Kolkata, 1 Mar 2014: The state cabinet has reportedly approved the formation of a development board for the Tamang community in the Darjeeling hills. A team comprising 14 members led by Nazoo Glan of the Tamang Youth Association today met with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Naavana House in the afternoon. They interacted for half an hour during which the chief minister was presented with the approval documents given by the Cabinet to the association. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Mangar, Rai, Sunwar, Newar, Bhujel, Thami, Jogi, Khas, Yakha Dewan and Dhimal communities who requested Banerjee for Scheduled Tribe status. (PR)
Mamata today handed over a charter to the Tamang Youth Association on the basis of which a development board would be set up for the Tamang community, sources said.
According to the sources, the chief minister said at a meeting with five hill communities at Nabanna that the government was considering a similar board for the Rais.
Tribal traditions will revive post ST status: Sinchury
DEEP MILAN PRADHAN, MIRIK, 1 Mar 2014: CB Sinchury, former vice-president of the Akhil Bharatiya Scheduled Caste and Tribe and Minority Federation state committee, has welcomed the proposal of the state government to list the backward communities of the Gorkhas under the Scheduled Tribe category.
Terming it a right move on the state government’s part, he said communities such as the Rai, Limbu, Dewan, Gurung, Bhujel, Newar, Mukhia, Mangar, Tamang and Thami will appreciate the gesture although they “should have been listed as tribes a long time back”.
Sinchury added the Gorkha commuinities have been deprived of several facilities as most are listed under the general category. He noted said the Gorkhas embraced Hinduism and its culture much later causing a decline in tribal practices.
“Once the Gorkhas are listed as tribal people, their traditions will get revived,” he remarked.
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