Hill Politics Charged On Gorkha Inclusion In ST List

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Darjeeling: Inclusion of Gorkha sub-communities in the Scheduled Tribe list issue, at present occupies the centre stage of Hill politics. While Binay Tamang, chairman of the Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, on Thursday shot a letter to Union ministers to this effect, the Gorkha National Liberation Front is sending a delegation to Delhi to pursue the issue.

“We have sent letters to the Union Home minister and Tribal Affairs minister to take up the issue and expedite the process. We have also sent a request letter to Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, to pursue the matter,” stated Tamang.

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The GTA chairman stated that during his talks with Chief Minister Chamling on March 27 in Gangtok, the CM had assured that he would write to Delhi to this effect and even pursue the matter personally. “West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already sent recommendations to Delhi for the inclusion of 11 Gorkha communities in the ST list, after the matter was passed in the Bengal Assembly in February 2014.

During her last visit to Darjeeling, we had raised the issue. She stated that she had already taken up the issue and that a committee had visited the hills to study the ground situation. We then apprised her that no physical verification has taken place yet. Following this, the state government had sent a fresh recommendation again on February 16, 2018,” stated Tamang.

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