The Chief Minister in his 755th Independence Day speech said that a number of restrictions have been imposed to avoid large gatherings due to the Kovid epidemic which has prevented people from celebrating the event in a grand manner.
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He said there are many goals that his government constantly seeks to achieve and has formulated policies to achieve them. The education and health sectors are the main focus areas for the state government and a large part of the budget allocation for the current financial year has been made for these sectors. Tamang said his government wants to provide citizens with state-of-the-art healthcare and education that is easily accessible to all in remote areas of the state.
He said the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic has further strengthened the state government’s commitment to ensuring safe, healthy and easily accessible healthcare facilities to its citizens. “We are committed to providing healthcare at the doorsteps of rural and urban residents,” he said.
Major changes have taken place in the health sector since the formation of our government. More than 400 health workers have been recruited, including specialist doctors, medical officers and non-technical staff.
He said the Cancer Hospital at Carfactor in South Sikkim is under PPP mode consideration. Dialysis centers have been set up at Gayalsingh Namchi and Gangtok District Hospitals.
Adequate ICUs have been set up at STNM and district hospitals. Namchi Hospital is being upgraded to a bed00 bed hospital with high quality modern facilities which will cater to the needs of South and West Sikkim districts.
The state government will start with a village and clinic ambulance and all basic medical facilities with a doctor and nurse and will visit all the villages on a weekly basis so that the villagers do not have to come to the district hospital for minor ailments. .
He said the state government wants to grow and transform the education sector to ensure complete literacy and quality education of students.
The state government wants to see students get an holistic education in both academic and co-curricular activities to be able to meet the growing challenges of the modern world.
He said the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Excellence University is being set up at Chakhung in West Sikkim which will employ top class professionals, internationally experienced academics and recognized education administrators.
The campus expansion of Sikkim University has started for master degree courses in various colleges in Sikkim.
Tamang said community 2 community radio stations have been set up with the help of the Indian government to reach out to students, even in remote areas of the state.
The state government has passed a bill to establish the Kanchenjunga Buddhist University in Pangtang by the Denjong Charities Trust and to establish the Board of Open Schooling and Skill Education for the state in the PPP model. Similarly, upcoming universities like Sikkim Meritorious University, Sikkim International University, Srivastava and Sikkim Alpine University in Burmese, Kamrang will help build Sikkim as an institutional area.
Funds have been allocated for the construction of Sikkim State University at Tammy Tarku in South Sikkim.
“The state government stands firm in its commitment to make Sikkim an ‘Education Hub of the Country’ and aims to serve students worldwide,” he said.
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