Sikkim, located in the Northeast of India is not just famously known far and wide for its picturesque landscape with its alpine meadows and being home to thousands of wildflowers, but the state has more to offer acing developmental and socio-economic aspects.
- Sikkim is the country’s solely fully grown organic state. The sustainable mission initiated way back in 2003 achieved its target in 2015. The UN ‘Oscar for the Best Policy’ was awarded to the northeastern Indian in 2018.
- In a margin of 8 years from 2004 to 2012, the state has managed to decrease its poverty ratio by 22 per cent. There was a 70 per cent fall in the number of poor people.
- The state of Sikkim is considered to be one of the safest states for women in India as it has recorded fewer crime rates against women. Sikkim is also claimed to be the best state for women in the workplace.
- Did you known Sikkim was one of the first Indian states to completely ban plastic bags? Around two decades back, plastic bags were completely banned in the state.
- The state has 50 per cent reservation for women in urban and local bodies.
- Sikkim defeated 51 nominated policies from 25 countries, winning the Gold Prize of the Future Policy Award 2018, also known as ‘Oscar for Best Policies’.
- Sikkim is the only state in the country to announce the implementation of Universal Basic Income for its citizens.
- From tropical to the alpines. Sikkim’s botanical and zoological richness boasts of more than 4000 species of plants and 30 per cent of all the birds found in the Indian sub-continent.
- Sikkim celebrates international flower festival every year. The state has around 600 species of orchids, 240 species of trees and ferns, 150 varieties of gladioli, 46 types of rhododendrons along with a variety of magnolias and so on.
- The state got into the aviation map as Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the State’s first airport at Pakyong on September 24. It is Northeast India’s first greenfield airstrip.
However, before planning a trip to the state, you might be in a state of confusion as the Sikkim Hotels & Restaurants Association (SHRA) has boycotted Online Travel Aggregators (OTAs) – GoIbibo and Make My Trip (Go-MMT) from January 16 till indefinite period.
Guwahati | Edited by: Arpita Das | First Published: Aug 14, 2019 08:22:26 IST