Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang played a pivotal role at the 71st Plenary of the North Eastern Council (NEC), held at the State Convention Centre in Shillong, Meghalaya. The meeting, chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, brought together Governors and Chief Ministers from North Eastern States, along with key officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of DoNER, Government of India.
Chief Minister Tamang expressed gratitude to the Union Home Minister and the Central Government for their continuous support and guidance in the development of the North-East region. He particularly thanked the government for its swift response and assistance during the catastrophic flood crisis that struck Sikkim on October 3-4, 2023.
The Chief Minister highlighted the joint memorandum submitted to the Government of India, seeking temporary restoration and permanent reconstruction of the affected areas. He emphasized the importance of prompt action and appealed to the Ministry of DoNER and the North-East Council for additional funds to expedite restoration activities, crucial for the State’s economy.
Tamang addressed the issue of a weakened Retaining Wall and visible cracks at Pakyong Greenfield Airport, leading to the suspension of flight services. He urged the Government of India for an early solution to ensure the airport’s safety and functionality.
The Chief Minister showcased the “Mero Rukh Mero Santati” program, an environmental conservation initiative of the Government of Sikkim. This unique program involves planting 108 trees for every newborn child and gained global recognition during COP’ 28 held in Dubai in November-December 2023.
Tamang highlighted the significance of the Multi-Modal Corridor connecting Sikkim and Eastern Nepal for national security. He stressed the importance of regional cooperation and infrastructure development for the overall progress of the North-East region.
In the context of Sustainable Development Goals, Sikkim was lauded as a leader in the overall index, thanks to proactive measures taken by the State Government. The Chief Minister urged the Central Government to adopt a new industrial investment policy to encourage vital manufacturing employment in the North-East regions.
Tamang reiterated the demand for incorporating the Limboo Tamang community into the Scheduled Tribe category. Additionally, he emphasized the long-pending request to bring the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee to Sikkim, showcasing the importance of cultural and community representation.
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang’s active participation at the NEC Plenary reflects the commitment of the Government of Sikkim towards regional development, environmental conservation, and addressing crucial issues affecting the state. The articulation of demands and concerns underscores the need for collaborative efforts between the state and central governments to ensure holistic progress in the North-East region.