CM calls on Amit Shah, submits memorandumseeking ST status for left-out communities

Summit Report

Gangtok, 21 Jan: Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang called on Union Home Minister Amit Shah in

New Delhi today, a press communiqué from the Chief Minister’s Office informs. During the meeting, the Chief Minister submitted a memorandum on behalf of the State Government and the people of Sikkim seeking Tribal status for the 12 left-out communities of Sikkim. This was in followup of the Government Resolution passed by the Sikkim Legislative Assembly recently endorsing the demand. In the Memorandum submitted today, the CM is informed to have underlined the socioeconomic condition

of the 12 communities, including the cultural traits of the left-out communities which are similar to all the sections of the society in Sikkim, including those already accommodated in the Scheduled Tribes list.

At the meeting, the CM is also informed to have indicated provisions of Article 371F of the Constitution

of India, the Tripartite Agreement signed between the Chogyal, Government of India and political leaders of Sikkim in 1973 and terms of the merger with India. Similarly, he requested the Union Home Minister for reservation of seats for the Limboo and Tamang communities, a constitutional right awaited ever since the two communities were recognised as Scheduled Tribes in the year 2003. The Chief Minister

also thanked the Union Government for allowing the XVIIth Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Head of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, to visit Sikkim. Besides the above issues, the Chief Minister also

discussed the various topics and subject matters relating to Sikkim, the press release issued by

Secretary to the CM , SD Dhakal, adds.