Still awaiting official confirmation that Sikkim’s sacred peaks will see no mountaineers: Passang Sh

Gangtok, 03 Aug:

Passang Sherpa, Coordinator, “I am 371F Campaign,” who had also contested the recent Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate, has questioned claims that the Ministry if Home Affairs has withdrawn its decision to open Sikkim’s sacred peaks for mountaineering and called on the people to remain vigilant against what he says “fictitious news.”

In a press release issued today, Mr Sherpa has highlighted that although news reports have surfaced claiming that MHA has revoked its decision to open Sikkim’s sacred peaks for mountaineering, neither has MHA updated its website with this information now has it officially issued any communiqué to this effect. Even Press Information Bureau, the central government’s information agency has not reported on this development, he adds.

Given this scenario, Mr Sherpa states, “It is a fact that a meeting was conveyed by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 30 Aug, 2019 to review the decision to open sacred peaks of Sikkim for mountaineering. The meeting was attended by MHA officials, Chief Secretary of Sikkim and the representatives of Indian Mountaineering Foundation. However, the official decision or notification to this effect is yet to be issued by the Ministry. Thus, the tall claim of state government and Chief Minister of Sikkim about withdrawal of notification on Kanchanjunga is unsubstantiated.”

“Therefore, we the people of Sikkim must remain vigilant and alert against such fictitious news and claims until Ministry issues official notification withdrawing the notification on opening of sacred peaks of Sikkim for Mountaineering,” he adds, while reiterating that MHA officially withdraw the notification before 13 Sept, 2019, when Sikkim worships Khangchendzonga on Pang Lhabsol.