Gangtok, 28 Oct:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lauded the State of Sikkim for winning the Future Policy Gold Award conferred by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy, recently.
The Prime Minister included his congratulations in his 'Mann Ki Baat' address broadcast to the nation today.
Congratulating the people of Sikkim on the feat, the Prime Minister termed the Award as the 'Oscar' in the field of sustainable food systems and best policy making.
The IPR Deptt has shared the following extract from his address:
"My dear countrymen, our North-East has a unique distinction of its own. The natural beauty of North –East has no parallel and the people of this area are extremely talented. Now our North-east is also known for all best deeds. North east is one region that has made grand progress in organic farming. A few days ago Sikkim won the prestigious Future Policy Gold Award, 2018 for encouraging the sustainable food system. This award is given by the UN body ‘Food & Agriculture Organisation’ – FAO. You will be delighted to know that this best policy making award is equivalent to an Oscar in the sector. Not only this, our Sikkim outperformed 51 nominated policies of 25 countries to win this award. For this, I heartily compliment the people of Sikkim."
This is an interesting development in light of the fact that the Opposition parties in Sikkim have questioned the veracity and worth of the award. It will be interesting to see how those critical of this latest award react to the praise for Sikkim from the PM.