Monday, March 24, 2014


Youth empowerment and tourism promotion to priority for next 5 years
NAMCHI, 23 Mar: The continuing election campaign of SDF party president, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling reached Namthang in South Sikkim today. Addressing the people of Namthang Rateypani constituency at Namthang school ground, Mr Chamling urged for larger participation from voters this election and also asked them to vote wisely.
“Sikkim has been eulogized as ‘Indrakeel’, the garden of Lord Indra, it is a beautiful garden of six lakh Sikkimese of which I am the gardener and my duty is to take care of every flower in this garden. And I have been doing this for the past 20 years,” he shared.
He informed the gathering about the various schemes and policies planned should he return to office and each announcement was greeted with loud applause from the gathered public.
 “Today more than a lakh people from outside are employed in Sikkim; this proves that the SDF government has created huge employment opportunities. Today Sikkim is the fastest developing state in India,” he added.
He further said that 10 percent of the budget will be used for youth empowerment by the next SDF government. The CM expressed confidence that the people of Sikkim will safeguard the democracy instituted by SDF in Sikkim.
Talking about the development plans for Namthang, he said that it will be developed as a major tourist destination like Samdruptse. He assured a permanent solution for drinking water supply in the area which is prone to drought.  Mr Chamling further promised construction of a ropeway, link roads to all villages in the area and carpeting of existing roads.
Amongst the plans for the state, the CM said that a new hospital specifically for TB treatment would be set up with the aim to eradicate TB from the state. He also said that Ad-hoc teachers who meet all the criteria and pass TET will be regularized in his next term. Those who don’t qualify will also be “adjusted” later in different departments, he added.
Speaking on the opposition he accused the SKM for the murder of NK Gurung and Arun Rai and called them a “party of murderers”. A clean sweep again of all 32 assembly seats will accord true homage to their martyrdom, he stressed.
“I made Golay Minister for three terms and MLA for four terms. In the last term even veteran leaders were asked to take rest but he was made MLA. He went against SDF just because he did not get the portfolio of a Minister,” said Mr. Chamling.

SDF candidate from Namthang Rateypani constituency, Tilu Gurung and Lok Sabha candidate, PD Rai also addressed the gathering. 

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