Indian Gorkhas for ST status in Delhi

Darjeeling, 19 December: The chief of the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) Bimal Gurung and Darjeeling MP SS Ahluwalia met Union minister for tribal affairs Jual Oram at the Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi today. The communities got together under the banner of the Bharatiya Gorkha Janajati Sangharsha Mahasangh and was led by its central committee members Kanchan Gurung,  RB Raya,  SP Pradhan,  Amar Dewan,  BB Mangar,  Ratan Khawas, Deepak Mukhia and MS Rai, the GJMM

Indian Gorkhas for ST status in Delhi
10 Gorkha Communities representatives led by BImal Gurung, Shri S.S Ahluwalia and Shri Binoy Tamang met Shri. Jual Oram, Hon’ble Union Minister For Tribal Affairs at Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi

Mr Gurung, who is also the chief of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) reiterated the demand to immediately include 11 communities from Darjeeling and the Doaars regions in the Scheduled Tribe list. The 11 communities include Bhujel, Gurung, Mangar, Newar, Jogi, Khas, Rai, Sunwar, Thami, Yakhha (Dewan) and Dhimal.

Mr Gurung, along with Mr Ahluwalia and GJMM leader Binoy Tamang also placed a special demand of the Dhimal community for ST status.

According to GJMM leaders, Mr Oram assured the delegation that the demand would be “granted soon.” He also told the delegation that his Ministry has already started “processing” the matter and that a report will be submitted to the Home Ministry and the Cabinet.

Source: Statesman

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