Term ‘Limbu’ officially recognized as Limboo by State Govt

Gangtok, 28 Aug:

Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim issued a notification on 27 Aug including “Limbu, Subba, Tsong and Yakthungba” as Limboo in the list of Scheduled Tribes.

This notification supersedes an earlier notification issued on 12 March 2008 that declared the inclusion of Limboo and Tamang communities in the list of Scheduled Tribes.

Confusion surrounding “Limbu, Subba, Tsong and Yakthungba” as also officially falling under the Limboo community is learnt to have been the reason behind this new notification.

The notification has been welcomed by Limbu-Tamang Voluntary Committee [LTVC] which has said that it has now become convenient for the Limbu community of the State to carry out official documentation works.

A press release issued by LTVC informs that it had raised the issue last year with the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary and Additional Home Secretary.

After a year of multiple follow-ups at SJE&W Department, Home Department, Law Department and Additional Advocate General’s Office in High Court, LTVC has finally succeeded in compelling the State Government to issue this new notification for the welfare of Limbu community of Sikkim, the release mentions.

The committee has dedicated the notification to Limbu litterateur, Late Chandra Mangyung, who brought to light the hardships faced by villagers for official documentation works as the term “Limbu” was not listed and recognised in the expression of “Limboo” in Sikkim.

“Now with issuance of this new notification, our innocent village Limbu community people will not face problems anymore and no more affidavits will be needed from a lawyer for their official documentation works,” states LTVC in the release.

The committee has further alleged former Limbu intellectuals of making a mistake by replacing the original word “Limbu” with “Limboo” owing to which the Limbu community had to go through harassment during official documentation process.

LTVC has extended gratitude to the SJE&W Department for their cooperation and has urged LT communities to keep supporting LTVC and its initiatives of raising issues pertaining to LT communities.