Oppn MLAs question objects & reasons of Bills

Gangtok, 09 Jun:

The concluding day of the summer session of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly hadopposition MLAs,Sonam Lama and RN Chamlingraising questions on some crucial Bills.

Sangha MLA, Sonam Lama, who is also the chief coordinator of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, while discussing the Sikkim Panchayat [Amendment] Bill, Bill No. 12 of 2018,alleged that parts of the Bill were “contradicting” in nature.

He alleged that the Bill was not in line with the proportion of representation enjoyed bythe Bhutia-Lepcha community in the Legislative Assembly where the community has 37.5% reservation while at the Panchayat level it has been proposed at 20%.

The Sangha MLA also demanded reservation for Sanghain Panchayats.

He further raised the Limboo-Tamang and Nepali seats reservations issues and staged a walk out from the House.

While replying to his questions, Minister for Rural Management and DevelopmentDepartment, SB Subedi,criticized the opposition MLA for staging a walkout even before hearing a reply from the government.

He held that theSikkim Panchayat [Amendment]Bill is population based to ensure proportionate reservation and it was with the intention of the government to protect the interest of the Bhutia-Lepcha community that this Bill has been moved.

As for the LT seat reservations, he added that the Centre is positive and the resolution for the same has been passed many a times.

Responding to the point raised by the Sangha MLA, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling also stated that reservation to Sangha in the Panchayats is practically not feasible as the Sangha community is sparsely populated and not spread across the State and hence there will not be adequate representation.

YangangMLA, RN Chamlingof the Sikkim Rajya Manch, also questioned the Sikkim Regulation of Societies, Associations and Other Voluntary Organisations [Amendment] Bill, Bill No. 13 of 2018.

He stated that the State Government should lower the fees for registration of village based and youth based organisations particularly to encourage youth and also asked the government to categorize a “classwise” uniform grant in aid to organizations.

Replying to his question,Minister-in-Charge for Law, Legal, Legislative & Parliamentary Affairs Department, RB Subba, held that the Constitution of India provides for registration of Voluntary Organizations and Societies and Sikkim being a small State has many associations.

Therefore, he added, that in order to regulate and bring uniformity among such organizations, the Bill has been introduced.

On “classwise” uniform grant in aid to organizations, Mr Subba held that it can be considered by the State Government in the future.