Gangtok, 18 Nov:
All Sikkim Scheduled Caste Welfare Association [ASSCWA] organized a memorial service today for former Chief Minister, the late Sanchaman Limboo, and ASSCWA’s founding member and advisor, the late Gopal Singh Cintury, both of whom passed away recently.
The late CM was remembered for his contributions towards the welfare of the scheduled caste community in the State and the late Mr Cintury acknowledged for his contributions towards forming the association and for working for the betterment of the association and the community.
Executive and other members of ASSCWA paid their respects by lighting ceremonial lamps in the memory of the departed leaders and offering khadas. The ‘shradhanjali’ meeting also observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the departed souls.
Speaking to media persons, ASSCWA president Shekhar Sewa shared that both leaders have made immense contributions towards the welfare and betterment of the scheduled caste community in the State.
He pointed out that the late Mr Limboo had made BM Ramudamu a Minister in his government in 1994 making him the first Minister from the SC community in Sikkim.
He informed that the late Mr Limboo’s government also brought a Bill for 7% reservation for the SC community in the State and added that six-month-old government was not able to implement the law which was eventually done later by the SDF government.
Likewise, he informed that ASSCWA was also registered during the Sanchaman Limboo government.
He further informed that the late Gopal Singh Cintury was not only the founding member and advisor of ASSCWA, but also among the few entrepreneurs of Sikkim during the pre-Merger days.
He mentioned that late Mr Cintury had also given space for the association’s office for free in Gangtok for a long time. He had not only worked for the betterment of the SC community but had also made huge contributions to the State as well as a social worker, he said.