CM launches credit loan scheme for farmers in Gyalshing

Gyalshing, 28 Aug:

Chief Minister, PS Tamang launched the credit loan scheme for farmers in the Credit Loan Mela organized here at Gyalshing Girls School premises, West Sikkim,today.

The programme on the theme 'Development through credit' was organized by StateAgriculture department. The main objective of the Credit Loan Mela is to strengthen the economic condition of the farmers as well as the State since 70% of the Sikkimese populace is connected to agriculture and farming sector.

During the launch, the Chief Minister handed over token cheques to a few farmers from differentconstituencies of West Sikkim. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all the cheques were not handed out today.

It was informed that 858 farmers from West Sikkim have been selected for the credit loan scheme after necessary assessment processes for various kinds of farming ventures such as dairy farming, bee keeping, poultry farming and other agricultural practices. An amount of Rs. 28 crore has been sanctioned under the scheme.

In his hour long address, the CM maintained that credit loan scheme could be a game changer in the upliftment of agriculture and animal husbandry sector in the state. He mentioned that agriculture is the backbone of the state's economy and development of agriculture sector should be encouraged through some effective initiative.

He informed that the krishi credit loan is being provided to farmers under ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ scheme being initiated by the central government. He stressed for utilization of loan provided to the farmers in the targeted farming ventures.

"Do not be happy because you (farmers) got loan but be serious about how you will utilize the same for your economic growth," said the CM.

On the development of agricultural sector, the CM reflected on numerous farmer-friendly schemes planned and prepared by the state government to boost agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry sector of the state.

On man-animal conflict and reports of animals foraging crops of farmers especially in rural areas of West Sikkim, the CM informed that the state government in coordination with Forest and Wildlife department would initiate a process to fence the vulnerable areas or animal entry points, adding that certain amount of fund was sanctioned for this purpose.He thanked the banks working in coordination with the state government on the scheme.

Establishment of COVID-19 Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at New STNM Hospital and introducing of TruNat Testing, RTPCR Testing and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) can be considered as notable achievement in COVID-19 testing, he added.

Health sector will be given top priority and Manpower Management Committee has also been constituted for appropriate action. He stated that the state government will not compromise in health sectors and further urged entire government machineries to avoid any kind of favoritism of health professionals against the government's decision, in health sector.

The Chief Minister also emphasized on the ongoing developmental process of education. He also announced to develop Soreng Science College as a Centre for Excellence in near future. He also informed that the infrastructure of Sikkim State University will be established at identified area in Temi Tarku. The state government will also introduce provision of Master’s Degree in both Namchi and Gyalshing colleges.

Agriculture Minister, Loknath Sharma, addressing the gathering, said that it was the first time in Sikkim that farmers are being provided this unique credit loan scheme to carry forward agricultural venture of their choice.

The credit loan scheme is the state government’s effort to provide ample opportunity for the farmers to flourish in their agricultural activities, he said.

Earlier, the CM inaugurated a bakery unit at Industrial Training institute near 7th Mile Gyalshing.

Ministers, MLAs, officials from Agriculture department and others were also present in the event.

The credit loan mela will be held at Namchi on 29 Aug.