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Interim budget passed in Sikkim Assembly

 GANGTOK, Feb 20 - The Sikkim Assembly on Wednesday passed the interim budget of Rs 3,566.29 crore for six months of the financial year 2019-20 and two Bills.

The House was then adjourned sine die.

Sikkim goes to the Assembly poll along with the general elections later this year.

Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, who also holds the Finance portfolio, had presented the interim budget for Rs 3,566.29 crore on Monday, the first day of the two-day session.

The two Bills are the Sikkim Regulation of Transfer of Land (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Sikkim Prohibition of Beggary (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The other bill that follows a Supreme Court order, proposes to amend The Sikkim Prohibition of Beggary Act, 2004, which casts stigma on people suffering from leprosy.

Two MLAs of opposition Sikkim Krantikari Morcha and an Independent member boycotted the proceedings alleging that the brief session deprived them of opportunity to put up questions before the State Government. – PTI

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