Demand to accord ST status to Kalita caste

 NEW DELHI, March 7 – Even as the Centre is still considering the demand for according Schedule Tribe status to the six communities in Assam comes a demand from BJP MP Ramen Deka to accord tribal Status to the Kalita community of Assam.Moving a notice under Rule 377 in the Lok Sabha today, Deka said the Kalita caste is an ethnic group of Hindus belonging to Assam. “Kalitas are original inhabitants of Assam with own culture and language. They played an active role in developing Assamese community socially and culturally,” he said.

“Due to demographic changes and other social pressure, Kalitas are about to lose their identity. In view of this I urge the government to accord tribal status to Kalita community,” Deka said.

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