Pavitra Krantikari greetings to all respected Sikkimese people who are the focus of my service and reverence
Today, we are entering into the 25th year of our journey on the path of justice, equality, progress and prosperity from the dark age of Sikkim history. I congratulate and express my best wishes to Sikkimese people on the occasion of 25th anniversary of the established of people’s rule in Sikkim. On this occasion, I also pay my rich homage and high respect to all revolutionaries and people who dedicated their age and strength for the success of the people’s movement.
Half population of Sikkimese people have directly experienced those days of difficulties, terror and scarcity in the State 25 years back but rest half population consisted of youths have not directly experienced those days. So by taking lessons from experiences of ancestors and history, youths of Sikkim need to take the responsibility of Sikkim and should not allow the history to repeat. It is important for youths to know the truth about how development and justice establish in Sikkim and how the successful leadership has been leading Sikkim to take forward the positive transformation, development and prosperity took place in last 24 years in Sikkim.
Sikkim was the poorest State when we formed the government on 12 December in 1994. Sikkim has now become the most peaceful and beautiful State and one of the richest State of the Country in these 24 years and Sikkim is the most peaceful, beautiful and richest State among North Eastern States. Sikkim is the only State in the country which is free from the poverty, crime, terrorism, starvation and the complete literate State. Sikkim is also an example of the communal harmony and it is on the top in the country in the communal harmony and unity. This is possible due to our political principle and programme has been connected with interest and right of every person and due to collective protection and development of Sikkimese people by our inclusive democratic political principle and programme.
Sikkim’s geographical conditions are difficult for the modern development. Landslide is a big challenge due to fragile terrains and mountains and cut off from the world for almost half of a year. However, in such situation we made Sikkim a modern State in the country through our industrial revolution in the State and works in railways, airways and undisturbed highways. Without touching our environment and sensitive eco-system, we have been successful in our industrial revolution by bringing in over 50 pharmaceutical companies, over 20 hydel projects, distilleries and beverages industries, eight five star hotels and other hotels in thousands and lots of homestay, wayside amenities, business establishments, medical and engineering colleges and other project and huge development transport sector and other sectors. We have adopted unique policies for the development of Sikkim by carefully using the rich natural resource of the State.
The people of Sikkim has been connected with the world through homestay and village tourism, adventure tourism, organic and pilgrimage tourism and they have been exchanging culture and strengthening themselves economically.
The developments took place in the world are at the cost of the nature but our government has brought all developments without touching and harming our environment, eco-system and flora and fauna of the State. There is an increase of 5% of the forest cover in our 24 years of the government due to our unique policies and programmes for the protection and conservation of the environment.
The biggest qualitative development of 24 years of our government is the organic farming and Sikkim has become the popular and leader in the organic farming. Sikkim has become the centre of attraction for organic farming and scholars and researchers from across the globe have been coming to Sikkim. There is an increase tourists inflow in Sikkim with the brand of ‘Organic Sikkim’ and Sikkim has now become popular tourism destination. It is a challenging job to maintain this best brand of Sikkim.
Respected hardworking citizens,
When we came into the power, there was scarcity and starvation in the State and the condition of Sikkim and its people was very deprived. We fulfilled all basic needs of the people. We made permanent school buildings and Pucca houses for the people and distributed all necessary benefits and schemes to uplift the condition of the people of Sikkim. We have provided free books, copies, shoes, socks, uniform, bags, umbrella and sweater and education to children of Sikkim. We have made arrangements for students of Sikkim to get the free education till the university level. Our children have been getting the best education in the public schools at in and outside the State.
Dear fellow citizens,
The development and good transformation of Sikkim known by the world does not take place itself. Immediately coming into the power, anti-Sikkim and anti-Sikkimese elements had tried to spread misinformation, conspiracy and communal hatred but we stand still in every obstacle and continued with our works for the development of Sikkim and finally problems of the people transformed into prosperity and happiness. Our works have shown that why the people needs good government. We have made Sikkim peaceful, beautiful and developed and created a pleasant environment for everyone to live with prosperity, peace, security and respect and dignity.
The people had to face injustice and exploitation before our government and there was the rule of influential and exploiter in the State and there was no human rights and there was no freedom of the speech of the people. After forming the people’s government, we constantly fight against exploiters and anti-people elements and establish the people’s rule in Sikkim and restore all rights of the people. We have provided all rights to the people provided by the constitution and eradicate the inequality and injustice from the State facing by the people since ages. We have provided OBC status to Nepali communities and we provided State OBC status to left out communities in OBC. We provided the tribal status to Limboo and Tamang and made Sikkim tax-free. We were successful to get the income tax exemption for Sikkimese people and provided Residential Certificate to business community. We took various initiatives in the interest of business community. We have provided reservation to all communities of Sikkim in panchayat, government job and education. We gave ticket to every community in the assembly election. We have given 50% reservation for women in panchayat and 33% in the government job. We have provided religious and cultural freedom to the people and took all necessary steps for the welfare of people following different religions. We have established a free environment for the fourth pillar of the democracy, journalists in the State from all administrative and political pressure and have been working for their capacity building and encouragement. We have worked rigoriously to establish the social justice in the State and fulfilled all social and political demands.
My dear friends,
We have abolished the financial and physical poverty from Sikkim and Sikkim is the model State in the world in abolishing its poverty in the fastest manner. As per our priority to rural parts of Sikkim, we constructed infrastructures in connectivity, power, water supply, school, tourism, industries and other required sector in rural parts in the priority basis. All required basic amenities have been reaches to all corners of the State. We have also decided to provide lands to build houses to all landless Sikkim Subject holders within this December.
Education and health services are the most priority sectors of SDF government. There are 28 colleges and 7 universities were established in Sikkim in 24 years of our governances, while there was just one college in Sikkim before the formation of our government. We have decided to establish a Law University in the State. There are colleges in every district and various other educational institutions were established in our government and Sikkimese students can take higher education inside the State. We have established all required educational infrastructures in the State. However, the government has schemes for meritorious students to take higher education in the best 20 universities of the world. Likewise, the State government has been sending meritorious students of Sikkim to the best public schools of the State and the country. I announce to enhance the fellowship grant for Phd students from Rs 8000 to 15,000 and to start an Agriculture and Horticulture College in the State. Laptops will be distributed to students in the upcoming Janta Mela in January next year. We have created immense opportunities in education for students. We have made arrangement for our students to take education of their desire by establishing technical colleges in the State. Sikkim is the only State in the world, which has decided to provide free education in medical in Sikkim Medical College.
Health service is another priority sector. We have established primary health sub-centre and primary health centre in every panchayat in the State. All District hospitals have been equipped with the best infrastructure, machines and facilities. STNM Hospital has been upgraded to 1000 bedded hospital and medical college at Sichey. The State government has been sending patients of Sikkim to best hospitals at Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and other parts for the treatment. The people have been getting free treatment and medicines inside the State. CATCH programme of State government has been highly appreciated in the country and outside.
The half of Sikkim population is youths. We have been working to transform our youths into the empowered human resource since inception of SDF government in 1994. We made arrangement for free education and created ample infrastructures to ensure our youths and students should get the best and quality education. We started livelihood colleges across the State make youths capable and creative. The high-level poly technique colleges ATTC and CCCT were establish in the State to provide high technical education to youths of Sikkim. Pharmacy College was established to provide the free education and Vocational College at Dentam and B Ed College at Soreng were started to provide the free education. Institute of Hotel Management at Sajong, state-level capacity building institute at Karfectar, Capacity Building Directorate are started to transform youths into the empowered and capable human resource. Chief Minister Self Employment was started and amount to Rs 100 crores was provided. Free coaching for youths for union service examinations and 35% subsidy in StartUp scheme.
Respected Farming community,
SDF government has been working in the interest of farmers since its inception in 1994 and has been working for their welfare and upliftment with farsighted programmes. Our government has started pension of Rs 1000 every month to farmers of over 50 years old. Sikkim is the first State in the country and the world to start such pension for farmers. This pension scheme would increase the respect for agriculture and farmers and motivate educated youths to come into this profession.
Government employees of Sikkim have been getting the best and highest salaries in the country. We have been working in the interest of the government employees. We have provided the promotion, respect and peace to government employees to freely do their duties. The respect, post, salaries have been increased in 24 years of our government. Employees have got the income tax exemption.
Dear Sikkimese people,
We have provided the tribal status to Limboo and Tamang in 2003 and the Centre has still not provided the seat reservation to them. After numerous talks with the Centre, SDF government has given the formula to increase the Assembly seats to 40 from 32 to provide 5 seats to Limboo and Tamang and there was administrative arrangement between the State and the Centre on this formula but still the decision has been pending from the Centre side. We are hopeful that LT will soon get their seats. Likewise, the Prime Minister has given the positive assurance on the demand of the tribal status to 11 leftout communities of Sikkim.
In the name of community, religions and Parivartan, many exploiters and anti-people elements have been roaming from village to village. It is the high time for the people to stay alert and take this as the challenge on the democracy. We appeal the people to stay away from their hidden agenda and conspiracy. A group of corrupt, immoral and anti-people elements have been roaming around with slogans of Parivartan. Parivatan would not come by changing party or flag but character has to be changed for the change. Parivartan should be for good and not for the destruction.
There was not any injustice or harm to any community in our government. There was no any discrimination to any religion in the State. People of Sikkim are sensible and they well know that unity is the key for security of Sikkim and its people.
There are four important things in the democracy and if everyone responsibly delivers their respective duties then the democracy would be protected. The first is committed and farsighted leadership, second is effective and sincere bureaucracy third is responsible and disciplined citizen and fourth is responsible and pro-people journalism. We have been standing still and strong in giving leadership to Sikkim and its people since 24 years. We have never compromised with the right and dignity of Sikkim and its people. Sikkim has reaches the new heights of the success and development in these 24 years. Everyone needs to take the collective responsibility to give continuity to the development and security of Sikkim. We all have to dedicate ourselves in the interest of Sikkimese people by coming together in the principle of the party.
With an appeal for the full support from the people for the protection of democracy received after a big struggles by Sikkimese people and give continuity to achievements, peace and security of Sikkim and to still leadership, I express by greetings and best wishes for upcoming festival and the New Year 2019.
President Sikkim Democratic Front