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Gorkha Tribal Status - Minister Jual Oram Is Visiting Kalimpong - RTI Vindicates GJM Stand

RTI Vindicates GJM Stand on gorkha tribal status
The Demand for recognizing all the Gorkha communities as Tribals (sans SCs) has been repeatedly raised by Gorkha Janmikti Morcha, and is supported by the Sikkim Government, Assam Gorkhas and also by the Bengal government.

In 2014, Babul Roy, senior research officer and Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of the office of the registrar general of India, while replying to an RTI application filed by a resident of Darjeeling, has stated: “This office had received a proposal of the West Bengal State government through the Ministry of Tribal Affairs on communities namely Bhujel, Gurung, Mangar, Newar, Jogi, Khas, Rai, Sunuwar, Thami and Yakkha (Dewan). However, later on, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has withdrawn these proposals. At the moment, these are not pending in this office.” [details: http://bit.ly/2bNGaSP]

However, the demand could not be fulfilled due to the previous Central government changing its stand previously.

Despite having support from the state governments of Sikkim and Bengal, the UPA government had rejected the recommendations to include Gorkhas as ST. However, after BJP came to power, consistent perusal by GJM and Sikkim government has resulted in the Central Government forming in a one may Ashok Pai committee to look into the possibilities if according Gorkhas ST status nation wide.

This was revealed in a response to an RTI application filed by former Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh National President Shri. Enos Das Pradhan.

Sources in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs have stated that Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Jual Oram will visit Kalimpong on the 3rd of September. We are hopeful that he will see the merit in including all Gorkhas as ST. (TDC)

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