Tribal status recognitionsdilute Article 371F,Passang Sherpa claims


AARON RAI

Gangtok, 24 Jan: Seeking Scheduled Tribes status for 12 more communities of Sikkim is ill-advised, believes Passang Sherpa, who contested the last Lok Sabha elections as an independent and has

been a frequent commentator on social and political issues. He is convinced that Article 371F of the Constitution will be repealed if the 12 communities get the status of Scheduled Tribes. In this regard, he argued that tribal status for Bhutias and Lepchas in 1978 and Limboos and Tamangs in 2003, because recognizing a community as Scheduled Tribe means enforcing Article 332, had also diluted Article 371F.

He made this claim while addressing a public awareness campaign organized by the Sikkim Suraksha Samiti in Rongli, East Sikkim today. He also accused the Central government of repeatedly attacking Article 371F. He also accused the present State government of remaining silent on the fake COI issue.

Mr Sherpa said that if the Sikkim Legislative Assembly proposes inner line permit for Sikkim, it would prove a check against fake documents and fake COIs. President, Sikkim Suraksha Samiti, Madan

Tamang, in turn, highlighted the objectives of the organization and claimed that rights and privileges of Sikkim Subjects have been encroached upon. The general secretary of the organization, Tara Prasad

Bhattarai, and publicity secretary Dhurba Regmi, Sonam Sherpa and others also addressed the gathering.