NEW DELHI, July 9: Centre will support the construction of 300 bed hospital in Sikkim at a cost of Rs. 358.29 crore.
Disclosing this here today, after a meeting with a delegation of Sikkim State Government led by the State Health Minister Mani Kumar Sharma, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said, clearance has already been given by the NITI Aayog and the Union Ministry of Health, and very soon, similar clearance will also be provided by the Ministry of DoNER for the hospital proposed to be built at Namchi, the district headquarter of South Sikkim district.
Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that during the last over five years of the Modi Government, a number of held-up projects were cleared and executed. He referred to the first-ever airport in Sikkim which was inaugurated at Pakyong by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also mentioned the Sikkim being declared as the first “Organic State” of India during Prime Minister Modi’s visit in 2016.
Sikkim, Dr Jitendra Singh said, is a State blessed with rich natural potentials and in recent years, the number of tourists has multiplied manifold. It is therefore, he said, in the fitness of things to address the healthcare requirements of the State, to as much extent as possible.
During the meeting, the Sikkim Health Minister also brought up before the DoNER Minister the demand for having a100 bed hospital at Mangan, North Sikkim, another 100 bed hospital at Simgtem in East Sikkim and the upgradation of Pakyong Primary Health Centre. The DoNER Minister suggested to the State Health Minister to deliberate these proposals at the State Government level and then put them forward through the appropriate procedure for further feasibility, etc.