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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

1. Dr. Y.V. Reddy, Chairman, Prof. Abhijit Sen, Ms. Sushama Nath, Dr. M. Govinda Rao and Dr. Sudipto Mundle, Members of the Fourteenth Finance Commission, and Shri A.N.Jha, Secretary visited the State of Sikkim on January 21, 2014 to hold consultations with the State Government and key stake holders.

2. The Commission met with the Hon’ble Chief Minister, his cabinet colleagues and senior officers of the State Government, for discussions.

3. The Chief Minister in his speech welcomed the 14th Finance Commission and highlighted the following:-

Share of central taxes to the states to be raised from 32% to 50% and a special dispensation for Sikkim;

While considering the weightage for horizontal devolution, population of 2011 census may be used;

Need to consider measures to transfer all centrally sponsored schemes under state subjects with requisite funds and flexibility in the implementation of the schemes;

Education and Health are the priority sectors for the State Government;

Sikkim is the only state to allocate 20% of its financial annual allocation to the education sector; state has embarked on a scheme to enhance the employability of the local youth by establishing 43 livelihood schools;

First state to provide free Hepatitis B vaccination to children, Mission Healthy Sikkim and CATCH programme being the flagship programmes, Government is constructing a 575 - bedded super speciality hospital;

The Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide in the world has ranked Sikkim the number one region to visit in 2014;

Promotion of village tourism, rural tourism and homestay as a means to diversify livelihood options and make tourism sector more village-oriented people-centric as well as eco friendly;

Creation of smiriti bans, biodiversity parks, butterfly parks and herbal gardens;

50% reservation of seats for women at the Local Body level;

The policy to devolve 70% of the annual outlay for rural development remains the cornerstone of the State development agenda;

4. The State Government submitted its Memorandum and made a detailed presentation on the finances of the State Government, its projection for the award period and gave its views on some of the Terms of Reference of the Commission. The Commission also interacted with representatives of Political parties, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Urban Local Bodies and Trade & Industry Associations.

5. The Commission placed on record its appreciation to the Chief Minister and State Government for the cooperation and support extended to the Commission and assured that the issues raised would receive due attention in the deliberation of the Commission. The Commission also looks forward to continuing interaction with the State Government.

6. The Commission will finalize its recommendations by October 2014 after completing its discussions with all the State Governments, the Government of India and relevant stake holders.

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