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GTA submits DPR for establishing a Central University in Darjeeling

11:20 PM
Today Darjeeling MP SS Ahluwalia,  Roshan Giri, GTA Executive Member for Education and GTA Secretary, Don Bosco Lepcha, IAS met Shri Rajnath Singh, Minister of Home Affairs and Smriti Irani Minister of Human Resource Development and presented the final Detailed Project Report (DPR) for establishing a Central University in Gorkhaland Territorial Administration area as mentioned in the GTA agreement.
GTA submits final Detailed Project Report (DPR) for establishing a Central University in Darjeeling
GTA submits final Detailed Project Report (DPR) for establishing a
Central University in Darjeeling
The GTA engaged EdCil, a consultancy group under the auspices of MHRD, Govt. of India for preparation of a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for a Central University in Darjeeling. The experts from EdCil conducted on-site studies and came up with a DPR with meticulous care. They are of the view that a Central University in GTA is both necessary and viable. The said group has also tentatively selected the site for the proposed university.

Both the Ministers have given a positive assurances regarding the setting up a Central University and we are confident that the Government will take immediate steps towards introduction of a Bill in Parliament for establishment of the Central University of Darjeeling.

Establishment of a Central University is a long standing demand of the people of Darjeeling. Although Darjeeling hills began as a Centre of European education in early nineteenth century, the situation of higher education in the region has become rather dismal in last few decades with access to educational opportunities, which is considered to be one of the basic human rights, highly inadequate. In fact, the history of Darjeeling has always been a history of deprivation and negligence.
Central University in Darjeeling Hills will not only fulfill our long term demand, but will also fulfill the educational dreams of our students, play a pivotal role in the economic, cultural and intellectual development of the entire region and above all, will play positive role in connecting the entire community with the national mainstream.

Via Bimal Gurung Official 

Darjeeling MP demands Inquiry Into Racist Remarks by ASI/SI in Gurgaon case

5:43 PM
Darjeeling MP S.S Ahluwalia has written to Gurgaon Commissioner demanding Inquiry Into Racist Remarks made by some  ASI/SI. Incidence that took place while Gorkha boys and girls were protesting against the brutal thrashing of the three Gorkha youths from their home town in Gurgaon.

Darjeeling MP S.S Ahluwalia
Darjeeling MP S.S Ahluwalia
Darjeeling MP SS Ahluwalia has written to Gurgaon Commissioner of Police Mr. S Navdeep Singh Virk IPS, demanding action against the officer who passed racist comment against the female protesters today.

Here is the text of the letter sent to to Commissioner.

"Dear Virkji

In the morning Gorkha boys & girls went to DCP's Office for protesting that even though the 3 boys were greviously injured in the near-fatal & planned attack, the case against the perpetrators was not registered under the applicable Attempt to Murder section.After meeting the DCP & getting an assurance that Sec 307 will be included,the delegation was leaving.

In the meantime one of the ASI/SI starred officer used extremely filthy,sexist, abusive & racist remarks against the protesting Gorkha girls. This further infuriated the protestors and led them to sit on a dharna at the DCP office.Their protest is still on.Such inappropriate & filthy language is not acceptable to any citizen of India.

The protestors are now demanding suspension & arrest of the erring officer.To pacify & control the situation please intervene to give justice immediately and take action against the alleged officer.

SS Ahluwalia MP Darjeeling"

Following the request from Darjeeling MP, senior officers have swung into action and have instituted a fact finding team to investigate the racist remark made by the officer.

Source: The DC


Prime Minister Will Fulfill His Promise "Dream of Gorkhas" - SS Ahluwalia

10:10 AM
"Please Have Patience - the Prime Minister Will Fulfill His Promise" - SS Ahluwalia

Speaking at an election meeting held in Khaprail, Darjeeling MP S S Ahluwalia requested people to have patience, and assured the audience that the Prime Minister will fulfill his words.
SS Ahluwalia and Bimal Gurung
SS Ahluwalia and Bimal Gurung
As reported in a local daily, Mr. Ahluwalia told the crown, "the Prime Minister has stated unambiguously... the dreams of the Gorkhas are my dream... and he knows what he promised... please be patient... justice will be done to you... all you need to give us is some more time."

He further stated, "The Gorkhas have lived and died for India... and for the past 107 years the issue of Gorkhaland has been raised in various forms... all of this records will be examined in details... and the issue will be sympathetically examined..."

He warned the voters, "in this election a lot of fake currencies from Bangladesh, and alcohol is being distributed... be aware of those people..."

He promised to convert Siliguri into a world class city and requested the voters to vote for BJP.

Via : TheDC


Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh Reacts to MP SS Ahluwalia's Speech in the Parliament

7:11 PM
'The Official Statement of the (BGP) Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh on the Parliament address by Darjeeling MP SS Ahluwalia on March 17.
Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh Reacts to MP SS Ahluwalia's Speech in the Parliament
Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh Reacts to MP Speech in the Parliament
The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh would like to applaud Shri SS Ahluwalia, member of Parliament representing Darjeeling Constituency, for his short speech in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday during the debate on the Union Budget in which he referred to some among the many issues confronting the Gorkhas of India. We appreciate the fact that Shri Ahluwalia cited the aspirations of the people of Darjeeling and Dooars and apprised the House about their economic and developmental problems. He rightly pointed out that West Bengal has treated the people of Darjeeling and Dooars as second-class citizens despite two agreements being signed to create the DGHC (Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council) and the GTA (Gorkhaland Territorial Administration).

Having said that, the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh would, however, like to point out that Shri Ahluwalia seems to have diminished the entire Gorkha aspirations for a separate state into an issue of local development. His speech referred to areas in his constituency like Chopra and Phansidewa and Sevoke Road and to matters of development like smart corridors and educational institutions and other benefits that were “promised during the formation of GTA”. In talking about these matters as being the main problem of the Gorkhas, Shri Ahluwalia seems to clearly think that changing the economic status of Gorkhas of Darjeeling and Dooars would resolve all issues about which the Gorkhas of India have been agitating since 1907.

The real truth behind the demand for Gorkhaland lies not in the economic status of the people of Darjeeling and Dooars, but in the insecurity that Gorkhas across India feel about their national identity and political existence. Resolving the economic issues raised by Shri Ahluwalia in his speech would meet the problems only half-way, and that too only for the Gorkhas living in Darjeeling and Dooars.

He failed to enunciate the real issue, which is of the Gorkhas being discriminated as citizens -- politically, socially and economically -- in other states of India on the erroneous ground that they are foreigners from Nepal who have entered India under the provisions of the 1950 India-Nepal Treaty of Friendship. While he rightly recalled the contributions of Gorkhas in defending India, even eloquently quoting Lata Mangeshkar, he failed to tell the country and the members of Parliament that these very same Gorkhas are treated as foreigners in their own country. The foundation of the demand of Gorkhaland is the need to concretise the Indian identity of Gorkhas, not economic deprivation as made out by Shri Ahluwalia in the Lok Sabha.
The honourable member of Parliament also requested the Speaker of the Lok Sabha to set up a committee to examine the long-pending demands of the region. The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh feels that the Central Government is well aware of all the nuances of the demand of the Gorkhas for a separate state, having been petitioned hundreds of times since 1907. There is no need for any panel to evaluate the problems of Darjeeling and Dooars. Rather, what is emphatically needed is Parliament’s support in setting up a Constitutional commission to determine the bifurcation, under Article 3 of the Constitution, of West Bengal and the creation of a new state comprising the Darjeeling-Dooars region.

The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh urges Shri Ahluwalia to take all steps to ensure that he represents the true sentiments of the Gorkhas and their demand in Parliament, keeping in mind that the biggest driver of his election from Darjeeling by a massive margin in 2014 was the hope that he would be an able spokesperson for the creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland, which is the only democratic measure that can resolve the identity and political insecurity of India’s Gorkhas.

Rev Dr Enos Das Pradhan, National President, Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh.'
DarjeelingTimes.com - Darjeeling News
The Official Statement of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh on the Parliament address by Darjeeling MP SS Ahluwalia on March 17.

The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh would like to applaud Shri SS Ahluwalia, member of Parliament representing Darjeeling Constituency, for his short speech in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday during the debate on the Union Budget in which he referred to some among the many issues confronting the Gorkhas of India. We appreciate the fact that Shri Ahluwalia cited the aspirations of the people of Darjeeling and Dooars and apprised the House about their economic and developmental problems. He rightly pointed out that West Bengal has treated the people of Darjeeling and Dooars as second-class citizens despite two agreements being signed to create the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration.

Having said that, the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh would, however, like to point out that Shri Ahluwalia seems to have diminished the entire Gorkha aspirations for a separate state into an issue of local development. His speech referred to areas in his constituency like Chopra and Phansidewa and Sevoke Road and to matters of development like smart corridors and educational institutions and other benefits that were “promised during the formation of GTA”. In talking about these matters as being the main problem of the Gorkhas, Shri Ahluwalia seems to clearly think that changing the economic status of Gorkhas of Darjeeling and Dooars would resolve all issues about which the Gorkhas of India have been agitating since 1907.

The real truth behind the demand for Gorkhaland lies not in the economic status of the people of Darjeeling and Dooars, but in the insecurity that Gorkhas across India feel about their national identity and political existence. Resolving the economic issues raised by Shri Ahluwalia in his speech would meet the problems only half-way, and that too only for the Gorkhas living in Darjeeling and Dooars.

He failed to enunciate the real issue, which is of the Gorkhas being discriminated as citizens -- politically, socially and economically -- in other states of India on the erroneous ground that they are foreigners from Nepal who have entered India under the provisions of the 1950 India-Nepal Treaty of Friendship. While he rightly recalled the contributions of Gorkhas in defending India, even eloquently quoting Lata Mangeshkar, he failed to tell the country and the members of Parliament that these very same Gorkhas are treated as foreigners in their own country. The foundation of the demand of Gorkhaland is the need to concretise the Indian identity of Gorkhas, not economic deprivation as made out by Shri Ahluwalia in the Lok Sabha.
The honourable member of Parliament also requested the Speaker of the Lok Sabha to set up a committee to examine the long-pending demands of the region. The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh feels that the Central Government is well aware of all the nuances of the demand of the Gorkhas for a separate state, having been petitioned hundreds of times since 1907. There is no need for any panel to evaluate the problems of Darjeeling and Dooars. Rather, what is emphatically needed is Parliament’s support in setting up a Constitutional commission to determine the bifurcation, under Article 3 of the Constitution, of West Bengal and the creation of a new state comprising the Darjeeling-Dooars region.

The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh urges Shri Ahluwalia to take all steps to ensure that he represents the true sentiments of the Gorkhas and their demand in Parliament, keeping in mind that the biggest driver of his election from Darjeeling by a massive margin in 2014 was the hope that he would be an able spokesperson for the creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland, which is the only democratic measure that can resolve the identity and political insecurity of India’s Gorkhas.

Rev Dr Enos Das Pradhan, National President, Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh.

Source: TheDC

Indian Gorkhas for ST status in Delhi

10:47 AM
Darjeeling, 19 December: The chief of the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) Bimal Gurung and Darjeeling MP SS Ahluwalia met Union minister for tribal affairs Jual Oram at the Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi today. The communities got together under the banner of the Bharatiya Gorkha Janajati Sangharsha Mahasangh and was led by its central committee members Kanchan Gurung,  RB Raya,  SP Pradhan,  Amar Dewan,  BB Mangar,  Ratan Khawas, Deepak Mukhia and MS Rai, the GJMM
 said.
Indian Gorkhas for ST status in Delhi
10 Gorkha Communities representatives led by BImal Gurung, Shri S.S Ahluwalia and Shri Binoy Tamang met Shri. Jual Oram, Hon'ble Union Minister For Tribal Affairs at Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi
Mr Gurung, who is also the chief of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) reiterated the demand to immediately include 11 communities from Darjeeling and the Doaars regions in the Scheduled Tribe list. The 11 communities include Bhujel, Gurung, Mangar, Newar, Jogi, Khas, Rai, Sunwar, Thami, Yakhha (Dewan) and Dhimal.

Mr Gurung, along with Mr Ahluwalia and GJMM leader Binoy Tamang also placed a special demand of the Dhimal community for ST status.

According to GJMM leaders, Mr Oram assured the delegation that the demand would be “granted soon.” He also told the delegation that his Ministry has already started “processing” the matter and that a report will be submitted to the Home Ministry and the Cabinet.

Source: Statesman

SS Ahluwalia Places Central University Demand for GTA Region in the Parliament

9:36 AM
Speaking in a discussion on setting up of the proposed Mahatma Gandhi Central University in Champaran in Bihar, Darjeeling MP Shri. SS Ahluwalia placed the demand for a Central University to be formed in the GTA region as early as possible.
SS Ahluwalia Places Central University Demand for GTA Region in the Parliament
SS Ahluwalia Places Central University Demand for GTA Region in the Parliament
He congratulated the people of Champaran and the Government on the move to establish a new Central University in the district, and stated that, "I represent the people of Darjeeling, where the quality of higher education is much backward than the rest of the country. There is no University in the hills because of which the students from the hills have to travel to far off places like Delhi, Kolkata and Shantiniketan to attain higher education.But recently, a young student from Sikkim was sexually assaulted, and seeing the behavior of the Vice-Chancellor towards the victim, the hill students are terrified of going to these places for higher education, and are fearful about their personal safety and security."

He further stated that, "Under the GTA agreement the formation of a Central University has been mentioned, and it was a promise made by the UPA. I request PMO India Shri. Narendra Modi and the Hon'ble Human Resources Development Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani to kindly fulfill the promise made in the GTA agreement"

He added, "Children and students from the hill region should be able to continue and complete their higher education in the hills, for which I request the government to expedite the process of establishing a Central University in the Darjeeling region."

Source: DC

Rajnath Singh, agreed to set up a committee to examine Gorkhaland - Bimal Gurung

5:59 PM
Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister has agreed to set up a committee to examine our century old demand of Gorkhaland today.
Rajnath Singh, agreed to set up a committee to examine Gorkhaland
Shri S.S Ahluwalia along with the GJM delegation led by Shri Bimal Gurung, Shri Rooshan Giri, Shri Binay Tamang,
Shri Anit Tamang, Shri Swaraj Thapa, Shri Arun Sighchi and Shri Phoebe Rai
met Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister at the Parliament.
The GJM delegation  briefed the issue of a Central University for GTA area as it is a long standing demand of the people of the Hills. The GJM briefed the Hon’ble Minister that education is one of the most important pillars of a successful community and society, people living in the Darjeeling hills, Terai and Dooars region have been deprived of this fundamental and most basic of social rights by the succeeding Bengal governments. Darjeeling region is home to some of the best schools and colleges in India and students from all over Asia come to study in our beloved hills. Yet in terms of higher education, we severely lag behind the rest of India, due to a systematic oppression meted out by the Bengal government.

The GJM delegation also requested to expedite the inclusion of 10 communities namely Bhujel, Gurung, Mangar, Newar, Jogi, Khas, Rai, Sunwar, Thami, Yakhha (Dewan) and Dimal in the Schedule Tribe List.
The Hon’ble Home Minister appealed the GJM delegation to postpone their 3 day Delhi Dharna for Gorkhaland as the Government has decided to set up a committee to examine the demand of Gorkhaland. He also said that the new BJP Government was just 7 months old and wanted some time to look into our demands.

On Rajnath Singh ji’s request the GJM has decided to postpone the 3 day Delhi Dharna and ask the Central Government to expedite the formation of the committee to examine our demand for Gorkhaland.
The GJM has supported the BJP in the last elections because BJP has always been in favour of formation of smaller states. It should be noted that it was during the NDA’s rule that 3 small states of Uttarkhand, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh was created

The GJM will also have a public meeting on 7th December where we will announce our future political program and brief the public about political developments in Delhi.
The GJM will have a meeting on 27th November at 12.30 pm in Gorkha Rangamanch with all its central committee members, MLAs, Sub Division members, GTA members, Municipality Chairmans & Commissioners, all parent body members of the various organizations under the GJM regarding the recent political developments in Delhi and future political program of the party.

Bimal Gurung Official

Darjeeling MP Faces Heat Over Choice of Model Village

11:38 PM
The opposition parties have heavily criticized Darjeeling MP SS Ahluwalia on his choice of village for the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna.

Opposition leaders particular from the hills have condemned the move as being motivated by calculation of vote and vote bank than real development of an area which is hitherto neglected and marginalized as envisioned by the Prime Minister.

SS Ahluwalia in Naxal leader Kanu Sanyal's house
Pic by Kundan Yolmo: SS Ahluwalia in Naxal
leader Kanu Sanyal's house
Speaking to the press, DDUDF Chief Dr. M P Lama said, "We had repeatedly warned that we cannot afford to elect an outsider as our MP... this is what happens when you elect an outsider... SS Ahluwalai has no idea about the socio-economic and geographical realities of Darjeeling constituency... he is least bothered about the development of the hills... what has he done so far that exhibits that he has the best intentions towards Darjeeling hills? Nothing..."

Explaining his criticism Dr. Lama said, "see Hatighisa lies along a national highway... it is 20 kilometers away from a University and 22 kilometers away from a medical college... it is more or less already developed... as compared to places in the hills where the roads are yet to be built... or electricity is yet to be connected"

"Places like Todey-Tangta in Kalimpong sub-division and Jhepi in Rimbick region are far more deprived than Hatighisa," said Dr Lama

Ciriticising Ahluwalia's choice former Rajyasabha MP and CPI(M) leader Saman Pathak said, "there are so many villages in the hills that are yet to see even an iota of development... moreover Darjeeling hills haven't had any panchayat elections for the past 10 years... the state government has not handed over all the departments to GTA... in such a situation for the MP to select a village in the plains which is already more or less developed reeks of opportunism."

He further added, "it is shameful and hurtful that such a noble initiative which could be used to transform a marginalized and deprived village in the hills has been overlooked in favour of a village which sits next to a highway"



CPRM leader Govind Sharma added, "This MP has completely ignored the hills in favour of the plains... and its all right if you are focusing more on the plains as it is also part of Darjeeling district... but choose villages that really need development... not a one which sits next to national highway and already has access to schools, banks, hospitals... if you want to develop... develop those villages where there is no electricity or drinking water or health facilities."

MP Ahluwalia has stated that he will be spending around 24 crores to develop Hatighisa as a model village and transform it.

Speaking on the issue, Upendra an eminent political observer from the hills said, "see its all a matter of timing... with Siliguri Municipal Corporation and Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad elections round the corner, BJP is trying to make its presence felt in the plains... Going by the Votes polled in the MP elections... this time around BJP has a very good chance of forming boards at both SMC and SMP... given this it is but natural for them to be trying to strengthen their base in the plains..."

Moreover he adds, "Hatighisa is emotionally linked to numerous people in the plains due to its association with Charu Majumdar and Kanu Sanyal led Naxalite movement... so I see it as a very politically astute move... this will help BJP to consolidate Kamtapuri/Rajbanshi and Adivasi votes and at the same time it will send a message to other voters in the plains that BJP is serious about developing the region"

But he added, "this does not mean that Darjeeling MP will completely neglect the hills... as far as I remember he has already said that he will pick one village from the plains and one from the hills... lets wait and see which village he picks up from the hills. "

Darjeeling is one of the most complicated constituencies in terms of its geographical and socio-political equations, but if genuine effort is made to develop this region, then the people across the board, from the hills to the plains will stand as one and cooperate.


Darjeeling MP S.S.Ahluwalia - Bengal breeding ground for terrorists and extremists

12:22 PM
Blaming the West Bengal government for the recent blasts in Burdawan and Monday’s mayhem in Birbhum where three people were killed, senior BJP leader and Darjeeling MP S.S.Ahluwalia, on Tuesday  said Bengal had become a breeding ground for terrorists and extremists.
Darjeeling MP S.S.Ahluwalia
Darjeeling MP S.S.Ahluwalia

On the sideline of the National Sanitation Campaign that started in Darjeeling from Tuesday, the BJP leader said, “The Government of India has taken serious notes of the recent blasts in Burdawan and attack in a Birbhum village. Reports have come from across the border that Bangladesh’s terror outfit is operating from Bengal. This is harmful for the nation”.  He also alleged that 24 sleeper-cells of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) had already been formed in Bengal.
Three people were killed at Makhra a BJP dominated village in Birbhum
district on Monday when Trinamool Congress  activists attacked it and saffron party supporters retaliated. “The entire village had converted to our party, recently. However, the TMC could not take it and losing patience retaliated by attacking innocent villagers. It is also unfortunate that we have not got any administrative relief,” alleged Ahluwalia.
He was also of the opinion that efforts should be made to rebuild the confidence of the Birbhum villagers who were a distraught lot. “The confidence of the villagers is shattered by the attack. These
villagers are against the present regime and we must restore their confidence. And this can only be achieved if the rule of the land is upheld,” said Ahluwalia.
The Darjeeling MP also questioned the state government role in the Burdawan blast and the ongoing investigation. “It is only now that the state government has given its consent for the investigation by the NIA. However, what is also note-worthy is that illegal madrasas and gun and bomb factories are running in Bengal but no one has been arrested. This is because the Trinamool is hand in gloves,” alleged the BJP leader.
Critical of the West Bengal situation, Ahluwalia said: “The design has been exposed with the recovery of more than hundred live bombs in Burdawan including from health centres. It seems the bombs where hidden in health centres as no one would suspect it would be found in state government run offices. However, it could also be that this way bombs can also be kept in police station”.

Source:EOIC

GTA initiated Swaach Bharat Abhiyan in Darjeeling

10:12 PM
GTA (Gorkhaland Territorial Administration) initiated "Swaach Bharat Abhiyan" in Darjeeling to commemorate the 147th Birthy Anniversary of Sister Nivedita. GTA Chief Bimal Gurung, Darjeeling MP  SS Ahluwalia, Consulate General De France of Kolkata, Mr. Fabrice ETIENNE and Swami Nityasatyanda, Ramkrishna Mission Nievidta Educational & Cultutral Centre along with GTA sabha members were present in the event that was conducted at Chowrastha in Darjeeling.
Gorkhaland Territorial Administration observed Swaach Bharat Abhiyan Bimal Gurung and SS Ahluwalia
Gorkhaland Territorial Administration observed Swaach Bharat Abhiyan Bimal Gurung and SS Ahluwalia
Thousands of schoolchildren, GTA Elected Members, GTA officials and the people of GTA area picked up brooms and dustpans to clean the Queen of Hills.
GTA observed Swaach Bharat Abhiyan in Darjeeling- SS Ahluwalia and Roshan Giri
GTA observed Swaach Bharat Abhiyan in Darjeeling- SS Ahluwalia and Roshan Giri
"I along with all my elected members and GTA Officials have taken a oath that we will dedicate 100 hours every year , that is two hours every week towards cleanliness." Bimal Gurung

Bimal Gurung through his Facebook Official Page has made an appeal to all the Principals/Headmasters of the various Colleges and Schools to organize a program of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in their respective colleges and schools and to extend the program to the adjacent localities/neighbour throughout the year. He also requested all NGOs, Social Organizations and youths to spread the message of the "Swaach Bharat Abhiyan"

Pragati Sewa Sangh under Municipality ward no. 15 also initiated its cleanliness drive today at its locality along with GTA calls on PM Narendra Modi's ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’. Pragati Sewa Sangh has written letters to principals of nearby schools to teach the students about the cleanliness drive initiated by PM Modi. Members of Pragati Sewa Sangh also decided to hold such cleanliness drive every month at their vicinity.

Darjeeling MP SS Ahluwalia in Loksabha on new ministry for Himalayan affairs

1:38 PM
EXCLUSIVE: "I represent that part of India, where proud Gorkhalis reside" Darjeeling MP SS Ahluwalia in Loksabha - Speaking on the issue of separate Ministry for Himalayan States and Region in India.

Even though the government has said that creating a new ministry for Himalayan affairs as is not in the cards right now, Centre is committed to address the issues related to the region, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said.

He was replying to points raised during a discussion on a private member's resolution on 'creation of a new Union Ministry for development of Himalayan states'.

Text of speech made by Shri S S Ahluwalia in Loksabha
Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' (BJP), who had moved the resolution last week, later agreed to withdraw it hoping that in the near future the NDA government will set up a new ministry.

Singh said there is no doubt that that the hills have specific and "peculiar" problems.

"The government is committed to address the issue related to the Himalayan states...they are the repository of ethnic and cultural diversity," he said.

He said NDA government's first budget has made allocation of Rs 100 crore for creation of a Himalayan studies national centre.

Earlier, participating in the discussion, S S Ahluwalia (BJP) said the proposed ministry should be named as 'Ministry of Himalayan Region' [an excerpt from his speech has been included in the pic below].

Ashwini Kumar Choubey (BJP) said such a ministry was a must to coordinate during disasters.

Welcoming the resolution, BJP member Prahlad Patel said there should be an integrated approach to ensure development of the Himalayan region.

Another BJP member Anurag Singh Thakur said innovative ideas are needed for sustainable growth.

Congress member M Ramachandran also stressed on the need for having a holistic approach for developing the Himalayan region and added that having a separate ministry would help in ensuring sustainable development.

TRS member Konda Vishweshwar Reddy said "Hon. Chairman, Sir, on behalf of myself and on behalf of my party, Telangana Rashtriya Samiti, I support the resolution moved by our good friend, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal. We do have a Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region. In fact, we should have had this Ministry - Ministry for Development of Himalayan States – long back.

This whole range is around 2,500 kilometres right from Kashmir to
Arunachal Pradesh. Sikkim State was annexed to our country in the year 1975. Today, almost 40 years have already elapsed, but till now there is no railway line to Sikkim. There were developed railway links for Shimla, Ooty in southern range and Darjeeling and for many tourist spots in British India, but after Independence, I do not know whether any new railway lines have been made, except something as new as has happened very recently in Jammu and Kashmir.

Definitely, these Himalayan States were deprived of getting funds because they do not have their own strength to pull up money. So, I feel that it is very much necessary on the part of the Government of India to rescue them or to support all these States."

Vincent Pala (Cong) M P from Shillong added "Hon. Chairman, Sir, I thank you for giving me this chance to speak on the Resolution moved by Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

Sir, the Resolution is a very meaningful one. I support this Resolution because I too belong to a part of Himalayan region. Moreover, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the entire North Eastern States are a part of the Himalayan Region.

If you see in terms of sports, we get a lot of football experts from Sikkim, Darjeeling. We have got good boxers from Manipur. In songs competition my State Meghalaya used to be a champion. Even when President Obama came they called the singers from Mehalaya to sing for him."

We appreciate Darjeeling MP S S Ahaluwalia participating in the debate and highlighting the cause in favour of Darjeeling region and its people.

We also thank Shri. K V Redyy from Telangana and Shri Vincent Pala from Shillong for acknowledging the place, abundant resources and talent in Darjeeling

[In Pic: Text of speech made by Shri S S Ahluwalia in Loksabha]

Source: DC
 
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