Friday, July 06, 2007


MANGAN: The Sikkim Pradesh Committee (SPCC) held a public meeting here today, which was presided over by its president, Nar Bahadur Bhandari.
A press release informs that the entire high command of Sikkim Congress in North Sikkim was present for the meeting, which discussed various issues affecting the tribals of North Sikkim, especially the various hydro power schemes proposed to come up in the region and the on-going hunger strike by the people of Dzongu.
Sangha MLA, Acharya Tshering Lama, in his address “warned that in the event of any loss of life during the hunger strike, the SDF government will have to be fully responsible on the behalf of the people of the North Sikkim,” reads the press release.
Speaking on the same issue, Tseten Tashi Bhutia said the people from the area have supported the protesters because it was clear that the Projects would greatly harm the environment and the cultural heritage of the people.
Mr. Bhandari in his address, accused the State Government of failing to address the needs of the people of Dzongu. The meeting also “questioned the Constitutional validity and power and function of DD Bhutia as an acting CM where he has failed to solve simple matter of the on-going hunger strike,” the press release reads.
The State Congress has asked the Governor “to look into this matter immediately.”
The press release also informs that the SPCC President is leaving for New Delhi “to discuss the agony and the pathos of the Lepchas of North Sikkim.”