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Tolerance plea, hand in hand with ‘ban’ Liquor off shelves in ‘state Gorkhaland’

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 9, 2009

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A shop with a ‘state Gorkhaland’ signboard.

Darjeeling, Nov. 8(TheTelegraph): Liquor has disappeared from shop shelves and panchayat offices have shut down in the “state of Gorkhaland”. Not only that, some owners of offshops have sat down to chalk out new business plans, not sure how long the ban on IMFL and country liquor will continue.

In the new phase of the agitation launched by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha yesterday, shop keepers and business establishments have started repainting their signboards, wiping off “West Bengal” and replacing it with “Gorkhaland”.

The wipe-out-Bengal (from signboards) movement had started early last year. With most of the signboards which had “Gorkhaland” written on paper stuck on them coming off, the party has once again asked the hill residents to sport new signboards. This time many were seen scribbling the word “state” before “Gorkhaland” with oil paint.

Morcha president Bimal Gurung has also called for a closure of gram panchayat offices as part of the agitation. “The block development offices will only be allowed to carry out the 100 days’ work schemes, issue old age pension, maternity allowances and register and issue death and birth certificates,” said Gurung.

While addressing a public meeting at Takdah, about 30km from Darjeeling, after laying the foundation stone of a private engineering college yesterday, Gurung said: “This is our last battle (for Gorkhaland) and we must come out victorious.” The leader also reminded the people that there would be no ban on the sale of locally brewed liquor likethongba and rakshi. “No one should disturb the sale of local liquor. Our objective is merely to stop revenue inflow to the state exchequer,” he added.

Many of the restaurants have started stocking up on the local brew, planning to serve it although it is illegal. However, they do not expect much administrative hassles, as there is little writ of law in the hills.

Under the Morcha instruction, the hills have already stopped paying electricity bills — outstanding amount have run up to Rs 42 crore from 2008 — land revenue and motor vehicle taxes since last year.

The state government is expected to lose around Rs 3 crore on revenue if the 19 offshops and 54 licensed bars in the hill remain shut for a month. Many businessmen who own offshops said they had started thinking of different business ventures. “But doing that is not easy. Nevertheless, we have to think of an alternative business as no one is sure how long the ban will be in place,” said an offshop owner.

Darjeeling, Nov. 8: Liquor has disappeared from shop shelves and panchayat offices have shut down in the “state of Gorkhaland”. Not only that, some owners of offshops have sat down to chalk out new business plans, not sure how long the ban on IMFL and country liquor will continue.

In the new phase of the agitation launched by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha yesterday, shop keepers and business establishments have started repainting their signboards, wiping off “West Bengal” and replacing it with “Gorkhaland”.

The wipe-out-Bengal (from signboards) movement had started early last year. With most of the signboards which had “Gorkhaland” written on paper stuck on them coming off, the party has once again asked the hill residents to sport new signboards. This time many were seen scribbling the word “state” before “Gorkhaland” with oil paint.

Morcha president Bimal Gurung has also called for a closure of gram panchayat offices as part of the agitation. “The block development offices will only be allowed to carry out the 100 days’ work schemes, issue old age pension, maternity allowances and register and issue death and birth certificates,” said Gurung.

While addressing a public meeting at Takdah, about 30km from Darjeeling, after laying the foundation stone of a private engineering college yesterday, Gurung said: “This is our last battle (for Gorkhaland) and we must come out victorious.” The leader also reminded the people that there would be no ban on the sale of locally brewed liquor likethongba and rakshi. “No one should disturb the sale of local liquor. Our objective is merely to stop revenue inflow to the state exchequer,” he added.

Many of the restaurants have started stocking up on the local brew, planning to serve it although it is illegal. However, they do not expect much administrative hassles, as there is little writ of law in the hills.

Under the Morcha instruction, the hills have already stopped paying electricity bills — outstanding amount have run up to Rs 42 crore from 2008 — land revenue and motor vehicle taxes since last year.

The state government is expected to lose around Rs 3 crore on revenue if the 19 offshops and 54 licensed bars in the hill remain shut for a month. Many businessmen who own offshops said they had started thinking of different business ventures. “But doing that is not easy. Nevertheless, we have to think of an alternative business as no one is sure how long the ban will be in place,” said an offshop owner.

: Liquor has disappeared from shop shelves and panchayat offices have shut down in the “state of Gorkhaland”. Not only that, some owners of offshops have sat down to chalk out new business plans, not sure how long the ban on IMFL and country liquor will continue.

In the new phase of the agitation launched by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha yesterday, shop keepers and business establishments have started repainting their signboards, wiping off “West Bengal” and replacing it with “Gorkhaland”.

The wipe-out-Bengal (from signboards) movement had started early last year. With most of the signboards which had “Gorkhaland” written on paper stuck on them coming off, the party has once again asked the hill residents to sport new signboards. This time many were seen scribbling the word “state” before “Gorkhaland” with oil paint.

Morcha president Bimal Gurung has also called for a closure of gram panchayat offices as part of the agitation. “The block development offices will only be allowed to carry out the 100 days’ work schemes, issue old age pension, maternity allowances and register and issue death and birth certificates,” said Gurung.

While addressing a public meeting at Takdah, about 30km from Darjeeling, after laying the foundation stone of a private engineering college yesterday, Gurung said: “This is our last battle (for Gorkhaland) and we must come out victorious.” The leader also reminded the people that there would be no ban on the sale of locally brewed liquor likethongba and rakshi. “No one should disturb the sale of local liquor. Our objective is merely to stop revenue inflow to the state exchequer,” he added.

Many of the restaurants have started stocking up on the local brew, planning to serve it although it is illegal. However, they do not expect much administrative hassles, as there is little writ of law in the hills.

Under the Morcha instruction, the hills have already stopped paying electricity bills — outstanding amount have run up to Rs 42 crore from 2008 — land revenue and motor vehicle taxes since last year.

The state government is expected to lose around Rs 3 crore on revenue if the 19 offshops and 54 licensed bars in the hill remain shut for a month. Many businessmen who own offshops said they had started thinking of different business ventures. “But doing that is not easy. Nevertheless, we have to think of an alternative business as no one is sure how long the ban will be in place,” said an offshop owner.

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