Sikkim Summit about restoring lost rights of 11 left out communities

Gangtok, 02 May:

The Sikkim State Commission for Backward Classes and the Department of Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare, Government of Sikkim, in association with the Eleven Indigenous Ethnic Communities of Sikkim [EIECOS] is organising a two-day National level summit here in the capital.

Speaking to SummitTimes, one of the members of the organizing body and the chairperson of the Sikkim State Commission for Backward Classes, TN Sharma, has urged everyone to attend the important event to give their individual inputs and make the event a success.

Mr. Sharma has said that the summit holds much importance as the issue needs to be discussed with views and feedback from every level.

The demand of the 11 left out communities of Sikkim is genuine and not a new demand but it is a request for the restoration of the rights and status provided to the communities before the merger with the Indian union.

But due to a mistake made by the previous government, these communities were deprived of their rights which they were enjoying when Sikkim was an independent kingdom, said Mr. Sharma.

With the guidance of the visionary leader, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, the concerned department and authorities have been working on these issues very seriously and pursuing the matter with the Union government.

All the related and important documents have already been submitted to the concerned authorities and are under consideration and the SDF Government is very much hopeful that the centre will very soon restore the Tribal status to all the left out communities, said Mr. Sharma.

The national level summit will have speakers from different parts of the country which includes former Union ministers, central government officials and others.

The entire event will be documented and a report will be prepared and the same will be submitted to the concerned authorities at the centre, he added.

The summit will kick off on 03 May and will conclude on 04 May. The inaugural session will have the presence of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as the chief guest and the closing ceremony will have the Governor as the chief guest.

The summit is to be held at Manan Kendra in Gangtok.