It’s the 31st day of the indefinite hunger strike by Satyagrahis and Members of ACT led by Dawa Lepcha and 20 year old Tenzing Lepcha. Dawa and Tenzing are at STNM hospital.
The Chief Secretary on behalf the Chief Minister appealed to ACT, to withdraw its hunger strike, ‘to bring about a congenial atmosphere within which the demands raised by ACT could be examined within a period of one month.’
The Chief Secretary, it may be recalled, chairs the high powered committee authorized by the Chief Minister to open talks with ACT and try and resolve the stand off.
Responding to the appeal of the Chief Minister, ACT enumerated a seven point demand. The points enumerated mention that regarding the issue of composition of review committee to be constituted, ACT has sought with the Government that people with expertise in related fields be taken with a spiritual master having considerable knowledge of socio-religio-cultural aspects of the indigenous people.
The other appeals requested by ACT included an atmosphere congenial for the review process wherein all activities pertaining to the hydel projects development in North district be suspended till the completion of the Cadastral Resurvey and Settlement. It also enumerated completion of One Man Commission Report related to disputes arising out of ‘flaws’ in the earlier cadastral surveys with the final condition and that the Review Committee submit its recommendation, particularly that of the Panan Hydro Electric Project, within a period of one month. As mentioned in an earlier memorandum submitted on 12th December, 2006.
Young supporters of ACT with Dawa and Tenzing at STNM Hospital