GANGTOK, April 8 - The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) has stressed the need for a strategic plan to keep the State�s economy afloat. It said the coronavirus pandemic has brought the State�s economy to a standstill.
�The people of Sikkim are facing an economic crisis because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumption has come to a halt across the nation and various organisations are rightly predicting a recession,� said SDF spokesperson MK Subba.
The Sikkim Government should form a high-level economic advisory committee for long-term economic planning to overcome the crisis, he said.
According to him, the committee should include representatives of financial institutions and banks, Sikkim Chamber of Commerce, chartered accountants, business stakeholders like hotel associations, tour operators, drivers� associations, startup entrepreneurs, small and micro-level entrepreneurs, etc.
He further said the committee in consultation with all stakeholders should propose a long-term strategic plan and economic package to the Central Government for the people of Sikkim who were hit by the crisis.
The party requested Governor Ganga Prasad to intervene and form the economic advisory committee, as well as guide the formulation of the proposed long-term economic package to be forwarded to the Central Government.
Meanwhile, the Governor held the second review meeting with the State Government on the State�s plan of action to check the spread of COVID-19 at the Raj Bhavan here today.
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, Health Minister Dr MK Sharma, Chief Secretary SC Gupta, Director General of Police A Shankar Rao, Additional Chief Secretary to Governor Dr K Jayakumar, among other officials, were present in the meeting.
The meeting began with the appraisal of the latest report and action taken by the State Government in view of the ongoing lockdown and its impact on the lives of common man.
Sikkim is among the three States with zero coronavirus-positive cases as on April 8 and the meeting deliberated on the possible measures and restrictions to be put in place to keep Sikkim safe.
The Chief Minister said that the situation is normal in the State and the Government has accorded utmost priority to equitable distribution of relief materials among the intended beneficiaries.