New Delhi, November 5, 2022: President Draupadi Murmu virtually inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for multiple State and Central projects here at Manan Kendra, Gangtok today.
Addressing the function, President Murmu showered praises on Sikkim for how the State has developed in multiple sectors and how gender equality is respected in the State, considering both men and women equal as two supporting wheels of society.
Acknowledging the rapid progress of the State in various sectors, President Murmu said that the projects being inaugurated during the event demonstrate the commitment of both the State and Central governments to bring progress in the education framework and improving road connectivity in Sikkim.
President Murmu extended her full support to the State and assured that all possible measures concerning various issues would always be considered. On the occasion, the President virtually inaugurated two highway projects, the Atal Setu at Rangpo and the Two-Lane Chisopani Traffic Tunnel Project under Gangtok District.
The Atal Setu at Rangpo, along NH-10 connecting the State of Sikkim and West Bengal, has been built by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India.
The Two-Lane Chisopani Traffic Tunnel Project along National Highway 10 has been executed by the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India.
President Murmu also inaugurated the 100-Bedded Girls’ Hostel at V.C. Ganju Lama Senior Secondary School at Ravangla in Namchi District. The hostel has been constructed by the Social Justice and Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim, under the “Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK)” with the financial sanction of Rs. 324.50 lakh from the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, under the funding pattern of 90:10 ratio.
Thereafter, President Murmu laid the foundation stone for the 300-bedded District Hospital in Singtam, under Gangtok District, which will be executed by the Social Justice and Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim.
The foundation stone for World Renewal Spiritual Brahma Kumari Centre at Namchi was also laid by the President.
President Murmu also laid the foundation stone for widening and improving the road from Namchi district headquarters to Birdang via Kitchudumra, connecting Namchi district in South Sikkim with Soreng and Gyalshing districts in West Sikkim. The Roads and Bridges Department, Government of Sikkim, will implement the project with funding aid from the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) under the Ministry of DoNER, Government of India, with a budgetary allocation of Rs. 61.36 Crores. Similarly, she also laid the foundation stone of the National Institute of Technology at Dung Dung in Khamdong under Gangtok District.Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang said that it is a momentous day for Sikkim to have the first tribal President of the country visit the State.
Shri Tamang sought the President’s intervention in securing tribal status for the 12 left-out indigenous communities of the State and reservation of seats in Sikkim Legislative Assembly for Limboo and Tamang communities. He also apprised the President of the State government’s plans to create a multimodal corridor at Chewabhanjyang, a traditional bilateral contact point between West Sikkim and Nepal. He also updated the President on the early visit of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to Sikkim.
The event was also attended by the Governor of Sikkim Ganga Prasad, Sikkim Legislative Assembly Speaker, Shri Arun Upreti and Cabinet Ministers along with top officials of the State government.
President Draupadi Murmu and her entourage reached the Army Helipad in Living by Indian Airforce Aircraft Mi-17, this afternoon. She is on her two-day maiden visit to Sikkim.