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GTA Casual workers threaten agitation over regularization issue

12:48 PM
Darjeeling 12 May 2016 Casual workers employed in the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) today threatened to start an agitation next month to pursue their long-pending demand for regularization.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-affiliated Janmukti Asthai Karmachari Sangathan (JAKS), today held a ‘pratanidhi sabha’ or a representatives’ meeting and passed a resolution to take up the regularisation issue as also to demand a raise to their salary once the Assembly results are out.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, JAKS general secretary Kishan Gurung said, “We have waited a long time on year after year of government assurances, but nothing concrete has materialised. Our members are frustrated now. We have given the state government a deadline till June of this year to address our demand; otherwise we will take to the streets.”

Today’s meeting was attended by representatives of 42 units, from Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong, Mirik, Bijanbari and Tukdah. The GTA presently employs 5,300 workers on temporary basis. These workers were earlier employed under the now-defunct Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council on meagre remunerations.
GTA Casual workers threaten agitation over regularization issue
Deepak Sharma and Kisan Gurung - spokesman for the Jamukti Asthai Karmachari Sangathan - a file photo
After a series of agitations between 2008 and 2011, the then state government had assured to employ 2,372 workers on permanent basis, but that promise has failed to see the light of day. “We will write to the new government about our demand and the resolution we passed today,” Gurung said.

The GJM too, has taken up the regularisation issue in many rounds of bipartite and tripartite talks with the state and central governments as the matter finds mention in the GTA agreement and act.

Further, the JAKS wants the state government to include in practicality the group A and B employees under the enhanced pay structure. Presently, the state government has implemented a pay-band structure with a ceiling for the casual workers. In March this year, the state government enhanced the salary of the workers, but only group C and D workers have benefited. “Only C and D group workers’ salaries have increased and not of the A and B grades even though they are included under the enhanced pay structure as per the state government order,” pointed out Machendra Subba, the JAKS president.

After the enhancement, group C and D workers are getting Rs 22,500 and Rs12,000, respectively per month. Prior to that, the amounts were Rs 8,500 and Rs 6,500, respectively. Meantime, engineers, doctors, high school teachers and managers, who come under the A and B groups, get paid anywhere between Rs 13,500 and Rs 26,000.

Another resolution the casual workers discussed and passed was on the interference in the independent functioning of the GTA. The JAKS has demanded changes in the GTA agreement and act to negate unnecessary meddling by the state government on issues already transferred to the GTA so as to ensure its autonomy in the true sense of the word.


Two Confirmed Dead in the Relling Bijanbari Accident

12:00 PM
The district administration has confirmed that two people died in the dangerous accident that took place at NS Golai in Relling near Bijanbari at 9.20 pm on 17th April under Darjeeling District. The vehicle was a Sumo Gold carrying 7 people who were on Election duty. The was vehicle was returning from Relling to Darjeeling after completion of the poll. Among the deceased is a CRPF jawan from Kerala and a Polling officer from Kalimpong. The two among the remaining 5 are said to be in serious condition.

Here is the complete list of people in the vehicle:

Two Confirmed Dead in the Relling Bijanbari Accident
Pics Yogesh Zina, Darjeeling
Darjeeling Municipality Chairman and GJM Candidate from Darjeeling Mr. Amar Rai today visited the three poll personnel who have been brought to the district hospital following the accident of their vehicle near Relling in Bijanbari last night.

Darjeeling Municipality Chairman Visits Injured Poll Personnel
Darjeeling Municipality Chairman Visits Injured Poll Personnel

One Dead As Poll Vehicle Skids off the Hill in Bijanbari Darjeeling

8:31 AM
Darjeeling 17th April 2016 One CRPF Jawan was killed last night after a vehicle carrying polling personnel plunged down a hill near Relling in Bijanbari Darjeeling.

According to police, the vehicle was carrying 7 polling personnel, which included 2 CRPF Jawans who were returning after conducting the polls. Due to rain the vehicle skidded off the road and plunged down a hill.

Sadly a CRPF jawan NC Pradhan was killed on the spot, while three others were grievously injured. The three critically injured polling personnel were brought to Darjeeling District Hospital and are undergoing treatment.
Bijanbari Darjeeling

Police sources stated that the EVM Machine was recovered with the help of locals, firebrigade and civil defense personnel.

"A CRPF constable died and six were injured when a vehicle carrying the polling team from Bijanbari in Darjeeling constituency fell into a gorge around 8.30pm. The EVM was recovered and the injured were taken to hospital" - Telegraph

Via The DC

Bimal Gurung inaugurated the new building of the upcoming degree college in Bijanbari

7:33 AM

Darjeeling 2 Mar 2016 Gorkhaland Territorial Administration chief executive Bimal Gurung today inaugurated the new building of the upcoming degree college in Bijanbari, the construction of which started in 2012. Last month, the GTA chief also opened a new building of Mirik College keeping with the hill body’s plan to promote education in the hills.

The college was established in 1995 at Lower Samelbung, 5km from Bijanbari. Students had to face a lot of problems due to the distance. The college has now been shifted near the market area at Chungtung Tar and is spread over 6 acres of land. The new building is three-storeyed and the college offers B.A. general courses in History, English, Political Science, Economics and Nepali.

Sameer Sharma, the teacher in-charge of the college, said, “We had submitted a requirement request to the GTA following which the new building was built. Now that we have a new structure with more space and facilities, we will apply for Honours courses as well, although this will depend on the roll strength.”

The new building, which has been built at a cost of Rs7.3 crore, will be able to accommodate 450 students in 12 classrooms. The students come from areas such as Rimbick, Sukhaypokhari and Goke. The new building also has three staff rooms and a multi-purpose hall. It presently has six teaching and eight non-teaching staff members. “We will shift to the new building at the end of this week. And we hope to start the session in April when the Part 3 exams start,” said the teacher in-charge.

While unveiling the new building, the GTA chief executive said it was a gift to the people of Bijanbari and to the future of the students.

“There is more work to be done in the hills. The GTA will strive to work for the people. This college is a gift to the students of the region as they are our future,” said Gurung.

The GTA has promised to provide two buses to the college as has been done for Mirik College. “This college and the one in Mirik have been built from central government funds and nothing has come from the state government. Vidyasagar High school here will also be converted into a model school,” said Gurung.

The cost of the entire project is pegged at Rs7.3 crore and the new building has been constructed at half the cost, with more work to be taken up in the second phase. An administrative building, fencing of the campus, water supply, a science block, hostel facilities and a playground will be constructed later.


Stop selling the Gorkhaland dream - Harka Bahadur Chettri

9:24 AM
Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri who is set to float a new political party called for an end to politics of "sentiments" and stopped short of selling the Gorkhaland dream at a public meeting in Bijanbari today.

The two other main speakers, Mahendra P. Lama and Amar Lama, however, raised the statehood issue at the rally. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has been attacking Chhetri and his team over the past couple of days, saying they were not bothered about the Gorkhaland issue.

"Gorkhaland has become a signboard. One can use it to sell anything," said Chhetri. "Let's stop politics of sentiment. Just because someone in Siliguri on seeing us (hill people) says whether we want to go to Kakarvitta (border town in Nepal), we get emotional. We can simply tell them that we are not going there (Kakarvitta)," he added.

After the meeting, when asked about his stand on Gorkhaland, the Kalimpong MLA said: "The ultimate goal is Gorkhaland but at the moment, we want to create a strong foundation for it."

However, Amar and Mahendra sought to counter the campaign by the Morcha that they were not keen on the statehood issue. "A false propaganda is being spread against us. We want to say we have not left the statehood demand," said Amar.

In his address, Mahendra, the former vice-chancellor of Sikkim University, said: "The seed of statehood has been sown from Bijanbari (Bijan in Nepali means seed)...... The statehood demand, however, is slowly dying as Gorkhaland is not being raised in Parliament (by Darjeeling MP S.S. Ahluwalia). This is very sad. One cannot get Gorkhaland at Jantar Mantar or in the shopping malls of Delhi."

All the three main speakers during most part of their speeches criticised Morcha president Bimal Gurung and others in the party.

Bijanbari is around 40km from Darjeeling.

Sources said Chhetri was likely to announce the launch of a new party on January 14.

Satish Pokhrel, a GTA Sabha member, said the speeches clearly showed that there was no co-ordination among the leaders of the new front. "Chhetri's speech proves that he is working at the behest of the state government," said Pokhrel.

Source: Telegraph

Bijanbari Bazar witnessed a mournful start to Diwali.

9:22 AM
Today people of Bijanbari bazaar gathered near Meena Hotel with the candles in their hands and sorrows on their faces to mourn for the past tragedy that occurred in Bijanbari valley on 22nd October 2011 in which at least 32 people had been killed and more than 100 injured as a wooden suspension bridge collapsed at Bijanbari.
Bijanbari Bazar witnessed a mournful start to Diwali.
Bijanbari Bazar witnessed a mournful start to Diwali.
A candle rally was conducted by the people of Bijanbari in the memory of the deceased souls of the Bijanbari Bridge Tragedy. The rally reflected the emotions of the general public towards the lost souls of the tragedy and their families.
The rally started at 6 o’clock after the heart melting speech from Kavi Manprasad subba who told that the incident have left a scar on Bijanbari which can never be erased. He also expressed condolences to the families of the people who died in the incident.
After an hour the rally finally came to end at 7 o’clock in the newly constructed bridge of Bijanbari with the substancial participation from the youths of Bijanbari.
The program that was conducted within a short notice was a success for the people of Bijanbari.
We remember those who lost their life in this sad tragedy!!

[Report: Palson Sherpa for The DC, Pic: Neha Fezong Agam Chowk Bijanbari]

GTA sabhasad Kaziman Lohagun arrested for allegedly supplying firearms

8:57 AM
The Darjeeling police today arrested Pul-Bijanbari-Goke constituency Gorkhaland Territorial Administration member Kaziman Lohagun for his alleged involvement in supplying firearms to six persons who are presently under arrest for threatening a landowner in Jamuney. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha launched an immediate protest and demanded his release within 48 hours.

GTA sabhasad Kaziman Lohagun being led away by the police Friday afternoon.
GTA sabhasad Kaziman Lohagun being led away by
the police Friday afternoon.
According to Darjeeling SP Akhilesh Chaturvedi, the GTA sabhasad was arrested on the basis of a statement made to the police by the six persons who are in seven days police custody.

“The six arrested persons have stated that Lohagun supplied them with weapons. We arrested the GTA sabhasad this morning on this basis,” he said.

On June 17, Shukraj Limbu, Jaikishan Pradhan, Dutnath Chowrasia, Subash Khatri, Dipak Kumar Rai and Navin Limbu were arrested on the charge of threatening Manilal Tamang, a landowner in Jamuney. The six have been slapped with Sections 447 (criminal trespass), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intent) of the IPC read with Sections 3 (IV, V, X and XV) of Prevention of Atrocities on Scheduled Caste and Tribe Act.

Lohagun was produced at the chief judicial magistrate court in the afternoon and has been sent to five days police remand.

“During interrogation, the six arrested persons admitted Lohagun could be in possession of more weapons. Hence, to interrogate him further and recover more firearms, CJM court in-charge Rafiq Ahmed sent the sabhasad to five days police remand,” informed the Assistant Public Prosecutor.

The APP also said the names of two more persons have cropped up while interrogating the six arrested. So far, an improvised gun, a rod and a khukuri have been recovered from the six.

Nine land losers of Jamuney have objected and lodged a complaint against the GTA for forcibly acquiring their land without compensating them. The GTA plans to convert Jamuney into a tourist spot.

Lohagun’s arrest has sparked protests from the GJM with party leaders demanding his release within 48 hours and serving a deputation to the district administration.

“The police have arrested an elected member, who is also a senior citizen and a chronic diabetic. We protest against this move and demand his unconditional release. We will wait till Sunday evening and if Lohagun and the others are not released, we will start a democratic agitation,” warned GJM assistant general secretary Binay Tamang. The GJM also plans to write to the union and state home secretaries apprising them about the sabhasad’s arrest.

Bijanbari town today witnessed a total shutdown in protest following Lohagun’s arrest. Tamang said this was a spontaneous response from the people to the arrest. No untoward incident was reported from the area.

The assistant general secretary, who is also a GTA executive member and heads the information and cultural affairs department, further informed the GTA Sabha will convene an emergency meeting Saturday and adopt a resolution on the arrest.

Commenting on the Jamuney issue and the subsequent arrests, Tamang claimed the entire episode is politically motivated and smells of deep conspiracy.

“Land in Jamuney is not being taken over by the land mafia. It is the GTA, an autonomous body, which is developing the area into a tourist hub for everyone’s benefit. The project was started with the consent of the GTA principal secretary, who is appointed by the state government,” the GJM leader said, adding 12 landowners have signed on the dotted line expressing their willingness to part with their land for development purposes.

Source: EOI

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