GANGTOK, April 17, 2018: SLYA-Sikkim Lepcha Youth Association on Saturday held its silver jubilee celebration at Dzom Lee, Sichey.
Buildings & Housing minister D.T. Lepcha was the chief guest on the occasion also attended by deputy Speaker Sonam Gyatso Lepcha, HRD advisor O.T. Lepcha, former minister Menlom Lepcha and Primitive Tribe Welfare Board chairperson S.D. Lepcha as the special guests, a SLYA press release informs.
The programme was also attended by the members of Renjyong Muntanchi Rong Tarjum, former SLYA members, representatives from the district, constituency and village branches of the association and Lepcha community members working in the State government.
To mark the milestone event, the SLYA passed a resolution demanding demarcation of 50-50 seat reservation within the Bhutia-Lepcha (BL) category (20%) in higher education and in government job opportunities.
SLYA general secretary Lobsang Chopel Lepcha read out the memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Pawan Chamling.
Centuries of economic backwardness and lack of access to primary education has resulted into Lepcha community’s backwardness and even the situation did not changed after the merger with the introduction of SC/ST reservation system due to those factors, submitted Lobsang.
He stressed that, even after the recognition of Lepcha community as a Primitive Tribe group by the present government to uplift the Lepchas, the situation is very depressing and discouraging. Despite their years of desperate efforts to compete with their brother community, the Lepchas – apart from Primitive Tribe reservation policy of 5% – have not been able to reap the benefits from BL category (20%), he said.
The SLYA general secretary referred to the recent interviews of LDC (100 posts) and Accounts Clerk – Junior Store Keeper (227 posts) in government departments where, he said, the Lepchas were able to secure only meagre 10% of seats within the BL category in both the interviews.
In their memorandum, the SLYA has requested the government to make some necessary changes to the age old reservation policy according to the present situation that governs their mutual existence with their bother community, i.e demarcation of 50-50 seats reservation within the 20% reservation provided to the BL category.
Lobsang appealed the Bhutia community not to construe the 50-50 demarcation demand as a division or segregation but take it as a rectification or amendments of those old laws and constitution that governs the mutual existence of the BL community.
Minister D.T. Lepcha, in his address, congratulated the SLYA for its success. While touching upon the resolution of 50-50 seats demarcation, he stressed that the Lepcha community should also look into their weaknesses and work sincerely towards overcoming it, the release mentions.
The deputy Speaker congratulated the SLYA for reaching the silver jubilee milestone.
The HRD advisor thanked the organisation for continuously guiding the Lepcha community to its betterment and congratulated for their silver jubilee celebration.
The Primitive Tribe Welfare Board chairperson urged the Lepcha community to come forward and be the part of organisation in serving the Lepcha society.
SLYA president Ongden Tshering Lepcha thanked the chief guest and special guests along with former and present members of the SLYA.
The event also saw felicitation of former SLYA members in recognition for their selfless contribution towards the Lepcha society. The chief guest and the special guests were also felicitated.
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Source: Sikkim Express