NCST approves proposal for 5 additional seats for tribals in Sikkim Assembly

The National Commission for Schedule Tribes (NCST) on 23 March 2017 approved the proposal for five additional seats for tribals in the Sikkim assembly.

The commission approved the proposal requesting the increase in the reserved seats for the Scheduled Tribes from 12 to 17 at a meeting held in New Delhi. The meeting, chaired by the Chairman of the Commission Nand Kumar Sai, saw in attendance the Vice Chairperson of the Commission Anusuiya Uikey, Members Hari Krishna Damor and Harshdbhai Chunilal Vasava, Secretary of the Commission Raghav Chandra and other senior officials. 

Key Highlights

• Currently, there are 32 members in the Sikkim assembly and following this decision, the number would be increased to 40.

• Among the eight additional seats, five will be reserved for the Limbu and Tamang tribes.

• The NCST commission will also be sending a 3-member high-level investigation committee for an on the spot investigation of the atrocities done on the Schedule Tribes.

• The commission will also be sending a letter to all the north-eastern states seeking an update on their tribal welfare programmes and details about their Tribal Advisory Committees.

• It would also be requesting the states to provide the link to NCST’s website on their official website in order to make people more aware of the activities of the commission.

The commission’s chairman, Nand Kumar Sai assured that all necessary steps will be taken to ensure that the Commission is effective in its objective and any officer found not taking the commission’s notices seriously or failing to provide the requested information in the set time period will have to face dire consequences


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