|A public hearing for inclusion of Dewan, Bahun, Chettri and Newar communities of Sikkim in the Central OBC|
The Chairman and members of the NCBC put forth pertinent questions to each of the communities.
Later, addressing a press conference, Chairman NCBC Justice Mr. V. Eswaraiah stated that a community can be granted a special status only if it is socially and educationally backward, with occupation as the criteria. The Chairman however maintained that the Government of Sikkim has made several representations to the Central Government seeking OBC status for these four left out communities citing geographical, social, cultural and economical uniqueness of the State.
The Chairman added that the Commission has recorded the submissions made in today's public hearing, and have received written representations from each of the communities. He said that the Commission will deliberate on them and make a collective conscious decision.
Meanwhile, the Chairman lauded the developmental model of the State and labeled the State as a trend setter for others to emulate.
Earlier the welcome and key note address was delivered by Chairperson SCBC Mr. T.N.Sharma. The programme concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Member Secretary SCBC Mr. R. Telang.
The programme was attended by members of the NCBC Mr. A.K. Saini, Mr. S.K. Karvathan, and Dr. Shakeel-uz-Zaman Ansari, Chairperson State Commission for Backward Classes Mr. T.N. Sharma, Chairperson OBC Board Mrs. Manita Mangar, Member Secretary SCBC and Secretary Social Justice Department Mr. R. Telang, Members SCBC, representatives from the four communities, and representatives from various other associations.