The first day of the sixth session (Part IV) of the ninth Assembly saw the presentation of the second supplementary demands for grants for the financial year 2017-18 by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, who is also the Minister in Charge for Finance Revenue and Expenditure Department.

The second supplementary demands for grants includes 37 grants, which includes gross additional expenditure of Rs 40896.38 lakh comprising Rs 13742.32 lakh on Revenue Account and Rs 27154.06 lakh on Capital Account. Of this, the proposals involving net cash outgo aggregates to Rs 29122.57 lakh was also placed before the House.

Discussions and voting for the demand for grants will take place on 30 January, officials said. Earlier, the session began with the ‘Obituary Reference’ on the demise of former governor of Sikkim, TV Rajeshwar. The state observed 16 January as a day of mourning on the passing away of the former governor.

Later, as a mark of respect to the departed soul, the House also observed a minute’s silence. During question hour, the Minister-in-Charge for Capacity Building for Skill Development , Pawan Chamling, who is also the leader of the House replied to a query raised by MLA RN Chamling and said that during the period 2002-03 to 2016-17, a total of 7759 youths were given loans amounting to Rs 9316.97 lakh under the chief minister’s small enterprise scheme (CMSES). “Under the scheme, the loan is repayable presently.

However, proposal for a waiver of interest is being considered,” Mr Chamling said. The session was presided over by Deputy Speaker Sonam Gyatso Lepcha.