Gangtok, May 4: Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal who is on a two day visit to Sikkim held series of meetings at the Conference Hall of Manan Kendra today. The Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Shrivastava in his opening remarks stated how he was grateful to the Union Minister for sparing his valuable time and for being so involved in different aspects of governance in the state. The Union Minister met with the Head of Departments to review the implementation of schemes being sponsored by the Central Government. Pr Secretary-cum-Development Commissioner, DPER & NECAD Shri VB Pathak gave brief overview of the Non-Lapsable Central pool of resources (NLCPR) scheme in the state where he mentioned that out of the 239 projects which was approved, 187 projects have already been completed. Likewise, Power Point Presentation (PPP) of various Departments were given by concerned HODs whereby the details of schemes, implementation, financial implications, Missions and targets were discussed. The Union Minister after hearing about the issues of various Departments assured that all the matters would be looked into with top priority. He said that he was very impressed with the overall development of the state and its governance and said that Sikkim should work more harder and be an example to the other states of the country.
The Union Minister in a series of meeting earlier met with the group of Chartered Accountants of the state and took stock of the situations prevailing in the state which directly or indirectly impact their professional affairs. He suggested that a Chapter should be established in the state so as to provide facilities for interaction among members by regular meetings and for necessary technical inputs/background materials for the acquisition and dissemination of useful information and knowledge. He then met with Custom Officers of Government of India and enquired about the various aspects of ongoing trade in Nathula. Shri Meghwal was apprised about the various commodities which are being imported into India from China through border trade which commenced from the year 2006. Lastly,he met with the various beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) who with the help of money from the scheme have established their own business thereby creating employment for themselves which is continuous and sustainable. Lastly, he congratulated the state government for being a model state for the rest of the country to emulate.