Gangtok: Sikkim, which has already attracted the world's attention for becoming a fully-organic state, has now started a pension scheme for farmers. The announcement was made by chief minister Pawan Chamling during the state-level Panchayat and Organic Growers' Sammelan Saramsa Garden in Gangtok on Friday.
Chamling attended the event as the chief guest. The meeting was jointly organised by food security and agriculture development department, horticulture and cash crops development and rural management and development department. Up to 1,000 farmers have applied for the pension as of now, the CM added.
Sikkim is the first state to start ‘Krishi Pension’, and as part of the initiative, 78 farmers received pension on Friday. "Agriculture is the world’s oldest, most popular and important profession and we should imbibe this from our older generations,” the CM added.