New Delhi: April 24, 2012
Union Goverment has ranked the Sikkim state as the best state in the country in the category of smaller states for its outstanding performance in strengthening and developing the Panchayati Raj institutions in the state.
Union Rural Development Minister Jai Ram Ramesh and Union Minister of Panchayati Raj and Tribal Development V.Kishore Chandra Deo today presented ( Panchayat empowernment and incentivising schemen award) PEAIS
2011-12 award to C.B.Karki Sikkim Rural Management and Development Department Minister during national conference to celebrate the National Panchayat Raj Day function in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today .
Sikkim bagged the five prestigous national awards in the function and state was awarded Rs 1.36 crore rupees awards by the union Government. B.M. Rai, district President of Zila Parishad South District was presented the best performing district award in the function.
B B Chamling gram panchayat unit Sanga Dorjee was presented Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Award. Laxmi
Prasad Sharma, Panchayat Sachiv of Gerethang was presented the best Gram Panchayat unit, West District and Dhiren Gurung Panchayat Sabhapati of gram panchayat unit Aritar, East District was presented awards by Union Rural Development Minister Jai Ram Ramesh and Union Minister of Panchayati Raj and Tribal Development Sh V.Kishore Chandra Deo.
Sikkim Rural Management and Development Department Minister C.B.Karki said that Sikkim will be developed as “Switzerland of the East” by developing the villages of the state on the lines of the rural areas of the switzerland. He said that state govt has prepared a comprehensive and holistic planning and budgeting framework in the form of “Village Development Action Plan ” with the active assistance of Professor Bernard
Dafflon Professor of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland to achieve this objective by further strengthening the decentralisation and empowerment programmes. He said that a pilot village development action plan for Aritar Gram Panchayat Unit in east district has been prepared to realise the dream of the state govt and added that Aritar Gram Panchayat unit has been awarded the national award for its achievements in this
He said that 70%of the state budget is provided for the development of the rural areas of the state for overall growth of the areas .
Sikkim Rural Management and Development Department Minister Sh C.B.Karki said that state govt has ambitious plans to achieve “Poverty free Sikkim” by the year 2015 by attaching highest priority to the successful implementations of anti poverty programmes and improving the quality and delivery of public services to increase rural prosperity in the state. He said that state goverment has provided substantial budgetary allocations to all 165 gram panchayat units and 4 zilla panchayats in the state and various goverment institutions have been brought under the administrative controls of the gram panchayats units to bring transparancy and accountablility in govt schemes by giving equal opportunity to decision making process in all development activities of the village. He said that 145 gram panchayat units have their own state of art Gram Panchayat Kendras fitted with computers, village libraries and other amenities and rest 20 units will be equipped with the same facilities very shortly. He said that Panchayat Mahila Evam Yuva Shakti Abhiyan (PMEYSA) is organising awarness programmes on various social issues like HIV/AIDS, Legal Aid, Education and Child Right etc and confrences will be organised to to discuss the issues affecting women representative and youths under panchayati raj. He said that capacity building trainings have been imparted to all panchayat sabhapatis, sachivs and rural development assistants besides exposure visits from time to time.