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Kalimpong landslide Six persons dead, six missing

9:16 AM
Six persons died and six went missing after heavy rains lashed Kalimpong subdivision last night and caused landslides.
The extent of damage caused by the 137mm rain, which Kalimpong received in 24 hours since 8.30am yesterday, is not yet known.

"Six persons died and another six are untraced. Of the six deaths, two are in the Kalimpong municipality area, two in block I, one each in blocks II and III," said Radhika Aiyar, the subdivisional officer of Kalimpong.

The rain triggered landslides at different places, causing widespread damage to houses, farmland and roads.

Six persons have been officially categorised as missing.

They are Ramesh Rai and Kusum Rai his wife from Nurserygaon at 7th Mile on the outskirts of the town and a four-member family from the remote Lingseykha village near the border with Sikkim.

Their names are not yet known.

The deceased include the son of the missing farmer couple, Amrit Rai, 9 who died after their house was swept away by a huge landslide when the family was sleeping.

Sanjay Gazmer, 30, and Priya Sarki, 25, died when their kutcha house came under slush during a landslide at Topkhana in the 11th Mile area of the town.

Alisha Rai, 18, of Minbusty in Gorubathan, D. Doma Sherpa, 14, from Lava village in Algarah block and Jai Prakash Rai, 60, from Paiyung village in Algarah block are also among the deceased.

Amrit Rai's elder brother, Vivek, 14, was injured in the incident, and is recovering at the Kalimpong subdivisional hospital.

Road links to many villages have been severed and acres of farmland have been destroyed.

"We are completely cut-off from the rest of the world. Please come and see our plight," said a teacher of a school in Gitdabling village, around 30km from here.

D. Nag, the block development officer of Kalimpong II, said many roads had been damaged and had cave-ins.

"Many villages in my block cannot be reached by road because of the damage caused by the landslides. We are finding it difficult to send teams to carry out damage assessment," he said.

P. K. Pal, the assistant meteorologist of the flood meteorology office in Jalpaiguri, said the amount of rain Kalimpong received in a period of 24 hours could be categorised as "very heavy".

"Yesterday, we had issued a warning for heavy rain in sub-Himalayan Bengal for the next 72 hours, but what happened last night was very heavy rain," he said over the phone.

Source: Telegraph

Landslide kills at least 20 people in Mirik and Kalimpong.

9:38 AM
1 July Darjeeling; 20 people have reportedly died due to landslides in Mirik and Kalimpong IN Darjeeling district so far.
Landslide kills at least 20 people in Mirik and Kalimpong.
Landslide kills at least 20 people in Mirik and Kalimpong.
In Mirik IT IS reported that at least 14 people have been killed in Limbu Gown alone, 3 people were killed in Mahendra Gown and 2 people were killed in Thana Line area.

Similarly in Kalimpong a Class 9 student was killed in Lava, and all roads to and from Lava are shut down. Even the injured have not been able to be taken to the hospital.

Last night's rain and high wind have caused landslides across Mirik region, and reports of at least 5 houses being damaged in Mirik town itself are coming in. Electricity lines are down, and many houses in Tingling T.E are supposed to have been damaged.

Early morning, excavators were pressed into service to clear the roads and electricity personnel are on their way to mend the lines which were downed last night.

Via - TheDC

Will work to make Kalimpong a separate District - Dr H.B.Chettri

9:49 PM
Kalimpong Celebrate 150yr being a part of India, Will work to make Kalimpong a separate District - Dr H.B.Chettri

Writes Nisha Chettri

An opening ceremony of 150th year of freedom from Bhutan and its annexation to India was celebrated with the speeches of retrospection by orators like H.B Chettri and Ganesh Mani Pradhan in Town Hall today, where a yearlong anniversary celebration has been decided to be celebrated soon.
The significance of the date was extolled after the article published in Statesmen by Sandip Jain- the editor of Himalayan Times. And a discussion with few people made Morcha of Kalimpong Sub-Division committee decide, to keep the historical date alive by an awareness ceremony.
Will work to make Kalimpong a separate District - Dr H.B.Chettri
Will work to make Kalimpong a
separate District - Dr H.B.Chettri
People of different political parties like Nanita Gautam of T.M.C, Dilip Pradhan of Congress, Tara Sundas of C.P.I.M, Kalyan Dewan of G.T.A, etc were present to pay homage to the years of sacrifice which Kalimpong made since time immemorial. The enthusiastic students of Kalimpong College also attended the program with utmost attention.
However H.B Chettri threw light on the importance of preserving the history of Kalimpong, He said ‘Learning about Jhasi’s Rani, Tatia Tope, etc have certainly improved our general knowledge but the requirement to learn about our own freedom fighters like Dal Bahadhur Giri and Jangabir Sapkota is neglected without doubt.’
He thrilled the audience by talking about the local characters which Kalimpong owned years ago and which is unheard today, he also mentioned to approach the education section to include the local history in the texts of the students. ‘We were ruled by Sikkim and Bhutan centauries ago, why we don’t study such histories first?’ he questioned.
Chettri later explained about the wide geography of the town which is 168 square kilometers, whose boundary starts from Sikkim Rangpoo and ends in Bhutan Todaytangta, that’s when he verbally declared to appeal the higher authorities to make Kalimpong a different district. ‘Kalimpong has a wide measurement, it has a large area, I will put up my effort to make Kalimpong a different district.’ Said chettri.
However the talk of the freedom’s celebration has taken a new turn and the student Morcha are positive and enthusiastic to celebrate a year-long program in order to remember and make the students aware of the importance of the date. ‘We would be encouraged to get an opportunity to organize or celebrate the freedom of Kalimpong; we will discuss more about it soon’ Said the central committee president of student morcha, Deep Thapa.


Two killed four injured in an accident near Rely-Pala Kalimpong

11:47 AM
Kalimpong : In a tragic accident involving a vehicle traveling from Magjing to Singhgaji which met with an accident near Rely-Pala, two people were killed on the spot and four others have been seriously injured.

Two killed four injured in an accident near Rely-Pala Kalimpong
Two killed four injured in an accident near
Rely-Pala Kalimpong
Sadly, all the passengers were of one family and they were returning home after attending the funeral of a relative in Magjing.

The deceased have been identified as Kamal Chettri (33) and Chandra Kumar Chettri (32), while the injured include the driver, Arun Chettri, and his helper, Puran Chettri, along with Kiran Chettri and Jhuman Chettri. The four were rushed to the Kalimpong sub-divisional hospital, where they are under treatment.

Puran Chettri said the driver lost control of the vehicle and it fell nearly 50 feet down a steep hillside.

Source: EOI

Sushma Swaraj may come to Kalimpong GJM-BJP public meeting

9:59 AM
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha is set to organize a public meeting on Thursday at Kalimpong as part of its election campaign for BJP candidate. GJM Kalimpong branch secretary Kumar Chamling said BJP candidate SS Ahluwalia and GJM chief Bimal Gurung will attend the meeting while leaders from both the parties will also be present. Chamling further said BJP heavyweight leader Sushma Swaraj is also likely to be present although this has not been confirmed yet.

Sushma Swaraj may come to Kalimpong  GJM-BJP public meeting
Sushma Swaraj may come to Kalimpong . 

Speaking to media persons, Chamling ridiculed independent candidate Mahendra P Lama for the condition the latter had placed in exchange of his support to Ahluwalia. “The BJP has clearly stated it favours formation of smaller states,” said Chamling. “The party has assured to fulfill the long-standing demand of the Gorkhas. I believe Dr. Lama knows what this demand of the Gorkhas is!”


Kalimpong - DDUDF election committee formed

10:48 AM
The Darjeeling Dooars United Development Foundation (DDUDF) and its associates, namely the CPRM, BGP, GRNM and AIGL, today formed a sub-division level election committee at a meeting held at the Shyamadevi Bhavan.

DDUDF apex committee members at a meeting in Kalimpong
DDUDF apex committee members at a
meeting in Kalimpong
Speaking to journalists later, DDUDF apex committee chairman and BGP president Enos Das Pradhan said Sonam Tshering has been elected as the convener of the sub-divisional election committee along with seven other members, including the CPRM’s Mohan Paudayal, BGP’s PK Pradhan, AIGL’s Pratap Khati and GRNM’s Dawa Pakhrin.

Pradhan said more election committees will be formed at the municipal and block levels to campaign for independent candidate Dr. Mahendra P Lama at the grassroots. The meeting as resolved to hold an interactive programme at the town hall here on March 31 where various community and religious organisations including representatives from educational institutes, civil society and students will also be invited. Further, the election committee will host a public meeting at Mela Ground on April 12 and several other functions will also be held in various places, informed Pradhan.

He also urged the GNLF to support Lama saying, “Ghisingh is the one who ignited the dream of statehood among us. It may be via the Sixth Schedule, but his ultimate goal is a Gorkhaland state. Dr Lama is in a mission to fulfill the dream he ignited. Ghisingh must support Lama at this crucial juncture.”

Taking a dig at the GJM and the BJP, Pradhan called them “fake pro-Gorkhaland” forces, adding no basis remains for believing their claims. He said, “People such as Ahluwalia are fake pro-Gorkhaland forces. They talk one thing in the parliamentary constituency and in another way in their manifestos. The BJP has not mentioned Gorkhaland anywhere in its election manifesto.”

He also condemned Mamata Banerjee for her speech in Gorubathan saying it was full of “threats”. Pradhan asserted Banerjee’s speech not only intended to “threaten a specific political party”, but was an “aggression on the self-esteem of the Gorkha community” as a whole.

Source: EOI

Chattrey Subba inaugurated BJP party office in Kalimpong

10:05 AM
The Kalimpong branch of the BJP today inaugurated its town party office here at RC Mintry Road. Former GLO leader Chattrey Subba, who recently joined the BJP, inaugurated the office in the presence of GJM women’s wing leaders Tara Lohar Lepcha, Mridula Subba and Lamu Sherpa, among others. 

Chattrey Subba inaugurating the BJP party office in Kalimpong.
Chattrey Subba inaugurating the BJP party
office in Kalimpong.

Chattrey Subba reiterated his commitment to the Gorkhaland issue and said he joined the BJP as it is in favour of formation of smaller states. A Gorkhaland state will certainly come into being once the BJP forms the government at the Centre, claimed Subba.


TMC Bhaichung Bhutia - Honesty will make politics an easy game

10:58 AM
Kalimpong - Darjeeling TMC Lok Sabha candidate Bhaichung Bhutia, who is campaigning in Kalimpong, today held a press meet where he said he would leverage his experiences in the football field by adopting them in the field of politics.

TMC Bhaichung Bhutia - Honesty will make politics an easy game
TMC Bhaichung Bhutia 
Despite having no practical experience in politics, working honestly will make it an easy game for him, according to Bhaichung. The man, renowned for his proficiency in soccer, added, “My coach used to say football is a game played with the foot instead of the lips. Thus I don’t want to engage in the politics of lies. I want to work with sincerity in this field. By successfully contesting from Darjeeling, I want to prove elections cannot be won money and muscle power alone.”

Bhaichung admitted he is aware of the people’s aspirations being attached to the Gorkhaland issue, but he will mainly focus on the issues of employment, education, housing and other basic needs. Averring that nothing has been gained from past statehood movements, the TMC candidate said the BJP will also fail to do anything in this regard. He accused BJP MP Jaswant Singh of not even bringing in development to the hills leave alone the formation of a state.

Slamming Singh further, he said, “As per information gained from a RTI filing, 99.9 per cent of the MP fund has been invested in Darjeeling constituency. But for what purposes have these funds been used? There are no records.”


GJM-backed BJP SS Ahluwalia poll campaign in Kalimpong

10:39 AM
Kalimpong - GJM-backed BJP candidate SS Ahluwalia today kick-started his poll campaign in Kalimpong. After he arrived around noon, Ahluwalia marched from Jangabir Sapkota Park to Dambarchowk waving to supporters accompanied by GJM assistant secretary Binay Tamang, GTA deputy chief executive Ramesh Alley, GTA chairman Lopsang Lama and other local GTA sabhashads. 

SS Ahluwalia in Kalimpong on Friday.
SS Ahluwalia in Kalimpong on Friday.
Ahluwalia met the GJM town leadership, party workers, minority community representatives, Hotel and Restaurant Association members and RSS activists. He assured them all of working with diligence to fulfill the aspirations of the hill people if elected to Parliament.

Speaking on his familiarity with the issues related to the region, the BJP candidate said, “I am well aware of the aspirations and problems of the Gorkhas. When the GJM ignited the statehood movement, I played my part of stalling the Sixth Schedule bill in Parliament. As I am acquainted with the problems of the Gorkha community, Bimal Gurung proposed my name from Darjeeling.”

He added, “If elected MP, I will fulfill my responsibility by earnestly raising the issues of the region in Parliament.”

The MP hopeful also said it is certain the saffron party will come to power at the Centre this time. Admitting the BJP government crumbled back in 1998 as it could not win the vote of confidence by a solitary number, Ahluwalia said, “One Darjeeling seat bears a lot of significance. If we can bag this seat, Narendra Modi’s government is certain to form at the Centre and the BJP government that comes to power will be the decisive one for the Gorkhas.”

He also took a dig at the Mamata Banerjee government and termed the recent warrants against GJM leaders and activists as “terror” tactics. “Just a few days ago, GJM leaders Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri shared the dais with Mamata Banerjee at the Brigade Ground in Kolkata. Why didn’t the police arrest them then? But no sooner did the GJM announce its support to the BJP, the TMC government issued arrest warrants in the names of GJM leaders and workers to unleash a rule of terror,” asserted Ahluwalia.

He said he will submit his nomination papers on March 24 while hinting Narendra Modi may likely visit Siliguri next week as part of his poll campaign.


Kalimpong - 35 GJM workers joined the CPM

10:58 AM
Around 35 workers of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha from Kalimpong subdivision joined the CPM here today, saying the hill party had become corrupt.

Led by Morcha leader Rohit Biswarkarma, the 30-odd youths walked into Anil Biswas Bhawan, the Darjeeling district CPM office. They joined the CPM in the presence of the party’s district secretary Jibesh Sarkar, former minister Asok Bhattacharya and Saman Pathak, the CPM candidate for the Darjeeling Parliament seat.

“We are disillusioned with the Morcha which has become a party of corruption now. Also, we sincerely feel that a permanent solution to the hill problem cannot be found by local and regional parties like the Morcha or Trinamul, which are opportunist,” said Biswakarma.

In the past two-three years, it was Morcha workers who have mostly switched to the Trinamul. Today’s switch was the first time when Morcha workers joined the CPM.

The new entrants into the CPM said Trinamul candidate for Darjeeling, Bhaichung Bhutia, might not solve basic problems faced by the people.

“All of us have joined CPM as we don’t think Bhaichung Bhutia can address our basic problems. We don’t think he can realise the problems faced by us like collecting drinking water from hilly streams because of the absence of water supply. It is only the CPM, which has the grassroots support, can address such issues,” said a Morcha worker.

Another Morcha worker said: “In the name of development, the Trinamul government has created a rift within different hill communities.”


Kalimpong - GNLF workers meeting held at Ramkrishna Rangamancha

9:16 AM
The sub-divisional branch of Gorkha National Liberation Front today held an interactive workers meeting here at Ramkrishna Rangamancha. This was the first large-scale political meeting GNLF has held here after reforming its Kalimpong committee. Despite Lok Sabha elections being just a month away, the leaders chose to skip the topic while addressing the gathering and focused on their long standing demand for sixth schedule.

Maurice Kalikotay addressing the GNLF
meeting in Kalimpong on Saturday
Branch president Maurice Kalikotay and leaders like Roshan Lama, Anil Lopchan, Sanjay Lama, Taramani Chettri and others stressed on patience, discipline and peaceful politics. The meeting also addressed by women wing branch president Sang Lamu Sherpa, advisors Gayatri Mukhia and Herakumari Tamang, student leaders Vivel Rasaily and Alka Tamang among others.

Kalikotay urged the party workers to expand and strengthen the party in both the rural and urban areas. “We must send a strong message of our resurgence in the hill politics. We must win people’s faith that GNLF can give them political security and direction,” he stressed.

Branch assistant secretary Anil Lopchan asserted on the demand for sixth schedule saying, “Taking a proper look at the complex history and geographical location of Darjeeling, Gorkhaland is more possible through sixth schedule than section 3A of the constitution.”

He also rubbished the allegations that sixth schedule would divide the Gorkha community and called it to be misleading. “Once all the sub-communities living here are granted the ST status where does the question of division arise? Aren’t the mushrooming demands for development boards already breaking the community?” Lopchan questioned. “The truth is the communities are going for development boards because of their dissatisfaction with the GTA,” he pointed out.

Lopchan batted for peaceful politics in the hills and said the party will not think of taking revenge on GJM for all the violence meted out to its supporters. He urged the party workers to move ahead with GNLF chief Subash Ghising’s ideology and agenda.


Kalimpong DDUDF branch set up

10:08 AM
Supporters of independent Lok Sabha candidate Dr. Mahendra P Lama today formed the Kalimpong unit of the Darjeeling Dooars United Development Foundation to intensify campaigning.
DDUDF logo
DDUDF logo

During a meeting at the Shyamadevi Bhawan, Lama’s supporters including BGP president Dr. Enos Das Pradhan, R Moktan, Bhawani Bagdas, Tshering Bhutia and many well-known figures of Kalimpong decided to launch an open campaign for the independent candidate.

National School Safety programme held in Kalimpong

9:11 AM
Kalimpong : A training programme on National School Safety was held here at the Ramakrishna auditorium under the joint initiative of the sub-divisional disaster management department, municipality and SDO office. Teachers associated with the National Service Scheme, National Cadet Corps, Scouts and Guides from about 50 schools in the sub-division participated in the event. Deputy Magistrate Bardan Lepcha, sub-divisional disaster management officer Dirmit Lepcha and Siliguri SDDMO Rinchen Lamu Sherpa were among the prominent guests.

A trainer explaining safety measures at the National School Safety Programme.
A trainer explaining safety measures at the
National School Safety Programme.
Dirmit Lepcha highlighted the targets of the national level programme on school safety while experts and departmental officers including NK Pradhan, SK Dikshit, Niyog Tamang and Sandesh Tamang were resource persons. They elucidated the trainee teachers on various safety measures that can be adopted during emergency situations during times of natural calamities.

Gorkha National Students’ Front formed in Kalimpong

10:32 AM
The Kalimpong unit of the Gorkha National Liberation Front today revived its student wing, the Gorkha National Students’ Front, during a meeting at the Shyamadevi Bhawan in Thakurvari. Considered an important wing of the GNLF, the GNSF had maintained a stony silence ever since the rise of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. 

New GNSF cadres in Kalimpong.
New GNSF cadres in Kalimpong.

The sub-division committee of the GNSF has Vivek Rasaily as its president, Upendra Sharma as vice-president, Alka Tamang as secretary, Manjil Chettri as assistant secretary, Samir Ali as treasurer and Roshan Rai as publicity secretary along with 11 other members.


Kalimpong CPRM committee wants own candidate in Lok Sabha polls

10:58 AM
The Kalimpong town committee of the CPRM feels the party should field its own candidate in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls instead of extending support to another party. Twelve members of the town committee today held a meeting and came up with this decision.
CPRM leader Sudan Pradhan said the town committee is aware of the fact that everyone is curious about the party’s stance and now the decision has been made to demand the high command for a candidate from within the party rank.
He added the town committee will soon be dispatching letters to the CPRM central committee, Kalimpong sub-divisional committee and the party’s election committee intimating them about the town committee’s resolution.
“The CPRM has remained resolute with the demand for a separate state since 1999 and we want to field our own candidate this time. We will intensify activities for statehood achievement after this,” the town leader asserted.
The CPRM town committee is currently focused on anti-corruption movements. Its members along with those of the sub-divisional committee are scheduled to meet the BDO next week. Pradhan alleged rampant corruption is taking place in the ongoing MGNREGS schemes in the hills. He said party representatives will meet the BDO and bring to notice the problems being faced by the common people when dealing with the 100 days work scheme. 

Source: EOIC

Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) meeting in Kalimpong

10:25 AM
GNLF cadres with party flags in Kalimpong on Saturday.The Kalimpong unit of the Gorkha National Liberation Front today released a press statement announcing to have held its first meeting. Branch committee chief convener Maurice Kalikotay said party representatives from eight constituencies under Kalimpong region were present at the meeting. He further said the committee will organise a public meeting in town for which the administration will be approached shortly.

The statement added the Kalimpong GNLF branch committee has been recently formed and is awaiting formal approval from the party central committee.

GJM rally in Kalimpong for Gorkhaland after T-Bill

10:38 AM
Kalimpong - GJM Gorkha Janmukti Morcha after passing of the Telangana Bill (T-Bill) in the Parliament will hold a rally on Sunday 23rd Feb 2014 to press its demand for Gorkhaland in the Kalimpong town.

GJM rally in Kalimpong for Gorkhaland after T-Bill
File Photo GJM rally in Kalimpong for Gorkhaland 

“The Telangana Bill’s passage proves the consent of the state government is not necessary in remapping the concerned state’s boundaries. We had been stressing this all the while. The Centre will have to bifurcate West Bengal without the state government’s consent as has been done in the case of Telangana.” said Kumar Chamling the sub-divisional samiti secretary of the GJM kalimpong.

He added the passage of the T-Bill in the Lok Sabha strengthens the demand for Gorkhaland as it has supported the formation of the smaller state in India by doing so.The GJM has kept aside provisions for scrapping the GTA in the GTA accord and demanding a state.

International Mother Language Day observed in Kalimpong

The state Information and Cultural Department and the Nepali Sahitya Adhyan Samiti today jointly commemorated International Mother Language Day at Bhaichandra Sabhagriha in 10 Mile.

Observing International Mother Language Day in Kalimpong on Friday.
Observing International Mother Language
Day in Kalimpong on Friday.
International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity.The programme was attended by prominent writers including MB Pradhan, Sanumati Rai and BR Chettri where discussions were held on one’s mother tongue and its importance. Prof. Nirmala Das and journalist Bhuwan P Khanal delivered lectures on the importance of one’s mother language.


GJM-TMC Supporters clash in Kalimpong over PHE Contracts

3:35 PM
Exclusive: GJM-TMC Supporters Battle it out in Kalimpong: Clash over PHE Contracts? or Inter-Party feud?

Kalimpong was on edge today, due to clash between Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and Trinmool Supporters. As the report of GJM-TMC clash trickled down, the town started to shut down, causing widespread fear and panic among the residents. So far, reports say that 8 people have been seriously injured during the clash and have been brought to Siliguri. 

GJM-TMC Supporters clash in Kalimpong over PHE Contracts
GJM-TMC Supporters clash in Kalimpong 
According to GJM supporters, the incidence was a case of “TMC goons starting to terrorize the hill people.” GJM has accused that TMC leader Tshewang Bhutia had been calling the home of GJM supporter Mr. Suman Gurung who lives in Chandralok, Kalimpong and threatening him and his family on a regular basis. On Tuesday 18th of February Mrs. Suprina Thapa, wife of Mr. Suman Gurung had lodged a police complaint against Tshewang Bhutia for threatening her husband and harassing her entire family. Today around noon, as the news of the clash between GJM and TMC supporters broke out, some unknown individuals ransacked Mr Suman Gurung’s house. However, GJM accuse that the police has literally turned a blind eye against the excesses of TMC supporters.

On the other hand Hill TMC president Chewang Bhutia has alleged that GJM youths attacked his party workers with Khukhuris. Sonam Bhutia, Yakin Lamichane, Pravakar Thakuri, Sundar Basnet, Aviraj Ghatani, Sukden Lepcha and party’s Kalimpong youth convener Pranay Thulung were also injured during the brawl along with a few other TMC supporters. Bhutia later called for a press meet and said that 12 TMC activists were in the canteen when around 35 GJM youths attacked them unprovoked, causing serious injuries.

Those who are aware of the situation however say that the clash could have been resulted due to increasing turf war over PHE, PWD and MES contracts and not a clash between political parties. Just that those who are involved in contracts are mostly supporters of either GJM or TMC, because of which it looks like inter-party feud, which it is not.

Once the news of the clash became more common, the shops in Kalimpong had started to shut down, but GJM Yuva Morcha supporters urged the shopkeepers to keep the town open.

Anticipating trouble, police and CRPF have been deployed in Kalimpong and despite the blame game, so far no arrest have been reported

[A DT exclusive report with Inputs from sources in the field + Eyewitness reports. 
Pics sources: kalimpongonlinenews]

Kalimpong Krishak Kalyan Sangathan demands implementation of Forest Act

11:36 AM
The Kalimpong Krishak Kalyan Sangathan has accused the state government of failing to implement the Forest Act in the Darjeeling hills that was passed in 2006.

Kalimpong Krishak Kalyan Sangathan demands implementation of Forest Act
Kalimpong Krishak Kalyan Sangathan demands
implementation of Forest Act
According to Sangathan general secretary Bishnu Chettri, Act has still not been implemented and this is unfortunate on the part of the state government. He said deputations have been sent to the Forest and Environment Ministry along with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs over the issue. The undue delay in implementation has deprived more than 1 lakh forest dwellers across 143 settlements of several facilities.

 “These people are worried about their future,” said Chettri. “There are several associations in the forest settlements that have been demanding the implementation of the Act, but the government has turned a deaf ear to their pleas.”

Source :Eoi

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