The central government is considering a proposal to increase the Sikkim Assembly seats by 8. Currently there are 32 seats in the Sikkim Assembly. The government has sought view points and suggestions of various stakeholders. It has also asked for a draft plan. The Home Ministry said that the seats in the Sikkim Assembly could be increased after a Supreme Court directive, according to PTI reports. The proposal also has provisions for reservation for a few communities. There is a provision for reservation of five assembly seats for Limboo and Tamand community, a dozen seats for Bhutia-Lepcha, two seats for scheduled castes and one for Sangha. 20 seats fall under the general category.
The Home Ministry statement has said that the suggestions and views of the stakeholders regarding increasing of the strength of the seats in Assam Assembly can be submitted latest by June 26, 2017, reported PTI.
The stakeholders can send their views to the Ministry through email at email@example.com or by the mailing the hard copy to Uma Magesh, Under Secretary (NE-II), Room No. 208-B, North Block, New Delhi – 110 001.
Sikkim assembly on May 25 passed the Goods and Services Tax Bill and became the 16th state in the country to pass the Bill. The bill was placed in the house by Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chambling along with two other bills – Sikkim Official Languages (Amendment) Bill and Sikkim Panchayat (Amendment) Bill.
In addition to this, Sikkim CM Pawan Chambling announced enhancement of old age pension, increase in the daily wages of workers with effect from July 1, 2017 and distribution of welfare items and grants to beneficiaries from June 4 in the four districts of Sikkim.