The first review meeting for Aspirational District, 2019 was conducted at the West District Administration Center (DAC) at Rabdentse in Sikkim on Thursday.
According to an official statement, the deputy commissioner of West district Karma R Bonpo chaired the meeting along with SDM (HQ) Tushar G Nikhare and HoDs of line departments.
The deputy commissioner urged the department heads involved to pick up the pace and start to progress towards the improvement of the indicators of Aspirational District in West Sikkim. He also congratulated everyone on their efforts made in the past year and asked them to make similar commitment and show similar enthuse in making west district better than last year.
He urged the Health and HRD departments along with ICDS, NERLEP, ITI, AHVS, Horticulture and Agriculture departments to put work collectively and in convergence to make an overall development in the district.
The deputy commissioner asked the Animal Husbandry department to focus more on the production of dairy and poultry. Agriculture and Horticulture departments were advised to help farmers with creating more income via their crop production and also the possibility of cold storage facility which could be made available in Dentam for the benefit of the farmers of West Sikkim.
The Horticulture department was also advised to use the surplus lands of the residential schools for crop cultivation which could be utilized to feed the students of the school itself.
Bonpo stressed on education being the main priority of the district and asked the HRDD additional director to concentrate more on residential schools. He also asked the ICDS and primary schools to work in cooperation. He advised the HoDs to focus mainly on the gaps of their individual departments which need to be worked upon whilst ensuring that the district administration would cooperate in every way possible.
The deputy commissioner also instructed the ADC (Dev) of Soreng and Geyzing along with SDMs and BDOs to look after the water supplies, rural electricity issues, adoption and monitoring of schools and teachers. He welcomed innovative ideas and projects of the departments which can improve the district at large.