Sikkim’s CM highlights key issues related to border, education, highway in 70th Plenary meeting of NE Council

New Delhi, October 10: Sikkim’s Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang participated on the second day of the 70th Plenary meeting of the North East Council chaired by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Guwahati today.

Briefly outlining the primary points, CM Tamang spoke about the state government’s plan to create a multimodal corridor at Chewabhanjyang with a modern integrated check-post. Stating the historical significance of the corridor, which has been a traditional bilateral contact point between West Sikkim in India and Nepal, he added that this area has great potential to be a vital region for cultural, economic, social, tourism, and ecological exchanges.

Informing about the state government’s vision to make Sikkim the Education Hub of Eastern and North Eastern India, CM Tamang solicited the council’s blessings in setting up the Netaji Subash Chandra Bose University of Excellence in PPP Mode.

The Chief Minister also highlighted the need to improve and strengthen the NH10 highway, the lifeline of Sikkim. In this regard, he requested the Union Home Minister to guide the highways and borders road authorities to extend comprehensive assistance to restructure, renovate, and upgrade the NH 10.

In presence of G. K. Reddy, Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region, Governors and Chief Ministers of eight North-Eastern states, Home Minister Amit Shah asked the Chief Ministers to ensure financial discipline of their states which, he said, was essential to make the country’s economy the second largest in the world. He also urged the states to make full use of the North East Space Application Centre (NESAC) for flood control, irrigation, tourism, afforestation and agriculture.

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