Sikkim CM demands ST status for 12 left out communities, submits memo to Centre
Union home minister Amit Shah (left) with Sikkim CM PS Golay in New Delhi on Sunday

New Delhi: Sikkim CM PS Golay on Sunday submitted a memorandum to Union home minister Amit Shah demanding Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to 12 left out communities of the state and reservation of seats in Sikkim Legislative Assembly for Limboo and Tamang communities.

During his visit to the official residence of the Union home minister on Sunday, the Sikkim CM also mentioned the historical significance of the demand with due reference to Article 371F.

“Since the time of Chogyal, the three major ethnic communities (Bhutia, Lepcha, Nepali) were given equal rights. Three years after the merger with India, Bhutia and Lepcha communities were notified as STs, followed by Limboo and Tamang in 2003, leaving behind 12 other communities,” Golay told the home minister.

However, despite notification of Limboo and Tamang communities as STs, they have not given reservation in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Golay said.

“The state government has been constantly pursuing these demands through various avenues,” Golay said.

Further, the Sikkim CM also raised the issue of 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s visit to the state. “The present government under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi had earlier removed the previous restrictions imposed on his movement within the country in 2018,” Golay said, asserting his belief for a positive response regarding the long-awaited visit.

The chief minister also mentioned the need for a disciplined and semi-civilian agency interface with security agencies and the civilian population in the state borders.

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Citing the sanction of Border Wing Home Guards (BWHG) along the India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders in the states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and West Bengal, the Sikkim CM requested for the allotment of two battalions of the BWHG in Sikkim with 100% assistance from the Union ministry of home affairs, in line with other Northeast states.

The Sikkim CM also acknowledged the assistance provided by the Central government to the state in the past years and hoped for a favourable response on the demands raised during his visit.

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