GANGTOK, June 23 – The State Government has set the target to make Sikkim the first-ever Poverty Free State of the country within the next four years. A comprehensive programme, involving all the Government departments will be undertaken for the purpose with special thrust on the poverty-stricken villages.
This was announced by the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling in the Assembly yesterday. He was replying to the general discussion on the Budget in the House.
Chamling asserted that his Government is working for the overall development of the villages under the Village Development Action Plan. He said that each village will be provided with all the basic infrastructure.
Referring to the proposed Kisan Bazars at District and Development Block levels, the Chief Minister said that these will be important channels of reaching the produces of the villages to the national and international markets, equipped with facilities like playgrounds, community centres, etc. He revealed that the Government plans to set up community centres in each of the Gram Panchayats.
Reiterating his Government’s resolve to convert Sikkim into a fully Organic State by the year 2015, Chamling stressed that this will require a trained manpower of at least 1,000 persons.