Panaji: A delegation led by Goa Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant called on Minister for Tribal Welfare Arjun Munde demanding inclusion of the Gouly-Dhangar community in the Schedule Tribe category.
Munda has assured to take up the issue and discuss on priority with Home Minister Amit Shah.
In a long and detailed discussion, Minister for Tribal is convinced and assured to include the Gouly-Dhangar community in the ST category.
He expressed his exasperation and displeasure for having the issue pending for the last 30 yrs even after being the most deserving community.
The Union Minister was informed that the State proposal has been rejected by the Union Home Ministry’s Registrar of India.
The delegation comprised of Deputy Chief minister Chandrakant Kavlekar, Speaker of Goa Assembly Rajesh Patnekar, Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar, Minister for Social Welfare Milind Naik, Minister for PWD Shri. Deepak Prabhu Pawaskar, Advisor-Consultant N D Agarwal, Dr. Janu Zore, Dr. Rajan Lambor, Dr. Shantaram Surme, Shri. B D Mote and Chandrakant Shinde.
The delegation will now be meeting Home Minister Amit Shah.