Sikkim performing better among 8 NE states; NEC Secretary

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SUJAL PRADHAN
Gangtok
5 Jul 2018

Sikkim is performing better among all the northeast states under the North East Council schemes said North Eastern Council Secretary Ram Muivahin Gangtok on Thursday. NEC is under the Union Ministry for Development of the Northeast Region.
NEC Secretary Ram Muivah is in Gangtok attending the annual review meeting of various projects funded by the North East Council.
During an interaction with the media after the meeting he said “had a very good review meeting” co- chaired by Chief Secretary of Sikkim A. K. Shrivastav along with the development commissioner and other department heads  “and I am happy Sikkim is doing very well under the scheme.”
Muivah said: “Let's first concentrate on Sikkim. We are going to take up a few bridges for Sikkim under the new special scheme road projects (North Eastern Road Development Sector).”
He also said subjects like sports, water supply, school education, primary health, power, flood management and irrigation had been withdrawn from NEC, “but I have written to MDoNER from NEC to reconsider or to retain the sports as the sports is a way of life in the NE region,” he said when he was asked by reporters about the issue of development of sports infrastructure.
Worth mentioning here is that there are many under-construction stadiums which are being taken up under NEC schemes. The completion of these stadiums may face difficulties as sports is being withdrawn from NEC.
The Sikkim government approached the NEC during the review meeting for funds for complete construction of a 1,000-bed hospital, Muivah informed. “There is new dispensation in NEC. We wanted to take up many projects and for that they have requested for financial assistance for a new 1000-bed hospital and they have constructed already a 10-storey building; very impressive building, may be it will be a major landmark for Gangtok city,” he said.
“But since the demand is beyond my power so it has been forwarded to the Ministry of DoNER and it would be examined by the standing finance committe chaired by Secretary DoNER,” informed the NEC secretary.