Guwahati: Namchi, the district headquarters of South Sikkim has been adjudged as the Best Performing Smart City in the North Eastern Region.
The announcement was made during a two-day long review meeting of flagship schemes of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) for northeastern States held on Friday and Saturday at Agartala, the State capital of Tripura.
The performance of each northeastern state/city was reviewed very minutely in the meeting. The review meeting was also attended by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Chief Minister of Tripura, Biplab Kumar Deb, Secretary of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shankar and the representatives of all North Eat states at Pranja Bhavan, Agartala
GT Bhutia, CEO, Namchi Smart City and Tsewang Gyatcho, Commissioner, Gangtok Municipal Corporation and attended the review meeting.
Minister Puri lauded the efforts of Sikkim for their consistent ability to roll out the schemes of Open Defecation Free (ODF) under Swachh Bharat Mission and Smart City Project.
The first day of the meeting, which was attended by Secretary MoHUA, Durga Shanker Mishra, was also attended by all the Mission Directors of the Ministry.
The first day witnessed discussion on various flagship programmes in detail and related issues and problems were addressed. The performance of each State/city was also reviewed and under the Smart City Mission, Namchi Smart City was declared the best performing city in the whole of the northeastern region.
The Secretary lauded the efforts of Namchi Smart City and personally congratulated the CEO of Namchi Smart City, GT Bhutia for his exemplary work in achieving such remarkable progress.
He also directed the National Mission Director to hold a workshop for CEOs of all northeast states in Namchi during the month of January 2019 so that they could learn from Namchi Smart city.
The second day’s meeting was chaired by the Minister of State [Independent charge] Hardeep Singh Puri, who also congratulated Namchi Smart City for holding the number one position in the Smart city mission followed by a huge round of applause from all the delegates of this review meeting.
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