Sikkim - The Industrial policy

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Disinvestment Policy 2003 for the State of Sikkim


The primary objectives for disinvesting/privatising the Public Sector Undertakings are as follows

  • Releasing large amount of public resources locked up in non-productive PSUs, for redeployment in areas that are much higher on the social priority, such as, basic health, family welfare, primary education and social and essential infrastructure
  • Stemming further outflow of scarce public resources for sustaining the unviable PSUs
  • Reducing the public debt that is threatening to assume unmanageable proportions
  • Transferring the commercial risk, to which the taxpayers' money locked up in the public sector is exposed, to the private sector wherever the private sector is willing and able to step in. The money that is deployed in the PSUs is really the public money and is exposed to an entirely avoidable and needless risk, in most cases
  • Releasing other tangible and intangible resources, such as, large manpower currently locked up in managing the PSUs, and their time and energy, for redeployment in high priority social sectors that are short of such resources.


Environment, Forest and Land Use

Which state that, the state shall endeavour to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forests and wildlife and to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes and rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for the living creatures. In Resolution No. 3-1/86-FP dated the 7th December 1988, the Government of India, Ministry of environment and Forests, enunciated National Forest Policy to be followed in the management of state forests in the country. However, over the years, the environment, forests and land in the state of Sikkim have come under serious pressure due to the fact that more than 80% of the land resources of the state are under the management of the Department of Forests, Environment & Wildlife. Due to the increase in human population and cattle population and increase in development activities in the state, the pressure on the environment, forest and land is increasing at a very fast pace.


Industrial policy

In view of the priorities attached by the government for speedy industrial development and generation of adequate employment opportunities through self-employment comprehensive industrial policy for Sikkimhas been formulated.


Policy Objectives

The Policy Envisages

Creation of an atmosphere conducive to industrial growth, taking into consideration the available natural resources and the local socio-economic environment.

  • Creation of an atmosphere conducive to industrial growth, taking into consideration the available natural resources and the local socio-economic environment.
  • Maintenance of the Green State image while promoting industrial activities.
  • Rehabilitation of sick industries with comprehensive assistance and guidance from the Department of Industry and privatization of select State Public Sector Undertakings.
  • Enrichment of the agriculture sector through the establishment of appropriate linkage between agriculture and agro-based industries.
  • Ensuring balanced regional development through promotion of khadi, village, cottage, tiny small and ancillary industries,
    Promotion of the traditional handloom, handicrafts and artisan sector, by providing adequate support in the form of common facilities like service centers cheap raw material, technical inputs, marketing network skill development, etc.
  • Development of tourism as and industry.
  • Development of Sikkim as a major centre for manufacture & marketing of tea.
  • Proactive participation of all concerned Government agencies to facilitate industrial growth.
  • Rapid Development of basic infrastructure so that industrial growth is facilitated.
  • Encouraging self-employment and identification of avenues for the same.
  • Human resource development through appropriate skill and entrepreneurship development programs behavioral training, etc., at district, sub division and block levels, to meet the emergent skill requirements of the state within a stipulated time frame.
  • Encouraging joint ventures between local entrepreneurs and industrialists from outside the state
  • Simplification of procedures and opening up of Sikkim with a view to attract both internal and outside investors, with respect to prospects whose long term viability is carefully evaluate


Information Technology Policy

The Government of Sikkim is aware of the transformational changes in IT technology and would like to harness its capabilities for the welfare of the state by having up to date citizen services, ensuring greater accountability through e-governance and also promote IT investments in the state.

The Government of Sikkim has placed Information Technology high on its agenda. The Information Technology Policy has been formulated to put Information Technology on a firm footing in the state. The Department of Information Technology is determined to play the role of an enabler and catalyzing agent.

Objectives and Mission statement

The IT policy of Sikkim is centered around the following premise and the Mission Statements

  • Empowering citizens and making life easier for them through e-governance
  • Facilitating income and employment generation in the private sector
  • Improving productivity in the government departments through computerization
  • Use of information tools in the administrations to improve governance.
  • Making Sikkim a totally computer literate state
  • Reducing the digital divide
  • Using Information Technology to map the resources of the state
  • Using Information Technology to bring succor to the disabled.