GANGTOK, July 25:
Sikkim Lepcha Youth Association (SLYA) North District organised a meeting in coordination with Central body of SLYA on Monday at Mangan Zilla Bhawan to consider various issues. The meeting was attended by Zilla Adhyaksha (N) Khamsoom Lepcha as the Chief Guest and coordinated by President Central Body SLYA Ongden Lepcha. Other members present were Vice President Passang Lepcha, President North District Kukoo Pakimoo, General Secretary North District Ms. Kessang Lepcha, member Namgyal Lepcha, Panchayats and Zilla members.
The President of SLYA Kukoo Pakimoo, North District, in his address informed that, the association is working in different sectors for Lepcha tribe and today we have called District level meeting to follow up on Primitive Tribe status which has been given to Lepcha tribe but the status is till today only a namesake. Now the status must be given due recognition by the government by giving fifty percent reservation in job opportunity, education sector, and provide schemes, facilities and safeguard of old Lepcha names as well. In the field of sports Mr. Ong Tshering Lepcha and Mr. Nim Tshering Lepcha are doing well in football and we feel very proud added the president of SLYA North District Mr. Pakimoo. Adding more the president of SLYA, North District Mr. Pakimoo stated that we have been supporting the construction of Hydel power projects considering the Nation development but the government and developers must take care of our tradition, culture, old nomenclature, nature and environment which somewhat seems disturbed by such developmental projects.
The President SLYA Central body Mr. Ongden Lepcha stressed that, Primitive Tribe
Certificates (PTC) should be availed by every Lepcha tribe in Sikkim and the
forms and standard are available in the District Collectorate.
Furthermore the president of Central Body informed that this year the Tendong Lho Rum Faat will be organized at Rinchenpong. The Chief Guest Mr. K Lepcha in his address said that, State Government is rendering good service for the Lepcha tribal status but in some cases Government also need some time to give proper facilities and urged SLYA to properly discuss the matter with Panchayats, Zilla members and senior citizens of the community for better and progressive result.
K Lepcha adding more said that, Thegung Munsolong statue will be developed in Dzongu, North District and State Government has already taken positive initiatives for the preservation of Tradition and Culture of the Lepcha tribes too.
(Courtesy: Sikkim Mail)