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Gorkha Welfare Sociey was formed in New Delhi
The Gorkha youth of residing in New Delhi has recently formed an organisation called Gorkha Welfare Society. According to a report, they have started this noble cause at a time where there is a dearth of community welfare NGOs for the ethnic Nepalis in the heart of India. Gorkha Welfare Society has been formed in Delhi by the Gorkhas youths from Darjeeling and north eastern states who are the Indian residents.
The aims and objects as follows:
In-Depth Citizenship Issues plague Nepali speaking Indians too WHO YOU? The MNIC has led to bonafide Indian citizens being clubbed with other illegal migrants’ citizenship Identity Crisis
- by Jyoti Thapa Mani
KIRTI SINGH BIST, DEVENDRA GUSAIN AND KULDIP Singh Rana are among 48 residents of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand who, despite holding identity cards issued by the Election Commissioner of India, have been categorized as foreigners and have had their ration cards cancelled by the district supply officer.
Why? Because they speak the Nepali language.
In neighboring Pithoragarh district, in village Darim-Khola,
Karam Chandra Baral, a fifth-generation Indian domicile
resident (whose ancestors came from Nepal), owns a portion of
land duly registered and mutated in his name. However, he
cannot build his house
The Treaty of 1860 returned the Terai lowlands to Nepal. And
then came the 1950 Treaty. Today, Nepal performs the role of
The free flow of people between the two countries has created another problem. There are millions of people of Nepalese origin living in India for decades and vice versa, who do not posses either Indian or Nepali citizenship papers. They face dissolution of their property, non-grant of ration cards or even pensions, alongside the trauma of suddenly being categorised as illegal migrants.
It seems like the 1950 Treaty, though still existent on paper, has ceased to be functional on I the ground, leading to harassment of vulnerable people by exploiters, land-grabbers, and politicians playing ethnic games.
First General meeting of Gorkha Welfare Society
March 09, 2008: A general body meeting of Gorkha Welfare Society was held at Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, wherein Gorkhas from different parts of the county joined hands for a common purpose of creating social awareness among the Gorkha community. This is the first time that a Gorkha Welfare Society is being proposed to be made in the capital – New Delhi representing and for the welfare of Gorkhas from all India.
Col. Ramesh Ale, from Kalimpong presided the meeting wherein he described this meet as a historical meet as Gorkhas from different parts of country were present to discuss the social and educational upliftment of our community.
Mr. Binu Sundas, a research scholar in HIV from J.N.U. extended his unconditional help for admission in colleges and other educational matters. He also extended his help to set up a Gorkha Help Desk at the time of admission in different colleges in Delhi just as the North Eastern students have a help desk.
Ms. Jyoti Thapa Mani, Design Director, Business Words, and Gorkha Heritage Research Scholar gave a brief introduction about Gorkha history and extended her selfless help for the upliftment of Gorkha community. She also emphasized highlighting the developmental and importance of Darjeeling in International media.She suggested that the Gorkha Welfare Society could take up the matter of neglect of Darjeeling Hills and the world heritage sites in and around Darjeeling to help the inhabitants of Darjeeling which are mostly Gorkhas. In particular she emphasized highlighting.
1. Darjeeling Railways, a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO 'The first and only world heritage site in North – Eastern India.
2. Site of world famous "Darjeeling Tea" .
3. Proposed World Heritage Site for "Kanchenjunga National Park"
Rashmi Dewan, Deputy General Manager, Reliance Energy, suggested organizing cultural programs and sports activities so that more of our youth get recognition and the Gurkhas are seen not just as "guards". We should promote/sponsor and help scout talent amongst out youth and give them a platform to showcase their talents.
The Gorkha Society should also honour and highlight the achievements of Gorkhas in our community who are doing great work eg – Ms.Jyotsna Sitling - IFS (Forest Services) recipient of Ms. Jyotsna Sitling getting the Indira Gandhi Parayavaran Awards for environment protection in the individual category this year for her work in preserving the bio-diversity of the Valley of Flowers. (You can google for Jyotsna Sitling & get her details.)
Also talk about and recognize the playwright who has just last year won the National Award for his script. We need to have funds to be able to promote and help deserving candidates.
It was decided that the Gorkha Welfare Society will soon get registered in order to make it a legal entity Mr. Mahendra Gautam has kindly consented to help with the paper work regarding the registration.
With the consent of about 83 members present the following members were handed the following responsibilities on ad-hoc basis.
Managing Partner,Connect Pro Management Consultants,Delhi
Advisor: Col. Ramesh Aley, Rashmi Dewan, General Manager, Reliance Energy
Jyoti Thapa, Design Director, Business Words, and Gorkha Heritage Research Scholar
Samdup Wangi (Sandy),Govt. Employee, Swaroop Chamling,London, U.K.
Primula Bhandari,Director,Reliance Insurance, North Bengal Region.
Nisha Chettri,Free lance Photographer,Mahendra Gautam,Retention Manager,Vodafone, Delhi,
Executive Body: Niel Rana,Kiran Rai,Raju Chettri,Roshan Sundas,Kamal Pradhan,Samir Joshi,
Bishal Rai 'Kirath'
Contributors to Gorkha Welfare Society
1. 1. Jyoti Thapa Mani- Rs.1000/- 2. Y.K. Shrestra-Rs.1500/-
3. 3.Nisha Chettri- Rs.151/- ,4. Manendra Gautam -Rs.300/-
5. 5.Ramesh Pradhan -Rs.301/- ,6. Bishal Rai-Rs.302/-
7. 7. Kiran Rai-Rs.302/- ,8. Kavita Raya - Rs.150/-
9. 8. D. Limboo-Rs.100/- ,10. Rickey Chettri -Rs.200/-
11. 11.Manohar Chettri-Rs.101/- ,12. Sandeep Thapa - Rs.100/-
13. 13.Prakash Biswakarma-Rs.300/- ,14. Col. Ramesh Aley-Rs.200/-
15. Niraj Bharti-Rs. 100/- ,Rashmi Dewan- Rs.1500/-
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