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Sikkim celebrates 43rd statehood day

Press Trust of India  |  Gangtok 

celebrated its 43rd with great fanfare today.

It was on this day in 1975 that had officially become a state under the and Kazi Lhendup Dorjee became its

A grand function was held at the Samman Bhawan auditorium in the capital town where Pawan Kumar Chamling highlighted the achievements of his government.

has witnessed massive development and progress over the last two decades under his government, said Chamling, who has broken the record of former West Bengal as the longest serving by being in office for nearly 24 years.

"Our GSDP has increased by 5154.80 times which speaks volumes on the state's development and progress. Similarly, our per capita income and revenue generation have increased substantially," he said.

He said the salaries of the employees had increased by 2,412 per cent after the last pay revision in 2008. The recent recommendations submitted by the Pay Commission and accepted by the will further enhance their salaries.

Similarly in the case of retired government employees there has been more than 2100 per cent increase in their pensions, Chamling added.

Sikkim has the highest number of employees on the government pay roll constituting about 14 per cent of its population.

N Shrinivas Patil speaking at the same programme greeted the people of Sikkim on the occasion.

He congratulated Chamling for setting a new record of being the longest serving chief minister.

Patil expressed happiness over the greenfield Pakyong airport for launch of air connectivity soon and said it will be followed by railway connectivity in the next couple of years.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 19:15 IST