Meghalaya govt to revoke ST stutus from Bhong tribe

Shillong, Mar 7 (PTI) Meghalaya government today announced that it would revoke the order granting schedule tribe status to Bhong community following protest by six organizations here. Chief Secretary W M S Pariat made the statement after members of joint action committee of six social organizations observed an hunger strike here in protest against granting schedule tribe status to the Bhong community here. Working President of the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP), Joe Lyttan told this to reporters after a meeting with the chief secretary. Lyttan claimed that Bhong community, staying in Ri Bhoi district, originally belonged to Assam and should not be considered as tribal of Meghalaya.