Is Sikkim just a tourist spot for everyone? Indeed, but now it has gained a few other labels for itself too which is worth mentioning. The new feathers on the crown have glorified it in the best possible way.
Sikkim finally beats 51 other nominations from across the world; Denmark, Brazil, and Quito in Ecuador shared the second spot.
Sikkim has gained the badge of being the world's first 100 percent organic state. The state, which went away with the Future Policy Award, 2018, at a UN ceremony in Rome, also received an "Oscar" for best policies at the ceremony after strengthening its efforts to achieve justifiable expansion goals.
The award, Future Policy Award 2018, is given to a state with the world's best laws and policies promoting agro-ecology.
The award was presented at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Monday. The state competed against 51 other nominees from 25 countries.
Sikkim Democratic Front MP Prem Das Rai, Chief Minister Kumar Chamling, and Indian Ambassador Reenat Sandhu received the award on the behalf of the state.
"Let us build an organic world together," he said while accepting the award from FAO's Deputy Director Maria Helena Semedo.
On January 19, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi avowed Sikkim as the first organic state in the country. He also entitled the state a harbinger of organic farming, not only in India but all around the world.
Sikkim's organic farming policy is said to have aided over 66 000 farming families and heightened incoming tourism. In an email conversation with IANS, MP Prem Das Rai stated, "We are delighted to know that a Himalayan state of India has been awarded this year's Future Policies Award in agro-ecology. The leadership under Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has to be lauded. Farsightedness and a huge political will have been the underpinning of this policy. It's even more important to understand the scale of the policy, in both its simplicity and wide-ranging implications for human development and climate change mitigation. It bolsters efforts to achieve justifiable development goals. Sikkim and India need to be proud of this great moment."