Gangtok, September 13 (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang inaugurated the first house constructed under Sikkim Garib Awas Yojana (SGAY) at Nandok, Syari constituency, today, and handed it over to the beneficiary, 65-year-old Shri Athup Lepcha of Nandok.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister was accompanied by Hon’ble Minister cum Area MLA, Shri. Kunga Nima Lepcha, Hon’ble Cabinet Ministers Shri. B.S. Panth and Shri. Bhim Hang Limboo, Hon’ble MLAs Shri. G.T. Dhungel and Shri. Em Prasad Sharma, Hon’ble Advisor, Shri. Tenzing Lamtha, Principal Secretary, RDD, Shri. C.S Rao, senior officers of RDD, ADC (Development) Gangtok, BDO Nandok, and officials.
Sikkim Garib Awas Yojana is a flagship program of the State Government to facilitate housing for the poor and to improve the quality of life of deserving households by providing basic amenities. It aims to provide pucca houses to approximately 3,050 beneficiaries from across the State.
The house constructed under SGAY is a single-storey RCC structure, which consists of a living room, two bedrooms, kitchen, toilet along with TV and furniture comprising of 1 sofa set, 1 center table, 2 almirahs, 2 single beds, and 1 double bed. The house was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. seventeen lakh fifty-one thousand including furniture and a TV.
It may be mentioned here that the Hon’ble Chief Minister had launched the Sikkim Garib Awas Yojana on the 8th of October, 2020 at Manan Kendra, Gangtok.
Later, addressing the gathering at Nandok BAC, the Hon’ble Chief Minister congratulated Shri Athup Lepcha for being the first beneficiary under the housing scheme. He thanked and congratulated the Rural Development Department for completing the houses under the scheme in a record time of 11 months, despite the pandemic and other hurdles. He said that after the official inauguration of the first house under the scheme today, all the houses which have been completed will be inaugurated from tomorrow onwards. He informed that the first phase of Sikkim Garib Awas Yojana will be completed throughout the State by March 2022 and handed over to the beneficiaries.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister also mentioned that the State Government has recently launched the Sikkim Urban Garib Awas Yojana (SUGAY), the first urban housing scheme in Sikkim, to cater to the urban poor. The vision of the State Government is to ensure that every citizen has a roof over their head and has access to the programs and schemes designed for their upliftment.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister also announced to provide house up-gradation of Rs.20,000/- each before Dusshera festival to 400 beneficiaries in each constituency in the name of the female member of the house. Along with this, 100 beneficiaries in each constituency will also be provided with GCI sheets. He maintained that since the Government is constructing homes for the people, both rural and urban, the practice of distributing GCI sheets, will gradually be discontinued. He also informed that the State government’s objective is to bring equality in society and that those belonging to the weaker sections get the opportunity to make their lives better.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister also informed about the establishment of the Drivers Welfare Board, which will have its Chairperson, six Vice-Chairpersons, and a dedicated budget, for the overall welfare of the drivers in the State.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister highlighted some of the major achievements of the Government in the past months. He said that substantial work has been accomplished especially in the health, education sector, and rural development sector. He said that the Covid -19 pandemic has further strengthened the State Government’s commitment towards ensuring that the citizens are safe, healthy, and have easy access to the best and affordable healthcare facilities. The State Government is determined to provide health facilities right at the doorsteps of both the rural and urban residents. Major changes have been brought about in the health sector by setting up labs and other infrastructures and recruiting Specialists, Medical Officers, Non-technical employees, and health workers.
The program was also addressed by Hon’ble Minister, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha.