New Delhi, December 14: Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang , attended the Akhil Sikkim Chettri Bahun Kalyan Sangh (ASCBKS) cultural programme as the Chief Guest in Gangtok.

Khas people popularly known as Khas Arya are an Indo-Aryan ethno-linguistic group native to the Himalayan region of South Asia, what is now present-day Nepal, Indian states of Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Sikkim.

The celebration saw myriad of cultural dance forms and songs about the Khas community.

Chief Minister P.S Tamang thanked the Khas community and congratulated them on the foundation laying ceremony of Khas Bhawan, which he said will very soon be extended from 2,600 sq. ft to 6,000 sq. ft.

He requested the community members to utilise the Bhawan premises to generate revenue, enabling self-sustenance. He highlighted various schemes provided by the Government to assist the Khas students in their education financially.

Talking about the recent developments of the tribal status of 12 left-out communities, the Chief Minister said that the present Government aims to provide tribal status to these communities by enacting a Government bill in the Legislative Assembly.

He requested all the communities to unite and take Sikkim forward. Further, he said that his administration would leave no stone unturned in getting a traditional Bhawan for each community in Sikkim. Lastly, he gave his best wishes to all the communities of Sikkim and assured to assist all in every way possible.

The day saw the presence of Speaker SLA, Arun Upreti, Deputy Speaker SLA, Sangay Lepcha, Cabinet Ministers, Area MLAs, Political Secretary to CM, Chairpersons, Advisors, HoDs of various line departments, members of ASCBKS and the general public.

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