Gangtok, 08 Aug:
The eight-day public outreach programme of Sikkim Limboo Tamang Apex Committee [SILTAC] which had commenced from Yuksom-Tashiding Constituency in West Sikkim concluded today here at the auditorium of Daramdin Senior Secondary School, a press release informs.
Area MLA, DN Sherpa, attended the event as chief guest in the presence of Zilla Adhakshya [West], Devika Subba, SILTAC president, CB Subba, senior advisor, Kalawati Subba, publicity secretary, Kabita Subba, and other members of the committee.
Publicity secretary, Ms Subba, in her address, informed that the public outreach campaign had been organized to spread awareness on Limboo Tamang Assembly seat reservation issue among the LT communities and also to place forward the report of SILTAC regarding progress made so far to sort out long pending demands of LT seat reservation.
Terming SILTAC as an apolitical body formed to work for upliftment of LT communities, Ms Subba mentioned that the committee has been working consistently to address the issue of LT seat reservation in tandem with the State Government.
“The State Government has done everything in its capacity and now the Assembly seat reservation for the LT seat is in the hands of the Central Government. Seat reservation will happen once the delimitation of seats in the State is processed. Negative forces are claiming that seat delimitation is not possible in the State until 2026. They are unaware that as per the special provision guaranteed by 371F of the Indian Constitution, delimitation of Assembly seats in the State is possible. Such claims based on falsehood should not be believed,” said Ms Subba.
Claiming that Assembly seat reservation is a constitutional right of the LT communities, she mentioned that seats for the two communities will be reserved in due time and added that SILTAC has approached the Central Government recently and has received positive response on the issue.
Stressing that Assembly seat reservation issue is not a matter that can be sorted out in three days as claimed by an opposition party of the State, Ms Subba appealed to the LT communities to have patience.
General secretary, Sukraj Limboo, while highlighting the reasons for the delay in LT seat reservation issue, said the process was delayed for 10 years due to a case filed in the Supreme Court by former State BJP president, Harey Ram Pradhan.
“The process in regard to seat reservation was delayed as the case was subjudice in the apex court and only after 2016 the process was restarted after dismissal of the case. Our aim is to bring the LT communities to work together in legal and non violent way in order to seek amicable solution got the LT seat issue,” Mr Limboo added.
He further reiterated that LT seat reservation issue will be solved before 2019 election.
“People should not fall prey to politics of intimidation carried out by the opposition parties on the LT seat reservation issue,” stressed Mr Limboo.
President of SILTAC, CB Subba, informed that the committee has submitted a memorandum to the Central Government and that the committee is optimistic. He shared that the members of the committee had also met leaders and officials of the Central Government on the same.
“We have received positive response from the central leadership and we are hopeful that seat reservation process will be accelerated by the Central Government and the issue will get sorted out very soon,” said Mr Subba.
He expressed that SILTAC supports the delimitation of seats from existing 32 to 40 seats formula proposed by the State Government to the Central Government. He added that out of 40 seats,05 seats should be reserved for the LT communities of the State.
“It is due to the efforts of Sikkim Democratic Front led State Government that LTcommunities have been recognized asScheduledTribes. The communities should have faith in the State Government. The State Government has been placing the LT seat reservation demand to the Central Government consistently,” stated Mr Subba.