Tuesday, Sep 19, 2023 06:45 [IST]
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Golay strongly pushes for every community to have their elected representative in Assembly in 2024GANGTOK,: Chief Minister PS Golay, also the SKM president, has spoken on the need for every community to have their elected representative in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly (SLA) as the 2024 Assembly election approaches.
“In 2019 election, two communities – Gurung and Pradhan - could not get their representatives in the SLA. Though the parties gave candidates from these communities but unfortunately they could not win, and since 2019, the two communities do not have their representative in the SLA,” said the Chief Minister on Monday.
He was addressing the State-level Teej Festival 2023 organized by the ruling SKM at Golitar, Singtam.
“Despite having no representative in the Assembly, the two communities should not feel insecure. The SKM government stands strongly for these two communities and every other Sikkimese community, and we have ensured that all rights and facilities are provided to them. No community in Sikkim should feel insecure,” said Golay.
The Chief Minister expressed his strong desire to have representatives of every community in the SLA after being elected during the 2024 Assembly election. Let all communities have their elected representative, this could not happen in 2019 but in 2024, we want to see candidates of every community become elected representatives after winning the election, he said, extending his best wishes to all.
Golay urged all communities in Sikkim to stay united and in harmony. He recorded that the SKM government does not indulge in divisive politics.
“We never divided communities and created hostility among our communities for political gains. The past government used to divide the Sikkimese communities and weaken them to stay in power,” said the SKM president.
In his address, the Chief Minister mentioned that the SKM party could manage to bring only one woman in the policy-making level of the State government in 2019. But we have three women legislators in the Assembly who are strongly contributing to the policy-making process of the State besides working sincerely for the development of their respective constituencies, he said. He added that at present, women are leading in almost all sectors in Sikkim including the State administration.
The Chief Minister also highlighted the various schemes launched by the State government like ‘Aama’ and ‘Bahini’ schemes for the welfare and empowerment of women in Sikkim, besides providing financial support for IVF facility and one year’s maternity level to boost fertility rate among the local populace.
The State government has already announced an increment initiative for women government employees having two or more child births.
For those who are unemployed or have no family members in government service will be facilitated with a monthly grant of Rs. 5,000 for a year in case of second child birth, said the Chief Minister. The grant will be enhanced to Rs 10,000 per month for a year in case of having a third child, he said.
During the celebration, the Chief Minister handed over trophies and cash prizes to the winners of the traditional dance competition, wherein Geyzing district stood first while Pakyong district bagged the second position, Gangtok district stood third, Namchi district bagged the fourth position, Soreng district stood fifth and Mangan bagged the sixth position.