The delegation talked with the centre about granting of Schedule Tribe status for the 11 left-out Gorkha sub-tribes Credit: EastMojo image

On Wednesday, a delegation of BJP alliance partners from the Darjeeling region, accompanied by the BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya met with Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy and senior Home Ministry officials to discuss various issues concerning Darjeeling hills, Terai and Dooars.

The delegation even appraised the minister of the situation prevalent in the Darjeeling region. This was then followed by a detailed discussion on the two main issues concerning the Darjeeling region in detail–

i) Granting of Schedule Tribe status for the 11 left-out Gorkha sub-tribes and

ii) Permanent Political Solution for the long pending demands of the people.

Reddy informed the delegation that the Union Government is diligently working towards fulfilling both the commitments, and appraised the delegation about the progress that has been made so far with regards to the same.

He even stated that the process for inclusion of 11 left-out Gorkha sub-tribes is already being undertaken and that the Union Home Ministry is in communication with the Registrar General of India (RGI) with regards to the request to expedite the process. He assured the delegation that the government on its part has been sincerely working towards the inclusion of left-out Gorkha tribes at the earliest.

Reddy informed the delegation that the Union Government is diligently working towards fulfilling both the commitments

Regarding the permanent political solution, he informed that the government is aware of the significance of the need for peace, stability and economic progress in the Chicken Neck region, and is actively working towards finding a solution. He informed the delegation of the steps taken so far in this regards and stated that the process is a top priority for the government.

The delegation comprised of Man Ghising, President, GNLF; RB Rai, Ex-MP and President, CPRM, Pratap Khati of ABGL, Dawa Pakhrin of GoRaNiMo, Bikash Rai of Sumeti Mukti Morcha, Kalyan Dewan of BJP, Mahendra Chhetri of GNLF, Kishore Pradhan of CPRM, and Darjeeling MLA Niraj Zimba.



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