Sikkim to issue white paper on funds received for quake victims

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Mangan, October 25, 2011: Talking about the recent earthquake, relief activities and the funds utilized for relief, rescue and rehabilitation the Chief Minister, currently on a visit to North Sikkim, asked the people to not to listen to the rumours floating in the market. He assured that a white paper will be issued by the government on the funds received for the earthquake victims. The white paper would include ex-gratia payments to the next of kin of the deceased and amounts distributed for house rebuilding, the CM said. In this connection he asked the government employees and the public representatives to take the responsibility in rebuilding and redevelopment of the state.

Chief Minister Dr. Pawan Chamling embarked on a Village to village tour in the North district on October 25. The North Sikkim tour of Dr. Chamling includes meeting people of the district in the wake of the earthquake and to assure them of every support from the government for rebuilding and redevelopment. The chief minister’s tour will cover the quake affected areas of Chungthang, Lachen, Lachung and Dzongu. The 6.9 magnitude earthquake with the epicentre near Chungthang in North Sikkim killed 60 people and damaged property worth crores of rupees. The CM was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues, Chief Secretary, DGP, HoDs of various departments. The first day of the North district tour started their tour from Namok-Shayam, village.

In the morning, the CM and his entourage attended a public meeting at Eklavya Model Residential School wherein a warm traditional welcome was accorded to the CM. The CM presented Rs. 1 lakh to the students of the school. The CM’s team attended similar programme at School ground of Mangshilla Govt. Sec. School.

Speaking at both the meetings the CM expressed his positive response towards the demands placed by the public and assured them to take up all the demands on priority. He said that one storied house would be constructed for those who have lost their house during earthquake. He directed the concerned officials to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) as early as possible so that it could be send to the central government. Besides this he also assured that all the collapsed religious institutions and monasteries will be redeveloped and constructed to their old glory.

The CM also laid the foundation stone for a proposed tunnel at Theeng near Mangan, North Sikkim on the first day of his visit. He also announced to establish a Degree College at Mangshila.



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