Centre to take decision on Karmapa’s visit to Sikkim within 3 months: Rijiju - Sikkim Express


PANKAJ DHUNGEL


GANGTOK, November 12: Home Affairs Minister of State Kiren Rijiju said the Union government would be taking a decision within three months regarding the Sikkim visit permission to 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

Speaking to reporters here on Saturday after attending a programme at Chintan Bhawan, the MoS informed that he had a meeting with the 17th Karmapa before he left for Sikkim visit.

“We are lifting certain restrictions against him and now he can visit most parts of the country including Arunachal Pradesh. So far, His restriction to visit Sikkim and specifically Rumtek monastery is still on. But I assure you that talks  at the Centre is positive on the matter and a decision will be taken on his visit to Sikkim in the next three months,” said Rijiju.

The MoS had reached Sikkim on Tuesday and had directly flown to north district where he visited the ITBP and Army camps in the border areas. He arrived at Gangtok yesterday where political and social organizations submitted memorandums seeking, among other demands, permission for the 17th Karmapa to visit Sikkim early.

In his brief interaction with the media, the MoS appealed the people to be patient regarding the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes.

“The decision taken by the Prime Minister is for the benefit of the country. It was a necessary step in the fight against black money, corruption and terror funding, It is understood that the major problem is being faced by smaller businesses and daily workers. I urge the people to be patient. Once the liquidity flows, normalcy will be ensured, said Rijiju.

During yesterday’s meeting with delegations of State BJP, SKM and Bhutia Lepcha Protection Force, the MoS had assured to take positive steps on the Karmapa demand.

Similarly, a 14-menber delegation of the Denjong Lhadey led by Sangha MLA Sonam Lama on Friday had called on Rijiju at Raj Bhawna here.

Apress release informs that the Denjong Lhadey delegation apprised the MoS on viaious matters pertaining to monastic affairs in Sikkim including the ongoing relay hunger strike by the monks at BL House, Tibet Road here that has completed four months. They also urged him to make early arrangement to allow the 17th Karmapa to visit Sikkim.

The Mos sensitised the delegation about the latest position on the demand and assured them the 17th Karmapa would soon be visiting Sikkim, the release mentions.






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