Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling inaugurated the newly-built state-of-the-art State Secretariat, Tashiling here on Tuesday.
This secretariat building has been built at the cost of Rs 264.30 crores. The project has been executed through a Kolkata-based construction firm on turnkey contract. The foundation stone of the project was laid by the then Governor of Sikkim Balmiki Prasad Singh on March 1 , 2013.
The CM announced that the new Secretariat would be fully functional from January 2, 2019. He directed all the concerned departments operating from Manan Bhawan and other rented establishments to immediately shift their offices to the new premises. He appealed to the officers to enter the new Secretariat with a positive mindset and a problem-solving attitude.
CM urged the bureaucracy to be humane and compassionate while dealing with people-centric schemes and programmes. He categorically stated that there should be no delay or anomaly in the implementation of Government policy decisions.
He asserted that schemes like Medical Aid, Old Age Pension, Ex-Gratia, Student Scholarship, Maternity benefit, and Land to Landless should be made available to the people without bureaucratic delay. He added that the government’s decisions such as Jobs on compassionate ground to immediate kin, issuance of trade license, strict check on entry of chemical fertilizers in the State, policies regarding posting and promotion should be strictly adhered to.
CM mentioned that the new Secretariat will continue to be called ‘Tashiling Secretariat’ because of its historical importance and the sentiment of the people attached to the place. He said that the Secretariat was a modern architectural marvel which will address the psychology of the employees and visitors alike.