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Sikkim CM Announces New Pension Scheme for Farmers

Sikkim CM Announces New Pension Scheme for Farmers
July 07
11:49 2017

Janta Mela under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan 2017 was held at Singhithang ground in Namchi on Thursday. Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling handed over the Janta Mela tokens under various departments to over seventy two beneficiaries of the constituencies namely Melli, Namthang-Ratheypani, Poklok-Kamrang, and Namchi-Singhithang in the program.

During the mela, Chamling announced that a new pension scheme named Krishi Bhatta (Pension for agriculture farmers) who are above the age of 50 years of age will be introduced from next year onwards.

Addressing, the colossal gathering of public Pawan Chamling spoke in brief about the importance of the Janta mela which is a mela that will empower the rural masses of the state. Highlighting, the importance of Janta Mela, the Chief Minister said that a variety of benefits from the various departments of the State Government is provided to the public in order to uplift their livelihood. He informed that over Rupees 700 Crores worth of benefits under various schemes would be handed over to beneficiaries during the Janta Mela in all the four Districts of Sikkim. The Chief Minister elucidated in detail, about the various schemes that the state government has designed for elevating the lives of the rural public and urged them to exploit these schemes to its full potential.

The chief minister added that a Mother Dairy farm has been proposed by the State Government which will be located in North Sikkim in order to support the dairy farmers. He directed the DC’s of all four districts to submit the list of unused government lands in their respective districts to make them available for public utilisation.

Speaking about the Smart City project under which Namchi and Gangtok has been selected, he said that this project would bring about a holistic development in all spheres and urged the stakeholders and the general public to work towards promoting a sustainable development.

Reiterating, about the State Governments commitments towards the welfare of the public, the Chief Minister assured consistent and continuous service towards the public and would continue to do so in the future. The CM updated the youth of their need to equip themselves in being skilled in variety of profitable and flourishing sectors like horticulture, floriculture, agriculture, fishery, homestay, Poultry sectors in order to become self-reliant and self-sufficient.

Moreover, he brought to light that Sikkim is renowned in the world as a State which has advanced itself in the field of Organic Farming and urged the public to maintain the momentum and to achieve greater heights through this sector.


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