64-year-old Chamling first assumed office on December 12 in 1994 when his Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) won the assembly elections. He won a fifth consecutive time in the state assembly elections held in May 2014.

Chamling is currently the longest serving chief minister in the country. Basu was Chief Minister of West Bengal from June 21, 1977 to November 6, 2000. During Chamling's tenure, the Sikkim government has started various flagship programmes for making the tiny hill state a model state in the country, an official release said.

Sikkim has become the leading state of producing organic fruits and vegetables with a total 58,168 hectare of land under organic cultivation. Environmentally, Sikkim continues to be India's greenest state based on interpretation of satellite data, the release said.

Sikkim is greenest state in the country and according to latest data, 3,359 sq km of the state, or 47.3 percent is under forest cover against the national average of 21 percent.Sikkim government has initiated a Rs 391 crore project for constructing nearly 8,000 resilient houses capable of withstanding earthquakes and minimise loss of lives and property, the release said.

Seventy people were killed in the September, 2011 earthquake in the state. Sikkim has recorded steepest fall in poverty level in the country on account of increase in per capita consumption and the proportion of the poor living below poverty line in the urban area is lowest among all states, the release said.

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