, 2019