Gangtok, March 26, 2012
The Sikkim Himali Rajya Parishad (SHRP) had staged 24 hours long hunger strike near District Collectorate office, Gangtok protesting the Sikkim Disposal and Destruction of Documents and Records Bill, bill no 25 of 2012 which was passed in the State Legislative Assembly on March 20.
The president of SHRP Dr. AD Subba today told the reporters on Wednesday that the bill is not in the interest of the people of Sikkim. It is not that crystal clear and can pose a serious threat in the near future. He also said that the state government should immediately withdraw the bill and the Governor must not assent on it. The party has also submitted a memorandum to the Governor protesting the bill and in different department in New Delhi. The bill also can destroy the documents related concerning corruption in the state.
The 24 hour long strike ended on Sunday at 10 am. Dr. Subba also said that they will follow supplementary steps in no time which he need not believe to disclose, if the bill is not withdrawn immediately. It is also learnt that leaders from the opposition groups, Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee, State BJP, CPIM, Sikkim Liberation Party, Nagarik Adhikar Suraksha Sanghatan, Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee and NASBO are protesting the Bill.
The statement of objects and reasons of the Sikkim Disposal and Destruction of Documents and Records Bill is, it has been considered expedient to prove for a law to deal with disposal by the way of destruction or other wise of documents and records in possession of or custody of High Court of Sikkim or courts of civil or criminal jurisdiction subordinate thereto and also the documents which relate to any state government department or any organisation or corporation or any authority set up under any statue or instrument. With this object in view, the Bill has been framed.