`Sep 18 quake has taken Sikkim back by 5-7 years`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 20:00
Gangtok: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Wednesday said that the 6.8 Richter scale earthquake which hit the state on September 18 has taken the state back by five to seven years in terms of development.

Sikkim suffered extensive damages in the earthquake which has taken back the state back by five to seven years in terms of development but we are committed to rebuild the state, Chamling told the one-day winter of the Sikkim Legislative assembly.

Sikkim Government has also submitted a report to the Government of India for grant of Rs 6890 crore for relief and rehabilitation process, he informed.

More than 90 people died in the earthquake. Chamling thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for visiting the state in the hour of need and for announcing an immediate relief package of Rs 1000 crore to the state. He also thanked Union Home Minister P Chidambaram for visiting the state and announcing a grant of 50 crores as well as the Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and host of other dignitaries for their support to the state.

During the legislative business hour, Chamling who is also the Minister-in Charge for Finance Revenue and Expenditure Department introduced the Sikkim Online Gaming (Regulation) Amendment Bill, Bill 2011 which was unanimously passed by the House.

Chamling further informed that the state Government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased person and Rs 20,000 each to the injured persons during the Rangchang Bridge collapse on December, 19.


First Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 20:00

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