BGP Sukhman Moktan
Sukhman Moktan, national president, BGP, speaking at Gandhi Bhawan, Silchar, Barak Valley, Assam at NE Zonal Organisational meet on Sunday. Image credit - Northeast Now

To ensure constitutional safeguard to the Gorkhas in Assam, the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha (BGP) has demanded declaration of the community as an indigenous community of the state.

The demand has been raised at a time when talks are going on to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord for safeguarding the indigenous communities in Assam.

Speaking at Gandhi Bhawan in Silchar on the sidelines the BGP NE Zonal Organisational camp, BGP national president Sukhman Moktan said, “Gorkhas are an Indian indigenous community.”

“So, the government of Assam should notify Gorkhas as an indigenous community of Assam through Gazetted notification as soon possible so that during the implementation of Clause 6 Assam Accord, the constitutional rights including land rights of Gorkhas are protected,” said Mokta.

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A joint representation was submitted by Assam’s Gorkha civil society groups including BGP to the empowered committee formed by the union home ministry for implementation of Clause 6 of Assam Accord and categorize Gorkhas as indigenous, and ensure constitutionals rights to them, the BGP said in a press release.

Moktan further appealed to the Gorkhas across Northeast and the rest of India to write Gorkha in the community segment and mention Nepali/Gorkha Bhasa in the language segment nationwide during National Population Register (NPR) and 2021 Census.

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BGP is a national federation and socio-cultural organisation of Indian Gorkhas with pan-India presence.

The BGP NE Zonal Organisational camp is being hosted by the Barak Valley BGP where seven state committees presented activity reports along with issues and concerns.

Jagganath Koirala, the president of NE Zone, BGP, presided over the meet and Lakpa Lama, secretary, BGP Zone, moderated the session.

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The welcome address was delivered by Pradip Rai, president, Barak Valley BGP. The Barak Valley Bharatiya Gorkha Mahila Parisangha with 36 members was formed on Saturday at Silchar.

National president Sukhman Moktan attended the meet as Chief Guest and secretary-general Nirmal Kumar Pun was present as the appointed speaker.

While Dr. Poonam Subba, national convenor, Bharatiya Gorkha Mahila Parisangha, the women cell of BGP, spoke on the ‘Role of women in community organisation and women empowerment’, Nanda Kirati Dewan, national secretary (youth affairs), BGP, spoke on ‘Youth as changemaker and role as media & community relations managers.

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