Structure and Sub-Committee of SSOCA

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 Additional Chief Secretary-cum- Development Commissioner to the Government 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 Additional Chief Secretary-cum-Development Commissioner, Government of Sikkim
Member Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department
Member Secretary/Director, Agriculture Department
Member Secretary/ Director, Horticulture Department
Member Secretary/ Director, Animal Husbandry 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.

The appellate authority has the following powers:

  • To grant and deny certification.
  • To impose, modify and withdraw sanction and conditions
  • To order for re-inspection.