Ranchi, Nov 24: The Jharkhand government approved the proposal to recommend to the union government to provide tribal status to the castes Kurmi and Ghatwar.
The Cabinet, chaired by the Chief Minister Arjun Munda decided to recommend Kurmi/Kudmi (Mahto) of the whole Chotangpur region of Jharkhand and Ghatwar caste in the north Chotanagpur and Santhal Pargana areas to the Centre for inclusion in the list of scheduled tribes, Cabinet secretary Aditya Swaroop told the media here.
The caste Kurmi/Kudmi (Mahto) figure in the scheduled caste list of 1913, swaroop said and added their tribal status had been removed in the 1950 list.
"The reason behind the omission of the caste from the list is not yet known," he said.
Some castes -- Namah-Sudra, Chandravansi (Kahar), Biar, Khetori, Kolh (Teli) -- have also been recommended to suitably include in the list of schedule tribe or schedule caste, he said and added the tribal research institute has been asked to provide details of over a dozen other castes to ascertain their status.
Welcoming the decision Road Construction Minister Sudesh Mahto, one of the leaders instrumental in demanding the tribal status, told reporters that after a long struggle the Kurmi population got justice.