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Centre agrees to scrap Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 12, 2009

New Delhi:In A move that will effectively bring to an end the 20-year-old legacy of Subash Ghising’s Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) over the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland, the Union Government on Tuesday agreed “in principle” to repeal the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) Act, 1988.

Its repeal will mean an end to the Ghising-led Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council once an alternative administrative framework is put in place.

The agreement was reached during the third round of tripartite talks between the Government of India, the Government of West Bengal and representatives of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). Union Home Secretary G K Pillai, West Bengal Chief Secretary A K Chakraborty and GJM’s Anmole Prasad led their respective delegations.

“It was agreed, in principle, to repeal the DGHC Act, 1988. The repeal of the Act would be processed as soon as an alternative administrative set-up/framework is finalised through mutual consultations and agreement,” Pillai said.

Source:Indian Express

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