Gangtok, 7 May, 2012:
A coordination meeting of the Heads of the depatment was held at the Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok today. The meeting was chaired by the Chief Minister of Sikkim Pawan Chamling.
Addressing the administrators of state the Chief Minister at the outset said that the word administration came from a Latin work “administratio” which means “to give service” and hence urged everyone involved in the administration of the state to be proactive, responsive and accountable towards the service of the people of the state. He also called upon the heads of the departments to carry out the responsibility of implementing the people centric programmes in all efficient manner. He also took stock of the actions taken with regard to the decisions taken during the last coordination meeting held on 10th May 2011.
Taking stock of the decisions taken during the 42 days village to village tour the Chief Minister said that as per the decision taken during the last meeting, the entire administration of the state went for 42 days village to village tour which was a life time experience for all of us, the Chief Minister said. In the due course of our tour we have sanctioned many people centric schemes and the responsibility of implementation lies on the administrators, he added. He further hoped that all the schemes sanctioned during the tour will be implemented successfully.
The Chief Minister also talked about the development of Satellite Township at Pakyong and informed that the government has acquired land at Pakyong which can be used for various projects in service and hospitality, IT, sports sectors ect. In this regard he urged all the departmental heads to think on these lines and make collective efforts to develop the area with futuristic view.
On Bhaley dhunga Sky Walk Project the Chief Minister directed the departments to work with broader vision in the interest of the people. The project after its completion will be one of the wonders of the world, he said and added that the Heads of the departments take a proactive role in getting various clearances for the projects of the state so that the development initiatives of the state is not jeopardised. The laws and acts are meant for the interest of the people and hence have to be used in the best interests of the people, the Chief Minister said. In this regard he also urged the heads of the departments to take every possible steps to expedite the delivery mechanism as he said some of the administrative process are slowing down the expected delivery mechanism. In this context he also talked about the Maneybhanjyang road which he said after completion will be a major tourist destination of the state whereby many locals will be benifitted.
The Chief Minister asked the PHE Department to bring out a permanent solution to the Ratey Chu Source of water catering to the water requirement of the entire Gangtok area. In this regard he directed the department to prepare an action plan in consultation with experts.
With regard to the health department the Chief Minister said that the CATCH programme will now henceforth be introduced in schools from this year. Along with this heallth awareness, health classes can also be taken by the department at the schools, the Chief Minister said. He also urged the doctors and health workers to study on why and how the various diseases like AIDS, Cancer, MDR, TB etc are effecting day to day life of the Sikkimese people.
The Chief Minister directed the Information and Public Relations Department to document, digitalise and archive all the old records, photographs, news, videos etc in proper manner.
Talking about the governments initiative on e – tendering the Chief Minister said that such efforts will ensure transparency in the administration and do away with the system of middlemen in such contratual work. In this regard he asked the works department to make norms in the interest of the local contractors.
ON the Kutcha House Free State, the Chief Minister asked the concerned department to work in coordinated manner to complete the construction of 14000 houses of the people of the state within this year. For this purpose he directed the RMDD and Forest Department to work in coordinated manner. He asked the Forest Department to facilitate in providing timber for the construction of houses under this programme.
The government is trying for the capacity building of every individual of the state. For this purpose State Institute of Capacity Building has been established, he said. In this direction he asked the departmental heads to think on the skilled man power requirement of the state so that appropriate training can be given to our youths. We have brought world class infrastructures in the state and now we have to create man power to run and man these infrastructures, he said. He informed the gathering of the plan of State Institute of Capacity Building to train 17000 unemployed youths during the next two years.
Terming the entire administrative administrative machinery as Think Tank for the state the chief Minister asked the heads of the departments to be personally involve in the monitoring and evaluation of the government projects and encourage team work in the administration. On the encroachment of the government property in and outside the state the Chief Minister asked the heads of the departments to take appropriate steps to stop encroachment of the government properties and take strict action upon the encroachers. He also asked the department to ascertain and regularise the ownership of the government property situated in and outside the state so that the department can take up appropriate action to protect and maintain the property. He also directed the HRDD to redeploy the excess teachers to those areas where there is scarcity of the techers and also to keep track and monitor all the developments among the various universities set up in the state. He also directed the concerned department to monitor the quality of vehicles, hotels and taxis. He also asked the heads of the departments to come up with ways and means to generate more revenue for the state without effecting the people.
Talking on the various infrastructures created all round the state and especially the char Dham and the statue of Guru Padmasambhaw in South Sikkim the Chief Minister directed the District Collector, South to bring out a concreate propposal for running the institution in a proper manner. These projects have been conceived and constructed keeping in mind the long term benefit of the state and it is out duty to see that these institutions are properly manner for the benefit of the future of the state, the Chief Minister said.
Concluding his remarks the Chief Minister while talking about the various other schemes of the state government said that during this year all the ongoing schemes of the government will be completed and no new schemes will be started except for few very important schemes.
A stock taking of the 19 developmental missions of the government were also taken during the meeting during which the Chief Minister said that the state has seen visible change during these 18 years and with the collective, coordinated and cooperative initiative of everyone we are not far behind in making Sikkim world class state.
Earlier, the Chief Secretary, Shri Karma Gyatsho during his welcome address appraised the Chief Minister about the initiatives taken by the administration in expediting the delivery mechanism of the state government. He said that it has been made mandatory for the heads of the departments to conduct monthly tours to the district and monthly departmental meetings.He further informed that the head office is getting regularly reports from the districts. He further said that though much needs to be done but assured that the process has begun in the right direction.