Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Biharis in Sikkim deprived of all Central Govt benefits

GANGTOK, November 4: Sikkim Bihari Jagran Manch today resented on the one point that the Bihari Community in Sikkim has been deprived of all the Central Government benefits over the years.
In a press meeting called by the newly formed executives of the Manch to thank all those who had supported in conducting a free and fair election last month, the newly re-elected president Swaminath Prasad said that although there has been immense support from the government towards Bihari community there are certain issues which needs to be addressed seriously keeping in view the welfare of the community.
He pointed out that the Central government benefits for the SCs and STs of Bihari community are also not been given in Sikkim.
“Renewal of trade license has become a major set back for the Bihari businessman as they have to procure Sikkim Subjects and residential address which most of the business people does not have despite being voters of the State for many years,” Mr. Prasad said.
The Manch president further said that a meeting with Chief Minister Pawan Chamling would soon be fixed up to apprise him of the above issues. “We hope Mr. Chamling would take up the step in issuing a special identity card for the purpose of renewal of the trade license,” he added.
As far as the development of the members of the Manch is concerned, Mr. Prasad said they would focus on educational upliftment and poverty elevation within the Bihari Community.
Sikkim Bihari Jagran Manch has 32 branches across the State.
The press conference was also attended by the Manch general secretary Nanda Kishore Prasad and other members

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