Gangtok, February 9, 2012
Vice President of All Sikkim Adhoc staff group, Chendup Tamang, had to end his 12-days long hunger strike on February 8 due to family reasons.
Speaking to Sikkim Mail, President of ASDASG Sonam Jigme Sherpa cleared that their struggle is still going strong and Chendup Tamang is still in Namchi hospital. “He broke his hunger strike as his mother is gravely ill. Our association collectively took this decision”, said President Sherpa.
Tamang has been sitting on an indefinite hunger strike since 27th January in front of DC office, Sichey. The group is demanding an extension to their service under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan.
Chendup Tamang strongly said that other members will not break their indefinite hunger strike, until and unless their demands get rewarded.
When asked about his own health, President Sherpa said he is feeling very weak. Doctor’s, too, have advised him to get admitted in the hospital and take medical help, but he denied. “I am ready to sacrifice my life for our cause. We want to give a positive message to the coming generations. Our fight is not against the system, it’s against injustice and inequality”, stated President Sherpa. He further mentioned that members of the association also advised him to go to the hospital since his health is going down and blood pressure is increasing alarmingly. “I could be physically weak, but not mentally. My strength of will is still extremely well-built”, he assured.
Eventually he informed that a negotiating body is trying to meet Chief Minister Pawan Chamling with their problems and demands.