July 17, 2014 12:30:36 pm
The Darjeeling district administration will hold an “administrative programme” on Wednesday where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will address the people of the hills.
The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), run by leaders of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), has not been invited to attend the programme.
“We have not received any official communication. Our party president (Bimal Gurung, chief executive of GTA) has not been invited either.The GTA has been kept out of the programme. So there is no question of attending it. We do not even know what the programme is all about and where in Darjeeling they plan to hold it,” said Benoy Tamang, GJM’s assistant general secretary and also an executive member of the GTA.
Sources in the administration said Mamata will announce certain area-related projects while also inaugurating a slew of other projects which include a Safari park near Siliguri (to be built on 600 acres of land) and Balasan water project from where drinking water would be supplied to Darjeeling town.
The Safari park is a Rs 200 crore project taken up by the state forest department.
Mamata will also officially announce the formation of Tamang Board, added the source.When asked about GTA members’ claiming of not receiving an invitation, north Bengal development minister Gautam Deb said: “I have not organised the programme. It has been organised by the district administration and so they will be in a better position to tell why GTA members have not been invited.”
Meanwhile, a GJM delegation held meeting with BJP Darjeeling MP, S S Ahluwalia, on budget allocations. In both the rail and union budget released by the Centre recently, Darjeeling did not find any mention. GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said, “We spoke to our MP about the budget. He has promised us to look into the matter.”
Tamang,confirmed that the central government has said that it will include several developmental projects for Darjeeling in the ‘supplementary budget’.
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