PM Modi accepts CM Tamang’s invitation to visit Sikkim during 50th Statehood Day

New Delhi, June 24: Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Parliament House in New Delhi today.

At the outset, he congratulated the PM on his third consecutive electoral victory and expressed confidence in his leadership. The CM also thanked PM Modi for his unwavering support, especially for the prompt relief after the Sikkim flash flood in October 2023.

During the meeting, they discussed the demands for tribal status for 12 indigenous communities, the Limboo-Tamang seat reservation in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, and the visit of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorji to Sikkim.

CM Tamang informed the Prime Minister about the initiative to build a multimodal corridor with an integrated checkpost between Sikkim and eastern Nepal at Chewa Bhanjyang. Additionally, he presented the Post Disaster Need Assessment report, estimating Rs. 3673.25 crore for recovery and reconstruction, and emphasized the need for continued support.

Given the strategic importance of NH-10, Shri Tamang requested a permanent solution to its frequent disruptions and proposed entrusting its maintenance to a Central Agency like NHAI/NHIDCL. He also sought urgent intervention to restore NH-310A, which connects Gangtok to the Indo-China border, following recent cloudbursts in North Sikkim.

Further, a proposal to develop a Himalayan Railway Line between Bakrakote in West Bengal and Rorathang in Sikkim, along with historical correspondence from 1917, was also presented.

The CM applauded the Prime Minister’s initiative, ‘Ek Ped Maa Ke Naam,’ which raises awareness about environmental conservation by planting a sapling in honor of mothers, and added that Sikkim will observe this initiative on July 7, 2024.

As Sikkim will be celebrating its 50th Statehood Day on May 16th, 2025, CM Tamang extended an invitation to the Prime Minister to grace the occasion as the Chief Guest, which he graciously accepted.

MP (Lok Sabha) Indra Hang Subba, MP (Rajya Sabha) DT Lepcha were also present on the occasion.

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