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Lechenpa tribals allege discrimination

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 17, 2009

Gangtok, Aug 16 (PTI) Alleging that the people of Lachen region in remote north Sikkim were being treated like ‘alien citizens’, Lachenpa tribal community have petitioned to President to apprise the Centre of their socio-economic plight.

“The Pawan Kumar Chamling-led SDF government treat us as alien citizens. Lachens are deprived of development schemes being funded by the Centre,” a memorandum signed by 226 members of Lachen Dzumsa, monastery and civil society has claimed.

The indifferent attitude and discriminatory treatment being meted out by the state government, its ministers and the bureaucracy for years have driven the people of Lachen to extreme frustration and compelled them to question whether they were citizens of India, it said.

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