Maintaining that his government was committed for welfare of Gorkha community, chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday said appropriate budget would be provided to construct a museum and Gorkha Community Bhawan at Dari near Dharamsala town in Kangra district.
“Apart from providing community services, this museum will also help in preserving the rich culture and legacy of the Gorkha community,” the chief minister said, while presiding over the 13th state-level Gorkha Kalyan Board meeting here.
Paying rich tributes to the Gorkha martyrs who laid down their lives for the sake of country, Virbhadra Singh said Gorkha people were known for their bravery and warriorship.
The CM directed the language and cultural department to provide money to complete showcase of late Master Mitrasen Thapa Museum at Totarani village near Dharamsala. He said that the community had been included in other backward classes (OBC) category in the state and they were being provided 12% and 18% reservation in direct recruitment to the various categories of posts. “To provide more government jobs and benefit of various development schemes to the OBCs, the state government has enhanced annual income of creamy layer from Rs 4.50 lakh to Rs 6 lakh,” the chief minister said.
Virbhadra directed the urban development department to provide permanent houses to the landslide affected families of Tihra Line village in Dharamsala.
“The government is considering opening a football academy here and all possible assistance will be provided in organising the annual sports tournaments of Gorkha people,” the chief minister added.
He said that two inches relaxation had already been provided in height and chest measurement to the youth of the Gorkha community in Sepoy recruitment in the state police department.
The chief minister also directed the revenue department to issue sub caste certificate to the community for enabling them to take benefit in army recruitment.
The CM added that eligible landless Gorkha families could apply to deputy commissioners concerned for getting three biswas of land in rural areas and two biswas in urban areas, while those living in the state for more than 30 years could also get 150 to 500 square meters of land for house construction in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, social justice and empowerment minister elaborated about various welfare schemes being run by the department.