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Limbu-Tamang forum seeks deferment of delimitation in Sikkim

The Sikkim Limboo-Tamang Joint Action Committee has sought deferment of the process of delimitation till a special census is conducted to ascertain the population of the two tribes.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2005 19:20 IST

The Sikkim Limboo-Tamang Joint Action Committee, a forum spearheading the cause of the twin communities in the state, has sought deferment of the process of delimitation till a special census is conducted to ascertain the population of the two tribes.

In a memorandum sent on Monday, the Committee urged the Delimitation Commission not to go ahead with the exercise till a census to update the population of the Limboo and Tamang tribes was taken up, a prerequisite for granting them their share of reserved State Assembly seats, Committee President PR Subba said.

The basis for delimitation in the hill State as in other States are the 2001 census figures which do not include Limboos and Tamangs as Scheduled Tribes since they were accorded tribal status only in 2003, he said.

Ever since they were granted tribal status in January 2003, the two communities have been demanding their share of reserved assembly seats in the State.

The memorandum also raises objections to the Commission's proposal for reducing one seat in the West district and inclusion of the Limboo-dominated Mangshila area in the North district's reserved Dzongu constituency. While demanding that nine constituencies be retained in West district instead of reducing them to eight, the memorandum calls the inclusion of Mangshila in the Dzongu segment a "gross injustice" to the 90 per cent Limboo population of the area.

"Dzongu is out of bounds even for locals who need a pass or a formal official permission to enter the area. In a situation like this, adding Mangshila to Dzongu will only create confusion," Subba said.

The Delimitation Commission which recently published its draft proposals for Sikkim is to conduct public hearings at Namchi and Gangtok on September 29 and 30 respectively to seek people's views on its proposals before coming up with its final orders on delimitation.

First Published: Sep 08, 2005 19:07 IST