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Sikkim: March 2013

March, 2013

Sikkim is surrounded by vast stretches of Tibetan Plateaus in the North, the Chumbi Valley of Tibet and the Kingdom of Bhutan in the East, the Kingdom of Nepal in the West and Darjeeling district of West Bengal in the South.

Sikkim has 28 mountain peaks, 84 glaciers, 227 lakes, five hot springs, and eight mountain passes - making it an ideal tourist location. The Teesta and the Rangeet are the two major rivers with nearly hundred tributaries.

Sikkim is naturally endowed with rich flora and fauna. Its climate and topographical conditions support industries such as agriculture, horticulture, food processing, tourism and non-timber forest produce. The state follows the North East Industrial Investment Promotion Policy, 2007, which provides several incentives and concessions for investment in the state. It also provides excellent institutional support through various central and State Government agencies viz., North East Council, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Commerce and Industries Department.

Sikkim is well connected by roads. Telecommunication connectivity compares with the national standards. Optical-fibre connectivity is being developed. Rail and air connectivity are also being developed in the state.

At current prices, the total gross state domestic product (GSDP) of Sikkim was about US$ 1.75 billion in 2011-12. The average GSDP growth rate between 2004-05 and 2011-12 was about 24 per cent.

State Presentation (March 2013)

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