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Govt gives GJM just a small rope

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 13, 2009

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai shakes hands with GJM leader Anmol Prasad in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai shakes hands with GJM leader Anmol Prasad in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

Kolkata:Even as the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) started to rejoice at the decision taken at the tripartite meeting in Delhi on the abolition of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) — it says it is the first step towards the formation of a separate Gorkhaland — the state government made it clear that the demand of a separate state was not acceptable to it.

The tripartite meeting was held between the state government, the GJM and the Centre in New Delhi on Monday. “The people of Darjeeling have lots of grievances and we can take steps for their redressal and total development of the Hills. But that does not require the creation of a separate state. We don’t think that is necessary,” Chief Secretary Asok Mohan Chakrabarti, who led the state government’s delegation, said on Tuesday.

The chief secretary said the state government was soon going to send two officials to Darjeeling to find ways of utilisation of Rs 70 crore in central funds lying with the DGHC. At the meeting, it was also agreed that an alternative administrative set-up would come up in place of the DGHC, which would be scrapped.

Source:The Indian Express

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