A meeting of HCM with MD, NCDC on development partnership with Cooperatives of Sikkim through NCDC was held in Sikkim House, New Delhi

New Delhi, 30th Jan: ( IPR) A meeting of Hon’ble Chief Minister Sikkim Shri Prem Singh Tamang with MD, NCDC on development partnership with Cooperatives of Sikkim through NCDC was held on 30.01.2020 in the Sikkim House, New Delhi. The meeting was attended by senior officials from Govt. of Sikkim and from NCDC.
After the felicitation of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang and welcome by MD, NCDC, a release of a document on “NCDC IN SIKKIM” was made by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang on the occasion. A presentation on the NCDC, its schemes, strategy to develop cooperatives with special focus on opportunities and possibilities to finance projects of Rs.3000 crores for Sikkim for cooperatives was made by MD, NCDC.
In the deliberations, MD, NCDC highlighted the mega projects by NCDC in the recent past for Dairy, Piggery and other Livestock projects in the North-Eastern states of Meghalaya and Nagaland with the support of state governments. MD, NCDC also assured the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang that NCDC can assist the Sikkim govt. for cooperatives in all possible ways and at all levels.
It was also added that Sikkim being a pioneer state for organic produce, the issues related to marketing, branding and tie-up with ASEAN countries for high-value realization can be made possible through a cooperative model of business and value chains. NEDAC, an international platform for Asia and Pacific countries for strengthening agricultural cooperatives, can also help in this tie-up in case the state govt. takes up its membership.
Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang agreed to the observations of the MD, NCDC and highlighted that the areas of the tourism especially homestay, fisheries particularly trout fish, dairy, marketing of organic agriculture products like honey, ginger, cardamom are the immediate priorities and focus areas of the state govt. The state govt. has already initiated a scheme to incentivise the farmers to increase production in fisheries, dairy and agriculture. He expressed his keen desire to seek appropriate financial assistance for scaling up of these activities from NCDC being Govt. of India statutory organisation. He also showed his interest in MoU with NCDC to be finalized before budget so that adequate provisions can be kept in the state budget to implement the identified activities in cooperatives through NCDC lending. Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang suggested holding a meeting in Sikkim shortly with the Chief Secretary and his team of Head of relevant departments and MD, NCDC to work out the specific plan for cooperative development and associated lending by NCDC. It was brought out by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang that ‘seeing is believing’ and in this spirit, a team of senior officials and personnel from the cooperative sector of the state may be taken on field visit to Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to study successful cooperative societies in the priority areas for possibilities of cooperative development in Sikkim.