The Minister for Tourism, Irrigation, Indo Nepal Uttarakhand River Projects, Govt of Uttarakhand, Satpalji Maharaj, called on Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at his official residence at Mintokgang on Tuesday.
Satpalji Maharaj ji and his team are on a study tour to Sikkim to learn about the implementation of organic agriculture and village tourism.
The CM welcomed the visiting delegates from the Government of Uttarakhand and speaks about the Himalayan state being the first Organic state in the country.
He said that the organic movement was ongoing and the young people have to strive and show active participation in the branding, packaging, manufacturing and utilize the brand that Sikkim has created as being Organic. Chamling stressed on how Sikkimese people are lucky to be in a state blessed with flora, fauna and talked about the many environmental initiatives that the state government has undertaken like ban on chemical fertilizers, plastics, ban on grazing and the many policies towards promoting tourism specially in the field of village tourism and home stays.
Chamling also talked about the importance of agriculture and the state government’s stress on the state being self-sufficient and thus the ban on non organic vegetables in the state. He threw light on the Chief Minister’s Start Up Scheme and the State Government providing 35% subsidy for business ventures including organic farming and tourism- related activities for educated youths. At the end the Chief Minister called upon the delegates to encourage all the Himalayan states to adopt organic agriculture.
Satpalji Maharaj applauded the contribution of the CM in making the state one of the best State in the country. He mentioned that an entire delegation from the State was in Sikkim to learn village tourism and other areas which the state has excelled at. He stated that both states have a lot of similarities and they have been blessed with bountiful nature, thus tapping of natural resources is very important. He stressed that Green Bonus from the centre should be given to both states so that initiatives in the environmental sector is further encouraged by the rest of the states of the country.