Govt doing its best for LT Assembly seat reservation, says Welfare Minister

Summit Report

GANGTOK, 07 Dec:

Minister to Social Justice & Welfare Department, Dr MK Sharma today said that the State government is serious regarding reservation of seats for Limboo and Tamang in the State Assembly and tribal status to left-out communities of Sikkim.

He was responding to questions from Members, Farwanti Tamang, DT Lepcha, NK Subba and DR Thapa regarding the state government’s initiatives to reserve seats for Limboo and Tamang in the State Assembly.

He stated that the state government has been consistently pursuing these issues at the Centre. He further informed that the state government has presented memorandums to the Union Home Minister on 21 January and again on 07 August this year and to the Prime Minister on 11 August this year.

The Minister informed that the State Government passed a government resolution to provide tribal status to twelve left-out communities of Sikkim which has already been placed before the Centre. He mentioned that both demands are before the Centre for consideration.

Responding to supplementary questions of Members DT Lepcha and NK Subba, Dr Sharma said that it is a sensitive issue and everyone needs to work together instead of passing the ball to the other’s court. He added that the government is clear and open on this issue and always ready to take suggestions and support to resolve it at the earliest.

Participating in the discussion, the Chief Minister, PS Tamang, who is also the leader of the House, mentioned that the state government would have resolved the issue by now if LT seat reservation was a state subject but it is a Centre subject. However, he added that the state government has been working sincerely and honestly on this issue to provide seats to Limboo and Tamang at the earliest.

The CM alleged that if the previous government had been sincere about LT seat reservation issue, then the Limboo and Tamang would have contested the 2009 election on their own seats. He alleged that the SDF government ignored the letter of the Delimitation Commission which had asked for census of Limboo and Tamang population in Sikkim in 2006 to take necessary action on seat delimitation.

The previous government passed a private member resolution but the present government has passed a government resolution on tribal status for left-out communities of Sikkim, said the CM. On the same, he appealed to everyone to work together for early resolution of these issues.