Bill on reservation of Bhutia-Lepcha seats in panchayats “historic,” says Chamling

9 Jun 2018

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Saturday defended in the state assembly the passing of the Sikkim Panchayat (Amendment) Bill, terming the Bill as “historic” as it ensured the security and protection of the Bhutia – Lepcha community in the form of reservation in panchayats.
Responding to the point raised by MLA Shri Sonam Lama, the Chief Minister stated that reservation to Sangha in panchayat bodies was practically not feasible as the Sangha community was sparsely populated and not spread across the State and hence there would not be adequate representation, said an IPR release. Rural Management and Development Department S.B.Subedi said that the reservation for Bhutia-Lepcha  communities in panchayat bodies had been done keeping the population in view to ensure proportionate reservation.
Chamling also said that passing of eight Bills in the asembly during the day would help bring about positive development in the lives of the people of Sikkim. Among the Bills passed during the day were also the Sikkim Ministers, Speakers, Deputy Speaker and Members of Legislative Assembly (Salaries and Allowances) Amendment Bill, the Sikkim Legislative Assembly Members (Payment of Pension and Medical Allowances) Amendment Bill, the Sikkim Essential Services Maintenance (Amendment)Bill, the Sikkim Regulation of Transfer of Land (Amendment) Bill, the Sikkim National Law University (Amendment) Bill, the Sikkim Regulations of Societies, Associations and other Voluntary Organizations (Amendment) Bill and the Sikkim Greenfield Airport, Pakyong (Settlement of Claims for Loss and Damages) Bill.
During discussions on the Sikkim Regulations of Societies, Associations and other Voluntary Organizations (Amendment) Bill, replying to points raised by MLA R. N. Chamling, Law, Legal, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs R. B. Subba said that the Constitution of India provides for registration of voluntary organizations and societies. the Bill aimed to regulate and bring uniformity among associations and other voluntary organizations.
On the Sikkim National Law University (Amendment) Bill, the Chief Minister said that with the passing of the Bill, the state government could now establish a National Law University which would open up unlimited opportunities for the aspiring students of Sikkim. He added that the Bill reflected the pro-people and pro-poor policies of his government.
Chamling also highlighted the inclusive policies and initiatives of the state government to bring about visible change in the lives of the people of Sikkim. He said the Government had ensured that all the basic minimum needs had been met, and the focus now was on sustaining the existing resources and ensuring qualitative development. He also informed about the developmental achievements in various fields which had propelled the image of Sikkim in the national and international arenas.
The two-day assembly session ended with the speaker adjourning the House sine die.