GANGTOK: On the occasion of the 47th State Day celebration on May 16, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay asserted a business corridor on the Indo-Nepal border at Chewabhanjyang, Geyzing district. Golay asserted on national security is a top priority, even more than the development of the state. The road connecting Uttarey with Chewabhanjyang will cost about Rs 56 crore.

Highlighting the grievances of the Sahastra Seema Bal deputed at the border, Golay shared, “If our SSB personnel or locals fall sick, they have to be carried for 5 hours to reach Uttarey. Eight border outposts fall in the Uttarey to Chewabhanjyang stretch. Even our water sources are currently in Nepal. We have stressed the border necessities with the Central government. National Highway construction has already started. It can be a broad business corridor, Sikkim needs to be taken forward.”

Golay said Sikkim had “No second thoughts on the progress made by the state with the Indian democracy. Those that contributed to bringing democracy to Sikkim, we have immense praise and respect for them. All of our 10 Legislative Assemblies so far have contributed to the state’s progress. This is our 47th State Day, just three years shy of the grand 50th State Day celebration in 2025 taking the vision for a centenary celebration of India’s Independence in 2047.”

Sikkim Chief Minister also highlighted foreign employment training programme, stressing how Sikkim can provide a workforce globally. “Japan needs nurses, we have learned of their need in our exchange with the Japanese embassy. Through foreign employment training programmes, we can teach our people the Japanese language in collaboration with their embassy. Unlike Kerala, we do not have a foreign affairs department or exchange department, but even without it, we are working towards the development of the workforce.”

Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay was attending the State alongside Governor Ganga Prasad as the Chief Guest, along with Lok Sabha MP Indra Hang Subba and the cabinet of Ministers. Both the Governor and Chief Minister stressed the various achievements of the state under their governance.

The Chief Minister also said that the upcoming Geyzing Degree College will be named after the fourth Chief Minister of Sikkim, Late Sanchaman Limboo, as a mark of respect. Also, the state will provide medical reimbursement for muster roll, Adhoc and contractual employees up to Rs. 2.5 lakh under Chief Minister’s Swastha Yojana.

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