CM launches Sikkim INSPIRES, a world bank assisted programme of the Government of Sikkim

New Delhi, Feb 16: Sikkim INSPIRES (Integrated Service Provision and Innovation for Revising Economics) under the aegis of Planning and Development Department, a world bank assisted programme of the Government of Sikkim was launched at Chintan Bhavan, Gangtok on Thursday.

Sikkim INSPIRES as a unique program that is a first direct partnership of Government of Sikkim with World Bank. Through INSPIRES, the State Government is adopting an evidence based module to provide better economic inclusion opportunities for women and youth. The programme will be creating various training and employment opportunities as per the aspirations of the youth.

Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang in his address highlighted the groundbreaking initiative representing the first ever and pioneering partnership between the State Government and the world bank.

He further said that over the next five years starting from 2024, this programme will engage with nine government departments marking a significant step to fostering economic growth. One of the most noteworthy aspects of this programme is its holistic approach to addressing economic inclusion, he added.

Significantly, he said that for the first time, eight line departments, that is, Forest Department, Women and Child Development Department, Information Technology Department, Commerce and Industries Department, Skill Development Department, Rural Development Department, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department and Health and Family Welfare Department, shall collaborate under the leadership of the Planning and Development Department to create and enable ecosystem for economic prosperity.

This comprehensive approach will provide capacity services including employment training programmes, robust institutions, employment linkages and will promote sector partnerships. The programme encompasses a wide range of activities aimed at fostering inclusive growth and economic empowerment.

“Sikkim INSPIRES represents a collaborative and comprehensive approach as we march ahead on this journey which is imperative for all of us, so let us join hands and realise the vision of prosperous Sikkim,” he added.

‘Swasth Maan’ Sikkim Mobile App for the well being and awareness for strengthening mental health was also launched by the Chief Minister. The App was developed by the Department of Science and Technology in collaboration with Health Department, Government of Sikkim.

Among the attendees were Cabinet Ministers, Representatives of World Bank, Head of Departments, stakeholders and government officials from various line departments.

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