DSA ‘rejects’ HSP’s statements on land protection bill, will hold meet today

Gangtok, 05 Jul:

Denzong Sherpa Association in a press release issued today has rejected the statements of Hamro Sikkim Party vice-president, Ran Bahadur Subba that the State Government should amend the Sikkim Regulation of Land [amendment] Bill.

It may be mentioned here that Mr Subba had on Wednesday called out the State Government for not seeking public opinion before passing the land regulation bill at the Assembly and suggested that the bill be amended to offer adequate protection to land belonging to the Sherpa community before being passed.

“At a time, when entire Sherpa community of Sikkim is demanding the protection of land under Revenue Order No. 1, the statement of HSP to provide land protection for Sherpa community by bringing an amendment to the Sikkim Regulation of Land (amendment) Bill is totally misleading,” states the release.

“He must not forget that it was the Sherpas who voted him to power thrice. We warn him to refrain from giving misleading statements and stop playing doctor and witch game with the Sherpa community,” the release reads.

The association has further requested other political leaders to refrain from giving misleading statements by ‘subscribing to the ideas of feudal forces’.

Meanwhile, DSA has also announced that it will conduct an awareness meeting for the Sherpa community of Sikkim at Perbing ground in South Sikkim on Friday.

The meeting will discuss the present social and economic conditions of the Sherpa community of Sikkim and also on bill on regulation of transfer of land passed by the Assembly recently.

DSA spokesperson, Passang Sherpa said the meeting is for generating awareness among members of the Sherpa community.

“We have invited all members of the Sherpa community of Sikkim irrespective of their political affiliation or religion. We want to stand together for our main demand which is land protection of the Sherpa community under Revenue Order No 1,” he said.

"Sherpa community falls under Bhutia-Lepcha definition based on historical facts and as such their land should be protected as should ours under Revenue Order No. 1. A resolution on this would be passed on Friday and then it will be submitted to all MLAs seeking their support on our demand," said Mr Sherpa.