LTVC reiterates reserved seats from existing 32 demand

Gangtok, 25 May:

The Limboo Tamang Voluntary Committee [LTVC] has reiterated its demand that the State Government immediately resolve the long-pending requirement of seat reservation for Limboo and Tamang communities in the State Legislative Assembly. The organisation has also stressed its stand that the seats be reserved from the existing 32 seats in the assembly.

Addressing a press conference here today, LTVC members placed three demands to the State Government- provide indigenous primitive status for Limboo tribe, amend Revenue Order No. 1 to include Limboo lands from alienation and restoration of lost Tsong (Limboo) seat.

It is informed that these demands have also been placed with central leaders during the recent Delhi tour of an LTVC delegation.

They stated that the 40 seats formula recommended by the Burman Commission was a futile exercise for the Limboo and Tamang communities and that even leaders in the Centre mentioned that the Burman Commission report was the biggest hurdle for seat reservation.

On the same, they reiterated their stand that seat reservation from the existing 32 seats was the easiest and simplest way.

They mentioned that State Government has been trying to make LT seats as Scheduled Tribe seats through Burman Commission report, which was ‘totally unacceptable’ to the organization as LT seats should be given as LT exclusively they argue.

They also stressed that even if the State government wanted to reserve seats for LT with 40 seat formula then the solution should be permanent and not interim.

LTVC mentioned that the organisation is not against any community getting tribal status but LT should get their seats first given that this has been pending for the last 16 years.

They also added that the Article 371F has to be amended to expand the Assembly seats and believe that this will weaken Article 371 F resulting in its dilution in future. They again reiterated their announcement to come out on the streets should the State Government fail to reserve seats for Limboo and Tamang by end of this year.