Mon, Feb 20, 2017 | updated 06:39 PM IST

Sikkim CM Chamling honoured with 'Sustainable Development Leadership Award'

Updated: Oct 06, 2016 14:37 IST
New Delhi, Oct. 6 (ANI): 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. Sikkim contributes around 80000 million tonnes organic production out of total 1.24 million tonnes of organic production recorded in India.

On the initiative of Chamling, a historic declaration was made through a Resolution in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly on February 24, 2003, for transforming Sikkim into a 'Total Organic State' as a result of which the Sikkim State Organic Board was constituted on September 16, 2003, for outlining policy issues and strategic plans, as well as developing standards and regulations.

The state government stopped procuring chemical fertilizers and chemical pesticides from 2004 onwards and also eliminated the existing subsidy to farmers for procurement of chemical pesticides. The state government created category-wise organic farming schemes and organic action plans to set the targets of conversion

Chamling has taken various green initiatives under which ban on pan masala /gutka was enforced in the entire state in the year 1995 and subsequently in 1997 passed an Act on prohibition of throwing of non-degradable garbage in public drains and sewerage. The state passed a law for prohibition of smoking in places of public work or in public service vehicles in the state in 1997.

On August 14, 1998, Sikkim became the first state in the country to impose a ban on plastics and non-degradable materials and the tourists were also prohibited from carrying plastic bags and containers in under the rules. The state government imposed complete ban on collection of medicinal plants and non-timber forest produce for commercial purposes and framed Statutory Rules for mandatory planting of ten saplings in lieu of one tree felled in private holdings implemented in 2001.

The Chief Minister started a unique programme in 2009 called "10 Minutes' on June 25 annually under which all the citizens of the state plant one sapling each during a pre-announced 10 minutes.

The state government imposed a ban on the use of diclofenac sodium and burning of agricultural wastes in 2015 and all the old trees in government forests were identified as "Sikkim State Heritage Trees" in 2016.

The state government imposed a ban on use of Styrofoam products and a ban on the use of Plastic Bottled drinking water in state government functions and also banned tyre fires during the year 2016. (ANI)

New Delhi [India] Feb. 20 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday sent a Red Corner Notice (RCN) to Interpol on the request of Delhi Police in defence consultant Sanjay Bhandari's case.

Full Story >>

Phoolpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb 20 (ANI): Coming down heavily on rival political parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that post three phases of assembly polls, it has become evident that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will form government in Uttar Pradesh, adding that the Samajwadi Party, Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party are now toiling hard to woo voters in order to save their respect.

Full Story >>

Banda (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb.20 (ANI): Instituting a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narenrda Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi claimed that the former 'lost his smile' after the Samajwadi Party sewed an alliance with the grand old party for the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): The 2005 Delhi serial blasts mastermind Tariq Ahmed Dar was granted bail in a money laundering case on Monday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of State Bank of India (SBI)-led consortium's plea against defunct airline Kingfisher's owner Vijay Mallya till February 27.

Full Story >>

Kohima (Nagaland) [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): The ruling Naga People's Front's Shurhozelie Liezietsu will be the next Nagaland Chief Minister.

Full Story >>

By Shambhavi Ravishankar

Full Story >>

Sultanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for calling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) as 'Behenji Sampatti Party', party supremo Mayawati launched a blistering counter-attack and said that the real meaning of Narendra Damodardas Modi was 'Negative Dalit Man'.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its order on reffering the case challenging the ban on entry of women at the Sabarimala temple to a larger constitution bench.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.20 (ANI): Nordic Ambassadors to India, representing Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden begin their one-week tour to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry this week.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Monday told the High Court it has no objection to get a polygraph test done on Najeeb Ahmed's friends, along with nine students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): In the wake of the uproar created over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Diwali, Ramzan bhed-bhav' remark, the meeting between the delegation from the Congress with the Election Commission of India (ECI), scheduled for today at 5.30 p.m., has been postponed till further notice.

Full Story >>

Kaptanganj (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Feb. 20 (ANI): Ridiculing the alliance between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party for the ongoing assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday sardonically remarked that the 'shehzaadey' of the alliance - Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and incumbent Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav - have disappointed their respective parents and hence, cannot do anything good for the state.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): Senior Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati on Monday moved the Supreme Court against the apex court's earlier order of registering an FIR against him in connection with a gangrape and sexual harassment case.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): In the wake of the uproar created over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Diwali, Ramzan bhed-bhav' remark, a delegation from the Congress, consisting of Kapil Sibal, Deputy Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma, Rajya Sabha MP Satyawrat Chaturvedi and Secretary of the Legal and Human Rights Department of the Congress party K.C. Mittal, will meet the Election Commission of India (ECI) today at 5.30 p.m.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Feb. 20 (ANI): Lashing out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for accusing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of rendering shelter to criminals, the Samajwadi Party (SP) ion Monday said that BJP should stop focusing on petty issues and concentrate on real ones.

Full Story >>

Orai (Allahabad) [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): Hitting back at Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati's opposition to the Centre's demonetisation drive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the nature of the party has changed to 'Behenji Sampatti Party' and accused her for amassing ill-gotten wealth after demonetisation.

Full Story >>

Alwar (Rajasthan) [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): A minor girl from Rajasthan's Alwar district was rescued by local villagers after her father had sold her off for Rs. 7 lakh to unknown persons in Haryana.

Full Story >>

Srinagar [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): In view of the Shivratri or Herath festival celebrations in the state, the Hurriyat leadership in Jammu and Kashmir has called off its strike on Friday.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra), Feb.20 (ANI): Former IPL player Harmeet Singh was detained by the Mumbai police on Monday when he barged into a crowded platform of the Andheri Railway station.

Full Story >>