Cabinet approves ban on vegetables in phased manner

Enhancement of State Health Services cadre strength from 305 to 626

Gangtok, 14 Dec:

The Cabinet today approved the proposal for ban on a number of agricultural, horticultural and livestock products into Sikkim as per information shared on the Chief Minister's Facebook page regarding decisions taken during the Cabinet meeting today. The ban will be imposed in a phased manner wherein the first phase will commence from 31 March next year.

The list of products to be prohibited from entry into the State with effect from 31 March 2018 are maize, beans, brinjal, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, capsicum, carrot, chayote, cucumber, drumstick, lady’s finger, leafy vegetables, palak, pea, radish, tomato, pointed gourd (potol), banana, guava, mango, orange, papaya, ginger, green chilly, turmeric.

In the second phase starting from 31 March 2019 the list of products to be prohibited from entry into the State are millet-finger millet, soyabean, rapeseed, mustard, onion, potato, garlic, milk & packaged milk and mustard oil cake.

Also, the Cabinet today approved the revised cadre review of Sikkim State Health Services duly enhancing the present cadre strength of 305 to 626. It is also proposed to bifurcate the present Cadre service into two Services namely i. General Duty and Public Health Services with 325 GDMOs and ii. Sikkim State Specialist Services with 301 Specialists at various levels.