Special Assembly Session on April 10
The state of Sikkim has recently announced a Special Assembly Session on April 10th to discuss the expansion of the Sikkimese definition. This is an important event for the state as it will have a significant impact on the cultural, social and political aspects of the state. As per an SKM release, the upcoming special Assembly session is set to address public concerns and allegations regarding the Union Finance Bill 2023, which includes the expansion of the Sikkimese definition under the Income Tax Act 1961 through an amendment. According to Jacob Khaling, spokesperson of the SKM, the amendment made in the Union Finance Bill is in accordance with the Supreme Court’s judgment and is applicable solely to provide income tax exemption to old settlers.
📅 A special session of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly will be held on April 10 to discuss the expansion of Sikkimese definition under Income Tax Act 1961 with an amendment.
💰 The SKM government reassures that the Union Finance Bill 2023 does not affect Sikkim Subjects and is specific to income tax exemption to the old settlers.
👥 The State government is examining the matter and taking opinions from experts to address concerns and doubts of the Sikkimese people.
📝 Full discussions will take place on the recently passed Union Finance Bill and resolutions would be passed in the interests of the people of Sikkim and forwarded to the Centre followed by talks with the Centre at every level to protect the Sikkimese definition and identity.
👨💼 The Chief Minister PS Golay left for New Delhi on Friday to address this issue and other important matters of Sikkim.
🗣️ The SKM spokesperson, Jacob Khaling, mentioned that the Sikkim Subject certificates are fully protected and effective and would remain so.
📍 Khaling reminded, the SKM government was successful in removing the ‘foreigner’ tag on the Sikkimese Nepali community from the January 13 judgment of the Supreme Court of India.
💡 Summary: The Sikkim Legislative Assembly will hold a special session on April 10 to discuss the expansion of Sikkimese definition under Income Tax Act 1961 with an amendment, which does not affect Sikkim Subjects. The State government is examining the matter and taking opinions from experts, and resolutions would be passed in the interests of the people of Sikkim and forwarded to the Centre followed by talks with the Centre at every level to protect the Sikkimese definition and identity.
The president of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) has criticized the current government for being rooted outside the state and raised concerns over the recent AOSS Vs Union of India issue. Additionally, he cautioned against the potential danger of demographic change posed by the One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) scheme, which allows migrant workers to access a voter card based on the ration card provided through ONORC. However, the ruling party, the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), has stated that the expansion of the Sikkimese definition would not harm any community and that it is aimed at promoting unity and inclusivity in the state.
The expansion of the Sikkimese definition is a complex issue that requires careful consideration. It is important to carefully consider all aspects of the proposed expansion to ensure that it benefits all communities in the state.
Gangtokian Web Team, 01/04/2023
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