Sangha MLA presses for LT seats and restoration of Nepali seats with Centre

Gangtok, 04 Apr:

Sangha MLA, Sonam Lama, interacted with several central officials in New Delhi to raise matters pertaining to the State. A press release from the MLA informs that he has urged the Government of India to start “immediate steps” to provide Schedled Tribe seat reservation for the Limboo and Tamang tribes of Sikkim in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly.

In a letter addressed to Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, Mr Lama has said, “Despite the incorporation of the Limboos and Tamang communities as Scheduled Tribes about 15 years ago, these two communities have been contesting the election to the SLA from the general category. It is very unfortunate that owing to the reluctant and unclear stand of the authority, seat could not be reserved to them as ST in the SLA. Sometime the State government comes up with 40 seat formula and now with 38 seat formulas which is only misleading.”

He has urged the MoS to “kindly initiate urgent measures to provide seat reservation to the Limboo and Tamang communities as Scheduled Tribes in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly.”

The MoS has been requested to introduce a Government Bill in the ensuing session of the Parliament towards this effect so that these communities get their assured by Constitution political rights before the 2019 general elections in Sikkim.

Mr Lama has further called for immediate restoration of the lost seats of Sikkimese Nepalese in the SLA.

He has added in his letter, “I urge upon the Government of India to restore back the lost seats of seat reservation to the Sikkimese Nepalese people in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly which was illegally snatch away in 1979. This political right is strongly protected under Article 371 F of the Indian Constitution.”

He also presented a Citation of Appreciation & Acknowledgement on behalf of all the monks and monasteries as well as the people of Sikkim to the Union Minister of State in recognition and acknowledgement of his support and coordination in the lifting of travel restriction on the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.