Namchi January 9 (IPR): Three member committee constituted by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India to examine and recommend regarding granting of Scheduled Tribe status to the eleven left out communities of the state visited Nizrameng today. The delegates who are on a two day official tour of the state comprised of Mrs. Meera Ranjan Tshering, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs,who is also the Chairperson of the Committee, Mr Gopal Sadhwani, Director,Ministry of Tribal Affairs, also the Member Secretary, Prof. Soumendra M. Patnaik, Vice Chancellor of Utkal University as the member, alongwith officials of Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare department, Government of Sikkim.
The visit was basically for the purpose of understanding, examining and to study the socio-economic conditions of the eleven left out communities of the State.
During the last leg of their visit, the delegates met and interacted with the members of the communities and enquired upon the various rituals, customs, traditions, cultures, food habits, language of these communities.
It may be mentioned here that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the nodal Ministry for overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes for development of Scheduled Tribes.