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Sikkim govt seeks more seat in assembly, reservation for tribes

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, July 3 (UNI) The Sikkim Government today urged the centre to increase the number of members in the state legislative assembly and reserve some seats for Limboo and Tamang tribes of the state.

A high level delegation from the state led by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, met Home Minister Shivraj Patil and urged him to increase the number of MLAs in the state assembly from present 32 to 41.

According to the state government the number of MLAs at present were less than the true representation based on its population.

The delegation also urged the centre to reserve seats for Limboo and Tamang tribes in the state assembly. However, first a special census should be held to ascertain the population of these tribes so that the number of seats could be reserved on its basis, it demanded.

Mr Patil assured the delegation, which comprised many MPs, MLAs and officials from the state, that their demand would be sympathetically considered and he would also take the views of the Law Minister on this issue.

Terming the opening of Nathu La pass for trade between India and China as a major development that would benefit the country, the Home Minister hoped that the existing coordination and cooperation between the centre and the state would continue on this matter in future also.

Mr Patil asked the state to explore the possibility of floriculture products and their export as it would benefit the economy tremendously.

The Chief Minister told Mr Patil that the state government is already putting emphasis on the issue as it has a lot of possibility of employment generation and economic growth from the state perspective.

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