In a significant move towards addressing the concerns and aspirations of the people of Sikkim, a delegation led by DR Thapa from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) presented a Memorandum to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the Raj Bhavan in Gangtok.
The first major point of contention raised in the memorandum was the examination of Clause 26AAA. The delegation highlighted the potential repercussions of Clause 4 and 5 of the Act on Sikkim, expressing concerns about its impact. Minister Sitharaman assured the delegation that she would consult her legal team to find a solution that safeguards the well-being and happiness of the people of Sikkim.
The second point emphasized the focus on economic development, with the Sikkim BJP outlining plans to boost the state’s economy through a self-employment initiative. Minister Sitharaman encouraged the delegation to share their detailed report with the Government of India, fostering collaboration for sustainable economic growth.
Addressing a pressing issue, the third point in the memorandum was the urgent need for flood relief. The delegation appealed for a comprehensive relief package to aid victims of recent flash floods, focusing on both immediate damages and long-term support for repair efforts.
In a bid to promote financial inclusivity, the fourth point sought hassle-free loans for unemployed individuals in Sikkim, advocating for a simplified process without complex collateral requirements. This move aims to empower the unemployed and stimulate economic activity at the grassroots level.
The fifth and final point underscored the delegation’s commitment to supporting and implementing Central Government outreach programs in Sikkim. The emphasis was on ensuring that these schemes reach the grassroots, maximizing their impact for the benefit of the people.
Minister Sitharaman, acknowledging the concerns raised, took the time to listen attentively and reassured the BJP delegation of her commitment. She particularly stressed the importance of enhancing self-employment schemes in Sikkim, promising full support from the Center. This meeting is being viewed as a positive step towards addressing key issues and fostering development for the people of Sikkim.
The BJP delegation, comprising Party MLAs, Advisors, State Vice Presidents, General Secretary, Mahila Morcha Representatives, and others, actively participated in this collaborative effort. The engagement signifies a concerted push towards resolving critical issues and advancing the development agenda for the state.