Sikkim: SDF suffers another jolt, 32 out of 34 panchayat members join SKM


By Nitesh R Pradhan 

GANGTOK | Aug 29, 2019:

In a major jolt to the Sikkim Democratic Party, a total of 32 SDF panchayat members from Yangthang constituency joined the ruling SKM party on Thursday.

"We are glad to inform that it is one of the biggest joining of panchayat members from the opposition camp where out of 34 panchayat members from Yangthang constituency 32 panchayats unconditionally accepted the leadership of P. S Tamang and extended their unconditional support," says Avishek Sharma, the Secretary (Press and Publicity) of SKM.

The Chief Minister and the Party President  P. S. Tamang welcomed them and assured full support from the government and hoped to work in tandem for the benefit of Sikkimese people.

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During the interaction, the Chief Minister also stressed on strengthening Panchayati Raaj system in the Sikkim by empowering Panchayat members. He further informed the new members of the party that the government is planning to increase the honorarium of Panchayat members, so that they get appraisals out of their job.

He also suggested that  gram sabhas should be of paramount importance to recognise and identify the poor and needy people so that the right people get the grants and the benefits of the government without any bottleneck.

The Chief Minister during this brief interacting session hoped that now they will work as a team and usher their area as well as the state towards the path of prosperity. 

 The Joining session was also attended by Minister cum Area MLA Bhim Hang Subba, State Bank of Sikkim Chairman D. B. Gurung, Confidential Secretary to CM  Bikash Basnet , SKM CLC President Dorjee Tshering Bhutia and SKM Youth Chief Convener Janak Gurung.