Gangtok: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar
Chamling on Saturday said his government`s main priority was to tap
the vast economic and employment opportunities available in
the state besides providing quality education to youths.
The academic infrastructure needs upgradation to provide
quality education to children and youths in the state, he said
at a function at Palzor Stadium to mark the 62nd Independence
He said that the state government has set up a state
knowledge commission to recommend both short-term and
long-term measures to usher in reforms in the field of
The state government has also launched capacity building
programmes to impart skills and technical knowledge to youths,
the Chief Minister said, adding all government departments had
been asked to spend 10 percent of their allocation for the
Chamling announced a slew of schemes for health and
social welfare, including a health insurance coverage scheme
for people above 45 years and another insurance scheme to
cover medicare requirement of the entire population and said
that an adequate budgetary provision will be made for these
Chamling also announced construction of a number of
statues and temples to promote spiritual tourism.
"We have proposed to build a number of spiritual
destinations in Sikkim, including the 135-feet statue of the
Buddhist saint Guru Padmasambhava at Samdruptse near Ravangla
in South Sikkim, the construction of which has been going on
for many years and will be completed by next year," he said.
The other spiritual/religious construction in Sikkim will
be the statue of Sri Janga at Daramdin, Jyotilinga Char Dham
at Solophok, the statue of Bhanu Bhakta at Geyzing, Bhagwan
Baba Mandir at Daramdin, Siddhi Vinayak Mandir at Rhenock,
Sirdi Baba Mandir at Assangthang, Thakurbari Mandir at Gangtok
and Shakti Sthal at Tamleytar Mungrang Lunchok and a Church at
Gangtok, he said.