The Sikkim Legislative Assembly passed the Fourth Supplementary Demands for Grants worth Rs. 14,636.77 lakh for the Financial Year 2022-23 during the Sixth Session (Part VI) of the Tenth Assembly today.
The Fourth Supplementary Demands for Grants of Rs. 14,636.77 lakh, comprising of Rs. 838.77 lakh on Revenue Account and Rs. 13,798.00 lakh on Capital Account, was passed by the House to meet gross additional expenditure after it was moved for consideration and passing by Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang, who is also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance Department, during the Financial Business of the day-long session.
The House also passed the Sikkim Appropriation Bill, 2023 (Bill No. 05 of 2023) for the Fourth Supplementary Demands for Grants, relating to the Financial Year 2022-23, which was introduced and moved for consideration by the Chief Minister, also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance Department.
During the Legislative Business, Minister-in-Charge of Urban Development Department, Shri L.B. Das, introduced the Sikkim Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) (Repealing) Bill, 2023 (Bill No. 06 of 2023).
The Bill proposes to repeal the Sikkim Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 1997, with reasons stated as under:
The Sikkim Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 1997 was enacted and notified vide Notification No. 7/LD/97 dated 30th April 1997 and published in Official Gazette No.71 dated: 30/04/1997. The objective of this Act was to prevent throwing or depositing non-biodegradable garbage in public drains, roads and open places which is open to public view in the state of Sikkim and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
Subsequently, in the year 2016, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, in exercise of powers conferred by sections 3, 6 and 25 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986), made the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 in order to provide regulatory framework for management of Solid and Plastic waste generated in the country.
The purpose and objective envisaged in the Sikkim Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 1997 has been sufficiently covered by Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, Solid Waste Management Cleanliness and Sanitation Byelaws, 2019 and Plastic Waste Management and Handling Byelaws, 2021. Therefore, repealing the Sikkim Non- Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 1997 have been felt necessary.
With the above object in view, the Bill has been framed.
The House will discuss and vote on the above bill in the next session.
Likewise, discussion and voting on the Sikkim Fire and Emergency Services Bill 2023 and the Sikkim Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill 2023, introduced in the House on 13 March 2023 by Chief Minister Shri P.S. Tamang and Law & Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, respectively, will also be taken up in the next session.
Thereafter, Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang, also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance Department, presented the Comptroller of Auditor General (Reports):
1. State Finances Audit Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for the year ended 31 March 2021 (Report No. 1 of 2022)
2. Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Social, Economic, Revenue and General Sectors for the year ended March 2020 (Report No. 2 of 2022)
Subsequently, the copy of Sikkim State Lottery (Regulation) Rules, 2023 published in the Government Gazette No. 132, dated Wednesday, 22nd March 2023, was laid down on the table of the House by the Chief Minister, also the Minister-in-Charge of Finance Department.
This was followed by the presentation of the Annual Report of Cooperation Department for the year 2020-21 and 2021-22 on the table of the house by Speaker Shri Arun K. Upreti.
In his valedictory remarks, Speaker Shri Arun K. Upreti thanked all the members of the House for maintaining the house decorum and assisting in the smooth proceedings of the Sixth Session (Part VI) of the Tenth Assembly.
Chief Minister Shri P.S. Tamang thanked all the legislators for actively participating in the discussion. He also thanked all the representatives and officials of various departments, the press & media fraternity, and maintenance staff for their support.
The valedictory remarks also had the participation of MLA Shri D.R. Thapa.
The House was adjourned Sine Die.
Earlier, at the onset of the session, the House made an Obituary Reference to the passing away of former Member of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Late Shri Prem Lall Subba.
In his obituary reference, Speaker, Shri Arun K. Upreti, mourned the former MLA’s passing away on 20 March 2023 at his residence in Upper Tikjek Gyalshing due to prolonged illness.
Former Sikkim MLA, Late Prem Lall, 57, is survived by his wife, two daughters, and three sons.
Born on 12th March 1966 to father Harka Mann Limboo and mother Late Ran Maya Subba, late Prem Lall had served as a non-teaching staff at a government senior secondary school before joining politics. He served as a Zilla Panchayat member and later got elected as a member of Sikkim legislative assembly in 2009 from Yangthang constituency.
Late Prem Lall Subba served as an MLA for Yangthang constituency for a full term from 2009 to 2013, and after the State assembly election of 2013, he held the post of an advisor in State Transport Department.
Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang expressed profound sorrow on the demise of late Prem Lall Subba and said that the former MLA was a sincere politician who dedicated his life to the service and welfare of the people of Yangthang constituency.
MLAs Shri Bhim Hang Subba and Shri N.K. Subba also condoled the death of late Prem Lall Subba in their obituary references.
The House then observed two-minute silence to pay respect to late Prem Lall Subba.
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