Bengal appoints first woman graduate from Toto community

Last Updated: Mon, May 27, 2013 13:40 hrs

Kolkata, May 27 (IANS) The first woman graduate from the endangered Toto community in West Bengal will be appointed a social worker in a government department, a minister announced Monday.

Rita Toto will be appointed in the state's Backward Classes Welfare Department, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said.

Terming the decision as "historic", Chatterjee said it will help her to serve her own community.

The Toto community, which is facing near extinction, now has a strength of 1,346 people.

Rita Toto is a graduate in humanities stream. The daughter of a bank employee, she hails from Jalpaiguri district.

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