Showing posts with label Dr Pawan Chamling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dr Pawan Chamling. Show all posts

Monday, November 30, 2015

7 SKM MLAs joined SDF party today

Source: ALL SIKKIM NEWS fb post

Today 7 MLAs made an important change for the good of the people and a positive future for Sikkim.

With an open mind and heart, the seven MLAs acknowledged the SDF party as the party of progress, the party of opportunity, and the party of the future. They accepted the positive leadership of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and reaffirmed their commitment to serve the people under the progressive SDF party.
The MLAs left SKM party because of many reasons and joined SDF party under the visionary leadership of Sri Pawan Chamling. 

Here is the list of MLAs who have resigned SKM. 
1) Hemendra Adhikari, Rhenock
2) Mechung Bhutia, Martam-Rumtek
3) Ugen Nedup Bhutia, Kabi Lungtsok
4) Pintso Choppel Lepcha, Gangtok
5) Shyam Pradhan, Arithang
6) Timothy Basnett, Upper Tadong
7) Gopal Baraily, West Pandam

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Chief Minister attends Annual Conference of DGPs & IGPs


".......highlights developmental issues that impact security environment in Sikkim"

Sikkim Chief Minister Dr. Pawan Chamling on Sunday took part in the Annual meeting of DGPs and IGPs on security related challenges. The conference was chaired by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in Guwahati.
The Prime Minister in his address has called for the creation of a “SMART” police force: a police which is strict yet sensitive; modern and mobile; alert and accountable; reliable and responsive; techno-savvy and trained. The Prime Minister said taking this conference out of Delhi will bring more focus to the main agenda at hand, besides increasing the morale of police forces in the North-East. 
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling started his speech by thanking the Prime Minister for giving the opportunity to CMs of North Eastern states to participate in this conference. He then highlighted the geo-strategic significance of Sikkim and importance of maintaining peace in the state.
The CM thanked the Prime Minister for the historical decision of opening up Nathula-Mansarovar route for the Yatra. He has emphasized on upgrading infrastructure and connectivity including strengthening of security related infrastructures along the India-China border at Nathula. Chamling also highlighted the huge infrastructure deficit i.e. road connectivity, lack of alternate highway, lack of rail and air links to Sikkim.
Chamling has concurred with the Prime Minister's Act East policy and highlighted what Sikkim has to offer in terms of tourism, horticulture and organic farming. "We want to play a more active and positive role under the umbrella of the policy by leveraging our natural advantages for our progress and prosperity" he said.
The Chief Minister has called for better coordination among the states, talks with insurgent groups and creating opportunities for the youth to create a peaceful atmosphere in the region. He has cited the example of Sikkim where peace and tranquility is maintained through various measures like ensuring basic minimum needs are met, cultural freedom and promoting interest of every section of population through regular state patronage.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sikkim goes for free education upto College

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at a meeting at Yangyang on July 22, 2014 announced that that no fees would be collected from the students studying in government schools upto colleges. Those who have already paid will be returned, was told.

pic: Tashi D Bhutia

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Sikkim (29.09.11)

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh being welcomed by the Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling, on his arrival, at Gangtok, Sikkim on September 29, 2011.
The Governor of Sikkim, Shri B.P. Singh is also seen.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh visited the Government hospital to enquire the health of earthquake victims, in Gangtok, Sikkim on September 29, 2011.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh visited the Government hospital to enquire the health of earthquake victims, in Gangtok, Sikkim on September 29, 2011.
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh visited the Government hospital to enquire the health of earthquake victims, in Gangtok, Sikkim on September 29, 2011.
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh with the Governor of Sikkim, Shri B.P. Singh and the Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling, at a review meeting, in Gangtok, Sikkim on September 29, 2011.
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh addressing the media after meeting the earthquake victims, at Government hospital, in Gangtok, Sikkim on September 29, 2011.
The Governor of Sikkim, Shri B.P. Singh and the Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling are also seen

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

HH Dalai Lama with Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at Gangtak

Mass teaching by Dalai Lama at Gangtok
Pic: Sikkim Reporter

CM receinving Buddha image from Dalai Lama at Minktokgang. Mrs. Chamling looks on.
Pic: Sikkim Reporter

Monday, April 05, 2010

Gangaa Mukhia: Sikkim Nepali Rock Music gets an “Aakarshan”

Music in his principle is universal and above caste, creed and culture.  He is a pioneer of Singtam’s Nepali Rock Music and had been a popular face in every musical entertainment since his school days. Meet Gangaa Mukhia, he is the talk of the town with his debut album “Aakarshan”, a Nepali rock music album, recorded at the studio in Mumbai. Aakarshan got a raving reviews from his admirers around that he is set to come up with its music video very shortly. The music album was officially released on the occasion of the final of the Nachiyo Babari, the dance reality show held at Palzor Stadium at Gangtok through the hand of Dr. Pawan Chamling, the Chief Minister of Sikkim. A special stage show for this album is all set to hit the town of Guwahati in Assam in coming months.
Born and brought up at Singtam, Gangaa Mukhia today runs a musical class at his residence at Shantinagar, below PWD Office.  More than two dozen music enthusiastic had undergone vocal classes under his guidance over the last couple of years. His music lesson includes vocal classes along with lesson about playing guitar. One of his vocal students recently went on to sing for the Nepali Film featuring Prashant Tamang in lead. 

Gangaa Mukhia is very thrilled about his first album and wished that everyone would listen to it and provide him with best suggestions that could be of importance for his coming album in days to come, he said. He was one of the star attractions in the recent Sumin-Lingchey School’s Annual Function where he performed before distinguished guests. He is set to perform at the felicitation program at Rongli, the coming week. Gangaa Mukhia in his own words told that, people invite him at their program and I believe it is my opportunity to perform before my crowd.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


from Sikkim Express

Sikkim commits ten minutes to world environmental security
Forest minister thanks all for making ‘Ten minutes to Greenery’ a total success

GANGTOK, July 15: Sikkim today inked a new chapter in the environmental record books of the world by planting more than 6 lakhs saplings throughout the hill State in ten minutes during a special campaign ‘Ten minutes to Greenery’ as the clock ticked 10:30 am.

Governor Balmiki Prasad Singh and Chief Minister Pawan Chamling led the campaign from the forefront as thousands of Sikkimese people, army personnel and paramilitary forces came forward and planted more than 6 lakhs saplings in any place of their choice today.
The whole campaign was facilitated by the State forest department.

Speaking to media after completion of the campaign, State forest minister Bhim Dhungel said that an international and national record has been created by the people of Sikkim by planting the 6 lakhs saplings in ten minutes in the State. He expressed his personal and his department’s gratitude to all the people for wholeheartedly supporting the special green mission campaign conceived by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling.

“This special plantation programme which was successful is the gift from Sikkim to the global community and we want every people of the world to be environmentally conscious. We also want to reinforce the image of Sikkimese people as nature and forest lovers”, said Mr. Dhungel in the press meet.

Expressing his confidence that Sikkim has over-achieved its target of 6 lakhs saplings, Mr. Dhungel said that reports have been coming from various places of the State that plantation drive is still continuing till late in the evening. We are encouraged by the overwhelming response of the people, he said adding that the ‘Ten minutes to Greenery’ programme will be made an annual feature and will be conducted on every July 15.
Chief Minister’s Press Advisor Bhim Dahal pointed that the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) party has been always committed towards environmental security which had found special mention in the party’s election manifesto. He also pointed that Chief Minister Pawan Chamling is the only Chief Minister to have ever given such a call to the people for plantation of 6 lakhs saplings in ten minutes.

Today’s special programme has been conceived by the Chief Minister which really fits into the working plan of the State forest department and the requirements of the world, said State forest secretary ST Lachungpa.

“This initiative also supported the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) worldwide tree planting campaign. This was also a record that within ten minutes the plants numbering population of the State were planted all over the State”, said Mr. Lachungpa. He pointed out that the ‘Ten minutes of Greenery’ programme where around 6 lakhs saplings were planted would able to sequester about 1400 tons of carbon di-oxide annually. This is the Sikkim’s own unique way of contributing to climate change mitigation, he said.
The forest secretary said that the Chief Minister has further given emphasis on important native species like quercus (oak), rhododendron, magnolia and native wild fruits to have a well balanced forest ecosystem and preserve local biodiversity unique program and was celebrated on a mass scale.

“The plantation was done in every nook and corner of Sikkim where seedlings were arranged by the forest department at every gram panchayat, block level, constituency level and district levels. It was totally a people’s programme and the forest department acted as just a facilitator. The event was unprecedented and one of its own kind. The objective was not only to make tree planting as a Sikkimese way of life but also to send the message to the world community at large that we care for nature”, said Mr. Lachungpa.

“There are myriad of economic activities going on in Sikkim ranging from ecotourism, horticulture to clean power generation through carefully chosen hydroelectric projects. Sikkim’s green governance showcases a unique example of harmony between people, profit and planet”, said Mr. Lachungpa.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sikkim Orchid variety named after Sonia Gandhi's grand daughter

How about that an orchid variety "Brasso Laelio Cattleya (Blc)" made by Mr. K.C.Pradhan who is creator of the Hybrid orchid, which is registered with the International Registration Authority for Orchid Hybrid, UK is named after Miraya Vadra, daughter of Priyanka and Robert Vodhera and the granddaughter of Sonia Gandhi.

Upon the consent of Mrs. Gandhi, the hybrid orchid was renamed as "Miraya", Brasso Laelio cattleya(BLC), in the name of her grand daughter.

The flower exhibition held on 26th Sept, 2006 was attended by Dr. Pawan Chamling (CM of Sikkim) and Tika Maya Chamling, Mr O.T. Lepcha and five girls from Deorali Sr. Sec School along with Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka and Robert Vodhera.

Earlier in 2003, another hybrid orchid was named after the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, during his visit to Sikkim. When asked to suggest a name for a second orchid, a Dendrobium hybrid, Vajpayee named it Kalpana Chawla after the Indian astronaut who was killed in the Columbia incident. Both the orchids were grown by K.C. Pradhan and his son Sailesh.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Portfolios for Dr Pawan Chamling's Cabinet

from Sikkim Express

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling
Home, Finance, Revenue and Expenditure, Development Planning, Economic Reforms and North East Council Affairs and other departments not specifically allotted to any other Minister.

Chief Minister taking oath

Ran Bahadur Subba
Roads and Bridges, Labour

Thinlay Tshering Bhutia
Water Security and Public Health Engineering and Transport

Dawa Norbu Takarpa
Health Care, Human Service and Family Welfare, Animal Husbandry, Livestock, Fisheries and Veterinary Services and Parliamentary Affairs

Narendra Kumar Pradhan
Human Resource Development, Sports and Youth Affairs and Information Technology

Dil Bahadur Thapa
Urban Development and Housing, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs

Sonam Gyatso Lepcha
Energy and Power, Cultural Affairs and Heritage

Chandra Bahadur Karki
Rural Management and Development, Cooperation

Dawcho Lepcha
Food Security and Agriculture Development and Horticulture & Cash Crops Development, Irrigation and Flood Control

Bhim Prasad Dungel
Tourism, Forest Environment and Wildlife Management, Mines, Minerals and Geology, Science and Technology

Tilu Gurung
Buildings and Housing

Neeru Sewa
Commerce and Industries, Information and Public Relations, Printing and Stationary, Excise (Abkari)


BS Panth - Power Advisor Board (Cabinet rank)
PS Tamang - Industries, Trade and Commerce Development Board (Cabinet rank)
Chandra Maya Subba - State Trading Corporation of Sikkim (Cabinet rank)
LM Lepcha - State Bank of Sikkim and Sikkim State Cooperation Bank (Cabinet rank)

Am Prasad Sharma – Sikkim Distilleries
Tshering Wangdi Lepcha – SNT
Puran Gurung – Denzong Agriculture Cooperative Society
PL Subba – Agriculture/Horticulture board
Madan Cintury - Sikkim SC, ST and OBC Development Corporation
Tenzi Sherpa – Khadi and Village industries board
BB Rai – Sikkim Industrial Development and Investment Corporation
Sonam Gyasto Bhutia – Land Use and Environment Board
Phitook Tshering Bhutia – ST Welfare Board
Dorjee Namgyal Bhutia – Sikkim Consumer Cooperative Society


Political Secretary to CM – KN Rai
Legal Advisor to CM – Ram Bahadur Subba
Political Advisor to CM – Hissey Lachungpa

pic: himalayandarpan

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Pawan Chamling: School dropout to fourth-term chief minister

I would like to make a slight correction at the below article that Mr. Pawan Kumar Chamling's father's name is Ash Bahadur Rai and her mother's name is Ash Maya Rai. Mr.Pawan Kumar Chamling was born in 1950, he is not a class 5 drop out but had finished class X. Later on he went on to receive Honorary Doctorate. - Shital Pradhan

From Thaindian News

By Anand Oberoi

Gangtok, May 16 (IANS) Pawan Kumar Chamling, who dropped out of school after Class 5, was Saturday set to become the state’s longest-serving chief minister as his Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) swept the assembly polls. This would be the fourth term in power for the man whose aim is to merge the people of his state with mainstream India.
Chamling, who broke Nar Bahadur Bhandari’s record of 15 years as chief minister, led his party to victory in this year’s assembly and Lok Sabha polls.
The SDF wrested all of the state’s 32 assembly constituencies as well as the lone Lok Sabha seat. The chief minister himself won both the constituencies he contested - Poklok-Kamrang and Namchi-Singhithang in South Sikkim.
Born in 1956 to Bahadur Rai and Maya Rai in the remote Yangang village of South Sikkim, Chamling had to give up studies after Class 5. However, his lack of a proper education did not deter him from literary pursuits.
Today, he is famous in the Nepali literary world as “Kiran” - the pen name he uses while writing poems and romantic books. The themes of most of his poems are either the suffering of the poor and down-trodden or love for the land and it natural beauty.
“One learns from experiences and time teaches everyone. It is just the understanding of things that makes one learned and without feeling for something you cannot learn anything about it,” Chamling had stated at Manipal University’s 2005 convocation when he was conferred with an honorary doctorate.
He plunged into politics in 1973 after a stint with the Sikkim Guards of the erstwhile ruler of the state.
In 1985, he was elected to the assembly for the first time from Damthang constituency in South Sikkim. He contested the elections on a ticket of the Sikkim Sangram Parishad (SSP) led by Bhandari.
Chamling became a minister in Bhandari’s cabinet after the 1989 assembly polls and remained with the SSP till 1993, when he was accused of anti-party activities and pushed into political wilderness.
The determined Chamling launched his SDF on March 4, 1993, ushering in a new era in Sikkim politics. The very next year, the party was elected to power and he became the chief minister.
Declaring Sikkim a totally organic state and an eco-tourism destination as well as the constitution of a committee to fight global warming are some of the feathers in Chamling’s cap.
The chief minister says his main objective is to ensure that the people of Sikkim, which merged with India in 1975, become part of the mainstream.
“It is the people who have put me here and it is they who shall decide my fate. If the people think that there is a better man to do the job for Sikkim, then they can rest me,” Chamling said in his last public speech before the polls.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Chamling declares his assets

From Sikkim Express

Chief Minister and Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) party president, Pawan Chamling is worth nearly Rs. 1.5 crores.
In his affidavit submitted to the District Collector, South along with his nomination papers in Namchi today, Mr. Chamling’s net worth is valued at Rs. 14,299,347 in movable and immovable properties (SEE BOX).
In his affidavit, the SDF leader declared immovable properties in commercial and residential buildings worth Rs. 5,215,888 in total. Agricultural land in his name is valued at Rs. 7,69,909. There is non-agricultural land in his name.
Interestingly, just like Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he does not own a car. He has liquid cash of Rs. 2,26,703 and insurance policies worth Rs. 3,53,121 in his name.
His affidavit mentions that his Namchi residential house is worth Rs. 1,505,434. His jewelleries consisting of 3 precious stones and 3 tolas gold is valued at Rs. 102,000.
Mr. Chamling has no criminal cases against him.
In the section related to educational qualification, Mr. Chamling mentions that he went to Yangyang School, South Sikkim from 1958 to 1965 but “did not complete the course and self studied at home.” He also mentions the Doctor of Philosophy (Honouris Causa) conferred to him by the Sikkim Manipal University.
Mr. Chamling’s wife, Mrs. Tika Maya Chamling is worth more than her husband, with movable and immovable assets worth Rs. 31,479,482, over Rs. 2 crores more than her husband. (SEE BOX) He mentions in the affidavit that his wife, Tika Maya Chamling is an entrepreneur in her own right.
Also mentioned in the affidavit is that his first wife, Mrs. Dhan Maya Chamling is living separately and has her own source of income and is not a dependent. All sons from his first wife have their own independent businesses and are living separately with their families. The eldest daughter is now married and is not a dependent.

Poklok-Kamrang & Namchi-Singithang (SOUTH DISTRICT)


1. Liquid cash: Rs. 2,26,703
2. Four National Insurance Company (P) Ltd. Policies worth Rs. 3,53,121 in his name
3. 3 precious stones and 3 tolas gold worth Rs. 102,000
4. Receivable from Mainaam Nursery, Namchi: Rs. 4,461,135

1. Agricultural lands at Namphok, Boomtar, Gangchung, Salebong and Kopchey worth Rs. 7,69,909
2. Namchi residential house measuring 3072 sq ft worth Rs. 1,505,434
3. Namchi Annexe House worth Rs. 900,000
4. Yangyang House worth Rs. 210,454
5. Rangrang residential building worth Rs. 2,600,000
6. Contribution in Tadong land & building valued at Rs. 1,397,294 and payment made to UBI on behalf of Sri Ash Bdr. Chamling (Father) against loan taken for Yangyang House valued at Rs. 2,000,000 a total of Rs. 3,397,294

1. Loans from banks-amount outstanding as on 31.03.09: Rs. 60,91071.


1. Bank deposits (3 in her name and 3 in the name of Mainaam Gardens at Rs. 3,576,348 in total.
2. Two precious stones and 22 tolas gold worth Rs 419,000


1. Agricultural lands at Chisopani, Ghupa Ghurpisey, Kopchey (Kamdaley) along with Kamrang & Damthang Rose Greenhouse and Damthang Garden Fencing worth Rs. 2,446,185.
2. Building (commercial & residential)-Gurpisey Building (addition, renovation and fencing valued at 5,725,000
3. Bookstall at Super Market, Gangtok in the name of Nirman Prakashan valued at Rs. 362,769
4. Flower shed at Gumpa Ghurpisey valued at Rs. 6,48,979.
5. Livestock shed at Gumpa Ghurpisey valued at Rs. 117,375
6. Kamrang Employees quarter valued at Rs. 1,000,000
7. Interest in property-Tissue culture Lab construction valued at Rs. 1,000,000
8. Plants (imported and local) valued at Rs. 5,292755.
1. Loans from banks: Farm and housing loans from UBI-Namchi worth Rs. 6,091,071
2. Loans from other sources: Loan from MP Agarwal of Rs. 3,500,000 and from Phurba Wangyal Kazi of Rs. 1,300,00. Total Rs. 4,800,000.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

From my collection: Election Manifesto (SDF)

Sikkim Democratic Front is the ruling party of the Sikkim. The party under the charismatic leader of Pawan Chamling is heading for the fourth consecutive Assembly Election win since 1994. The SDF party was formed in 4th March,1993.

From my collection here i am sharing the first Assembly Election manifesto and the first Parliament Election manifesto of SDF party.



Monday, March 02, 2009

Sikkim polls to be held on April 30

The 32 assembly seats and the sole Lok Sabha seat in Sikkim shall undergo poll on April 30. The notification would be issued on April 2, while the last date of nominations has been fixed on April 9. Scrutiny will take place on April 10 and the withdrawal of candidature has been scheduled for April 13. The counting of votes would take place on May 16.

A total of 2,97,580 voters, comprising 1,55,649 men and 1,41,931 women will exercise their franchise to elect 32 representatives to the state assembly and that of one Lok Sabha on April 30, he said.

There are four national parties -- Congress, BJP, CPI(M) and NCP -- one recognised regional party - Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) - and two registered regional parties Sikkim Himali Rajya Parishad Party (SHRPP) and Sikkim Gorkha Prajatantrik Party (SGPP) in the state.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sikkim closes for a day in support of their CM

A 12 hour bandh called by the supporters of the ruling SDF party was observed today. The bandh was called to protest the burning of Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling's effigy by the Shiv Sena activists on 11th of September in Siliguri, West Bengal charging CM Chamling with having 'dual nationality'. Except for Army and GREF all other Vehicles as well as shops were closed. Such all state bandh was last held ten years back. (photographs from Singtam)

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Tendong Lho Rum Faat observed with traditional gaiety in the Capital

GANGTOK, August 08: Tendong Lho Rum Faat, the indigenous festival of the Lepchas was today celebrated with pomp and splendour at the Sikkim Government College auditorium with Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as the chief guest here today.
The two-day festival, which commenced from August 7, also saw Bongthings offer prayers in honour of Mount Tendong and also for world peace and prosperity.
Talking about the importance of the festival, Norzang Lepcha, the president of the Tendong Lho Rum Faat Celebration Committee said that the Lepchas worship Mt Tendong as their God. “On the occasion, the Lepchas make a model of the Mountain in the facade of their homes and worship. The mountain is exclusively made of nine stones and the people dance and sing donning mask seeking blessings of the Lord,” he explained.
CT Lepcha, the President of Renjong Mutanchi Rong Tarjum (RMRT) in his address said that a unique age-old ritual like the Rum Faat maintained by the Lepcha forefathers is a matter of great pride. He further said that the present government has been kind to give all the political and social rights to the Lepcha community.
RB Subba, the Chairman of the celebration committee said that the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has given equal importance to all the communities of Sikkim and has been able to maintain communal peace and harmony in the State. He also appealed the Lepchas not to get carried away by any attempts of creating communal disharmony through several issues.
In the meantime, the Tarjum felicitated the Chief Minister for his effort in exempting Central Income Tax for the Sikkim Subject holders.
During the programme, Tashi Tshering Lepcha was conferred with the Tendong Award for his outstanding contribution towards the upliftment of Lepcha culture, literature and tradition. Choda Lepcha received the citation and the award on behalf of his father.
Sikkim Lepcha Youth Association also felicitated Jeffrey Wangjong Lepcha with Mayal Marnew Award for his pro-active role towards the development of Lepcha Youth Association.
Tshering Ongmu Lepcha, a student of Padma Odzer Choeling School was honored with an award for securing highest marks in Lepcha language in class ten board examinations recently.
Lepcha cultural shows were also staged during the programme.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Homage to LD Kazi

Gangtok: Soon after the Assembly Session in the morning, the Chief Minister, Dr. Pawan Chamling accompanied by Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Members of the Assembly, Advisors, Adhaksyas, Chairpersons, Chief Secretary, DGP and others visited nearby Chintan Bhawan premises and paid homage to the first Chief Minister, late L.D. Kazi on his first death anniversary. Padma Vibhushan, Mr. Kazi passed away on 28th July, 2007 at the age of 103 at Kalimpong.
The Chief Minister and other dignitaries offered khada on the life size bronze statue of late L. D. Kazi in front of Chintan Bhawan.
Earlier, the Speaker, Mr. D.N. Thakarpa, along with Secretary, Officers and Staff of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, felicitated the Chief Minister in his chamber, at the Assembly Secretariat, for securing exemption from the Central Income Tax for the people of Sikkim.