• Fri. Apr 19th, 2024

Nirmala Sitharaman addresses post-budget interaction in Gangtok

The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman participated in the Post-Budget interaction with the representatives of trade & industry in Sikkim such as the Sikkim Chamber of Commerce, tax professionals, corporates, various associations, women entrepreneurs.

During the interaction, the representatives of the various industry stakeholders put forth their queries and suggestions pertaining to the provisions of the Union Budget and the various schemes and policies available by the Union and State Government to support their businesses. The queries were addressed in detail by the Minister and the various Secretaries of the Ministry of Finance.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Finance Minister lauded the state to be the first State in India to fully adopt organic farming. She urged the State Government to  prepare a clear action plan on supporting organic farming in the state after consultation with all the stakeholders.

The Minister while recollecting her rich memories of visiting a Bhutia home, urged the State Government and the industry to generate a model of matchmaking between aggregators and home stay owners to develop a Sikkim model of Village tourism.

The Minister shall also visit the border villages in Lachen during her visit to understand the saturation of the schemes through the banking sector to the beneficiaries and the items proposed under ‘Vibrant Villages’ programme is being fulfilled.

The Minister and the officials addressed a press conference after the interaction. The Minister announced that “On 28th February, via video conference, I’ll be launching a ropeway from Dhapper to Bhaleydhunga in Sikkim under the PM-DevINE Scheme which came last year. So, you’re seeing results of allocations made for CAPEX under PM-DevINE.”

Later in the evening, the Minister also interacted with the students of Sikkim University.

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