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SKM/GOV/PRO/2017/86 13th October, 2017


On the concluding day of the ongoing Governor’s Conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan

On the concluding day of the ongoing Governor’s Conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Shriniwas Patil today raised several pertinent issues concerning the State of Sikkim. The first session of the day was also attended by Union Ministers for External Affairs, Finance and Defence besides the Governors and Lt Governors of the respective States.


During his address at the session dedicated to the important issues of the States, Hon’ble Governor stated that the recurring agitation for the separate State of Gorkhaland in the Darjeeling Hills over the last three decades has had serious implications on the economy and logistics to the State of Sikkim. Besides disturbances in the supply of essential commodities and the flow of tourists, the agitation has seriously impeded the fortune of students seeking higher education outside the State alongside the patients going out of State to avail better treatment in the bigger centres. Hon’ble Governor urged the Centre to arrive at the solution to this problem at the earliest.


On the matter of Indo China border along Sikkim Sector, Hon’ble Governor said that stability and peace at the border is primary to the development of Sikkim and suggested that infrastructure at the Indian side of the border should be upgraded and augmented to offset the advantage gained by the China following its significant improvement of infrastructure including QTR on their side.

He also cited recent standoff at Doklam causing psychological fear among the people of Sikkim which also obstructed the Nathu la border trade and Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Nathu la midway to the season.


Towards boosting the tourism industry in the State further, Hon’ble Governor suggested the centre to explore the possibility of opening direct road link from Gangtok to Lhasa to capitalise on the increasing number of tourists seeking for Buddhist Pilgrimage tourism. “The booming tourism industry of the State will get a great impetus, if Sikkim is allowed to have direct air connectivity with Kathmandu (Nepal) and Thimpu (Bhutan) from soon to be operated Pakyong Airport ”, Hon’ble Governor added.


While seeking intervention on the improvement of Broadband internet connectivity towards realising the goal of Digital India and promoting entrepreneurship, Hon’ble Governor urged the Union Government to help Sikkim consolidate its gain being a major producer of organic farm products. He sought for appropriate policy and investment on post-harvest logistics, supply chain infrastructure, processing, export-orientation, branding, direct marketing, trade relations, online trading platform, model contract farming, etc. to help State to capitalise the gain on value terms.


PRO to Governor


 

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