Assam: “Gorkhas should be recognized as part of indigenous community in Assam”, says GACDC

Assam: “Gorkhas should be recognized as part of indigenous community in Assam”, says GACDC

GUWAHATI: The Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) will organize an Indigenous Gorkha Conclave in Guwahati to voice their demand for inclusion in the National Register of Citizens (NRC). They demand that the cut-off date in the Assam Accord for the detection and deportation of foreigners, March 25, 1971, should not be applied to them as they are indigenous to the state.

"We are hurt that the Gorkhas should be treated like the Bangladeshis. We plan to raise our voice against this at the September 9 conclave," said GACDC vice president Bhim Bahadur Rai on Monday. The conclave is being planned at the Veterinary College ground at Khanapara.

"Gorkhas should be recognized as part of the indigenous community in Assam without any discrimination," Rai added.

 Earlier, GACDC chairman Harka Bahadur Chetry undertook a 19-day march covering 600 km from Mukong Selek in Dhemaji district to Dispur to press for the demand that his community be included in the NRS as 'original inhabitants'.
The GACDC alleged that even though they have informed the NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela, so far they have not heard from them.
"We also sought a tripartite meeting with the state government and the representatives of the Union home ministry. Agriculture minister Atul Bora had given us assurance but we are yet to hear anything," Rai said.
Source: TNT News with inputs from Times of India
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