Showing posts with label Binay Tamang. Show all posts
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No Gorkhaland, Nor the Sixth: Binay Pleads the Fifth

7:59 PM

Neither Gorkhaland nor Sixth Schedule status. The current lot of politicians in Darjeeling Hills have now raised the demand for inclusion of the region in the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution.

Binay Tamang, the president of a faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) that enjoys the backing of the state government, yesterday said that the party has decided to press for inclusion of entire north Bengal in the Fifth Schedule.

“In our party’s foundation day, it has been resolved that GTA areas and the rest of north Bengal should be declared a Scheduled Area. This will help this economically backward region develop and, in turn, benefit all the communities living here,” Tamang, who also happens to the chairman of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), today told reporters at Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri.

Tamang was in Delhi yesterday to participate in a demonstration against the BJP-led Centre’s alleged double standards as regards the Gorkhaland demand. The demonstration, however, was cancelled as Delhi Police withdrew the permission at the last moment.

“They allege that there is no democracy in Darjeeling. But it is in Delhi where democracy is being trampled. At the phone call of BJP minister SS Ahluwalia, Delhi Police did not allow us to hold the demonstration,” he said, adding that the party later held the foundation day meeting at Vasant Vihar in the Capital.

“If Gujarat and nine other states can have Scheduled Area, why not north Bengal? After Deepavali, we will hold a series of protest rallies and meetings in Delhi to press for this,” Tamang added.

Under the provisions of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution, Scheduled Area is treated differently from the other areas because they are inhabited by socially and economically backward aboriginals and special efforts need to be made to improve their condition.

The entire set of normal administrative machinery is a state is not extended to a Scheduled Area, and the Central government shoulders a greater responsibility for its overall development.

There are Scheduled Areas in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh

[Via: Newsmen]

Term of GTA2 Board of Administrators extended by 6 months

4:27 PM
Amitava Banerjee

Darjeeling: The term of the Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, has been extended for another six months.

A notification from the Home and Hill Affairs department, government of Bengal on September 15 stated that an Authority (read Board of Administrators) was appointed under the provision of Section 65(b) of the GTA Act 2011, to exercise, discharge and perform all the powers, duties and functions of the GTA.
Term of GTA2 Board of Administrators extended by 6 months

"The said Authority has been functioning as the Caretaking Authority of the GTA in terms of that notification. And holding of general election to re-constitute the GTA Sabha does not appear to be possible in the present situation" stated the notification.

 "The Governor, in terms of the relevant provision of Section 17(1) of the GTA Act 2011, is pleased to allow extension to the aforesaid Caretaking Authority of the GTA to function for a further period of six months with effect from 20-09-2018," read the notification. Incidentally, on September 20, 2017, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the formation of an administrative board to run the GTA with Binay Tamang as Chairman and Anit Thapa as the Vice-Chairman.

Via : www.millenniumpost.in

Bimal Gurung faction leader Suraj Subba arrested

8:49 PM
Suraj Subba, the former general secretary of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha's trade union, was arrested on Monday in connection with the 2017 June 8 clash that triggered the last round of the statehood agitation in the hills.

He was the general secretary of the Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union before Binay Tamang took charge of the Morcha.
Bimal Gurung faction leader Suraj Subba arrested

"Subba was directly involved in the incident that occurred on June 8, 2017 and in mobilisation (of supporters) to commit crimes during the agitation. He was arrested on Monday," said a police officer.

Once Binay Tamang took charge of the Morcha in November last year, Subba was removed from the post. He had been the general secretary of the union since the Morcha was formed in 2007.

Assistant public prosecutor Pankaj Prasad said Subba had been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

[Via:TT]

आसाममा १ लाख गोर्खाहरूको नाम मेटिएको घोर विरोध गर्दछौं -बिनय तामाङ

6:00 PM
नेशनल रेजिस्टर अफ सिटिजन मार्फत आसामका कूल ४० लाख मानिसहरूको नाम काटिएको छ भने उक्त ४० लाखमध्ये १ लाख गोर्खाहरूको नाम मेटिएको हामीलाई जानकारी प्राप्त भएको छ। गोर्खा जनमुक्ति मोर्चा आसामका ती सबा गोर्खाहरूलाई उक्त ट्राफ्ट फाइनल राफ्ट नरहेकोले फेरि पनि आफ्नो नागरिकता प्रमाणित गर्ने समय रहेको जनाउँदै पुनः आवेदन गर्ने अपील गर्दछौं।यति गरेर फाइनल ड्राफ्टमा पनि यदि कुनै वैध भारतीय गोर्खाहरूको नाम छुटिन गए प्रावधानअनुसार अन्य कानूनी प्रक्रियाहरू अप्नाउने दिशामा उनीहरूलाई गोर्खा जनमुक्ति मोर्चाले पूर्ण सहयोग गर्ने आश्वासन प्रदान गर्दछौं।



आसाममा भाजपा सरकारले शुरू गरेको एनआरसीको हामी घोर प्रतिवाद जनाउँदछौं। यो भाजपाको राजनैतिक स्वार्थप्रेरित पदक्षेप हो।

यसबाहेक पश्चिम बंगालमै पनि एनआरसी लागु गर्ने भाजपाको मनाशय रहेको छ। भाजपा पश्चिम बंगाल प्रभारी दिलीप घोषले पश्चिम बंगालमा पनि एनआरसी लागु गर्ने भाजपाको योजना रहेको बताइसकेका छन्।भाजपाले राजनैतिक स्वार्थ सिद्ध गर्न नै बंगालमा पनि एआरसी लागु गर्ने षड़यन्त्र बुनेका हुन्। यदि बंगालमा पनि एनआरसी लागु गरेको खण्डमा बंगालको उत्तरपूर्वी क्षेत्रमा बसोबासो गर्ने गोर्खाहरूलाई पनि आसामबाट झैं उच्छेद गर्ने षड़यन्त्र भाजपाद्वारा शुरू गर्ने हामीलाई शङ्का रहेको छ।बंगालका अल्पसंख्यक समुदायहरूको नाम मेटाएर बंगालको सत्ता हत्याउने ताकमा भाजपाले बंगालका अल्पसंख्यक समुदायको पनि नागरिक अधिकार हनन गर्ने सोच बनाइरहेको हामीलाई शङ्का भइरहेको छ।

आसाम अनि पश्चिम बंगालमामात्रै नभएर देशका अन्य कतिपय राज्यहरूमा पनि एनआरसी लागु गर्ने भाजपाको योजना रहेको छ। यदि भाजपाले यसो गरेको खण्डमा सम्पूर्ण देशमा नै साम्प्रदायिक हिँसा अनि दङ्गा- फसाद फैलिएर जाने पनि निश्चित रहेको छ। यसरी राजनैतिक स्वार्थसिद्ध गर्नुको निम्ति राष्ट्रको साम्प्रदायिक सद्भावना भत्काउनु तथा राष्ट्रिय सुरक्षामाथि प्रश्नचिह्न खड़ा गर्नु अति निन्दनीय कुरा हो। हामी यसको घोर विरोध गर्दछौं।

विनय तामाङ
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गोर्खा जनमुक्ति मोर्चा।

Mamata Banerjee to lay foundation of first state university in Darjeeling - Binay Tamang

6:37 PM

Vivek Chhetri, TT, Jul 14, 2018, Darjeeling: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will lay the foundation of a state university in Darjeeling next month, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration chief Binay Tamang said on Friday.

Tamang made the announcement at a GTA event to mark the 204th birth anniversary of Nepali poet Bhanubhakta Acharya here and said the varsity would be located at Mungpoo, 30km from Darjeeling town. The choice of Mungpoo has special significance: it is the place where Rabindranath Tagore stayed in the hills. It is now home to cinchona plantations.

"Chief minister Mamata Banerjee spoke to me (on Thursday). She told us she would lay the foundation of the state university in Mungpoo when she visits the hills next month," Tamang said on Friday.

The demand for a separate university has been an old one. The Tamang-led Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has long sought one. "The central university never came through but we are confident the state university will be functional from 2020," Tamang said.

EOI: Gorkhaland Territorial Adminstration chairman Binoy Tamang on Friday on the occasion of the Bhanubhakta Puruskar programme revealed the decision of the West Bengal government to set up a state university in Mungpo in Darjeeling.
Mungpo, incidentally, is full of memories of Rabindranath Tagore.
Tamang said he had a discussion with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the sidelines of the Tea Advisory Council (TAC) meeting at Uttarkanya in Siliguri on Thursday with the demand that was first raised by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha GJM after its formation in 2007. “Today is not the right forum, but still I would like to share good news with the people of the hills. I had a meeting with the Bengal CM on Thursday and raised the issue of a Central university for the hills, which has been a long standing demand. Ten years have gone but those who had raised it (in reference to his predecessor Bimal Gurung)
failed to achieve anything. But today I would like to announce that within a month the Chief Minister will be in the hills to lay the foundation stone for a state university in Mungpo,” Tamang said.
After the 104-day agitation and strike were withdrawn in September 27, 2017, the Bengal Chief Minister during a state function had announced that a state university would be established in the hills. She had directed the district administration to identify the land where the university would come up. “The issue of land was taken up during review meetings with the state government, district administration and the GTA. The Darjeeling district administration had identified a land in Mungpo where the state university will be set-up,” Tamang said in the presence of the Darjeeling district magistrate.
GJM under Gurung had raised, among other demands, the issue of establishing a Central
university in the hills with the BJP-led Central government. GJM had also requested Darjeeling M.P. Jaswant Singh (in 2009) and S.S. Ahluwalia(2014) to take up the issue with the BJP top brass and the Central government but nothing concrete has materialized yet.
For higher education, students from the hills students have either to go to the North Bengal University  in Siliguri or to other cities incurring additional expenses and inconveniences to parents.

Via Telegraph

बिमलको साझा मन्च र गोजमुमोले हराएको सन्तुलन

11:11 AM

🏻बबिता मादेन
सम्मान र समर्थन भन्ने जब्बर्जस्ती जुटाउनु सकिने कुरा होईन, न त सत्ताको हाँकमा शत्रांशको माहौल सृजना गरेरै जनतालाई वंशमा राख्न सकिन्छ । छल र बलको प्रयोगले सत्ता हासिल गर्न सकिन्छ तर जनताको मनमा ठाँउ बनाउन सकिन्न । नेतृत्वमा नैतिकता नरहे पछि आवेशमा उटपट्याङ क्रियाकलाप गर्नु र बोलिमा सन्तुलन हराउनुले उल्टा जनताको सामु हाँसो र निन्दाको पात्र मात्र भइन्छ ।

बिमल होस या बिनय नामले केही फरक गर्दैन, फरक पर्नु पनि हुदैन जनतालाई केवल कामसंग सरोकार हुनु पर्छ ।
व्याक्ती पुजाको संस्कारले पहाडलाई सखाप पारेको हो र जबसम्म यस खाले संस्कारको जरा काटिदैन सत्ताको मनमानीलाई कसैले रोक्नु सक्दैन।

फिलहाल गोजमुमोसंग भएको एउटै मुद्दा विकास मात्र हो र यसको पार्दर्शिता जसरी भए पनि जनता समक्ष पुर्याउने कोशिशमा छ तर जनता चाहन्छ गोजमुमोको ढाँचागत बिकास गोर्खाल्यान्डको बाटो भएर जाउन । गोर्खाल्यान्ड प्रत्येक गोर्खाको आत्मामा बस्छ यस्तोमा यदि आत्मालाई नै शरीरबाट अलग गर्न खोजे त्यो शरीर छटपटिन निश्चित छ ।
विकास कै कुरा गर्दा पनि झोडा, नाला र बाटोदेखि बाहिर निक्लेर कार्य गरे त्यो आफुले बताईरहन पर्दैन मुल्यांकन जनता आफैले गरि हाल्छ।

भर्खरै मात्र मुख्यमन्त्रीले सुकुना, सेभोक लगायत पाँचवटा पुलिस आउट पोस्टलाई दार्जीलिङ जिल्लाबाट छुट्याएर सिलिगुडी पुलिस कमिशनरेटभित्र अन्तर्भुक्त गर्ने निर्देश दिइयो । पहाडका सत्ता दल गोजमुमोले यसबारे के सोचेका छन ? के पार्टीबाट यसलाई रोक्ने पहलहरु गरिन्दैछ त ?? पिन्टेल भिलेजको जमिन अघिबाटै बिवादको घेरोमा छ । दागोपाप कालमा शुरु गरिएको दार्जीलिङ मोड स्थित टुरिष्ट इन्फर्मेसन सेन्टरको जिर्णोद्वार बारे किन पहल गरिएको छैन ? सिलिगुडीको मुटु मानिएको दार्जीलिङ मोडमा गोर्खासंग सम्बन्धित कुनै सम्पती हुनु भनेको गोर्खाको किपट समान हुन ।

अलग राज्य गठनको निम्ति सिमाना अति नै आवश्यकिय तत्व हो जस माथी बंगालले दिन- दिनै अतिक्रमण गरिरहेको छ। खुम्चिएर अझै कति सानो हुनु पर्ने ? यस्ता कुराहरु माथि पार्टीको किन ध्यान जादैन ??

उता बिमल गुरुङले साझा मन्चको कुरा के उठायो यता बिनय समुहमा भुइचालो जाला जस्तो भयो । हडबडाहटमा नेताहरुले दिएको उटपट्याङ भाषणहरुले पनि पार्टीभित्रको असुरक्षितपनालाई छर्लङ्ग पारिदियो । कुनै बेला बिमल गुरुङ साझा मन्चका कट्टर विरोधी थिए सत्ताको मात नै यस्तो हुन्छ कि यसले लट्टिएपछि नेताहरुको मनस्थिति काबुमा हुदैन । विपक्षीहरुको प्रस्तावलाई तिनले सिधा खारेज गरिदिन्थे । उनले चाहेको भए पहाडमा गतिलो साझा मन्च तयार हुन सक्थ्यो ।

छुट्टाछुट्टै बसेर अझै दुई शातब्दीसम्म चिच्याई रहे पनि गोर्खाल्यान्ड सम्भव हुने होइन । लक्ष्य फत्ते गर्नु हो भने सामुहिक सहभागिता नितान्त जरुरी छ । साझा मन्चमा उभिएर बिचार साझा गर्दै साझा सिद्धान्तलाई अंगाले बंगालको कालो शासनदेखि मुक्त हुन ज्यादा समय लाग्दैन ।
तर सामुहिकताका त कुरै छोडी आज पहाडको राजनीति जुन थोत्रे बिषयहरु माथी केन्द्रित हुँदै गईरहेको छ यसले स्वास्थ राजनैतिक गरिमा माथी त आधात पारी नै रहेको तर सामाजिक परिवेशलाई पनि बिथोल्ने कार्य हुदैछ ।

आफ्नो छवि सफा राख्न अन्य माथी व्याक्तिगत हमला र एकार्कामा हिलो छेपाईले पथभ्रष्टको दिशामा अग्रसर गराउँदछ । यदि बिमल दागी हुन भने यसको राजदार बिनय तामाङ हुन ।

कुरा स्पष्ट छ न यहाँ कसैको विरोध, न त समर्थन छ । विकास जरुरी छ किन कि हामीले आफ्नो आर्थिक व्यवस्थाको घरेडी पनि मजबुत बनाउनु पर्छ तर गोर्खाल्यान्डसंग सम्झौता गरेर होइन र जबसम्म नेतृत्वले विकाससंगै अलग राज्यको मुद्दालाई समेटेर लादैन जनताको आक्रोशका सामना गर्नु पर्ने नै हुन्छ ।

Darjeeling, Kalimpong to benefit from 'Nijo Griho Nijo Bhumi Prokolpo'

7:34 AM

Darjeeling: Now, Darjeeling and Kalimpong will finally benefit from "Nijo Griho Nijo Bhumi Prokolpo" of the Bengal government.

The scheme is being routed through the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in the Hills. The "Nijo Griho Nijo Bhumi Prokolpo" was launched on October 18, 2011 by the Chief Minister of Bengal, whereby 5 decimal of land is provided to the homeless, landless beneficiaries.

"This scheme along with the rest of Bengal was earlier available in the GTA area. Initially 25% of the applicants benefitted from the scheme. However, the scheme was stopped under the GTA. We have decided to reintroduce the scheme again through the GTA and have been given a go ahead by the State Government," stated Binay Tamang, Chairman, GTA.

In a meeting on May 14, the GTA and state government officials decided to reintroduce this scheme in the Hills. A follow up meeting was held at the GTA Chairman's office in Darjeeling on Friday attended by Land reform Officers, Block Officers and GTA officials.

"Application made earlier will also be processed along with fresh ones. Earlier there was hardly any promotion of the scheme in the Hills, hardly anyone knew about the scheme. This time, we will be giving advertisements in newspapers and TV channels so that people come to know about the scheme and the deserving ones get the benefit," added Tamang.

Applicants can submit applications in Block Offices, Block Land and Land Reforms Office and Gram Panchayat offices as per their convenience.

Committees have been constituted in each of the 8 blocks comprising Block Development Officer, Block Land and Land Reforms Officer and a member of the Board of Administrators, GTA.

Applications for the Kalimpong 1, Kurseong, Mirik, Sukhiapokhari, Rungli Rungliot and Darjeeling - Poolbazar Block will be received from June 4 to June 9. For Kalimpong 2 block, it will be from June 11 to 16 and for Gorubathan block from June 18 to 23.

The applications will be scrutinised by the committee formed in each block and then will be recommended by the Sub Divisional Land and Land Reforms Officer to the GTA. The GTA will then forward the list to the state following which land documents will be handed over by the state government.

When questioned on the fate of tea garden workers, who have been demanding documents since long, Tamang stated: "Tea gardens are leased land of the State Government. The workers can apply. The concerned departments and the state government will then decide," added Tamang.

[Via: Millennium Post]

Rohingya entry in the hill rumours, says Binoy Tamang

5:00 PM

SNS, Darjeeling/Kurseong, 29 April 2018: The chairman of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Board of Administrators, Binoy Tarnang, has put to rest speculations that a group of Rohingya Muslims may have found their way up to the Hills.

Two youth leaders of a national party and some other local leaders and political parties have been misleading the Hill people by highlighting the Rohingyas in a wrong way for their own vested interests and keeping in mind the upcoming 2015 parliamentary elections," he said at a programme in Kurseong yesterday.

A video showing a group of Muslims getting down from a bus in Kalimpong had gone viral very recently, fuelling speculations that they may be Rohingya refugees. 

Fugitive leader of the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) Bimal Gurung had alleged that the state government may have been trying to have Rohiugyas settled down in the region, while leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League, Pratap Khati had written to the Kalmpong District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police, urging them to look into the matter.

"The people who have reached Kalimpong are actually Indian citizens and students from a polytechnic college in Kolkata who have come to visit the place." Mr. Tamang said, adding that as the GTA chairman,he has been monitoring the issue seriously.

According to him, he will leave the GTA if anybody provides him proof of even a single camp of Rohingyas in Darjeeling Hills.

Defending the state government, Mr Tamang said that Darjeeling Hills or North Bengal is surrounded by international borders guarded by central forces and "not by the state government or Nabanna."

Mr. Tamang also issued a press release today and said that the rumours were the handiwork of political parties outside Darjeeling, which have set their eyes on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

"This is a ploy of parties outside Darjeeling to destabilize the Hills that are gradually getting back to normal (after last year's violent Gorkhaland agitation), while these parties have set their eyes on the 2019 general elections and are trying to take political mileage by spreading violence again." Mr Tamang said. He further urged all the Hill people to ignore such false campaign and rumours and keep intact Darjeeling unity and communal harmony.

Sns

GTA please speak against the entry of the Rohingas in the hills

7:26 PM

(An open letter to the B.O.A , Gorkhaland Territorial Administration by Prashant Tamang)

To,
Mr Binay Tamang (Chairman)
Mr Anit Thapa (Vice Chairman)
Mr Sanchabir Subba (Executive member)

This is to bring to your knowledge the entry of the Rohingas in the hills today which to us seems to be a part of a very futuristic political move by the Govt of West Bengal to over rule our own place by creating a different majority other than that of ours making it easy to paralyse our demand of a separate state and slowly bring an end to the demand of Gorkhaland forever . It is now your duty as that B.O.A of G.T.A to look forward to this serious issue and act likewise to the matter in favour and support of the betterment of the hills . The videos of the entry of the Rohingas now going viral in social media is strong enough to prove the above stated issue and the danger over our place and people.

If you all are compelled by any crimes of the past or any corruption of the past that still hold you all dumb to react to this serious issue than it would be best of you to resign from the B.O.A of the G.T.A so that making it clear for the people of the hills to speak out for Justice ourselves . Please don't just keep your mind set to developments , contracts , contractors and other monetary issues because now your reign in the hills has slowly started to result in the collapse of the demand of the people of the hills that is Gorkhaland which must be crystal clear to you all but you still staying dumb to this serious issue seems to be your compulsion in some reason based upon you which is a direct hamper to our place and people.

We all have no choice but to hope for the best for our people and place from your side that is the B.O.A of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration so we request and expect you to urgently react to the matter in the best way possible for the betterment of the hills and the people living here.

On behalf of the people .

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Darjeeling Likely to Witness Another Agitation

11:46 AM
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Darjeeling Likely to Witness Another Agitation From May 1

In an interview given to the Himalayan Beacon, published on Tuesday, CITU has declared that they would be launching an agitation for the workers of Darjeeling, Terai and Duars from May 1. The agitation, however, will mostly focus on the demands of the tea garden and hotel workers. This can be perceived as an affront to the Darjeeling-based Binay Tamang-Anit Thapa faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). This faction had earlier declared that the hills will not witness any more strikes. However, the workers’ agitation will most probably be too prickly for the faction to handle, considering that they form the core base of voters in the hills.

As far as the tea garden workers are concerned CITU has three demands; that the workers be brought under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, that they should receive the ration money owed to them, and that they should receive land rights.

Tea gardens are not one of the Scheduled Employments in West Bengal under the Minimum Wages Act. The issue of the tea garden workers began in 2014 when they had agitated to be brought under the Minimum Wages Act. In 2015, a tripartite agreement was signed between the workers’ unions, the owners’ union and the West Bengal Government. The agreement stipulated a gradual increase in the minimum wage over a period of three years. In 2017 another meeting was called to revise the minimum wages agreed to in 2015, other than the Trinamool Congress affiliated unions, all the others stayed away in protest against the move. CITU in the interview has alleged that three years since the first agreement was signed, the workers are yet to receive the agreed minimum wages. This also ties into their demand that the ration money owed to workers be paid. As a result, they demand that the entire amount owed to the workers be paid, and that tea gardens also come under the Act.

The issue of land rights is another sore point. According to the CITU representative, the provisions of The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, has not been extended to the tea garden workers. When the tea gardens were first established in Darjeeling, the colonial planters had secured large areas of forest which they converted into plantations. However, not all the area claimed by the gardens has been cleared. It is in these forested parts where the workers have established their homes. Thus generations of tea garden workers have lived on these lands. On this basis, after the 2006 Act came into force, the workers were entitled to hold title over the land on which they live.

The issues highlighted by the CITU representative for the hospitality industry workers focused on; wages for the period of the 2017 agitation, that benefits such as gratuity, provident fund, employees state insurance, and health insurance be extended to them and that they should be able to avail leave on government holidays. Here too, they had launched a movement in 2015, seeking that minimum wages be fixed based on the type ofestablishment – a small restaurant would pay less than a five-star hotel. The movement resulted in a bipartite agreement with the hotel owners’ association. However, the agreement has yet to be implemented. In this regard, the CITU representative has declared expanded demands for the hospitality industry workers.

The CITU representative also mentioned that though the agitation at present is focused on the plight of the tea garden and hospitality industry workers, the agitation would be for the rights of all the workers in the region. He specifically mentioned the hospital staff, construction workers and migrant workers in this regard. He also stated that the unions had submitted memorandums to the concerned owners and that the memorandums contained an ultimatum that unless their demands are met, they would launch an agitation from May 1 till the end of July. This point is significant since the agitation would cripple the tourism industry.

The Binay Tamang – Anit Thapa faction of the GJM has stated that they are pro-business and would not allow any agitations or strikes in the hills. However, they appear to have forgotten the origins of the GJM’s founder, Bimal Gurung. Gurung came from a family of tea garden workers. His residence and the nucleus of the GJM’s power lay in Patleybas, a notoriously poor and rough neighbourhood on the fringes of Darjeeling. One of Gurung’s most popular moves among the tea garden workers in the Darjeeling hills was in 2011 when he was able to secure a raise in their wages. Prior to his intervention, the workers were getting Rs. 67 per day, he was, however, able to raise it to Rs. 90. This worked out as an increase of around 34 percent. At present, the agitation that has been threatened seeks to raise this wage further.

Chances are that the Binay Tamang-Anit Thapa faction will intervene at least in the hills to prevent the agitation from taking place. In the Dooars and Terai, the Bimal Gurung faction still holds sway, it is unlikely that they would miss an opportunity to bring their rival faction down a peg. If the matter is not resolved by May 1, Darjeeling will lose another year of tourism revenue. However, this clearly appears to be a gamble the workers are willing to risk

11 जातिलाई जनजातिको दर्जा दिलाउन विनय तामाङ स्वयं दिल्ली जाने

7:48 PM

प्रतिविम्ब न्यूज
दार्जीलिङ 12 अप्रेल।

गोर्खा समुदायका 11 वटा जातिलाई जनजाति बनाउन जीटीए अध्यक्ष विनय तामाङ स्वयं दिल्ली जाने भएका छन्। गत केही दिनअघिदेखि नै तामाङले जनजातिको मुद्दाको निम्ति आफू दिल्ली जानुपरे पनि पछि नहट्ने कुरा गर्दै आइरहेका थिए भने आज जीटीएका सचिवालय लालकोठीमा उक्त मुद्दालाई लिएर आफू प्रतिवद्ध रहेको उल्लेख गर्दै यसको निम्ति आफू दिल्ली गएर सम्बन्धित विभागका अधिकारीहरूसितै मन्त्रीहरूसित पनि  भेटवार्ता गर्ने बताएका छन्।तथापि उनी कहिले दिल्ली प्रस्थान गर्ने हुन् भन्ने भने अहिले नै तय भएको छैन।

यसबाहेक जीटीए अध्यक्ष विनय तामाङले आज नै 11 वटा जातगोष्ठीलाई केन्द्रिय जनजातिको दर्जा प्रदान गर्ने माग गर्दै केन्द्रिय जनजाति मन्त्रालय अनि केन्द्रिय जनजाति मन्त्री जुअल ओरमलाई पत्राचार पनि गरेको छ। यसको साथसाथै आज नै तामाङले सिक्किमका मुख्यमन्त्री पवनकुमार चामलिङलाई पनि सोही विषयमा पदक्षेपको आह्वान गर्दै पत्राचार गरेका छन्।

गत 27 मार्चको दिन सिक्किमका मुख्यमन्त्री पवन कुमार चामलिङसित भएको बैठकको एउटा मूल मुद्दा नै 11 वटा जात-गोष्ठीलाई जनजातिको मर्यादा दिलाउनु रहेको थियो।जसमा सिक्किम सरकार अनि जीटीएले संयुक्तरूपमा यस विषयमा पहल गर्ने प्रस्ताव पारित गरिएको थियो।यसैबारे पुनः स्मरण गराउऩ अनि यस विषय़मा सयुंक्त पहल शुरू गर्न आज मुख्यमन्त्री पवन कुमार चामलिङलाई पत्र पठाइएको हो, पत्रकारहरूलाई सम्बोधन गर्दै तामाङले भने।

11 वटा जातगोष्ठीलाई जनजातिको मान्यता प्रदान गर्न जीटीए प्रतिवद्ध रहेको उल्लेख गर्दै यस विषयमा 11 वटै जातगोष्ठीका छाता संगठनहरूसित पनि बारम्बार तालमेल राख्दै जीटीएले लगातार कार्य पनि गरिरहेको तामाङले बताए भने चाड़ै जनजातिको मुद्दा फत्ते हुनेछ भन्ने कुरामा आफू आशावादी रहेको पनि तामाङले जनाए।

यसबाहेक केन्द्रिय जनजातिको मुद्दाको निम्ति राज्य सरकारबाट केन्द्रलाई सिफारिश गर्दै पत्राचार गरिएकोमा उनले पश्चिम बगांल सरकार अनि मुख्यमन्त्री ममता व्यानर्जीलाई विशेष आभार पनि व्यक्त गरे। मुख्यमन्त्री ममता व्यानर्जी दार्जीलिङ आगमन हुँदा हामीले उनलाई जनजातिको मुद्दाबारे अवगत गराएका थियौं।28 फरवरी 2014 मा नै पश्चिम बगांल विधानसभाले यस विषयमा प्रस्ताव पारित गरेर केन्द्र सरकारलाई पठाइसकिएको तथा भिशु मियानी कमिटीले यसको निम्ति आधिकारीक भ्रमणसमेत गरिसकेको मुख्यमन्त्रीले हामीलाई स्मरण गराएका थिए।यद्धपि यस विषयमा अहिलेसम्म कुनै प्रकारको ठोस पहल नभएको कुरा हामीले मुख्यमन्त्री ममता व्यानर्जीलाई जनाएका थियो।यसपछि मुख्यमन्त्री गत 16 फरवरीको दिन फेरि एउटा यादाश्त पत्र केन्द्रिय जनजाति मन्त्री जुअल ओरमलाई पठाएका छन्।यसको निम्ति सम्पूर्ण गोर्खा जातिको पक्षमा हामी मुख्यमन्त्रीलाई उक्त पहलको निम्ति आभार व्यक्त गर्दछौं, तामाङले भने।

फोटोः पत्रकारहरूलाई सम्बोधन गर्दै विनय तामाङ।

GJM to support TMC in Dooars

7:15 AM
TMC

Darjeeling: In a major setback for the BJP, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Thursday announced its decision to forge an alliance with the Trinamool Congress in the forthcoming Panchayat elections, in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts. This comes on the heels of Kamtapur Progressive Party (KPP) also throwing its weight behind the TMC in Dooars for the rural polls. The day saw a core committee and working committee meeting of GJM at Bagrakote in Jalpaiguri, from where this new political equation has emerged.

"We have decided to forge an alliance with the TMC in the two districts of Dooars for the rural polls. We will support TMC candidates in some Panchayats and in our strongholds, we will field independent candidates. A four-member GJM team will be visiting Dooars soon, to negotiate with TMC on seat sharing," stated Suraj Sharma, GJM Spokesperson. GJM top brass, including president Binay Tamang, was present in the meeting. When questioned on why the GJM decided to leave the BJP fold, Sharma stated: "BJP has let down the Gorkhas. There arenumerous instances of this. They have never been serious about the Gorkhas and have just used us for securing seats during elections."

He further stated that while the BJP-led Union government had called for a report within 3 hours of the recent Ranigunj strife, it remained a mere spectator during the 2017 unrest in Darjeeling and the 104-day-long bandh. "Whereas Mamata Banerjee has helped restore peace and normalcy in the Hills. We want Dooars to benefit also," added Sharma. The GJM has strongholds in several areas of Dooars.

GORKHAS UNSAFE IN BENGAL – Removal of names from voters list, points to a bleak future

7:21 AM

Writes Upendra

"First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the communists and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me - and by then there was no one left to speak out for me."
                                                                                                           - Pastor Martin Niemöller

Of late, a very scary trend has started in our Darjeeling hills, notices are being issued to those Gorkhaland supporters who have gone underground or missing, asking for them to show up at various designated Government offices with 'relevant documents by a certain date', barring which their names will be removed from the voters list.' In a democratic nation like India, where Majority will always thrive, this is a very scary scenario unfolding for the minorities, and especially for micro-minority communities like the Gorkhas, it could translate to the end of any and all forms of resistance and rebellion against the powers that be.

Legally and technically, the district administration is entitled to seek revision of voters list, and as per rule if a person doesn’t live at a local address for over 6 months, her/his name can be removed. The most famous such case was the removal of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's name from the Lucknow Municipal electoral list in September of 2017. However, Mr. Vajpayee had been residing in Delhi for long, and the removal of his name didn't really affect his fundamental right as a citizen of our great nation.

However, in Darjeeling region, the district administration is using this rule to target those Gorkhaland supporters against whom various cases have been filed, and who have gone or remained underground, for fear of injustice looms large.

In such a situation, the people who are missing, cannot and in all likelihood will not, file for their names to be transferred to other jurisdiction to register as voters. Removal of any name from an electoral roll means such individuals cannot exercise their basic duty as a citizen of our nation - to elect the government of its choice. In a country like India, where criminals of all hues and colours thrive, it is rare for the state government to pursue individuals in a manner which deprives them of their citizenship rights. Case in point, Vijay Mallya still features in the electoral list in Bangalore, and Sanjay Dutta - a convicted terrorist supporter/helper also features in the voter list of Mumbai.

What is worrisome in this exercise the district administration has embarked upon, is that, it cruelly curtails our 'right to protest' against a powerful government. The government, in such a case may slap severe charges (actual and fabricated) against any individual forcing him or her to go underground, and then the government may proceed to struck off the name from the electoral roll, thus barring that individual from becoming a part of the democratic process of our nation - they won't get to vote or contest in elections. Which translates to the government, if it so desires, being able to slap cases against its political opponents, cause them to run and then remove their names from the electoral roll, thereby emptying the political field.

Moreover, the government may, if it so decides, start this process of review for everyone from the micro-minority community who have lived outside their home constituency for over 6 months. Imagine, if such a scenario were to play out, almost everyone who were yelling 'Gorkhaland' at Jantar-Mantar or writing and shouting for/against it from anywhere outside Darjeeling region, may actually not retain their voting rights in Darjeeling, if the government of West Bengal decides to take a more draconian stance.

What is really worrisome, in all this is the silence of ALL THE GORKHA POLITICIANS. May be, many are secretly rejoicing at the prospect of having the names of their most detested opponents removed from the voting list, but what they seem to fail to realize is that someday, this same tool of oppression can be and will be used against them. As the Nepali adage goes, " ऊसलाई  खाने बाघले तिमिलाई पनि खान्छ है  - one cannot ride a tiger forever, the tiger will eventually get hungry and run out of other animals to devour." Their silence speaks volumes about how strongly they feel about the welfare of our community.

In comparison when BJP threatened to kick out illegal Bangladeshi refugees from Assam, the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee went on record to challenge the BJP and threatened them with dire consequences if even a single Bangladeshi was touched - forget Indians, she fought for the rights of Bangladeshis, and here in our hills, the Gorkha politicians who are busy serving under her, are instead defending cops who allegedly threatened one of our Gorkha mother and a sister with rape.

Perhaps such is the curse of being born a Gorkha, we seem to be loyal to everyone else, but our own people.

The politics of Vendetta which had consumed a generation of our people, has today infested our community again. When Subash Ghising was removed from the hills GJM had rejoiced, today when Bimal Gurung is removed and hounded similarly, GNLF is rejoicing, so is AT-BT group of GJM. While CPRM, ABGL and JAP have maintained a seemingly dignified silence, their silence too speaks out loud about how they feel about the whole issue. In the race to play the politics of vendetta, the Gorkhas are losing big time. Today we have become so fragmented that we cannot even dare to speak against this hounding out of Gorkhas from our own lands.

It has begun with the missing GJM leaders, but I am certain, this is just the beginning. The Bengal government will use this on everyone of us, who dare to raise our voice for the welfare of our community and people. From asking for "Family tree since 1950" to those who went to seek residential certificate the Bengal government has made it abundantly clear that they view all of us with suspicion. If we are not careful today, a day may come when the Gorkhas will be rendered homeless. Much like what happened in the rest of North East could end up happening here, and we may end up being rendered homeless in our own lands.

So, please speak out against what's happening in Darjeeling today. Because if we let this trend continue, soon a day may come, when you may want to speak out, but your tongues may have been cut without you even realizing it.

Remember, "if you are afraid to speak out against tyranny, you are already a slave"

Via TheDC

बिमलकाे अनुपस्थितीमा अाज पनि पहाडकाे जनता भयभित र असुरक्षित महशुस गरि रहेका छन्। – पुरण छेत्री

9:44 PM
बिनय-अनित र ममताले "बिमल गुरूङ" पहाड नचडाेस भन्ने चाहान्छ भने, जनतालाई बिमलले जस्तै जातित्व प्रेम र सुरक्षाकाे प्रत्याभूति दिन सक्नु पर्छ। बिमलकाे अनुपस्थितीमा अाज पनि पहाडकाे जनता भयभित र असुरक्षित महशुस गरि रहेका छन्।

पहाडमा जनता अब के चाहन्छन् ? – पुरण छेत्री : बर्तमान अवस्थामा, पहाडकाे जनताले एक किसिमकाे असुरक्षा महशुस गरिरहेका छन्। चेलिबेटीलाई घरमै अाएर बलत्कार गर्ने र घर जलाउँने खुल्ला धम्कीको बिराेध बिमल गुरूङकाे अनुपस्थितीमा कसैले गर्न सकेनन्। सरकारमा हाम्राे बाेली बिक्छ, भन्ने बिनय-अनितले पनि उताकै पक्ष पाेषणमा गरे।

“हामी पहाडमा शान्ति फर्काउने क्रममा छाै, तिम्राे पुलिस प्रशासनले यसमा खलल पुर्‍याउने काम गर्दैछ, फेरि पहाड अशान्त भएकाे हेर्न चाहान्छाै?” मात्रै भनेका भए, त्याे पुलिस अधिकारीलाई कार्वाही हुन्थ्याे, जनताले सुरक्षित महशुस गर्ने थिए। जनतालाई सुरक्षाकाे अलिकति पनि प्रत्याभूति दिन नसक्ने नेतालाई कुन मुटुले अभिभावक मान्नु?

पहाड भुसकाे अागाे माथि बसेकाे छ। मानिसहरूकाे अहिले पनि घरबाँस छैन। रात दिनकाे पुलिसकाे धरपकडले जनमानस भयभित छन्। सरकारले राजनैतिक दल हेरि – हेरि फरक-फरक व्यवहार गरिरहेका छन्। जनताले कुन पार्टीको समर्थन गर्नु पर्ने हाे, त्याे पुलिस-प्रशासनले तय गर्दैन्। पहाडका बुद्धिजीवीहरू मुखमा दहि जमाएर बसेका छन्।

बाेल्याे कि घरमा पुलिस पठाउँने चलन हावी भएकाे छ। बिनयले उफ्रि – उफ्रि GTA काे खेस्रा जलाए अनि BOA पुरस्कारमा पाए, तर उसकाे पछि बसेर “जिन्दाबाद-जिन्दाबाद” भन्ने अाफ्नै दाज्यु भाईलाई पुलिसले खेदेकाे खेदेकै छन्। मानाै उनिहरूले संसारकाे सबै भन्दा ठुलाे अपराध गरेका छन्। काश्मीरमा भारतिय फाैजलाई घाेक्र्याई-मुन्ट्याई गर्दा “खबरदार गाेली नचलाउँनु” भन्छन्। पहाडमा पुलिसलाई अलिक डेढाे हेर्‍यो भने “UAPA भेट्लास्” भन्छन्। एकदिन त सहनशीलताकाे सिमा नाग्नेछ र जनता यसकाे प्रतिकारमा उत्रेकाे दिन पहाडकाे अवस्था कस्ताे हाेला, अकल्पनिय छ।

अाज बिनय-अनितले बुझ्नु पर्ने कुरा छ, “घरमै अाएर तेराे अामा-चेलीबेटीकाे बलत्कार गर्छु” भन्दा पनि चुपलागेर बस्नु भनेकाे शान्ति होईन। याेभित्र जनताकाे कुण्ठा लुकेकाे छ। जनतालाई धेरै दिन पुलिस-प्रशासनको डर-धम्कीले दबाउँन सकिन्दैन। जनताबाट याे डर हराउँदै गए, यसले एकदिन भयानक रूप लिनेछ।

याे जन अाक्राेस भित्र को कसरी पर्ला भन्ने कुरा अहिले भन्न सकिन्दैन। एउटा अपराधीले, उसले गरेकाे अपराध हेरेर सजाय पाउँनु पर्छ, उसले बाेकेकाे झण्डा हेरेर हाेईन। पहाडमा शान्तिपुर्ण वातावरण चाहिन्छ भने, देशकाे संविधानले दिएकाे अधिकार सबै नागरिकले समान रूपले भाेग्न पाउँनु पर्छ। पहाडवासीकाे हक, हित र सुरक्षाकाे जिम्मेवारीबोध समयमै नगरे यसले एकदिन बिष्फाेटक रूप नलेला भन्न सकिन्दैन।

बिनय-अनित र ममताले “बिमल गुरूङ” पहाड नचडाेस भन्ने चाहान्छ भने, जनतालाई बिमलले जस्तै जातित्व प्रेम र सुरक्षाकाे प्रत्याभूति दिन सक्नु पर्छ। बिमलकाे अनुपस्थितीमा अाज पनि पहाडकाे जनता भयभित र असुरक्षित महशुस गरि रहेका छन्।

Via News Gorkhaland 

Binay Tamang and Pawan Chamling met in Sikkim, decides to work together

6:23 PM
Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa met Chief Minister of Sikkim Pawan Chamling today at Mintokgang in Sikkim.
Dr Pawan Chamling in the social media wrote the following :-
I met Shri Binay Tamang, GTA Chairman at Mintokgang today.
Following in the lines of my meeting with Ms Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal earlier, we decided to bury the past and give a new beginning to our relationship by giving full support and co-operation to each other for the progress and prosperity of Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills. As immediate neighbours with similar customs, traditions, language etc, it is imperative that we live in harmony with each other as fellow Indians. We decided to work collectively on various matters for the welfare of the people of Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills. Welcoming the decision of Shri Binay Tamang that there would be no more political disturbance in the Hills in  future, I suggested that they should bring in the ‘revolution of development’ instead of resorting to violence and bandhs, which will only result in destruction. Additionally, I reiterated our stand that the Government of Sikkim will never meddle in the affairs of West Bengal and Darjeeling Hills.
Following are some of the highlights of our discussion:-
1. I raised the subject of security and safety of NH10 which is essential for the well-being of Sikkim and the Sikkimese people. I am pleased to share that Shri Binay Tamang gave the assurance to keep it free from encumbrances in future. His suggestion of establishing a helpline for NH10 is also well taken. Similarly, assurance was also given for the safety of Sikkimese students studying in various educational institutions in the Hills.
2. Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills will take up certain issues jointly with the Central Government, such as tribal status for eleven left out communities, overhead stations for the upcoming railway line, and construction of towers of hydel projects without taking the consent of the State Government or GTA, as the case may be.
3. Consensus to be arrived at regarding reciprocal transport arrangement (plying of taxis) through Secretary level dialogue. Similarly, Government of Sikkim and GTA authorities should discuss and deliberate upon creation of a tourist circuit comprising Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills.
4. Surveillance on both sides to be strengthened so no untoward incidents take place. Special attention should be given to border areas like Sombaria, Daramdin, Rhenock through which chemical fertilizers are being smuggled into Sikkim.
5. Government of Sikkim and GTA authorities to work out measures for construction and upgradation of roads and bridges in some areas.
6. Grant-in-aid to be provided by Government of Sikkim to Bhutia Busty Monastery and Mahakal Temple at Darjeeling as done in the past.

This meeting have led to local political critics thinking That the meeting have boost the credibility of Binay Tamang and also that the Chief minister of Sikkim Mr Pawan Chamling too has recognized his position. This also raises a question that whether Sikkim have started alienating itself from NDA and forging hands with non NDA forces?

REALITY CHECK ON GJM’S SUPPORT WITHDRAWL FROM NDA ALLIANCE

6:36 PM
In another twist of events in already disturbed Darjeeling hill politics, Binoy Tamang, Chairman of West Bengal Government’s temporarily appointed GTA/Board of Administration, Darjeeling hills, announced GJMM’s withdrawal of support from BJP led NDA Alliance.

BJP had succeeded in winning West Bengal Darjeeling MP seat twice in 2009 and 2014 with the help of the then Gorkha JanMukti Morcha(GJMM) led by Bimal Gurung. However, the regional hill party has been on a roller coaster ride within the past one year. With Mamata Bannerjee led West Bengal Govt. forcing Bengali as a mandatory language in the hills, protest erupted and it turned into a Nationwide movement for Gorkhaland. With immense pressure and threat Gurung had to leave Darjeeling. Benefitting from his absence in the hills, Bengal Government succeeded in luring Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa and hence Binay, once Bimal Gurung’s right hand men, and his team backstabbed Gurung and joined hands with Trinamul Congress. They also had to face huge backlashes from public which still continues in the hills.

A statement released yesterday by GJMM(led by Bimal Gurung) has clarified that GJMM has been a constituent of the NDA since 2009, and will continue to remain the integral part of the NDA alliance. With all the twists and turns in the hill party, state seems hell bent on breaking Gorkha’s unity, however, public at large still support GJMM led by Bimal Gurung.

Binoy and his team are only seen as seasonal and temporary politicians intending to reap benefits out of the current situation in the hills by betraying the aspirations of the community in the name of development. It is reported that Binoy has managed to gain few local politicians and public support using state machinery and putting immense pressure on them.

“If GTA election is held now, Binoy or Anit will be thrown out” said an angry local Gorkhaland supporter. He is also alleged of distributing loads of cash to garner public support. “People will accept cash or food they distribute, but, we will never support Binoy and Anit because they have betrayed our community” said Sarad, a villager with grim face.“If Binoy or any of his men or TMC candidates contests MP Election, they will lose their deposit” said another person.

With GJMM divided into two fractions, public hurt and disheartened, it will be interesting to see how Long Binoy Tamang’s political career lasts.

Via Gorkha Voice

Binay Tamang faction Gorkha Janmukti Morcha quits NDA Alliance

7:44 AM
After accusing the BJP of betraying the trust of the Gorkhas, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) pulled out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on 24 March.

As reported by The Indian Express, GJM was upset with the statement of West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh that his party only had an electoral alliance with GJM.

GJM organising chief LM Lama said, “The claim made by the BJP, leader of NDA, that GJM is a friend and a constituent of the NDA and the slogan of PM Modi that the dream of the Gorkhas is my dream have all been exposed by the statement of the Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, who stated that the BJP only had an electoral alliance with GJM and that there was no agreement for a common political resolution. This statement makes it amply clear that the BJP is neither sympathetic nor sincere towards the Gorkhas,” The Indian Express reported.



Lama went on to say that it is well-known that GJM gave away the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat to the BJP in the 2009 and the 2014 Lok Sabhaelections. In 2009, GJM supported BJP nominee Jaswant Singh despite being unhappy with his performance. In spite of that the party supported BJP nominee SS Ahuluwalia in 2014 from the same seat.

Talking about how GJM has helped BJP in West Bengal, Lama told The Indian Express, “Darjeeling has been the political gateway to Bengal for BJP and this has been possible only because of GJM. For so many years the people had hoped that our issues would be addressed and resolved. However, BJP has only betrayed the people time and again. It is because of BJP that the hills of Darjeeling are today enveloped in an environment of mistrust and political disturbance.”

Talking about how GJM has not delivered on its promises, Lama spoke about the over 100-day long bandh. “Thirteen precious lives were lost during the 104-day long bandh. Hundreds were put in jail. Yet, neither the BJP MP of Darjeeling, nor the government in Delhi spoke a word on the issue. The home minister assured tripartite talks within 15 days of GJM withdrawing the bandh. It’s been more than six months now and the home minister has done nothing to redeem his promise.”

He went on to tell The Indian Express, “While the previous leadership of GJM worked as an alliance partner of the NDA, the new leadership has no contact or alliance with the NDA. As such, GJM under the leadership of Binay Tamang has nothing to do with the NDA.”

Bimal Gurung faction GJM Press release on quitting Alliance with BJP

11:42 PM
Bimal Gurung faction has released a press release denying Binay Tamang's  recent statement, claiming to be from GJM, that  Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has quit the NDA with BJP.

Here is the Press release:
A statement released by Binoy Tamang, the West Bengal government appointed GTA Chairman of the Board of Administrators, that Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has quit the National Democratic Alliance is ludicrous, and does not reflect the official GJM stand.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has been a constituent of the NDA since 2009, and we will continue to remain an integral part of the NDA.

I request all our party members to forewarn the people, and let the public and media be aware that any statement made by Binay Tamang, claiming to be from GJM, should not be given any credence. He is a West Bengal government employee, and does not represent the people of Darjeeling, nor the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.

He may, if he so desires, release statements on behalf of the government he is serving - West Bengal, or the party he is serving - TMC, but he has no business whatsoever issuing statements on behalf of GJM, from which we have removed him on September 1, 2017 itself.
Bimal Gurung
President, Central Committee
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha


सिक्किमको मुख्यमन्त्री अनि जिटिए चेयरम्यान अनि भाइस चेयरम्यान माझ सौजन्यमूलक भेटवार्ता आउँदो २७

5:54 PM
सिक्किमको मुख्यमन्त्री अनि जिटिए चेयरम्यान अनि भाइस चेयरम्यान माझ सौजन्यमूलक भेटवार्ता आउँदो २७ मार्चको दिन तय

दार्जिलिङ,२४ मार्च २०१८:

आज जिटिए भाइस चेयरम्यान अनित थापाले प्रेस बिज्ञ्पती मार्फत आउँदो २७ मार्चको दिन हुने भेटवार्ता बारे जनाएका छन्।उनले भने,'दार्जीलिङ- सिक्किममाझ युगौंदेखि रहिआएको प्रगाढ़ साइँनो अनि सम्बन्धमा अझ थप आयाम अनि प्रगाढ़ता प्रदान गर्ने उद्धेश्यले आगामी २७ मार्च २०१८ ( मगंलबार)- को दिन जीटीए, बोर्ड अफ एडमिनिस्ट्रेटर्सका अध्यक्ष विनय तामाङ अनि उपाध्यक्ष अनित थापाले सिक्किमका मुख्यमन्त्री डा. पवन कुमार चामलिङसित सौजन्यमूलक भेटवार्ता गर्ने तय भएको छ। सिक्किमको मिन्तोकगाङस्थित मुख्यमन्त्री डा. पवन कुमार चामलिङको आवासगृहमा अपराह्न ३ बजी उक्त भेटवार्ता हुनेछ।

विगतमा रहिआएको दार्जीलिङ पहाड़ अनि सिक्किममाझको कतिपय राजनैतिक समस्याहरूको निराकरण अनि आपसी मतभेदलाई साम्य गराउने उद्धेश्यले उक्त भेटवार्ता अत्यन्त आवश्यक देखिएको थियो। किनभने कतिपय भूल बुझाबुझ अनि राजनैतिक क्रियाकलापहरूले दार्जीलिङ-सिक्किममाझको राजनैतिक आत्मीयता अनि रगतको साइँनोमा केही चिसोपन देखिन शुरू भएको थियो।  तर गत १७ तारीख  मार्च २०१८ को दिन सिलगढ़ीमा सिक्किमका मुख्यमन्त्री डा. पवन कुमार चामलिङ अनि पश्चिम बगांलका मुख्यमन्त्री ममता व्यानर्जीको भेटवार्तापछि यो अवसर तय भएको थियो। अब आगामी २७ मार्चको दिन सिक्किमका मुख्यमन्त्री डा. पवन कुमार चामलिङ अनि जीटीए अध्यक्ष विनय तामाङ अनि उपाध्यक्ष अनित थापामाझ सम्पन्न हुने भेटवार्ताले दार्जीलिङ अनि सिक्किममाझ चिस्सिदै गइरहेको सम्बन्धमा पुनः आत्मीयताको न्यानोपन फर्केर आउनेछ भन्ने हामी पूर्ण विश्वस्त छौं।

सिक्किम हाम्रो अभिभावक राज्य हो  किनभने त्यहाँ हामीसित रगतको साइँनो लाग्ने आफन्तहरू बसोबासो गर्दछन्। त्यहाँ हाम्रो अनुहार भएका मुख्यमन्त्री अनि मन्त्रीहरू छन् जसले सबल अनि सक्रियताको साथ सिक्किम राज्यलाई प्रगतिको मार्गतिर लगातार दोहोराइरहेका छन्। हामी दार्जीलिङवासी सिक्किमको उक्त प्रगति देखेर  सदैव गौरव गर्छौ। अर्कोतिर, सिक्किमले पनि दार्जीलिङवासीलाई सदैव माया गरेर हरसम्भव साथ अनि सहयोग प्रदान गरेको इतिहास छ जसलाई दार्जीलिङवासीले कदापि भुल्न सक्नेछैनन्।

यसैले विगतमा भएको भूल बुझाबुझ अनि मतभेद अथवा घर झगड़ालाई भुलेर सिक्किम- दार्जीलिङले दाजु-भाईको नाताले सम्बन्धको न्यानो अगांलो हाल्ने दिन आइसकेको छ। किनभने दार्जीलिङले हिजो भोगेको तिक्तता, पीड़ाहरू सब भुलेर सिक्किमले झै शान्ति, उन्नति अनि समृद्धिको मार्गमा अघि बड़्न चाहन्छ। विगतका सबै दुर्घटनाहरू भुलेर भावी-पीढ़िको सुन्दर भविष्य अनि सुन्दर, सुनियोजित तथा समस्याविहीन दार्जीलिङको निर्माण गर्न चाहन्छ।

हाम्रो यस अभियानमा हामीले अभिभावकको रूपमा मान्दै आइरहेको सिक्किमले पनि पूर्ण सहयोग प्रदान गर्नेछन् भन्ने हामीलाई विश्वास छ। यही विश्वासको साथ हामी हाम्रो अभिभावक राज्यका अभिभावक मुख्यमन्त्रीसित भेटवार्ता गर्न आगामी २७ मार्च २०१८ को अपराह्व ३ बजी सिक्किममा हुनेछौं।

हामी जनतालाई भ्रष्टचारमुक्त शाषण दिनेछौँ – विनय तामाङ

9:23 AM

करोडपति ठेकादार ‘ब्ल्याक लिस्ट’ मा समावेश

डी.के.वाइबा, कालिमन्युज, कालेबुङ,  23 मार्च। ‘हामी जनतालाई भ्रष्टचारमुक्त शाषण दिनेछौँ’ उक्त कुरा जीटीए बोर्ड अफ् एडमिनिस्ट्रेसनका अध्यक्ष विनय तामाङले भनेका हुन्। यहाँको डा. ग्राह्मस होम्स स्थित दुईवटा विकास कार्यहरूको उद्घाटन कार्यक्रमलाई सम्बोधन गर्दै तामाङले जीटीएलाई भ्रष्टचार मुक्त बनाउने दाबी गरेका हुन्। ‘हामीलाई विकास कार्यमा प्रतिशत खाँदैनौँ, तर जनतालाई गुणस्तरीय कार्य गरेर सुविधा दिनेछौँ’ विनय तामाङले भने। कार्यक्रमलाई सम्बोधन गर्ने क्रममा उनले जनतालाई विकास कार्यको सुविधा दिन अनि विकास कार्यलाई तिव्रता दिनका निम्ति कालेबुङ ईञ्जीनियरिङ विभागलाई फराकिलो पार्दै खण्डस्तरीय ईञ्जिनियरिङ विभाग स्थापना गर्ने जीटीए वोर्डको समिक्षा वैठकमा निर्णय लिएको पनि जानकारी दिएका छन्।

‘जीटीएले खण्डस्तरीय ईञ्जीनियरिङ विभाग गठन गर्नेछ। प्रत्येक खण्डमा विकास कार्यलाई तिव्रता दिन यसो गरिएको हो। यो कार्य आगामी महिनाको पहिलो तारिखदेखि लागु हुनेछ’ तामाङले अझ भने। उनले उक्त खण्ड स्तरीय विभागले प्रत्येक विकास कार्यहरूको साप्ताहिक समिक्षा रिपोर्ट जीटीएलाई पठाउनुपर्ने पनि निर्देश दिएका छन्।

यसक्रममा उनले विकास कार्यलाई तिव्रता दिएर जनतालाई छिटो सुविधा दिनका निम्ति ठेकादारहरूलाई पनि निर्धारित समय सिमाभित्र सबै कार्यहरू समाप्त गर्नुपर्ने निर्देश दिएका छन्। काम नगर्ने ठेकादारहरूलाई आफुहरूले कार्वाही सुरु गरेको भन्दै एकजना करोडपति ठेकादारलाई सही काम नगरेको कारण ‘ब्ल्याक लिस्ट’ मा समावेश गरिएको पनि जानकारी दिएका छन्। उनले डेलोमा सम्पन्न जीटीएको समिक्षा वैठकमा विभिन्न कार्यहरूको समिक्षा भएको जानकारी दिँदै आगामी वर्षहरूमा हुने कार्यहरूको खाका तयारी गर्ने कार्य गरेको पनि जानकारी दिएका छन्।

तामाङले आज डा. ग्राह्मस होम्स परिसरमा निर्माण गरिएको प्राथमिक स्वास्थ्य केन्द्र अनि स्व. मङ्गलसिंह राजपुत स्मृति सामुदायिक भवनको उद्घाटन गरेका छन्। जीटीए अधिनस्थ रहेको स्वास्थ्य एवम् परिवार कल्याण विभागद्वारा मोठ 12 लाख 77 हजार 8 सय 57 रूपियाँको लागतमा प्राथमिक स्वास्थ्य केन्द्रको निर्मण गरिएको छ भने कालेबुङ अभियन्ता विभागद्वारा 1 करोड 60 लाखको लागतमा सामुदायिक भवन निर्माण गरिएको छ।

दुवैवटा विकास कार्यहरूको जीटीए अध्यक्ष विनय तामाङले रिबन काटेर उद्घाटन गरेका हुन्। यसक्रममा उनले अहिलेघरी प्रत्येक दिननै प्रत्येक ठाउँमा जनताको विकास कार्यहरूको सुविधा उपभोग गर्न पाइरहेको दाबी पनि गरेका छन्। उक्त उद्घाटन समारोहमा जीटीए उपाध्यक्ष अनित थापा, कार्यकारी सदस्य सञ्चवीर सुब्बा, मुख्य सचिव सुब्रतो विश्वास, सचिव सी. मुरुगण आदि समेत उपस्थित रहेका थिए।

 
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