Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a conference of Agriculture Ministers of states in Sikkim said, having an airport in the state will boost tourism and help in quick transportation of the state’s organic flowers and other products to other states and global market.
He suggested the state to brand organic products and set an online platform for sale of such items while appreciated the efforts of the state government in promoting organic farming. The PM has also presented a certificate to state chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling commending Sikkim for becoming 100 per cent organic farming state in the country.
Mr. Modi has also promised to look into the various demands put forward by the state. “Whatever Pawanji has demanded, the government of India will consider them seriously.” Earlier the CM had demanded that the Centre grant tribal status to leftover communities and pass a resolution to ensure two communities – Limbo and Tamang get reservation in the State Assembly. At present, tribal status has been declared to four communities including Limbo and Tamang out of 15 communities in the state.
The other demands included the Centre to permit entry of Buddhist monk Gyalwa karmapa Ogen Thinly Dorgy into the state. Biofertiliser subsidy and conversion of the existing regional Centre of ICAR into a national research centre for organic farming were also sought by the state.