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All India Kirati Khambu Rai Association, Delhi NCR Delegation meet Minister Ahluwalia

New Delhi : A Delegation led by Bandana Rai, Vice President, AIKKRA, a nationally registered organisation for Kirat Khambu Rai which has been struggling for age-old demand for ST status since its inception, along with Raj Kumar Rai, President and Binay Khambu Rai, Gen. Secy, both from organisation's Delhi NCR on 3rd of Aug 2016 visited Parliament House in traditional attire to felicitate Shri S.S. Ahluwalia on his appointment as a Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and also for being the first ever minister from Darjeeling constivency. He was elected as a Member of Parliament in 2014 from Darjeeling constaituency.

In the meeting, the delegation discussed on various issues related to Tribal Status to be granted to 11 groups of Indo-Nepali (Gorkha) community under Article 342 of the Constitution based on the speech imparted by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dated on 07/04/2016 at Madrihat in the North Bengal Dooars tea belt. Bandana Rai asked the minister if he is going to discuss about this issue in current session. The honourable minister told her that he will raise the issue in Parliament once the complete report on the ST status is submitted by the committee constituted to examine and recommend on the issue of granting ST status to 11 groups of Gorkha community as per the letter dated 2nd Apr 2016 by the concerned ministry together with Sikkim and other states.

She also informed him about the reformation of Mahasangh, a committee who is going to work for all 11 communities wherein elected members from AIKKRA will also be participating actively along with herself from Delhi to which Shri SS Ahluwaliaji expressed his happiness and asked to expedite the work. He further said that he will speak with GTA Chief in this regard and submit the consolidated memorandum of all communities to the Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Joel Oram. In the mean time the honourable minister has advised all 11 communities to prepare a ground work so that everything falls in proper order as the whole process will undergo intensive government procedure. He further assured that the Prime Minister is definitely going to keep his word.

The conversation had taken place in a healthy atmosphere, wherein the newly nominated Minister of State, stated that …his wife is more interested on Gorkha issues than himself as she always says people of Darjeeling made him MP of Lok Sabha for the first time and he should work hard and bring about the necessary achievements to fulfill the aspirations of the humble and sincere people of the hills.  After the parliament session, the Minister will be visiting Darjeeling and will meet the Khambus as waell.

Bandana Rai said that they will be meeting various designated ministers, MPs and other officials, will ensure follow ups and keep working in Delhi for Gorkha community as a whole too. AIKKRA is an organisation totally focused on grassroots which so rightly goes with the preamblde - for the people, by the people and of the people. Therefore, anyone who tries to hinder the positive initiation and ruin the healthy atmosphere whosoever, is a seeker of personal attention, a threat to Khambu's progress and an enemy to peace loving Khambu hence should be dealt with by the masses themselves in a befitting manner. Let the grassroot be the better judge.

We are living in the world of technology and we want only development and upgradation. Delay, unrest and dillusion caused by irresponsible comments in social media by such social parasites will not be tolerated at any cost. Although Bandana Rai has been elected as a Media/Information/Cultural secretary of the Mahasangh from Delhi but she will start working only after the formation of the core team and after receiving directions from the President of Mahasangh. Shanti Rai, Bhaktaman Rai, Sujit Rai, Shiva Rai, Manju Rai and Bhumika Rai were other members of delegation.

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