Gangtok, Feb 2: Hon’ble Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad Sunday visited Raigaon under Namcheybong Gram Panchayat Unit (GPU) in east district today. He attended a function held at local resident of a local and also visited an organic farm of Shri Saroj Rai. The Governor was accompanied by Gangtok constituency MLA, Shri Y. T Lepcha, Pakyong Sub-Division Magistrate, Shri Hemant Rai and officials from various line departments under Pakyong Sub-Division, east district.
Hon’ble Governor also visited organic stalls put up by the local public and Self Help Group in showcasing various organic agro-products including leafy vegetables, spices etc.
Addressing the gathering Hon’ble Governor said “Sikkim being the only organic state in India holds immense potential. The State has made a mark throughout the globe. There is need to propagate and promote organic farming as sustainable agricultural practice and to transform entire North East as organic hub. Every individual has to work at ensuring doubling farmers’ income and resolving issues of the farming community at large”.
He highlighted schemes of the central government including the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan-Dhan Yojana (PM-KMY) pension scheme. He said that special attention is being paid to northeastern states by the centre government. He also urged the public to pursue and promote entrepreneurship and model farming in the area and urged the panchayats to consistently execute their responsibilities.
Hon’ble Governor also announced to provide discretionary grants from Raj Bhavan to Namcheybong GPU, Sunakhari SHG and Ranikhoila FPO of the GPU.
Later, the Governor had an interactive session with officials of Pakyong Sub-Division wherein he was briefed by senior officials about the implementation of central and state sponsored schemes and farmer centric initiatives taken by the state government. He also handed over agricultural tools to beneficiaries.
Panchayats of the Namcheybong GPU presented the progress report and placed local issues and public grievances with the Governor.