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Rural Sikkim households to be electrified by 2012

 GANGTOK, June 30 – The Sikkim Government has aimed at completing the electrification of all households in rural areas of the State under the Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana by next year.

This was announced here recently by the Minister for Energy and Power, Sonam Gyatso Lepcha, while responding to the discussion on the Demands for Grants of departments under his charge in the Assembly.

It would be completed next year, well ahead of 2012, fixed as the target for the entire nation, he said. He said that tenders have been floated for all the four districts and the progress report was quite encouraging.

He assured that the Industrial Training Institute under the Project area of the Teesta Stage V Hydel Project would soon become a reality and the government was searching for suitable land.

The Union Minister for Energy had announced allocation of Rs 5 crore for the proposed Institute during formal commissioning last year.

Later, the House unanimously passed the Demands for Grants for the departments under his charge. The Assembly also passed the Demands for Grants for some other departments.

Earlier, the Asssembly unanimously passed the Sikkim Value Added Tax (Amendment ) Bill, 2010 without discussion. – PTI

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