Gangtok, September 21: The third session of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly’s Tenth Assembly began today. Because of the COVID-19 situation, the session was only held for one day.
The Hon’ble Speaker, SLA Shri L. B. Das, made an important announcement in the matter of the disqualification of 10 (ten) members and 2 (two) members of the Tenth Sikkim Legislative Assembly under Article 191(2) and Para 2(1)(a) r/w 6(1) of the Constitution of India.
Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge of the Education Department, Shri KungaNima Lepcha, introduced The Board of Open Schooling & Skill Education, Sikkim, 2020 Bill No. 14 of 2020. The House debated the bill and passed it. According to the statement of aims and reasons, the importance of universal school education, as well as skills and vocational education, in reinforcing the social fabric of democracy through the provision of equal opportunity to all, has been recognized since the founding of our republic.
Despite the tremendous physical and numerical expansion of schools in the country throughout the years, the goal of delivering education to everyone has remained elusive. The number of children who drop out of school before completing their education, notably those from underprivileged groups, weaker sections, and those from border and hilly areas, remains high. Furthermore, even in the case of children who complete elementary, secondary, and senior secondary education, the quality of learning achievement is not always totally sufficient.
BOSSE aims to provide school, skill, and vocational education to learners through all available modes, including face-to-face, flexible, open and distance learning, and e-learning/online, to comprehensively improve access to education, upscale activities, and provide opportunities to learners in all possible ways to provide ample access to sustainable learner-centric quality school education, skill up-gradation, and training to learners through innovative technologies and methodologies of learning and imparting education.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister, who is also the Minister-in-Charge of the Finance Department, submitted the First Supplementary Demands for Grants for the Financial Year 2020-21 during the Financial Business. The first batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2020-21 includes 34 grants totaling Rs 45123.63 lakh in gross additional expenditure, with Rs 25422.02 lakh in income and Rs 19701.61 crore in capital. The House voted and passed the first additional demands for funding for 2020-21.
In Legislative Business, the House introduced and passed two new legislation, six amendment bills, and one appropriation item. Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang, who is also the Minister-in-Charge of the Finance Department, introduced the Sikkim Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill, Bill No. 11 of 2020.
Meanwhile, the Sikkim Municipalities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, Bill No. 16 of 2020, was introduced by the hon’ble Minister-in-charge of the Urban Development Department, Shri. Arun Upreti. It was deemed necessary to amend the Sikkim Municipalities Act, 2007 (Act No. 5 of 2007), among other things, to provide for the deferment of municipal elections in the event of certain unprecedented exigencies, such as the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic situation, and to make municipal elections apolitical, according to Bill’s Statement of Objects and Reasons.