Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling was conferred the prestigious 2016 ‘Sustainable Development Leadership Award’ by President Pranab Mukherjee during the World Sustainable Development Summit organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) at Vigyan Bhawan here today. The award was presented to Chamling in recognition of his vision and leadership in environment and sustainable development leading to the establishment of Sikkim as the first and only organic state in the country according to citation presented by the TERI on this occasion.
Sikkim is only state in India to have attained the official status of fully organic state in January 2016 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi
made the official announcement during his maiden visit to the state.
The state known as the Land of Flower, with a population of around six lakhs, is now gaining world wide popularity as fully organic state of the India. Around 75,000 hectares of land has been converted into certified organic farms over the years following the guidelines as prescribed by National Programme for Organic Production. Sikkimcontributes around 80000 million tonnes organic production out of total 1.24 million tonnes of organic production recorded in India.