“There is a lot of resentment among the people of the Sikkim due to inadequate development and welfare of Schedule Tries and other sections of the people of the State. It is, therefore, essential that special financial assistance should be given to the State of Sikkim so that the plans can be implemented for an all-round development of this State”, said Lepcha in his statement of objects and reasons while introducing the Bill in the Rajya Sabha few days back. But now you may not found Lepcha introducing any bill in Rajya Sabha. Because Lepcha got farewell with other 7 MP’s from Rajya Sabha on 29th of December.
Although Lepcha’s retirement date is 23rd February 2012 but he was given farwell so early because now parliament will only meet in March during budget session and at that time Lepcha would not be there.
Lepcha joined Rajya Sabha on 22nd February 2006 as a nominated member from Sikkim Democratic Front. After joining the house he served as a member of many committees like:
During his tenure as Member of Parliament Lepcha raised several questions in the house. Some of the major ones were:
In return of his questions Lepcha got assurance by government on some major issues like:
He also made some special mentions in parliament like:
Being a MP Lepcha went to Nepal, Bhutan, China, Bangladesh, U.S.A., U.K., Thailand and Italy.
It was not that Lepcha only gained his fans during his tenure, he also have some people around him who criticized him who believed that:
It was not that Lepcha got the only Rajya Sabha seat available for Sikkim with ease. It was his long carrier and strong political experience that led him wining this seat.
Before coming into politics Lepcha served as ateacher from 1988 to 1999. He was also a member of All India Youth Forum during that period.
In 1999 Lepcha got elected for Sikkim Legislative Assembly. Where he was appointed on several positions like:
He always remained an important member of Sikkim’s Government during his tenure.
On retirement of 7 MP’s including Lepcha Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari said “Some of these members, I am sure, will be re-elected and re-nominated,” Ansari said, adding the House would “certainly miss” those who do not come back.
Ansari appreciated contributions made by the retiring members to the Parliamentary democracy and society at large and wished them good health and long fruitful years of service to the nation.