JAC welcome developments on Karmapa demand

Thu, Sep 14, 2017

GANGTOK: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) All Sikkim Buddhist Organisation held a meeting today at Gangtok following recent developments on the long pending demand for allowing 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim.
According to national reports, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will take a call on whether to allow the Karmapa to visit Sikkim as demanded by the people of the State.
The Home Ministry has prepared a note on the Karmapa’s visit to Sikkim and sent it for approval to the CCS, the highest decision making body of the country’s security matters, as per the reports.
It was with great delight and positive expectations that the JAC received the news on the CSS taking up the issue of the 17th Karmapa being allowed to visit Sikkim in the near future, said the JAC in a press statement.
The JAC was formed in 1993 comprising of various religious, cultural and social organisations of Sikkim for spearheading the demand of the 17th Karmapa to be allowed to visit Sikkim.
During the meeting today at Gangtok, the JAC members expressed their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Union government as the long pending demand was finally being deliberated upon by the CSS. The members expressed their confidence that the issue of His Holiness now being allowed to visit Sikkim should be resolved soon, the release mentions.
The JAC members also expressed their appreciation and thankfulness to Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for the help, support and cooperation provided by him all these years on this most important issue. He has continuously reiterated the demand that the 17th Karmapa be allowed to visit to Sikkim with the Union government, and we hope that these efforts will come to fruition in near future, said the JAC.
The JAC members collectively agreed that all associations and monastic bodies should work collectively to ensure a very successful and harmonious maiden visit of the Karmapa to Sikkim once it is approved by the CSS, the release mentions.