Gangtok, December 18: (IPR)
Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes Dr. Nand Kumar Sai today, called on Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad at Raj Bhavan. He was accompanied by Members NCST Hari Krishna Damor and Harshadbhai Chunilal Vasava on the occasion.
It was a courtesy call by Chairman and Members of NCST who are on a five days official visit to Sikkim starting 15th December 2019.
In a brief meeting with Governor, Chairman expressed his delight on the socio-economic status of Scheduled Tribes in Sikkim. He also apprised about his efforts to ensure that the policies and programmes of the central government aimed at the welfare and upliftment of scheduled tribes across the country yield desired results. He informed about the series of meetings the panel had with various organizations and stakeholders of scheduled tribe population in Sikkim since his arrival and mentioned that his endeavor is to address the concerns and issues of the tribes in coordination with state government departments and agencies.
Governor conveyed his pleasure in meeting the Chairman and members of the commission and assured to look into the issues if brought into his notice. He underlined Sikkim’s strength of harmony, brotherhood and non-discriminatory social bonding among all sections and tribes.
Similarly, Dr. Nand Kumar Sai along with his delegates also called on Chief Minister P.S Tamang at Samman Bhawan earlier this morning.
During their meeting, they discussed various issues related to development. The HCM requested the Chairperson to include UPSC coaching and Scholarship programs to the interested candidates of Sikkim, those who are willing to appear in All India Sevices.
The HCM also talked about certain challenges faced by a lot of areas in Sikkim. These areas are located at difficult terrains which makes it complicated for development programs and schemes. He asked the Chairperson to kindly look into this matter as schemes like MGNREGA, BADP and other such schemes which are based on population should be based on areas as well.
The Chairperson has assured to help the state in all Central Government Schemes and was delighted to know that all other schemes are being implemented smoothly. He has also assured to render ample support for the development of ST’s (Scheduled Tribes) and all other sections of society in Sikkim.