Gangtok, 2 July
The Association of Old Settlers of Sikkim (AOSS) has expressed regret over the Sikkimese people, particularly the Nepali community, having been hurt by the use of certain words and phrases in the Writ Petition it had filed in the Supreme Court of India
“The Writ Petition has been filed with a single agenda in mind that is of securing Income Tax exemption for the Old settlers of Sikkim. There have been a few inadvertent mistakes. Amendments will be made accordingly by excluding certain words and phrases which have been unfortunately used but were certainly not intended to hurt anybody in any manner,” a media statement issued in the name of AOSS president, said. According to the old settlers’ body, it would desist from anything that might hurt the sentiments of a section of the Sikkimese society in future.
It is further informed that the association has already deputed one of the petitioners to personally meet the lawyers in Delhi for the said amendment.
The expression of regret came a day after the Sikkimey Nepali Jatiya Sangharsha Samiti decided to launch a statewide non-cooperation stir against the petitioners for targeting the Sikkimese people.
Meanwhile, Anushuchit Jati Kalyan Sangh (AJKS) has strongly condemned the move to cast aspersions on the nationality of the Sikkimese Nepali community by the association of the Old Settlers. “AJKS welcomes the step taken by the members of AOSS regarding the tax exemption to them and the people of Sikkim support the same, but it is very unfortunate to note that they requested the Supreme Court to repeal the income tax exemption granted to Sikkimese people if exemption is not given to them,” AJKS convener, Mr Binay Gazmer said.