Budget Session at Sikkim Legislative Assembly ends

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Gangtok, Mar 11 (UNI) The Rs 3165.74 crore-Annual Budget, presented by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on March 5, was passed today on the final day of the budget session by the Sikkim Assembly.

In his address, the chief minister dwelled on the Bills and resolutions adopted by the House during the five-day Assembly. He directed the departmental heads to implement the provisions of the budget and passed Bills expeditiously.

The Sikkim Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitor's Bill was also passed today.

The Bill sought to provide for the registration of Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors in Sikkim. Under this Bill, the state government may, by a notification, establish a Council to be called Sikkim Nursing Council with ex-officio and elected members for carrying out the provisions of this Act.

The Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947, makes it obligatory on all states to form its own council for registrations of nurses, midwives and health visitors. Until now, the registration of nurses being passed out from the institutes in the states is being done by West Bengal Nursing Council.

Only those institutes approved by the Sikkim Nursing Council after due inspection shall be competent to train nurses, midwives and health visitors.

The Council will also be empowered to withdraw recognition from such institutes.

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