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Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) spokesperson, Jacob Khaling on Tuesday stated that the State Government would present a white paper on liabilities on the State Government and loans taken by the earlier government in the upcoming Budget Session of the State Assembly.

He stated that this white paper was the proof that the State has the debt of more than Rs 8000 crores.

He was responding to the claims of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) spokespersons in a press conference that Sikkim just has the debt of Rs 6000 crores and it was the lowest in the entire north-eastern region.

Speaking further in the press conference in Gangtok on Tuesday afternoon, Khaling stated that 95 per cent works for the white paper has been completed and would be placed in the upcoming Budget session to be started from July 29 next.

He mentioned that the white paper has the entire account of works of SDF government of its 25 years rule. He stated that this white paper was of liabilities on the State and loans taken by the earlier government from different institutions.

On the same, Khaling urged former chief minister to attend and participate in this Assembly session during the presentation and discussion on the white paper as it was on liabilities and loans taken by SDF government. He informed that the government would also take out second white paper.

He also refuted the claims of SDF spokespersons that Sikkim has the debt of Rs 6000 crores and it was the lowest in the north-eastern region. On the same, he stated that each person of Sikkim has the debt of around Rs one lakh if it was divided with the people of Sikkim as the census of 2011 and this was the highest in the country.

He mentioned that if the debt of other states divided into by its population then it was very low in comparison to the debt on each person of Sikkim.

Likewise, SKM spokesperson Sonam Venchungpa alleged that such huge money has gone to only one per cent section of the people of Sikkim in the SDF government.

He stated that the endeavour of SKM government was to find out where such huge amount of money has gone and who was responsible for the misutilization of this huge amount of money. He added that the State Government would take account of the people’s money and will place to the people of Sikkim.

Venchungpa stated that this Budget session would be shocking for the people to know the misdeeds and misutilization by SDF government.

Sagar Chhetri

Sagar Chhetri is Northeast Now Correspondent in Gangtok. He can be reached at: sagchhetri@gmail.com

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