Dhangars can benefit from the advantages under EWS until the given ST status: Phal Dessai | Goa News

Margao: Social Welfare Minister Subhash Phal Dessai advised Dhangar community to enjoy benefits of Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category until they are included in Scheduled Tribe category .
Speaking at a reception hosted by the Lingayat Gawali community, Phal Dessai said that as most of the Dhangars in Goa are financially backward, it would be in the interest of things for them to take advantage of government schemes, including including booking benefits, intended for the EWS category. .
Phal Dessai also urged the Dhangar community to be proud of their tribe. “There is no reason to be ashamed of belonging to a community in which one was born. We should be proud of our community. By forming an association, you have lit the flame of the revolution. Let it stay ignited,” said Phal Dessai.
Association President Milan Chavan in her address highlighted the educational and economic backwardness of the community and urged the government to take action to ensure that the Dhangar samaj is not deprived of their basic needs.
The Dhangar community of Goa has been clamoring for ST status for a long time. Last year, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda to discuss the inclusion of the community in the ST category.
In June 1999, the government had approved the procedures for deciding cases of inclusion, exclusion and other changes in the list of SCs and STs. Indications of primitive traits, distinctive culture, geographic isolation, shyness of contact with the community as a whole, and backwardness were the criteria adopted by RGI to determine the tribal character of a community.
Goa Dhangars had fought alongside Gawdas, Kunbis and Velips to demand their inclusion in the ST category. After a long battle, the Gauda, ​​Kunbi and Velip communities were granted constitutional status as Notified Tribes of Goa in 2003, but the Dhangars have since been left out.

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Richard V. Johnson