SSS condemns Industries Secy’s comments on Registration of Companies Act

Gangtok, 15 Feb:

The organization, Save Sikkimese Soul [SSS], has strongly criticised and condemned the statement of the Commerce & Industries Department Principal Secretary, Thomas Chandy, on to extension of Companies Act 2013 to Sikkim. A national daily has quoted the Principal Secretary as calling for the extension of Companies Act 2013 to the State replacing the existing Registration of Companies Act (Sikkim) 1961 in his address at a seminar organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry [CII] on 12 February.

Addressing a press conference here today, SSS coordinator Passang Sherpa stated that his organisation strongly condemns such a controversial statement by the Principal Secretary to refer to an Old Law of Sikkim as redundant.

He questioned how a bureaucrat could make a comment like that about Old Laws of Sikkim.

“Bureaucrats should not comment on such matters,” he said.

He mentioned that the matter if extending Companies Act 2013 to Sikkim was still pending with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and that the Ministry has sent around ten reminders to the State Government in 2018 alone seeking its view on the matter but received no response.

Mr Sherpa inferred that political leaders were now sending bureaucrats to pass remarks that an old law was not relevant.

“We want political parties of Sikkim to take up this important issue and live up to their claims of safeguarding old laws of Sikkim but their silence on this issue shows they are only after vote banks not real issues. So we are compelled to take up this issue in the interest of the people of Sikkim,” Mr Sherpa said.