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ST status: Talks in progress

A group of six ethnic communities are hunkering down with the Centre on Thursday in New Delhi to arrive at a conclusion on the ST status.

Accompanied by Union sports minister Sarbanadan Sonowal,  tribal affairs minister Jural Ornam talked to the ethnic leaders at 11 in the morning which ended at 1 in the afternoon.

The ethnic leaders remained firm on their demands while the Union ministers assured them of steps to ensure ST status for six communities. The meeting assumes significance amid an escalating demand from the existing ST people to stop the move.

The ethnic leader are scheduled to meet Union home minister Rajnath Singh in the evening.

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