Govt sets up panel to verify Sen report on GTA

The state government on Saturday set up a three-member fact verification committee to examine the factual aspects of the Justice Shyamal Sen Committee report that has offered five mouzas to be incorporated in the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:June 17, 2012 12:11 am

The state government on Saturday set up a three-member fact verification committee to examine the factual aspects of the Justice Shyamal Sen Committee report that has offered five mouzas to be incorporated in the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).

A 20-member Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today held a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and informed her that the GJM leadership has outrightly rejected the Justice Sen report.

Mamata accepted the GJM’s demand to verify the facts of areas where the GJM has objections and formed the verification committee. The GJM leadership had threatened to launch a fresh stir in the Hills and adjoining Terai and Dooars.

The GJM accepted the state government’s move but did not make it clear whether they would allow the government to hold the GTA elections scheduled next month.

Following the meeting,GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said party chief Bimal Gurung will be informed and the next course of action will be decided.

Giri,however,evaded queries on the GTA elections. “We have not come today to hold talks about the GTA elections.”

Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh,who attended the meeting,said the GJM did not oppose holding of GTA elections. The election schedule for GTA would be notified immediately,Ghosh said while adding the election will be held in the existing Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council.

“The fact verification committee,headed by North Bengal Development Department secretary Manoj Agarwal,will look into representations that will be submitted by any person,association or group on the factual aspects of the Justice Sen committee report,” Ghosh said. The official notification for delimitation of the constituencies in DGHC areas would be published next week.

Since election will be held in existing DGHC areas,it will have no relation with either the Justice Sen Committee report or the fact verification committee,Ghosh said.

At today’s meeting,the GJM is learnt to have told the CM that the criteria on which the inclusion of mouzas would be decided were not looked into by the Sen report. “The GJM think that more mouzas would have been recommended to be incorporated in the GTA had all the criteria been looked into properly,” sources in the government said.

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