No fewer than 102 departments, including, of course, the police: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung has demanded all that, and more, as part of an interim arrangement till his dream of a new state of Gorkhaland is realised.
Unveiling his proposal at Kalimpong in West Bengal on Monday, 500 km from Kolkata, Gurung said he wanted the interim body to be called either the Gorkhaland Regional Authority or Darjeeling and Dooars Regional Authority.
Gurung’s proposal includes setting up a high court in the hills. He has demanded departments such as ports, though Gorkhaland is landlocked.
GJM leaders want the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council Act, 1988 to be repealed, and the proposed regional authority to take charge till December 31, 2011.
The proposed structure of the authority includes a regional board, with a speaker, deputy speaker and at least 55 elected members. Gurung has demanded that the EC conduct the election to the body.
Gurung also named eight GJM negotiators for the tripartite talks, between the Centre, West Bengal leaders and GJM members, slated for Thursday.
“Three of four more rounds of talks are required to come to a settlement regarding the interim setup,” Gurung said.
“All Gorkhas must be declared Scheduled Tribes to preserve the unique cultural heritage, tradition and ethnicity of the Gorkha community,” said the GJM proposal.
The GJM has also redrawn the map for Gorkhaland that now excludes some parts of the Dooars region.