CM calls on Rural Development and Agri Ministers in Delhi

New Delhi, 01 Sept

(IPR ): Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang called on the Union Minister of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, Giriraj Singh in New Delhi today. He acknowledged the continuous development made by the Rural Development department in progressively changing the rural landscape. He added that

the programmes and schemes of the Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj have

assisted in enhancing the conditions in the rural areas and have tremendously benefitted the state and improved the living conditions. Further, to achieve full potential under the said policies, the Chief Minister placed a detailed proposal for strengthening the Rural Development sector and Panchayati Raj institutions and requested the consideration of the proposals to ensure continued and sustained growth. Similarly, the Chief Minister called on the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar in New Delhi. The Chief Minister thanked the Union Minister for the support

extended to the state through various incentives and schemes. He added that Sikkim being a certified organic state has set a precedent in the nation and is providing consultancy to Ladakh and Arunachal

Pradesh. As chemical fertilisers are not used in the state, Sikkim has forfeited subsidies amounting to Rs 800 crore to date. In this regard, the Chief Minister informed that the state has been raising the matter through various platforms for compensation by providing subsidies on organic manures to the

farmers as a substitute to chemical fertilisers. He sought the support of the Ministry for extending benefits/ financial assistance under the Large Area Certification (LAC) under the scheme garamparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) in Sikkim and added that the state government will be submitting a concept note on Organic Nutrient Support to the farmers in the coming days. The Chief Minister requested the consideration of the proposal to encourage and assist the farmers of Sikkim.