Tripartite meeting held on Gorkhaland
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 9, 2010
New Delhi, Sept 7 (PTI) In a bid to solve the Gorkhaland issue in Darjeeling hills of West Bengal, a tripartite meeting was held here today discussing subjects, departments and territory which are expected to be handed over to a proposed interim authority in the area.
The meeting between the officials of Central and West Bengal governments and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, leading an agitation for a separate state, discussed the legislative power to be given to the proposed authority and the tea gardens to be included there, sources said.
They also discussed whether the authority would have all nominated members or elected and how many members would comprise the interim body.
Sources said the proposed Darjeeling Regional Authority is likely to be put in place for the Gorkhas in Darjeeling ahead of next year”s assembly polls in West Bengal.
Top government sources said the central and West Bengal governments were working on the subjects and departments which are expected to be handed over to the interim authority.
Another round of talks will take place next month.
The term of the current West Bengal Assembly ends in May 2011.
Sources said both the central and the state governments favoured limiting the proposed Darjeeling Regional Authority to just the hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong.
Since its inception in 2007, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has been demanding a separate Gorkhaland state that includes the Siliguri subdivision of Darjeeling district in the plains and contiguous areas in neighbouring Jalpaiguri district. PTI ACB