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GJM delegation rushes to Delhi to meet PM

india Updated: Aug 04, 2011 21:27 IST
Amitava Banerjee
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A four member Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) delegation led by president Bimal Gurung rushed to Delhi on Thursday from Kolkata. In Delhi the delegation is expected to meet the Prime Minister.

The GJM members were in Kolkata to attend an all party meeting called by chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

The four member delegation comprises of Bimal Gurung, General Secretary Roshan Giri and Central Committee members Jyoti Rai and Diwakar Gurung.

"We will be meeting the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister in Delhi" stated Giri.

Though Giri abstained from divulging the issues to be discussed in the meeting, sources state that the meeting would focus primarily on the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA- the new administrative mechanism in the formation stage for Darjeeling.)

Another important issue that would definitely crop up in the meeting is the inclusion of the Reserve Forests in the GTA. Para 11 of the Annexure A – List of subjects to be transferred to the GTA states "Management of any forest, not being reserved Forest…"

The GJM feels that GTA not being able to exercise control over Reserve Forests would create confusion.

"Duality of administration in the GTA would create confusion only. To avoid this Reserve forests should come under the GTA" stated Harka Bahadur Chettri, GJM Spokesperson.

The GJM had echoed similar sentiments during the meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. Banerjee had remarked that she has sent a note to this effect to the Union Government and is awaiting the Centre's response.