President Kovind all in praise of Sikkim’s organic farming and cleanliness


GANGTOK | Nov 3, 2019:

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind addressed the 5th convocation of Sikkim University in Gangtok here today.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that in a short span of about 12 years, Sikkim University has made serious efforts to develop the intellectual and cultural understanding of the people of the Eastern Himalayas.

The president also expressed happiness over the initiative taken by the university to promote local languages and literatures by teaching Limbu, Lepcha and Bhutia in its campus and for establishing the Centre for Endangered Languages for conservation of extincting languages.

He said that preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Sikkim will prove to be a visionary initiative in protecting special identity of the State.

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The President said that Sikkim has a strong possibility to become a model of development for other hill states. On the strength of conscious citizens, Sikkim is counted among the 10 leading states in the Human Development Index.

He said that Sikkim has set an example in education, health, sanitation and protection of wildlife. It has also set an example before rest of the country in organic farming and becoming a clean, pollution-free state.

Furthermore, he said that we should resolve that our country would also become a harbinger of organic farming and free of pollution much like Sikkim.

The President and First Lady were seen off at ladder point, Army Helipad, Libing, by  Governor of Sikkim Ganga Prasad,  Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang,  Minister Kunga Nima Lepcha, Chief Secretary S.C. Gupta and senior officers of the State Government.