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Sikkim CM discusses State affairs with Union minister
A correspondent

Sikkim CM PS Tamang with Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal.
 GANGTOK, Aug 28 - Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal called on Chief Minister PS Tamang at the latter’s office here on Tuesday.

 The Chief Minister held a brief meeting with Meghwal, which was also attended by Cabinet ministers BS Panth and Sanjeet Kharel. Chief Secretary AK Shrivastava, ACS-cum-Principal Secretary, Finance, SC Gupta, ACS-cum-Principal Secretary, Industries, Dr Thomas Chandy, Secretary to the Chief Minister, SD Dhakal, Secretary, Transport, Raju Basnet and other officials were present on the occasion.

The Union minister was all praise for Sikkim and talked highly of the happiness index in which Sikkim is leading the country. He also stated how Madhya Pradesh was aggressively working towards achieving a commendable happiness index by creating a separate department for happiness called Anand Mantralaya. Meghwal suggested that Sikkim can also have a separate department for ‘happiness’.

The Chief Minister said that Sikkim had placed a request for electric vehicles but could not fulfil the criteria due to its scarce population and pollution control. Meghwal assured that he would advocate relaxation of the criteria for Sikkim to obtain the electric vehicles.

Tamang also called for establishing ancillary units of heavy machinery in West Sikkim to boost industrialisation in the State and resolve the problem of unemployment. Sikkim is capable of having at least assembly units for two-wheelers, if not manufacturing units, and hoped that the Union minister will take up the matter, the Chief Minister added. Meghwal assured he would discuss the matter with automobile companies.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister also expressed his concern over the notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs, opening the “sacred peaks” of Sikkim, including Mount Kanchenjunga, for expeditions.

Tamang urged Meghwal to raise the matter at the Centre and stressed that out of 24 mountains which have been opened for mountaineering, 14 should be banned as they have religious and sentimental values for the people of Sikkim. The Union minister assured that he would take up the matter with the ministry concerned and hoped that the Central Government would respect the religious values of the Sikkimese people.

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