Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee (SIBLAC)

Welcome to SIBLAC

Introduction

The absorption of Sikkim into the Indian Union was based on certain pre-conditions and solemn assurances given to the Sikkimese people, particularly the indigenous minority Sikkimese Bhutia Lepcha community which are reflected in May 8, 1973 Tripartite Agreement, Government of Sikkim Act, 1974 and Article 371 F of the Indian Constitution.

During the last few years since the Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee (SIBLAC) came into being, it has focused, to a fair extent, on the socio-politico-economic rights and interests of indigenous minority-Sikkimese Bhutia Lepcha people enshrined in Article 371 F of the Indian Constitution.

One of the main factors responsible for growing apprehension in the minds of minority Sikkimese Bhutia Lepcha is the consistent dilution of Article 371 F that has deprived them of their constitutional rights and the very basis of survival. Basically, the Sikkimese Bhutia Lepcha's struggle is a struggle for survival ... With growing awakening among the indigenous Bhutia Lepcha who have been reduced to minority in their own native land, if their precious rights and interests are not restored and safeguarded as provided in the Indian Constitution, the very concept of integration, assimilation or pride in being involved in nation-building will be render meaningless.

Our struggle for survival constitutes an appeal to those who are in power positions. We believe that drawing a nationwide attention, our problems promotes their solution - otherwise we are left complaining of abuse to the abusers. In this sense, we hope that this site will provide positive impulse for our struggle and will be understood as an urgent appeal to our fellow citizens to commit themselves to ensure our survival.

Till we wipe away the fears from the mind of our people,

Till we wipe away the tears of our natives,

Till we guarantee their secured political future,

Till we safeguard their identity in the land of their origin,

Our struggle for survival continues for generations to come!

Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee (SIBLAC)

Must Read! - Hydropower Scam in Sikkim

Rs. 20'000 Crore Hydropower Scam in Sikkim
State Government in Cahoots with private Players

Report by Asif Syed and Soumik Dutta at CurrentNews, May 11, 2012

There is a dam in the upper reaches of Sikkim that holds back a murky reservoir of bribery, collusion and manipulation in allotting of power projects to private players, shell companies that are fronts for shadowy owners, seemingly reputable bureaucrats who have exchanged favours for post-retirement 'benefits', nationalised banks that have risked thousands of crores of public money in loans to inexperienced companies and 'consortiums of convenience' and the tragedy of a battered environment and lost lives. A crack in the face of the dam has already begun to leak secrets of lies, favours and bribes. It is called Teesta Urja Limited.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. The story of the scam and scandal behind the Teesta Stage III Hydro Electric Project and other such projects has just begun to unravel. There are many more details about the other projects, their actual owners and political backers that have yet to be revealed.

Soumik Dutta's Updates from the Frontline against Corruption:

Hydro Scam in Sikkim Himalayas crosses Rs. 50,000 Crores - June 18, 2012

Fraud committed in Bagging Hydropower Projects in Sikkim - October 19, 2012

Sikkim Government borrows to buy its own Equity - November 20, 2012

Excercising the "First Right" - November 24, 2012

Sikkim a Turf for Round Tripping and Benami Investments - January 8, 2013

Deals, Dubious - March 2013

Jagan Reddy's Investments in Sikkim ignored by CBI - August 7, 2013

A tough Gangtok Rap - Sikkim: Relief Fund Misuse - September 30, 2013

Hydro Power Projects violating SC Order in Sikkim: NBWL Report - October 3, 2013

By the way ...

... the objections raised by Soumik Dutta are not new. They came to table at the latest in 2009, when the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) published the latest Performance Review of the Energy and Power Department of Sikkim.

Comptroller and Auditor General of India:
Audit Report (Civil), Sikkim for the Year 2008-2009

Despite the scathing findings of the CAG, nothing has changed, since. Most obviously, the SDF administration counts on their erstwhile voters to be deaf, blind or stupid enough - or all at once - to give the party another term anyway.

Contact Information

Address:

Tseten Tashi Bhutia (Ex-MLA), Convenor SIBLAC
Upper Syari, P. O. Deorali, Gangtok, Sikkim - 737102

Phone:

+919434144224 / +919734008199

E-Mail:

siblac.sikkim[at]gmail.com

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Convenor's Statements

Convenor Tseten T. Bhutia

"We are becoming refugees in our own land, but we can't raise our voice. If we do, we are termed anti-national and communal. But we shall certainly overcome against all the odds."

Tseten T. Bhutia
Convenor, SIBLAC

"Marginalization of the indigenous Sikkimese Bhutia Lepcha due to the haphazard projects in the name of developement is a foregone conclusion and we are committed to rectify such errors."

Norden Lepcha
Former Convenor, SIBLAC