Assam Gorkhas demand ST status and autonomous council to DoNER

Gorkhas living in the Assam  have demanded Scheduled Tribe (ST) status for the community and creation of an autonomous council, comprising Gorkha-inhabited areas.

Gorkhas demand ST status and  autonomous council to DoNER
Gorkhas demand ST status and  autonomous council to DoNER

The demands were placed before Union minister for development of north eastern region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh here on Tuesday when a delegation of ‘Asom Gorkha Sammelan’ called on him to submit some of the long-pending grievances of the community.

The minister gave a patient hearing to the delegation and said he would personally follow up the issues falling within the purview of his ministry and in case of other issues, he will take up with the departments and ministries concerned. Singh said the Gorkha community has served the nation through thick and thin and their sacrifices are an example for others to follow.

In recent times, the recruitment of Gorkha youth in the country’s defence forces has declined.

They demanded that the Gorkha community certificate issued by the ‘Asom Gorkha Sammelan’ be honoured for the purpose of employment or recruitment in defence forces.

The other demands included setting up of a Gorkha cultural and simplification of the process for inclusion of members of the community in the NRC. pti

The Gorkhas’ demands for ST status and an autonomous council were placed before DoNER minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday.

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