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New administrative framework to come up in Darjeeling

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 11, 2009

PTI

New Delhi, Aug 11 (PTI) The Centre today agreed to abolish the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council and work for setting up an alternative administrative framework in the hill district of West Bengal.

At a tripartite meeting between the Centre, West Bengal government and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, it was also decided to appoint an interlocutor to carry forward the discussions and send a central team to Darjeeling to review the development works there.

“It was agreed, in principle, to repeal of the DGHC Act 1988. The repeal of the Act would be in process as soon as an alternative administrative setup/ framework is finalised through mutual consultations and agreement,” Union Home Secretary G K Pillai announced after the meeting.

The three sides agreed that the proposal for establishment of a Hill Council under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution would be dropped.

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