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WB Govt. withdraws tribal status proposal to hill communities

KALIMPONG : The U-turn made by the state government in terms of granting tribal status to 10 communities of the hills has come as a shocker. The state tribal welfare department has reportedly withdrawn its proposal tabled ahead of the Lok Sabha election. This came to light when the concerned department of the central government issued a clarification to a Right to Information query on the status of the state government’s proposal for according tribal status to the 10 communities of the hills. The registrar’s office of the Union home ministry has given in writing that the proposal to accord tribal status to the Bhujel, Gurung, Mangar, Newar, Jogi, Khas, Rai, Sunuwar, Thami and Yakha (Dewan) communities had been sent by the state government through its tribal welfare department. 

But the ministry has now withdrawn the proposal of its own accord, said the registrar’s office. The office further said the state government had sent the proposal in February of this year. It may be mentioned here that an English daily recently published a news item stating the registrar’s office had received a proposal from the state for granting tribal status to 30 communities, but the list did not include any community of the hills. 

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