Road to Development and Well-being
You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. – Ken Kesey
This quote is apt to describe the across-the-state journey that Shri Pawan Chamling, the Chief Minister of Sikkim, embarked on earlier this year. The 32 days long ‘Jan Samparka Jan Samman Abhiyan’ began on 2nd April, from the Kabi Lungchok constituency in North Sikkim and ended at Rangang Yangang in South Sikkim on 30th June. The literal English translation of the ‘Jan Samparka Jan Samman Abhiyan’ is ‘Mission to connect with people and express respect for the people’. This programme has been one of its kind in the country where the Leader of the government went from door to door to meet people and listen to their voices.
The Jan Samparka Jan Samman Abhiyan
The Chief Minister defined the purpose of this public outreach programme, spread across three months, as a unique initiative of the government to reach out to the people of Sikkim right at their doorstep and to better understand their concerns and provide immediate respite wherever possible. In a democracy, people are supreme and the Jan Sampark Abhiyan was a noble initiative of the government to honour the people and foster some positive change in their lives.
Throughout the 32 days long journey across the State, the Chief Minister travelled across the State with his entire Cabinet and Heads of Departments in a mission to bring the Government to the doorsteps of its citizens. The government wished to oversee the development work being carried out across the State and listen to people’s grievances and deliver immediate, on-the-spot relief to the people, wherever possible. This Abhiyan was also an opportunity for the citizens of the State to share their feedback on the reformative work delivered by over two decades of progressive and people-centric policies by the present government.
The people were also made aware of the numerous developmental projects being carried out in the field of education, health, organic farming and rural development by the government and the progressive transition that Sikkim has undergone in the last two decades.
The Unstoppable Leader of his People
The Chief Minister’s dedication to serve the citizens of the State is reflected in his commitment to be always connected with the public and listen to grass root level problems. In 32 days he covered 32 constituencies, addressed 44 gatherings, spoke for over 133 hours and recorded a phenomenal 265 hours of public interaction. He made sure that he met his people in each constituency and that people were aware of and had access to the various government schemes available to them. He also addressed people’s grievances and made several announcements and sanctions on the spot to remedy their concerns.
During the tour the CM announced many welfare plans like free cervical vaccine for 9-14 year old girls, monthly pension of Rs. 1,000 to farmers pursuing organic farming, inauguration of Pakyong Airport, Sikkim free of MDR-TB by 2022, Bhutia Lepcha reservations in urban and rural bodies, land reforms to restrict sale, regular employment for MR employees married to non COI holders and many more. It is no surprise that the government has executed many of these programs already. Sikkim recorded 98% of HPV vaccination in August this year, pension has been distributed to eligible farmers, Pakyong Airport is operational since October and various monthly grants have been sanctioned for the TB eradication programme.
The Jan Samparka Jan Samman Abhiyan has been nothing short of an unprecedented phenomenon in the country. It has highlighted the principles and the vision of the present government to dedicate itself to the service of its people.
Sikkim’s Road to Development and Well-being
The present government’s dedication to the sustainable development of the State is reflected in the enormously successful transformation of Sikkim in the last two decades. Sikkim went from being one of the least developed states in the country to being the most developed. The State has one of the highest literacy rates, per capita income, access to sanitation, clean drinking water and electricity, life expectancy of 72 years and also the honour of being the only organic state in the world. Almost 100% of the population is living in pucca houses and the state does not have extreme poverty. Also, Sikkim has no records of violence and is the most peaceful state in the country. These are huge achievements for the State and its people and it can only be attributed to the political will and philosophy of its government to bring peace, equality and progress in the state.