Sikkim’s eleven left-out communities are seeking tribal status

Namchi: A Namchi: A three-member committee, which was constituted by the Union ministry of tribal affairs to examine and recommend the inclusion of 11 left out communities of Sikkim as Scheduled Tribes, visited Nizrameng in South Sikkim on Wednesday.

The delegates, who are on a two-day official tour of the state, will visit different communities to get their perspectives on several issues.

The three visiting members include Union tribal affairs joint secretary Meera Ranjan Tshering, who is also the chairperson of the committee; Gopal Sadhwani, director, tribal affairs ministry; and Professor Soumendra M Patnaik, vice-chancellor of Utkal University. During their visit to South Sikkim on Wednesday, they were accompanied by officials of the state social justice, empowerment and welfare department.

The visit was aimed at understanding, examining and studying the socio-economic conditions of the 11 ‘left out’ communities of the state.

Gurung, Mangar, Rai, Sunwar, Mukhia, Jogi, Thami, Yakha, Bahun, Chettri and Newar are the 11 communities demanding inclusion in the ST list of the state

During the last session of their visit, the delegates met and interacted with the members of the communities and enquired upon the various rituals, customs, traditions, cultures, food habits and languages of these communities.

The ministry of tribal affairs is the nodal ministry for the overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes for development of Scheduled Tribes.

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