Gangtok, 22 Aug:
Denzong Sherpa Association [DSA] has asserted that if Chief Minister Pawan Chamling cannot protect the rights of the Sherpa community, then he has no right to speak against the community either. The association alleged that instead of speaking on related issues on the occasion of World Entrepreneurs’ Day, a comment attributed to the CM on the day proves to DSA that the existence of the Sherpa community was in danger.
Addressing a press conference here today, DSA spokesperson, Passang Sherpa, criticised the CM’s statement that his government would be toppled and that the Bhutias and Lepchas will not agree to provide land protection for Sherpas under Revenue Order No 1 as is being demanded by DSA.
On the same, he stated that the statement indicates that Sikkim Government is being completely “blackmailed”.
He mentioned that Sikkimese Sherpa community has only been demanding for liberation from a historical injustice by seeking protection of their lands under Revenue Order No 1 like is being enjoyed by the Bhutias and since Sherpas are also now counted among the Bhutia community.
He went on to contend that blackmailed by feudal thoughts, the State Government will not able to protect the rights of the Sherpas.
While criticising the CM’s statement that since Old Laws of Sikkim are protected by clause (k) of the Article 371F, providing land protection to Sherpas under Revenue Order No 1 would violate clause (k) and hence Article 371F itself, Mr Sherpa referred to several other Old Laws that have been repealed in Sikkim.
Mr Sherpa further stated that if the CM was sincere towards Article 371F, Old Laws and upcoming entrepreneurs of the State, then he should have spoke about the present status of the Registration of Companies (Sikkim) Act, 1961 to entrepreneurs on the occasion of World Entrepreneurship Day.