The Governing Body
The Governing Body holds the highest decision-making power within the Agency. The roles and responsibilities of the Governing Body are as follows:
The Governing Body consists of the Principal Secretary-cum-Agriculture Production Commissioner to the Government, FS & ADD and H & CDD as its chairman with members from the Departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Finance and ICAR. The Board also consists of 2 non official members, nominated by the government of Sikkim from the FPO's. The term of the official members will be continuous without break and that of non official members will be for a term of 4 years from the date of nomination.
The members list of the Governing Body is presented below:
Governing Body Members
|Title||Rank and Department|
|Chairperson||Principal Secretary-cum-Agriculture Production Commissioner, Government of Sikkim|
|Member||Finance, Revenue & Expenditure Department|
|Member||Secretary/Director, Food Security & Agriculture Development Department|
|Member||Secretary/ Director, Horticulture and Cash Crop Development Department|
|Member||Secretary/ Director, Animal Husbandry, Livestock Fisheries and Veterinary Services|
|Member||Executive Director, Sikkim Organic Mission|
|Member||Joint Director, ICAR, Sikkim Centre, Tadong|
|Member||President, Farmers Producers Organisation- East|
|Member||President, Farmers Producers Organisation-South|
|Member Secretary||Chief Executive Officer, SSOCA|
Various Sub-Committees related to certification
Certification Committee (CC)
The CC decides on certification decisions/sanctions on the basis of the Inspector's & Evaluator's report for organic certification offered. In addition development of scale of sanctions, certification decisions in complex or new cases or serious non-compliances are handled by the CC.
Appeals Committee (AC)
The Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of SSOCA will be the Appellate Authority for Appeal Committee. The Chief Executive Officer will take up the appeal submitted by an operator against a certification decision of the certification committee. The cases will be taken up as they come up, within a period of mazimum one month after an appeal has been filed.