Gangtok, 24 Jun:
A Denzong Sherpa Association delegation called on Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram, today and placed demands seeking protection of land rights under Revenue Order No. 1 and separate census of Sherpa community in the state, a press release from the DSA president, Lha Tshering Sherpa informs.
“The association highlighted the injustice and suppression meted out to Sherpa community for centuries despite being recognized as a sub-caste of Bhutia from the very first census of 1891 conducted in Sikkim. Considering such historical and documented facts, the Scheduled Tribes Order 1978 and the Representation of People’s (Amendment) Act 1980, the Union of India placed the Sherpa community within the constellation of Bhutia-Lepcha,” says the release.
The association has further accused the state government of taking advantage of the Sherpa community saying, “Successive governments in Sikkim have done great injustice by allowing transfer of land to general communities for last 40 years”.
Seeking explanation from the State Government of Sikkim, the Union Minister has assured immediate intervention to provide justice to the minority tribal Sherpa community in Sikkim, informs the release.