SDF legislators’ meet, amendments to be made soon in Land Protection Act 2006

Gangtok, 30 May:

Sikkim Democratic Front [SDF] party held its legislators’ meet here at Mingtokgang in Gangtok last evening ahead of the two-daylong special session of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly scheduled for 08 Jun next month.

The meeting also decided that the ongoing Jan Seva-cum-Jan Sampark Abhiyan of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for East district which was scheduled to begin from 01 Jun be postponed till further notice.

Among the various decisions, the ruling party legislators also decided to bring an amendment in Land Protection Act 2006 soon to bring the landed property belonging to the Sherpa community at par with protection as offered by Revenue Order Number 1. The State Government will bring similar line of protection to Central and State OBCs, as well it is informed.

The legislators’ meet also considered the proposal to provide additional social protection to Bhujel, Sunuwar, Thami, Majhi and Mukhia communities as MBC and has decided to provide separate reservation patterns within the bracket of the OBCs.

Considering that the Below Poverty Line [BPL] families have come down to 5% from 12% in the State, the legislators’ meeting has decided to bring down the reservation ratio for this section to 5% from 12% in higher studies, government service and other allied facilities, it is further informed.

Amongst the other decisions taken in the meeting, the State Government will provide separate seat reservation to Bhutia-Lepcha community in local bodies and for Limboo-Tamang as well.

Further, a grant of Rs 12 lakh to first division sport clubs and Rs 6 lakh to second division sports clubs of the State will also be provided.

Also, tender of the government works of up to Rs 2 crore will be held at the BDO office level and contract awarded to contractors of that particular constituency.

The meeting also decided to regularise the services of NRHM employees and to start the appointment process with 261 ANM posts and 30 dental surgeons. The legislators also endorsed the proposal to provide free education in upcoming Pharmacy College and Medical College in the State. Is has also been decided to establish National Law University in the State.

Further, laws are to be framed in order to provide 90% employment to locals of Sikkim in the various private units in the State. It is added that this law will be linked with the Rule 4(4) of Old Laws of Sikkim.