Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday assure Gorkha community will not face any kind of discrimination in name of citizenship.
While, attending the 27th Triennial Kendriya Adhiveshan of Asom Gorkha Sammelan in Baksa district, Sarma stated, “We are grateful to the Gorkha community for their role in securing our Assamese identity and interests. They form an indispensable part of the greater Assamese society. We will ensure they do not face any harassment.”
“Members of the community who live in Assam are Indian citizens because they are historically rooted in this land, said CM.
“Gorkha will no longer be labeled as illegal immigrants or outsiders. Gorkhas’ D-voter tags should be erased so they can exercise their right to vote,” Sarma said.
Earlier, the Cabinet decided not to prosecute Gorkha community members under the Citizenship Act and to withdraw all charges against community members from foreigners’ tribunals, added Sarma.
Chief minister further added that the Assam Cabinet has decided to issue caste certificates for students from class 9 onwards to SC, ST, OBC and MOBC, which include the Gorkha community’s student as well.
The Gorkha Development Council will be empowered and a community development action plan will be developed. A total of Rs 25 crore has been set aside for this purpose, said Sarma.