Tribal status for remaining Gorkha community cannot be attained – Narbahadur Bhandari

Gangtok: Other than Tamang and Limbu, remaining Gorkha community cannot be included in the list of Tribal Status as they are not within the criterion set by the Central Government, affirmed former Chief Minister of Sikkim Narbahadur Bhandari in Gangtok.

Narbahadur Bhandari
Narbahadur Bhandari

Bhandari stated on the context of efforts that are being made to enlist in Tribal Status for remaining Gorkha communities by GTA chief Bimal Gurung and current chief minister of Sikkim Pawan Chamling. Bhandari also ridiculed the ‘Barman Commission’, formed by govt. of Sikkim, which had recommended Tribal Status for Bahun, Chettri, Newar, Khambu Rai, Dewan, Thami, Sunuwar, Gurung, Mangar and Bhujel of Gorkha community, thereby, Sikkim as Tribal State. He also reminded the recent report of RGI (Office of Registrar General of India), which categorically denies that these communities are not within the Central govt. norms set for Tribal status.

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