Gangtok, 24 Oct:
Hamro Sikkim Party [HSP] leaders today addressed a press meet at their party office in Deorali with regard to the United Nations’ Future Policy Gold Award received by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on behalf of Sikkim in Rome recently.
The meet was addressed by HSP spokespersons, Biraj Adhikari and Punya Koirala, and party executives,Tirtha Sharma and DS Limboo.
Questioning the absence of senior representatives of the Government of India at the awards function in Rome, Mr Koirala said, “It is an honour for Sikkim to have received an international award, but why were no senior representatives from Indian government present at the award function? Why was the achievement of the State not flashed on national television channels?”
He also demanded clarifications on the parameters set for the selection of Sikkim for the award.
“All these need to be clarified to the public and the State Government must issue a white paper on it,” headded.
He further stated that all national and international awards received by the State in the past 25 years should not be kept in the house of one person but rather displayed in a museum for public display and so that the coming generationshave a knowledge about the awards.
Addressing the press, HSP spokesperson, Mr Adhikari, alleged that vegetables from outside the State are still being sold although the State Government had earlier put a ban on the sale of non-organic vegetables.
HSP party executive Mr Limboo stressed on provision of better market for organic vegetables of farmers from the villages of Sikkim.
“This factor is more important than the award. Farmers will feel proud only when their organic vegetables are sold readily in the market. Only then the organic mission and awards will be meaningful. Vegetables from outside Sikkim are still being sold and consumed. The award should not bring disrepute to the State in future. Are the 60,000 odd farmers as cited in the award report really benefiting from organic farming?” questioned MrLimboo.