Sikkim risks losing its regional sentiment: SRP

Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 07:45 [IST]

Last Update: Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 02:06 [IST]

Sikkim risks losing its regional sentiment: SRP

KUNAL RAI

GANGTOK,: Sikkim Republican Party today claimed that State is under the threat of losing its regional sentiment and urged the people of the State to be “very cautious”.
“The people of Sikkim need to rise above government benefits and facilities and work towards protecting the freedom that we as Sikkimese avail till date,” said SRP president K.B. Rai today.
Addressing a press conference here today, Rai said, “We have come to know that former Chief Minister who led the state for 25 years is about to take shelter under the national party in power. Today, the scenario in the State is really scary as the ruling party in power is already in alliance with the ruling national party and the prominent political party that is in the opposition in the State is also working towards taking shelter under the same national party in power in centre.”
“These two parties gave several promises for the upliftment and welfare of the people in the State but both are functioning under the direction of the ruling party at Centre. The regional, local sentiments and political freedom the people in the State used to enjoy is in great danger today. So it is high time for the people to rethink and make decisions,” Rai added.
Rai further stated that the ruling party gave away two important seats to the national party and the opposition MLAs parted and joined the national party. The parties in power in the past and present must understand and stop misleading the people's mandate for personal benefit, he added.
Rai added that more than 18,000 youth were appointed under One Family One Job scheme initiated by the previous government are on the verge of losing their jobs after a case has been registered. He blamed the previous government for appointing the youth under the scheme without proper procedure.  We request the government to be judicious with respect to the issue pertaining to OFOJ appointees, he said. Rai also reminded the ruling party that they had assured to regularize all OFOJ appointees after coming to power and appealed the government to initiate regularization process at the earliest.
“Apart from that the party in power had also promised to appoint more 30,000 youths of the State under the same scheme, but more than one and a half year has passed and they haven’t delivered.”
Furthermore, Rai said that the ruling government has v made illegal appointments in government service, violating the State norms.
“We do not want the appointed individual to lose their jobs but like them there are about 70,000 to 80,000 educated and unemployed youths in the State who also must be given jobs following similar norms. It was the youth across the State who supported and brought the party to power but after victory only few have been given extra privileges,” said Rai. He called upon the youth of the State to be vocal and not to stay silence if such injustice is meted out to them.
Rai also reminded the ruling government of their election promise to bring CBI to Sikkim. “The most important agenda that led to victory of the ruling party was the CBI entry and fight against corruption. But even after the passage of almost two years in the government, the Delhi Police Act has not been extended to Sikkim, thus allowing the entry of CBI in the State to initiate investigation on corruption of the previous government. We appeal the government in power and its alliance who also had during the election campaign promised on CBI entry to the State and elimination of corruption to act immediately and keep their promises. We want the corrupts to be punished,” Rai said.
If the party in power is unable to so, Rai added, they must vacate on moral grounds. He maintained that SRP since its inception has been vocal about local rights, protection of Article 371F and other issues pertaining to the State. “If people understand our visions and goal, and extend mandate, we will not let any illegal practices happen in the State and those engaged in such activities will be punished for sure.  It’s high time for the people of the State to realise, analyse and take the right stand. The benefits and facilities the government extends must be considered as secondary and the safeguarding of regional sentiments and individual right must be taken as priority or else the future of our State is under threat,” Rai opined.

Sikkim at a Glance

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