Sikkim became India’s first fully organic state in 2016

Posted on:02 Jan 2017 09:36:01
Sikkim became India’s first fully organic state in 2016
02 January 2017 Current Affairs: Sikkim as it became India's first fully organic state besides being adjudged the cleanest state, overall best in education and tourist destination while the famed Kanchenjunga National Park was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

Around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land were gradually converted to certified organic land by implementing practices and principles as per guidelines laid down in National Programme for Organic Production. 

It took the state 13 years to fully implement organic farming since the idea was mooted way back in 2003. 

2016 also saw the Pawan Chamling government amending the state gambling and casino rules banning all locals from entering casinos in the state starting July. 

Kanchenjunga National Park in West Sikkim was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site by the world heritage site committee at its 40th session held on July 17 at Istanbul. 

The threat of the lake bursting and causing a flash flood down river triggered panic along the Teesta river belt towards West Bengal. 

Sikkim also had its share of lows in 2016.

Sikkim was awarded the cleanest state in India by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) in September. The result was announced by Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar based on a survey for the year 2015. 

Sikkim was once again conferred with the overall best state in education. 

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