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Law protecting Sherpa land holdings passed in Sikkim

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Gangtok | Thursday, Jul 12 2018 IST
The Sherpa saga continued to dominate most of the time of assembly session today.

The Bill on Sikkim Regulation of Transfer of Land (2nd Amendment) Bill no. 18 introduced by CM Pawan Chamling,also holding portfolio of Land Revenue,was passed. The new legislation would provide protection to the land holdings of Sherpa community. 'It has been done to ensure protection of the interest and landholdings of the Sherpa community of the population,' said CM Pawan Chamling.

According to the new law any landholder from Sherpa community will not be able to sell land if his entire holding is less than 3 acres.The Sherpas will not be permitted to sell land to non-Sherpas.

On the other hand the Sherpas have been demanding protection under Old Laws of Sikkim and not by amending the Acts in force.

They were included under Bhutia category in 1917. Subsequently in 1978 they were given reservation of seats in Legislature by government of India along with Kagte,Yolmo,Dukpa,Chumbipa,Tibetan,Tromopo and Dothapa,but under Bhutia nomenclature.

The MLAs of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha Party MLA Kinga Nima Lepcha moved the Private Member's Resolution on 'Protecting the land of the Sherpas under the provision of Revenue Order no. 1 of 1917'. The Speaker KN Rai apprised the House that under the Constitutional provisions this was not possible. He said the Bill should have been discussed with the stakeholders before introducing in the Assembly. Yet it provoked long discussion.The ruling party Ministers and MLAs opposed the resolution strongly.They expressed opinion that if Land Revenue Order no. 1 of 1917 is touched it possibly will cause harm to Sikkim.The MLAs expressed opinion that SKM was trying to secure Vote bank by misleading public in this way.It was said that MLAs (2 SKM MLAs) were doing it just for political propoganda.

CM replying to everyone, supporting MLAs and the two SKM MLAs, said the matter will be discussed with the stakeholders.He appreciated and endorsed the views expressed by his ministers in favour of the bill introduced and passed for Sherpa land protection. UNI NN AND

-- (UNI) -- C-1-1-DL0473-1436518.Xml

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