Centre has assured Sikkim on 371F: CM

P.S. Golay
Fri, Aug 9, 2019

CM attends Tendong Lho Rum Faat celebration

The Centre government has assured that the Article 371F providing special Constitutional status for Sikkim would remain intact and safe as the article is special and different from that of Article 370, Chief Minister P.S. Golay said today.
Sharing details of his meetings with the Central leaders in Delhi, the Chief Minister said he has been assured on Article 371F and expressed that Sikkimese people need not be confused or worried over the fate of the special status following abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The Centre government has maintained that the special provision given to Sikkim under Article 371F is different and has assured that the article would not be touched,” said Golay while speaking as the chief guest of the State level Tendong Lho Rum Faat celebration at Geyzing, West Sikkim.
Hailing the Centre’s move on Jammu and Kashmir, Golay said scrapping of Article 370 was necessary and in the interest of the country. “I appreciate and support the courageous decision made by the Centre government. Special provisions granted under article 371F to Sikkim will remain safe and protected,” he said. Furthermore, he welcomed the statement made by the Union Home minister Amit Shah in which it was stated to give a full protection to Article 371F.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister stated that the SKM government would not transform the festivals of the Sikkimese community into a political platform. Expressing that the festivals should not be politicalized, Golay reiterated that SKM government would not turn the religious and cultural festivals of any community into a political programme unlike earlier SDF government. He opined that the any cultural festival should not be kept confined within a particular community but such festivals should be promoted as the festivals of the Sikkimese and the State at large.
Speaking on the long pending construction of Stairway to Heaven project at Daramdin, the Chief Minister said the delay was caused due to the erstwhile SDF government’s lackadaisical and irresponsible approach owing to which the project is in limbo since two decades which he said is a great injustice to the Lepcha community. He further asserted that the State government would restart the project. Calling North Sikkim’s Dzongu region as the Mecca of the Lepchas, the Chief Minister shared that the region would remain protected and the State government will not do anything against the interests of the Lepchas of Dzongu. He added that protection and safety of Dzongu is the State government's responsibility and promised to work for further development of North Sikkim. He also announced scholarships for five tribal students from Dzongu to study in Tashi Namgyal Academy from the State government every year through Chief Minister Meritorious Scholarship Scheme. He affirmed that the State government will always work towards the protection of Dzongu and the rest of the State in whole.
The Chief Minister underlined the efforts made by the state government to provide salaries for the ones appointed under the One Family One Job scheme and mentioned that the State government has successfully allocated budget release of arrear and pension for all employees at one single instalment. He criticised the former SDF government for having adopted bias while selecting the OFOJ beneficiaries and used as a tool to win election. Golay expressed that as a Chief Minister he is not for creating records and receiving awards but for the service to Sikkim and the Sikkimese. The Chief Minister also announced to visit all constituencies along with the entire government machinery in the near future to assess the problems, necessity of West Sikkim and the grievances of the people. He promised for greater development of West Sikkim.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister was felicitated and honoured for redefining the development and progress within the State along with his resounding victory in the recent elections. He was presented with a citation along with Pugo reep, Sumok Thyaktuk and the traditional weapon Banphok by the festival organizing committee. The Pano mun solong award in the field of art and culture was awarded to Dawa Lepcha.
Agriculture minister L.N. Sharma, who was the chief patron of the organizing committee delivered his address in the Lepcha language and expressed gratitude to the government for selecting Geyzing to host the celebration of Tendong Lho Rum Faat. He stated that the West district witnessed a beginning of a delightful State level function and wished for more development to all four districts in the future.
Later the Chief Minister also attended the on-going Independence Day football tournament at Kyongsa playground.

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi