Thursday, August 30, 2007


GANGTOK, August 29: The Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee Grievance Cell has condemned the news report which appeared in one of the local Nepali dailies dated August 28 opining that postponement of the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling’s Disproportionate Case would favour the SDF party.
“The writing of the local paper is condemned because it considers Sikkimese people too premature and childish in Sikkim politics. It is arbitrary and beyond journalistic ethics to come to the sole conclusion to improve the image of the SDF party,” states a press release issued by SK Bardewa, SPCC Public Grievance Cell.
Stating that the situation in Sikkim is politically fragile, primarily because of the issue of ACT, the Grievance Cell has said that the SDF government in turn will have to face horrible times in the coming two months. “Because of the ACT issue, there is mass discontentment among the people,” the release adds.
The release also states that the “Lepchas have finally understood that it was not money which was going to save them but the deity of Khangchendzonga, which is perhaps relevant today after the Zemu Glacier floated washing away bridges and large scale destruction in Dzongu.”
During a recent meeting convened, the Grievance Cell has also demanded that the Limboo and Tamang issue should not be confined to the celebrations of Birthday of Srijunga or the observance of Lochar alone further adding “the two tribal groups have started asserting their rights and their reservations in the ensuing panchayat elections.”
The release has also said that the Scheduled Caste has started to question on the “apartheid attitude” of the government towards them by not providing them with their legitimate right of acquiring a ministerial berth in the SDF government.
“The SDF government have neither established the Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 courts for SC/ST separately nor taken care of SC/ST especial development of manpower and economic development in comparison to the colossal input of fund from the Central government,” the release further reads.
The SPCC Grievance Cell has also expressed concern over the Dasai celebration considering the invisibility of budgetary provisions. It has also taken a serious note of the government towards depletion of budgetary provisions in various departments. This would be a set back of the SDF government.”
Emphasising that the SPCC is optimistic for the coiming panchayat elections, the Grievance Cell has stated that a large section of youth would participate in Panchayat election this time. “The youth in Sikkim have been the worst sufferer either in employment or even in contract or such negotiation of public work by SPWD,” the release contends.
The Grievance Cell has also expressed optimism on the postponement of the CM’s case adding “the public know that postponement of the disproportionate assets case would not either improve the situation.”