GTA wants 3-tier panchayat for hills
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A delegation of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today and urged her to amend the GTA Act to ensure a three-tier panchayat structure in the regional autonomous body.
"A full fledged three-tier panchayat system with a zilla parishad will benefit the people," Ramesh Aaley, deputy chief executive of GTA, said at the Writers' Buildings.
Aaley and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung had written to Mamata in this regard, saying that the existing panchayat structure is two-tier. An amendment to the GTA Act would be required to upgrade the structure to three tier, the GTA members said.
Mamata assured them she would raise the issue with the Centre, Aaley said.
During the meeting, the GTA members raised the issue of inclusion of Gorkhaland Police (GLP) personnel in the state police forces. "There are about 2,000 youths in the camps. We urged the Chief Minister to give a solid package and bring them under West Bengal Police," Aaley said. He said Mamata had directed the Chief Secretary and Home Secretary to pass an order in this regard.
Mamata is expected to hold a meeting in Darjeeling with the GTA members and districts officials in this regard soon. A meeting with the BESU V-C Ajoy Ray was also held today. They assured the CM that they would draft a proposal to set up a second campus of BESU at Kalimpong. "The land has been identified and construction will start after we prepare the draft proposal," said GJM.
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