Sikkim govt pledges to explore resources, provide education
Last Updated: Saturday, August 15, 2009, 17:17
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 Day celebrations.

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 education.

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 purpose.

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 schemes.

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 15, 2009, 17:17

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