Gangtok Times Report
New Delhi, Jan 31
Lok Sabha MP Prem Das Rai presented the long pending demands of Sikkim to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) meeting convened before the beginning of the Budget Session and the last session of the 16th Lok Sabha of the Parliament in the presence of all the leaders of the different constituents of NDA on Thursday.
Mr Rai urged Modi for the expansion of Sikkim State Assembly from 32 seats to 40 seats and then giving 5 seats reservation to the Scheduled Tribes of Limboo and Tamang which is at the stage wherein Cabinet approval is needed.
He urged that a Bill be introduced for the same in this session of the Parliament, echoing the sentiments of the Sikkim government who find it difficult to comprehend the delay given that this demand is constitutional and hence mandatory to be addressed, and has been consistently brought up by the Sikkim government. He requested that is it is not possible during this session of the parliament an ordinance must be promulgated by the Government for the same.
He further brought up the issue of giving Tribal Status to the eleven left out communities from Sikkim under the aegis of the 371 F provisions of the Constitution of India. For this, he submitted a copy of the proceedings from the Sikkim Summit for Tribal Status 2018 held last year.
He reiterated the commitment of the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) to support the NDA government, as has been advocated as a policy by the Party President, Pawan Chamling.
After presenting these genuine and long pending issues in the meeting, he handed over a letter to the PM with the aforementioned requests.
The Prime Minister assured that the issues will be looked into sincerely. Earlier during the day, MP Rai also attended the all-party meeting.