Gangtok, July 17
On the clarification given by the Union Tribal Affairs Minister in Lok Sabha on granting Tribal status to the 11 left out communities Former Lok Sabha MP from Sikkim PD Rai said if they knew this position then why was the committee referred to in the question, constituted in the first place? Was it to pull wool over the eyes of the stake holders?
Rai was reacting on the clarification given by the GoI to the question raised by Lok Sabha MP from Darjeeling Raju Bista in the recently held Lok Sabha Session.
Mr Rai further said that in the case of Sikkim the whole issue is being handled differently and should be. This is the outcome of the report on the Sikkim Summit for Tribal Status that was held in 2018. The same question has been delved into but from the angle of 371 F. It is asking for the same status as was there for all communities prior to 1975 Mr. Rai added.
He further emphasised that the Summit and the report are now more important than ever before as the defined problem is contextualized for the Sikkim and Sikkimese. The SDF Government of that time had already anticipated this and taken these well through steps he added.
After GoI clarification through this answer to MP RajuBista’s question, it is now for the Government of Sikkim to follow up with Government of India on the basis of this invaluable document which is the property of the Government of Sikkim said Rai.
The 11 Nepali-speaking communities seeking tribal status are Rai, Mangar, Gurung, Thami, Bhujel, Jogi, Sanyasi, Giri, Newar, Khas and Dewan (Yakha).