DSA reiterates demand for inclusion of Sherpas under Revenue Order No 1

Gangtok, 06 Sept:

Denzong Sherpa Association [DSA] has alleged that in his panic, the Chief Minister has been speaking repeatedly against the demand of the Sherpa community for inclusion under Revenue Order No 1. The association asserted that if the State Government was unable to provide “this right of the Sherpa community,” then it should at least not speak against them.

While condemning recent statements of the CM, DSA spokesperson, Passang Sherpa, said, “If the CM cannot provide our right then he should not speak against the community and we will not step back an inch from our demand for inclusion under Revenue Order No 1.”

Addressing a press conference, he added that owing to lack of knowledge on the Constitution of India and history and Old Laws of Sikkim, the State Government has remained unable to solve even a single political issue of the State.

“Initially the CM said that it was a Central issue and the State has no role in this. So we approached the concerned central agencies with our demand and now after getting a notice from the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, the CM has started saying that even the Centre cannot work out this issue,” Mr Sherpa said.

He informed that the NCST has sent a notice to the State Government for a hearing scheduled for 24 Sept in Delhi which will have the representatives of the State Government, DSA and NCST.

Mr Sherpa again reiterated that Bhutia was not a community but was a group of communities falling under the definition of Bhutia. On the same, he added that despite this fact, the Sherpa community has been repeatedly denied their rights under Revenue Order No 1.

Likewise, he alleged that the recent notification of Land Revenue & Disaster Management Department issued on 04 Sept was a mockery of the Sikkim Regulation of Transfer of Land [Amendment] Act, 2018 passed in the State Assembly. He stated that the notification will work against the act passed by the assembly.