Delegation to assess if Trans Giri region can be declared Scheduled Tribe area


A high-level Central government delegation headed by Registrar General of India Mr Sailesh Kumar would visit Trans Giri Area of Sirmaur District during Feb or March 2018 to assess the genuineness and legal viability to declare the Entire Trans Giri area as a Scheduled Tribe area. Seeking Tribal status to Trans Giri on analogy of adjoining Jaunsar area in Uttrakhand said Virender Kashyap member Parliament who held detailed discussions with the Registrar General of India and pleaded for early declaration of 127 panchayats with around 3 lakh population in Trans Giri area of Sirmour District as Scheduled areas to meet the long pending genuine demands of Hattee Community.

Mr Kashyap today submitted a letter to Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi and requested him to intervene in the matter or immediate redressal of genuine grievances of Hattee Community which has been deprived of their legal rights since last 50 years by successive State and Central governments.

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He said that while adjoining Jaunsar Area of Uttrakhand state having similar geographical and topographical condition has been declared as Scheduled Tribe area in 1967 while the Trans Giri area residents are living in much tougher terrain and difficult conditions have been left out despite several promises made to them by respective State and Central governments due to weak Congress political leadership in Himachal Pradesh which could not lobby for similar status.

He told that vast area of Sirmour District beyond the Giri River has remained backwards and not seen any concept of development or progress even after 60 years of Independence due to neglect by successive Congress governments in the State. He told that Trans Giri area fulfils all eligibility conditions laid down by the Lokur Committee for declaring it as Scheduled Area. “These areas people have been living in difficult mountainous terrain and suffered social economic backwardness and therefore fully deserved to be notified as Scheduled Tribes,” he added.

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