Gangtok, January 11(IPR): The Fourth Session of the Tenth Assembly of Sikkim Legislative Assembly was held today, presided over by Hon’ble Deputy Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Shri. Sangay Lepcha. The session was held for one day due to the prevailing situation of COVID-19. Hon’ble Deputy Speaker welcomed the Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad and all the Members of the House to the session.
The session began with the Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad addressing the House. In his address, the Hon’ble Governor threw light on the key activities and achievements of the Government in the past year. He stated that the Government is committed to fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Sikkim. He further stated that the Government has not let the prevailing challenges derail its resolve to bring about all-round development in the State. He stated that this first Session for the new Calendar Year 2021-22 is a reflection of my Government’s efforts towards achieving comprehensive development for the State and its people. This Session intends to meet the aspirations of the Sikkimese people and fast track development as envisaged by the Government.
Hon’ble Chief Minister, also the Leader of the House, Shri Prem Singh Tamang moved the motion of thanks on Hon’ble Governor’s address. The Motion of Thanks was seconded by Hon’ble MLA Shri D. R. Thapa. Thereafter, the Motion of Thanks on the Hon’ble Governor’s address was put to vote and passed by the House.
During the Legislative Business, two Amendment Bills were introduced and passed by the House. The Hon’ble Minister for Rural Development Department Shri Sonam Lama introduced the Sikkim Panchayat (Amendment) Bill, 2021, Bill No 2 of 2021, and Hon’ble Minister for Commerce and Industries Department Shri. Bedu Singh Panth introduced the Sikkim Industries Licensing (Amendment) Bill, 2021 Bill No 3 of 2021.
The statement of objects and reasons of the Sikkim Panchayat (Amendment) Bill, 2021, Bill No 2 of 2021 is to bring in parity the function of the Gram Panchayat in special circumstances of emergency situations, wherein powers are vested in the Administrative Heads to coordinate and take decisions for grant and sanction of benefits to the beneficiaries selected by the Committee.
The statement and objects and reasons of the Sikkim Industries Licensing (Amendment) Bill, 2021 Bill No 3 of 2021 states that it is felt expedient to amend the Sikkim Industries Licensing Act, 1982 to enhance the amount of license fee as per the investment of the Industrial units in their plant and machinery in the interest of the industrial development of the State.
During the financial business, the Hon’ble Chief Minister, also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance Department, Government of Sikkim, presented the Second Supplementary Demands for Grants relating to the Financial Year 2020-21.
The Second Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2020-21 includes 15 grants, which includes a gross additional expenditure of Rs. 50347.07 lakh comprising of Rs. 15772.03 lakh on Revenue Account and Rs. 34575.04 lakh on Capital Account. The Second Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2020-21 was put to vote and was passed by the House.
Likewise, the Sikkim Appropriation Bill, Bill No. 1 of 2021 for the Second Supplementary Demands Grants for the financial year 2021 was also introduced by the Hon’ble Chief Minister also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance Department, which was passed by the House.
The House also adopted the Government Resolution (Resolution No. 1 of 2021) seeking inclusion of remaining left out communities of Sikkim as Scheduled Tribe which was proposed by Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice & Welfare Department Dr. M. K. Sharma. The Resolution was seconded by Hon’ble Member Shri. Sonam T. Venchungpa, where he stated that the Resolution was a reflection of the inclusiveness, sincerity, and commitment of the Government towards the people of Sikkim.
The discussion on the Government Resolution was also participated by Hon’ble Members Shri. D. R. Thapa, Shri. Tashi Thendup Bhutia and Shri. Aditya Golay, where they wholeheartedly supported the resolution.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister in the discussion of the Government Resolution (Resolution No. 1 of 2021) spoke on the legitimacy of the long pending demand of the state of Sikkim. He further expressed his gratitude to the House for their positive response and whole-hearted support for the resolution. He also provided a historical perspective on the status of the “Hill Tribe” communities citing the census of 1931 and 1941.
The Obituary Reference on the passing away of Late Shri Sanchaman Limboo, former Chief Minister of Sikkim and Late Shri Aita Singh Baraily, former Member of Sikkim Legislative Assembly was made in the House which was participated by Hon’ble Deputy Speaker Shri. Sangay Lepcha and Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang. The Obituary Reference was also participated by the Members Shri. Sanjeet Kharel, Shri. Karma Loday Bhutia, Shri. Bhim Hang Limboo and Shri. N. K. Subba. The Obituary Reference on the passing away of Late Shri Sanchaman Limboo, former Chief Minister of Sikkim mentioned that the State is deeply saddened by the unfortunate demise of late Shri Sanchaman Limboo, former Chief Minister of Sikkim, who breathed his last on 8th November 2020 at S.T.N.M Hospital at Gangtok due to a prolonged illness at the age of 72. Late Shri Sancha Man Limboo was born on 14th January 1949 at Hee-Yangthang in West Sikkim to late Shri Man Singh Subba and late Smt. Buddhi Maya Subba. He was the third son amongst the six sons and five daughters. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter. Late Limboo started his schooling at Hee Yangthang Primary School and moved on for higher studies to Pelling School and Namchi School. He completed his Graduation degree from Darjeeling Government College. Post completion of his studies, he joined the Education Department Government of Sikkim as a Teacher and worked at Tashiding Primary School in 1969, Pelling Senior Secondary School, West Sikkim as a graduate teacher in 1975, and also served in various capacities in the Education Department. In 1979 he joined politics and contested the election as a candidate of Sikkim Janata Parisad party from the then Yuksom Constituency and won the election. He was inducted into the Cabinet as Minister for Education Department Government of Sikkim. In 1984 he joined the Sikkim Sangram Parishad Political party and contested the general election in 1985 from the same Constituency and became a Cabinet Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Social Welfare, SC/ST Departments. In the 1989 general election, he was again re-elected as an MLA and held the post of Chairman, Public Accounts Committee, Estimates Committee, and Sikkim Times Corporation. Later, in the year 1994, he became the 4th Chief Minister of Sikkim. Subsequently, he also held the post of Deputy Chairman, State Planning Commission, and Political Advisor to Chief Minister. Owing to his interest in literary and cultural activities, he published three books in Nepali namely ‘Bhanu Astaya Pacchi’ in 1966, ‘Mero Desh’ in 1978, and ‘Sikkim ko Rajnaitik Itihas’ in 1983. He was conferred with ‘Tamra Patra’ by the President of India in 1982 for his literary works on the origin of Limboo language script. He set up ‘Subba Prakashan’ at Gangtok to encourage authoring of books in Limboo language, setting up of Limboo letterpress, expansion of languages, CBSE recognition of the Limboo language, and introducing Limboo program in All India Radio Gangtok. Late Shri Sanchaman Limboo was an optimistic political leader who shouldered responsibilities under any crucial circumstances.
Late Limboo had been an ideal politician with the resilient aptitude and tolerant conduct. With the sad demise of Late Shri Sanchaman Limboo, State has lost an eminent leader, accomplished social worker, and a stalwart whose life was solely devoted to community upliftment. His works, accomplishments, and contributions will always be remembered by the future posterity of Sikkim. The House extended their profound sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
In the Obituary Reference on the passing away of Late Shri Aita Singh Baraily, former Member of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Sikkim is extremely mourned by the untimely demise of late Shri Aita Singh Baraily, former Member of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, who breathed his last on 12th December 2020 at Nivedita Hospital at 10:30 pm at Siliguri West Bengal due to lung infection. He was 58 years old. Late Baraily was the eldest son born on 7th April 1962 at Nagi Block, Namthang in South Sikkim to his late father Shri Nar Bahadur Baraily and late mother Smt. Man Maya Baraily. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.
Late Baraily did his schooling at Namthang School and SUMI School Kalimpong and then worked in the Transport Department, Government of Sikkim. He joined politics at the beginning of the 90s and contested election in 1994 and was elected from the then Ratey-Pani Constituency. During the period from 1994-99, he was inducted in the Council of Ministers as a Minister for Industries, Printing & Stationery and Excise Departments Government of Sikkim. In the 2004 general election, he was re-elected from the same Constituency as an MLA and became the Chairman of Estimates Committee and Social Welfare Department. He was the Advisor of Scheduled Caste Association before his sudden demise.
Late Baraily was felicitated by many Organisations, Civil Societies, and Associations for his dedication towards society. In the year 2001, he was conferred with Dr. Ambedkar Fellowship Award. He spent most of his time enriching the Schedule Caste Association through different programs.
Late Baraily was one of the pioneers who played an instrumental role in setting up Scheduled Caste Bhawan in Gangtok. He was an energetic, simple, straightforward, and humble human being. Till his last breath, he worked for society and the people of Sikkim. His unfortunate demise has shocked the State. The House extended their deepest condolences to his dear ones left behind in the hour of grief and offered prayers for the departed soul to find eternal peace. As a mark of respect to the departed souls, the House observed two minutes’ silence.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister also the Minister-in-Charge of the Finance Department presented the report on the Review of Compliance to Sikkim Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2010 for the year 2017-18.
Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang in his valedictory remarks stated that the country is at the threshold of launching the Covid-19 vaccination, which would mitigate the challenge to a great extent. He congratulated the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for providing his leadership in times of crisis and for the vaccine breakthrough. He informed that the Hon’ble Prime Minister will chair a virtual meeting today with all the Chief Ministers regarding the launching of the vaccination drive in the country.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad for his valuable address in the Assembly Session. He thanked the Hon’ble Deputy Speaker for the smooth conduct of the Assembly Session. He also thanked the Hon’ble Ministers and Hon’ble MLAs for their participation in the day’s proceedings. He thanked the Hon’ble Members of the House for passing the two Bills namely ‘the Sikkim Panchayat (Amendment) Bill, 2021, Bill No. 02 of 2021’, and ‘the Sikkim Industries Licensing (Amendment) Bill, 2021, Bill No. 03 of 2021’. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also thanked the Hon’ble Members for passing the Second Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2020-21 and the Sikkim Appropriation Bill, Bill No. 01 of 2021. He also thanked the Hon’ble Members for extending their wholehearted support to the Government Resolution (Resolution No. 1 of 2021) for the inclusion of remaining left out Communities of Sikkim as Scheduled Tribe.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister extended his gratitude to everyone involved in making the one-day Assembly Session a success.
Hon’ble Deputy Speaker Shri Sangay Lepcha in his valedictory address thanked the Hon’ble Governor for his special address. He thanked the Leader of the House and all the Members for their valuable presence and participation in the day’s proceedings.
The one-day Session of the Assembly came to a conclusion with the Hon’ble Deputy Speaker adjourning the House Sine-Die.