From a Correspondent
New Delhi, Dec 12: Asserting that Sikkim is an example for other Indian States, DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on Tuesday assured a delegation of 11 communities from Sikkim of taking effective steps for according Scheduled Tribe status.
“I will take up the issue with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs,” Dr Singh said, while appreciating the contribution made by the communities.
The delegation included representatives of communities— Rai, Mangar, Gurung, Thami, Bhujel, Jogi, Sanyasi, Giri, Newar, Khas (Bhawn and Chettri) and Dewan (Yakha).
The delegation also discussed various related issues such as their representation in the State Assembly, reservation in jobs, income tax exemption, et al.
The delegation also gave a presentation on history, geography and other matters related to Sikkim and their communities.
“Prime Minister rendra Modi accords high priority to the northeastern region. He has also visited Sikkim. The State has been declared ‘Organic State’ by the government. Sikkim is the first State to be declared as an ODF State,” he added.
Singh also said that the GDP and literacy rate of the State are also very high.
“Sikkim has excelled in the field of tourism as well. Due to these reasons, Sikkim has set an example which needs to be followed by other States,” he said.
After giving a patient hearing to the delegation from Sikkim, Dr Singh said that it is the responsibility of the government to see that all sections of the society get due justice.