Delegation of Indigenous communities from Sikkim meets DrJitendra Singh

Gangtok, 12 Dec [PIB]:

A delegation of eleven indigenous communities of Sikkim met the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), DrJitendra Singhat Delhitoday.

The delegation included representatives of Rai, Mangar, Gurung, Thami, Bhujel, Jogi, Sanyasi, Giri, Newar, Khas (Bhawn and Chettri) and Dewan (Yakha) communities. The delegation presented a memorandum to the Minister for providing Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to their communities. They also discussed various related issues such as their representation in the State Assembly, reservation in jobs, income tax exemption and others. They also gave a presentation on the history, geography and other matters related to the state of Sikkim and their communities in particular.

While addressing the delegation, DrJitendra Singh said that he appreciates the contribution made by the communities and he will try to ensurethat justice is delivered to them. He said that the memorandum submitted by them will be taken up with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

Speaking on the importance and contribution of Sikkim, the Minister said that Prime Minister NarendraModi accords very high priority to the North Eastern region. He said that the Prime Minister himself has also visited Sikkim.

“Sikkim is the first state to be declared as Open Defecation Free State,” he added.

He also said that the Gross Domestic product and literacy of the State are also very high. He further said that Sikkim has excelled in the field of tourism as well.

“Due to all these reasons, Sikkim sets an example to be followed by other states,” he said.

After giving a patient hearing to the delegation from Sikkim, DrJitendra Singh said that it is the government’s responsibility to see that all sections of the society get due justice.

Speaking on the occasion, DoNER Secretary, Naveen Vermasaid that there is a defined process to be followed while including any community in the Scheduled Tribes list.

Senior officers of Ministry of DoNER were also present on the occasion.