I called on His Excellency the Vice-President of India, Shri Venkaih Naidu today at his official residence in New Delhi.
During the meeting, I apprised him about the development taking place in Sikkim and sought his guidance and intervention to address the following pending demands of the people of Sikkim:-
1. The issue of grant of Assembly seats to the new Scheduled Tribe Sikkimese communities of Limboo and Tamang is pending for last many years. The same right of the two communities may be granted well before the Assembly elections in Sikkim.
2. The pending issue of permitting His Holiness (HH) the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa to visit Sikkim and allow HH to take his seat at Rumtek Monastery.
3. The 11 left-out Sikkimese communities have been requesting for recognition as Scheduled Tribes as in the erstwhile regime of the Chogyal they were entitled to equal facilities with other communities of Sikkim.