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 State to appoint two Mangar representatives: CM

Monday, Dec 16, 2019 08:00 [IST]

Last Update: Monday, Dec 16, 2019 02:28 [IST]

State to appoint two Mangar representatives: CM

KUSH HANG LEEWANG

GEYZING,: Chief Minister P.S. Golay attended the Barahimizong festival of the Mangar community at Mangarjung, Mangsari of West Sikkim today. The event organised by Akhil Sikkim Mangar Sangh (ASMS) was also attended by ministers M.N. Sherpa, Loknath Nepal and Bhim Hang Subba, MLA Aditya Golay, officials and others.

Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister asserted that the State government has been pursuing the demand for inclusion of 11 left-out communities including Mangar in the Scheduled Tribes list. He also informed that the budget for completion of the Mangarjung project at Mangsari would be sanctioned in next ensuing budget session.

On demand of appointment of a political representative from the Mangar community, the Chief Minister maintained that the SKM party could not field any candidate in the election due to lack of support to the party from the community. However, he assured that two members from the community would be appointed as political representatives and sought names of the desired representatives.

Terming Barahimizong as a sacred and ancient festival of Mangar community, Golay said preservation of age old cultural heritage in the form of traditions, culture and customs was important to keep alive the distinct identities of various communities. He reiterated that SKM government has restored a secular environment in the State where all the communities are independent to follow and practice their religions and cultures adding that unlike the former SDF government, SKM government does not blend politics in the communities’ programmes.

“Political interference in cultural and religious events must cease. SKM believes in democratic values and each and every community should be allowed to work independently for their progress. The SKM government would work for protection and preservation of cultural identities of all the communities of the State,” said the Chief Minister.

Commenting on the demands placed for upgrading Soreng as a separate district with better healthcare facilities, the Chief Minister expressed that the separate district could be formed considering the growing population and informed that the State government was working to consider the aspirations of the people.

The Chief Minister also deliberated on various developmental programmes of the State and maintained that promises made to the people would be fulfilled one by one. He informed that under housing scheme ‘Sikkim Garib Awaash Yojana’, 100 houses in each constituency of the State would be constructed and the State government has kept aside funds to undertake the scheme. He said that SKM government is working diligently to accelerate the development of various sectors.

Earlier, ASMS president Santosh Alley presented a brief history of the festival and the community and also placed several demands of the community.

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