Members of two groups living in Gorkha first registered as separate ethnic communities in the ongoing 12th national census.
Members of the Chumba and Nubri ethnic groups, who live in the Chum and Nubri valleys of Gorkha use “Lama” as their surname, were listed as members of the Tamang community in the previous census. This time they enlisted as Chum and Nubri and in the same way as their tongue.
This came after local youth groups campaigned to raise awareness of the issue, said Wanchuk Rapten of the Kimolung Foundation. “We have been running door-to-door campaigns to make sure the Chum and Nubri enlist in the right way,” he added. “We also used social media and the phone to raise awareness. He hopes the latest census will establish their identity as distinct from the Tamang people.
Local residents feel comfortable because most of the enumerators registered for the census are from both communities, said Pema Gyalbo Lama, a resident of Nubri. “We understood that people in other areas will not understand our feelings. This is why members of the same community were mobilized as enumerators, ”he said. “Even if some illiterate people find it difficult to give out their contact details, investigators will help them to do so,” he added.
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“The Central Bureau of Statistics did not assign any particular code to facilitate the registration of the two communities as separate ethnic groups,” he added. “The district office told us they would look into the matter,” he added.
“They are a distinct ethnic group. But due to an error, they were counted as Tamang, ”said Mahendra Prasad Dhungana, head of the district census committee. “Even if we have not assigned separate codes to the two groups, the census office will do what is necessary,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Gurung and Ghale communities of Dharche have inscribed “Good” as their religion. In the past, they were listed as followers of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity. “We are Good guys and we want to make sure we are counted that way,” activist Tek Bahadur Gurung said.
The national census, which takes place every 10 years, takes place from November 11 to 25. Up to 40,000 enumerators and 8,016 superintendents have been assigned to this task.
The Central Bureau of Statistics has put in place mechanisms from the federal level down to the district level to carry out the census this year. District census offices have been set up in all 77 districts, with 10 additional offices in the most populous districts. Likewise, 349 census offices at the local level have been established at the local level.