GANGTOK, August 6, 2013
The SDF legislators have extended its support to Gorkhaland demand of Darjeeling people.
During its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Aug 4, the SDF legislators deliberated on the Gorkhaland agitation and recorded its unanimous support to the separate Statehood demand.
The support was given in the backdrop of a resolution passed by the Sikkim Legislative Assembly on March 29, 2011, informs a press release issued by party spokesperson Bhim Dahal.
The resolution had legitimized the demand for formation of Gorkhaland State and also stated that it is the ultimate and permanent solution to ease out hardships suffered by the Sikkimese people.
Discussions on generating more public awareness and participation in the Cooperative Mission of the State government also took place during the meeting.
People are participating in the mission initiated to contain hegemony of skilled and resourceful contractors, said the SDF legislators. The SDF legislators further deliberated on the writ petition filed by the Association of Old Settlers of Sikkim in the Supreme Court.
The petition pending in the apex court for reservation of Limboo and Tamang tribal seats in the Assembly was also analyzed.
The meeting recalled that it was the SDF party which delivered tribal status to the Limboo Tamang communities and reiterated its promise to provide seat reservation to them.
On the issue of Sikkimese Nepali seat reservation, the meeting discussed on the report of Burman Commission constituted by the State government. The commission recommendations for providing tribal status to the remaining Nepali community has already been passed in the Assembly and forwarded to the Centre.
The SDF legislators discussed on the regular communication between the Chief Minister and Union government on delivering tribal status to the left-out Nepali community or having a sectoral tribal status.
Once such tribal status is granted, seats for Nepali community would be automatically reserved in the Assembly and Lok Sabha, the legislators observed.
The SDF legislators spoke on sensitizing people on the free rice being provided to BPL families under the Chief Minister Annadhan Yojna. Framing of policies for giving government employment in vacant posts to BPL families was also discussed during the meeting.
It was also pointed out during the meeting that the SDF president has insulated the party from dynasty politics as visible in other parts of the country.
It was also revealed that around 100 seats from Sikkim for medical and different technical course are lying vacant due to lack of interests among the students.
The meeting resolved to motivate students to take up these courses which offer immediate employment after completion.
The SDF legislators asserted that Sikkim would be generating revenue of Rs. 50,000 crores in a period of 30-35 years after all the ongoing hydel power projects are commissioned. Whatever negative comments are coming against the hydel policy are against the future of Sikkim, they said.
(Courtesy: Sikkim Express)
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