Union tribal affairs minister urged to give ‘Jhoidia’ community ST status

Bhubaneswar: Demanding inclusion of the Jhodia community in the scheduled tribe (ST) list, a memorandum was submitted to the Union tribals affair minister Jual Oram by a delegation of Paroja Samaj of Kashipur under Rayagada district.

Later, the leader of the delegation Makaranda Muduli informed the media that the Union minister had assured them that the Jhodia community would be included in the ST list in six months. He further stated that they have been running from pillar to post seeking fulfilment of their long standing demand, and even boycotted 2009 general elections and panchayat polls in 2012. But all their prayers and pleadings yielded no result, Muduli sighed.