close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Bureaucrat-level talks on Darjeeling on May 11

With bureaucrat-level talks on the Gorkhaland issue scheduled for May 11 in Delhi, the West Bengal government on Wednesday said it wanted a constitutional status for the proposed alternative administrative framework in the hills.



Kolkata: With bureaucrat-level talks on the
Gorkhaland issue scheduled for May 11 in Delhi, the West
Bengal government on Wednesday said it wanted a constitutional status
for the proposed alternative administrative framework in the
hills replacing the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council.
"The new set-up must enjoy a constitutional status to
make it strong," Urban Development Minister and Siliguri MLA
Ashok Bhattacharya told reporters after a meeting with Chief
Secretary Ardhendu Sen and Home Secretary Samar Ghosh on the
matter.

At a tripartite meeting in August last year, the Centre
had agreed to abolish the DGHC and work for setting up an
alternative administrative framework in the hills.

GJM chief Bimal Gurung had made several demands ranging
from a separate high court to a body similar to the Assembly
in the interim arrangement for the hills, though he had been
careful to keep police out of the purview of the set-up.

On January 28, Gurung had reportedly sent a "secret
document" to the Centre seeking only Gorkha-dominated areas of
the hills and the Dooars instead of its earlier demand for
inclusion of the entire Jalpaiguri district and the Siliguri
sub-division under the authority of the interim council.
Bhattacharya said the state government was for limiting
authority of the proposed council within the hill
sub-divisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong. This was
also the Centre`s view, he said.

PTI

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions