Bill to regulate non-organic commodities withdrawn

Tue, Jan 30, 2018

GANGTOK: A bill seeking to prohibit and regulate non-organic agricultural and horticultural commodities in the State was withdrawn in the State Legislative Assembly, though it was listed to be introduced in the House today.
Agriculture minister Somnath Poudyal, who was asked to introduce the Sikkim Non Organic Agricultural and Horticultural Commodities (Prohibition and Regulatory) Bill No. 2 of 2018, by deputy Speaker Sonam Gyatso Lepcha, moved for withdrawal of the bill. It was likely to come up for discussion, consideration and passing by the Assembly on Tuesday.
Asked on the last minute withdrawal of the bill, minister Poudyal later told reporters that there were some technical reasons behind the move.
A senior State government official, however, said the draft of the bill was not comprehensive and required large-scale changes, according to a PTI report. It would be introduced in the budget session, the official added.
Going by the nomenclature of the bill, it sought to enforce a law banning supply of certain non-organic vegetables, livestock and other produce in Sikkim from outside the State from March 31, 2018.
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has already announced the import ban and the State cabinet had approved the move to be enforced in a phased manner.

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