Hon’ble Minister for Tribal Affairs
Government of India
Tribal Status for categories within Gorkha/Nepali-speaking community
Some tribes belonging to the Gorkha/Nepali community have already been granted Scheduled Tribe status. These include Kagatay, Yolmo, Sherpa, Lepcha, Tamang and Limbu tribes. Similarly, the government has recognized Kami, Damai and Sarki communities of the Gorkhas as Scheduled Castes.
There are many other categories within the Gorkha community. We request you to kindly take up the case of including all of them under the status of Scheduled Tribe or Scheduled Caste, as the case may be. We also request you to include these, as well as the already recognized ST/SC communities in various states of India, under the Central list of such categories.
We would like to respectfully reiterate here that the Nepali-speaking Gorkha community consists of ethnicities that are tribal by nature and have their own unique tribal languages, dialects, culture, traditions and history.
We hope, Sir, that you will take up the cause of the ethnic communities within the Gorkhas who have not been granted ST/SC status as soon as possible and help them access development measures that they desperate need to progress as a community.
President, Bhartiya Gorkha Parisangh