SNPP demands thorough enquiry into Organic Mission

Gangtok, 05 Apr:

Sikkim National People’s Party [SNPP] has demanded that the state government immediately roll back the ban on vegetables from outside the State till the local production of vegetables is sufficient for the local people and visiting tourists in the State. SNPP president, Biraj Adhikari, has appealed to the people of Sikkim to not cooperate with such an order which infringes upon the constitutional right of the people.

Addressing a press conference here today, he also demanded a thorough enquiry by an impartial and independent agency into the ‘Organic Mission’ since its inception based on the findings of the CAG as documented in their annual reports.

Mr Adhikari said that the SNPP has ideologically supported the Organic Mission of the state government but has opposed the populist approach the government has taken in the mission. He alleged that it seems that the Organic Mission was more of propaganda aimed at getting awards and to inflate the ego of one individual than a reality.

He added that the recent ban on non-organic vegetables from outside the State has caused immense hardship to countless people throughout the State especially to traders who have been earning their livelihood through vegetables.

“The ban has also revealed that the government was totally unprepared and that the departments did not even have an assessment of the amount of vegetables grown in the State,” he added.

This move has distressed the common man and tourism stakeholders, and can disrupt peace in the State.