Ranchi: A report submitted by the Tribal Research & Cultural Institute (TRI) has surprisingly revealed that communities like Bhuiyan, Khatori, Ghatvaar, Bhuiyan-Ghatwal, Periyar and Kadar do not deserve to be included under the ST/ SC category.

The report further stated that living style, food habits and behaviour of these communities bear no coherence with SC/ STs Communities.

The State government by putting a stamp on the report submitted by TRI, a body that conducts special research on ST and SC communities in Jharkhand, has decided to forward it to the Centre.

Although this matter was discussed during the Winter Session of the state assembly, nothing concrete was decided on it.

TRI in its report has specified that these communities are extremely neglected on socio-economic and political fronts, but they cannot be labeled as untouchables. Since they lack primitive features and specific culture, they cannot be even put under the Tribal communities.

The then Minister for Welfare, Arjun Munda on July 21, 2006 had taken initiative to bring these communities under the ST group. Even at the time of President’s Rule in the state, the then Welfare Secretary Aditya Swaroop on August 29, 2009 had approved the TRI report for further consideration and had sent it to the then Advisor to the Governor, TP Sinha.

Meanwhile, the Union Tribal Ministry has asked the Welfare Department to submit its report on the inclusion of these communities under the ST/ SC group.

JPN/Bureau