TT, Gangtok, June 26: Rebel Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) leader P.S. Golay today broke his silence on the second day of the budget session.
Golay, who had not attended the House since 2009 and suddenly showed up yesterday, reached an hour before the Assembly session was to start and was granted permission by the Speaker K.T. Gyalsten at 2.50pm to speak.
Golay, who read out from a piece of paper, started his address by saying: “I strongly express my dissatisfaction on the governor’s address which has highlighted the achievements of the Sikkim government yesterday.”
The first point Golay raised was on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state. He said the SDF had failed in every aspect in the past 18 years. Stating that the declining GDP of Sikkim has become a matter of concern, he said the SDF had failed to work towards the alleviation of poverty.
He then referred to the report of National Family Health Survey stating that still 49 per cent of the women in Sikkim did not give birth in hospitals.
Discarding the claims of Sikkim being a prosperous state, Golay said there was a debt of 46,784 crore that Sikkim had run up.
“I have to come to tell the truth and I will do that, we can clearly see where the economic state of Sikkim is headed,” he said.
“There are many people in Sikkim who fall under a BPL category and are deprived of government welfare schemes and facilities” he said, stating that the government has not prepared the accurate data of the BPL families in Sikkim.
He also raised other issues related with the rural job scheme MNERGA, education, Sikkim University, Infant Mortality Rate.