Gangtok, 15 Apr:
Denzong Sherpa Association’s second phase of public awareness programmes officially kicked off on 14 Apr from Gangchung basti in South Sikkim, a DSA press release informs.
The association has demanded protection of land belonging to the Sherpa community under Revenue Order No 1 which provides protection to Bhutia-Lepcha land in the State.
The Sherpa community is one of the communities that falls under the Bhutia definition but has been left out of the purview of the Revenue Order No 1, the association has reiterated.
“Sherpas are excluded from Revenue Order No. 1 and the land belonging to Sherpa tribal community is openly sold to general communities. If such practices continue, then the Sherpa community will be landless in future,” the release reads.
The release further informs that the association had apprised the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes about the issue and a subsequent notice was forwarded to the State Government of Sikkim for their reply.
According to the association the State Government is yet to reply to the notice.
The release informs that the association has also decided for a follow-up meeting with the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, Ministry of Minority Affairs and Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.
Denzong Sherpa Association has reiterated its demand of Land Rights and Protection under the Revenue Order No. 1 and has demanded that the ruling and opposition parties bring a Bill on land rights under Revenue Order No. 1 in the State Legislative Assembly at the earliest.