Showing posts with label Cast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cast. Show all posts

Hill Scheduled Caste community wants Development Boards

12:40 PM
8 Nov 2015: Demanding a development board, the Scheduled Caste community of the hills today organised a rally in Darjeeling and threatened to start an agitation that would include dharnas and indefinite hunger strikes. The Scheduled Caste community too wants a set-up on the lines of the Lepcha, Bhutia, Sherpa and Tamang communities which have been granted development boards by the Bengal government. Today, the community under the banner of the All India Nepali Scheduled Caste Association (AINSCA), took out a silent rally in Darjeeling town to highlight their demand. “We too want our community to develop like others in the hills. If the state government can establish so many boards, why not give one for our community? We have raised the issue with chief minister Mamata Banerjee and also submitted a memorandum to her during her last visit to the hills,” said Govind Narayan Lomzel, the AINSCA general secretary. He added, “We had also taken up the matter with GTA chief executive Bimal Gurung, but we were suggested to place the demand with the state government.”

The chief minister has also announced a board for the Mangar community would be formed soon, which has further antagonized the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha that rules the roost in the hills. Besides a development board for the community, the association also wants reservation for the community within the Gorkhaland Territorial.
Hill Scheduled Caste community wants Development Boards
File pic showing one of the Board chiefs
receiving cheque from Mamata
Administration, appointment of 204 teachers in high schools and higher secondary schools and implementation of a 100-point roster in the hills. “We make up 17.2 per cent of the hill population. In the GTA we do not have any reservation, which is why we want proper representation. Our educated youths remain unemployed and therefore we want the 204 teachers from our community to be given appointments in schools,” said Lomzel. The GTA has 45 elected and five nominated Sabhasads who run the affairs of the council and the Sabha.

Although the association has announced its decision to go on the agitation path, it has decided to wait and watch for the time being. “With regard to our three demands we are giving an ultimatum of one month after which we will hold programmes either in Delhi or in Darjeeling. Such programmes could be fast onto death or dharnas,” said Lomzel. When contacted, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said, “We support the demand of the Scheduled Caste community for reservation in the GTA and also appointment of the teachers. We have taken up the matter with the state government and will do so again tomorrow in the bipartite talk in Kolkata. As far as the demand for a development board is concerned, we believe all communities should get one.”


All India Nepali Schedule Caste Association GTA Reservation Demand - Threaten Agitation

11:56 AM

Writes: Vivek Chhetri

The All India Nepali Schedule Caste Association today threatened to launch a dharna at Nabanna and a hunger strike after that if the state failed to start the process of amending the GTA Act in a month to provide seat reservation for the community in the hill body.

Today, 1,000-odd members of the association brought out a silent rally from Darjeeling railway station to Chowrasta.

They also demanded a development board for the community and a 100-point roster system on GTA job reservation.

G.N. Lomjel, general secretary of the association, said: "One of our main demands is seat reservation. We would request the state to start the process by amending the GTA Act in a month failing which, we will stage a dharna at Nabanna. After that, we might sit for an indefinite hunger strike."

There are 45 elected seats in the GTA and none of them are reserved. The community did not have any reservation in the 28 elected seats of the erstwhile Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council as well.

"Seat reservation in the GTA must reflect our community's population in the hills which now stands at 17.5 per cent. We are deprived since 1988 (when DGHC was formed)," said association president R. Thatal. "If the GTA Act is not amended within the winter session, we are thinking of boycotting the coming elections," he said without elaborating.

"Our other demands include formation of a development board for the SC community and job reservation in the GTA. We will also write to the National Schedule Caste Commission," Thatal added.

Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri said: "We will raise the demand at the meeting in Calcutta tomorrow."

Source: Telegraph, Pic: Himalaya Darpan

Central OBC status for Dewan, Chettri, Bahun and Newar

9:54 PM
9 June, Gangtok : A public hearing for inclusion of Dewan, Bahun, Chettri and Newar communities of Sikkim in the Central OBC list was convened today under the auspices of the National Commission for Backward Classes, Government of India.
A public hearing for inclusion of Dewan, Bahun, Chettri and Newar communities of Sikkim in the Central OBC
A public hearing for inclusion of Dewan, Bahun, Chettri and Newar communities of Sikkim in the Central OBC
The communities who were well represented submitted their memoranda to the Commission. The representatives also placed before the Commission evidences to suggest their eligibility to the Central OBC category.

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.

Source: voiceofsikkim

GTA Delegation met Minister of Tribal Affairs for inclusion of 11 communities in ST list

7:46 PM
Darjeeling Shri S. S. Ahluwalia and GTA Delegation led by GJM chief Bimal Gurung met Minister of Tribal Affairs for inclusion of 11 communities in ST list.
Member of Parliament of Darjeeling Shri S. S. Ahluwalia along with the GTA Delegation led by Shri Bimal Gurung, Shri Rooshan Giri, Shri PT Ola and Shri Benoy Tamang paid a courtesy visit to Shri Jual Oram, Hon'ble Minister of Tribal Affairs.
 GTA Delegation met Minister of Tribal Affairs for inclusion of 11 communities in ST list
 GTA Delegation met Minister of Tribal Affairs for inclusion of 11 communities in ST list
The GJM delegation appraised the the Hon'ble Minister the immediate inclusion of 11 communities from Darjeeling and Dooars region Bhujel, Gurung, Mangar, Newar, Jogi, Khas, Rai, Sunwar, Thami, Yakhha (Dewan) and Dimal in the List of Schedule Tribes under the Government of India.
The delegation also submitted all necessary documents needed for the inclusion of these 11 communities in the ST list.
The delegation explained the Hon'ble Minister that the the demand of granting of tribal status to all the Gorkhas except Scheduled Caste was stated in the agreement of the Memorandum of Agreement of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration .
"I am happy to state that the Hon'ble Minister gave a very positive response to the above demand and we are confident that the 11 communities will be included in the ST list soon." Bimal Gurung

All India Newar Organisation demands schedule tribe status

10:30 AM
In an effort to preserve the community’s cultural practices, the All India Newar Organisation (AINO) today held a community ‘Bael Vivah’ (marriage with the Bael fruit) here at Dharmoday Vihar.

newari bel bibaha
Newari bel bibaha
Six minor girls were married off to the Bael fruit (Aegle Maraelos). Newari tradition mandates that minor girls of community must get married to the Bael fruit before they attain puberty. AINO secretary Yogbir Shakya informed that as per custom, girls between the age of five and 11 years are married to the Bael fruit as women who are married to the fruit are not considered as widows even if their husbands in life die.  Shakya stressed that such a practice proves the Newar community is tribal. The AINO secretary said the traditional practice of Bael Vivah and other unique customs of the community fulfill all the criteria for being granted ST status.

Citing another example, Shayka said: “The custom of marrying with fruit is also followed by a tribal community in Nagaland. Apart from that community, the Newar community is another that follows a similar custom. This is one of the key aspects defining tribal communities.”


Khas Bharatia Hitkari Sammellan organised youth awareness and cultural function

11:59 AM
Kalimpong - The Khas Bharatia Hitkari Sammellan today organized a youth awareness cum cultural function at Ramakrishna Rangamancha here with an aim to promote community culture among the young generation. The function was also seen as a platform to press for sixth schedule status for the community. The function was presided over by NK Kumai, while Kalimpong College Professor Dr. RP Dhakal was the chief guest.

Khas community members present at the function in Kalimpong on Sunday.
Khas community members present at the function
 in Kalimpong on Sunday.
The function saw huge participation of people coming from several places including Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Mirik and Kurseong. Addressing the people, former Professor at Kalimpong College and Khas community member Kumar Chettri said, “As clearly expressed by our traditions Khas community is a tribal community. Our daily life style and cultural background prove this fact.” The function was also addressed by community leaders like Dr. RP Dhakal, Manoj Parajuli, Tanka Chettri, SP Upreti and Binay Nepal among others. The function was also marked by performances of cultural dances and music.

Source : EOI

Khas intensify schedule tribe (ST) status struggle

10:13 AM
In an effort to intensify its struggle for schedule tribe status, the Khas Janajati Mahasangh has undertaken the task of forming unit committees in several places in Kalimpong. As part of the process the organization today formed a branch committee at Nokdara in Lava after holding a meeting at Rampuri Mandir premises here. The meeting was attended by organization’s Gorubathan president Durga Bahaduri Thakuri, Kalimpong sub-divisional committee president Mahendra Budathoki and assistant secretary Sibhu Chettri along with members of 85 Thakuri families of the region.

Khas intensify schedule tribe (ST) status struggle
Khas community 

Ashok Thakuri and Bhim Bhadur Chettri have been elected to the posts of president and secretary respectively for the new unit committee. Besides forming the unit committee the meeting also discussed about organizational activities in demand of ST status for the Khas community.


Tamang Youth Association to host Tamang National Convention in Mirik

Mirik - The Tamang Youth Association will host the Tamang National Convention in Mirik on 20th and 21st of January, where CM Mamata Banerjee is expected to announce the formation of Tamang Development Council. Informing about the matter Association’c chief advisor Raju Blon said, “On the first day, a resolution on Tamang Development Council will be adopted and on the following day the resolution will be presented to the Chief Minister.”

Tamangs demands for Tamang Development Council
Tamangs demands for Tamang Development Council

Asserting that the presence of the CM on the second day of the convention has almost been fixed, Blon said the organization will press for the formation of TDC. It has been informed the two day function will be attended by over 5000 members of the Tamang community. 


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