The Vote on Account was tabled by Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, who is also the minister-in-charge for Finance, Revenue and Expenditure Department, on the first day.

To a question by a Member about revenue expenditure exceeding the capital expenditure, the Chief Minister explained that Sikkim is a welfare state where the government provides for the basic minimum needs like food, medicine and education of the people and private presence is negligible.

Chamling said a major portion of the government revenue is spent on paying salaries, wages, pensions and other allowances.

he Chief Minister stated the government will not take up any new project till the existing development schemes are completed.

He added the government is committed to put the entire state on the development map and cited examples of infrastructure being created by the state in every constituency.

The House also passed the Sikkim Municipalities (Amendment) Bill, introduced by the Minister Urban Development and Housing Department N K Subba on the first day.

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