State Govt not sincere towards tribal status to left-out communities: SKM

Gangtok, 02 May:

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha has asserted that the State government has not been sincere towards the issue of the securing Scheduled Tribe status for the 11 left-out communities of Sikkim. The party has further alleged that the State government has failed repeatedly to provide the correct argument and documents to the Centre on this issue.

Referring to information received from Ministry of Tribal Affairs through a recent RTI, SKM senior vice-president, TN Dhakal, while addressing a press conference here today, mentioned that the Office of Registrar General, India [ORGI] has not supported the proposal of the State government on tribal status for the left out communities.

The RTI was filed by Navin Kumar Chhetri of Chhamgaon, Upper Mamley, Namchi in South Sikkim that received a reply on 13 Mar 2018.

Mr Dhakal argued that it was important for a community to be included in the Central OBC list before getting the tribal status. On the same, he alleged that Chettri, Bahun and Newar have still not been included in the Central OBC list as the State government has not been sincere towards the issue.

He further alleged that the matter of the inclusion of Chettri, Bahun and Newar was not even passed in the Cabinet or in the Assembly.

Mr Dhakal stated that the RGI has repeatedly written to the State government to send the right argument and documents on the matter to provide tribal status to left out communities but the government has failed to send the correct documents.

He mentioned that the State government has been asking for tribal status on the basis of the Burman Report. On the same, he alleged that Burman report has not provided the right information on different communities of the State. He added that the Burman report was the main reason for the repeated cancellation of the proposal sent by the State on tribal status.

Mr Dhakal added that in a letter to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs dated 21 Feb 2018, the Deputy Registrar General [SS] of ORGI has written, “The ORGI reiterated its earlier comments of not supporting the said proposal as it is not bound to examine the same proposal afresh again”.

Responding to media queries, he mentioned that the door for the issue has not been closed yet but it needs dedicated intention and effort. He asserted that SKM has the formula to provide tribal status to the left out communities of the State.

He also alleged that Sikkim Summit for Tribal Status scheduled to begin on 03 May in Gangtok was just eyewash. The government does not have the clear intension to provide tribal status to left out communities, he reiterated.