JUST IN: Tripartite meeting held on Gorkhaland

JUST IN: Tripartite meeting held on Gorkhaland – nothing conclusive, yet another significant step forward ?!!

From Press Trust of India
By PTI Staff Writer

New Delhi, Sept 7, 18:43 HRS IST (PTI): In a bid to solve the Gorkhaland issue in Darjeeling hills of West Bengal, a tripartite meeting was held here today discussing subjects, departments and territory which are expected to be handed over to a proposed interim authority in the area.

The meeting between the officials of Central and West Bengal governments and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, leading an agitation for a separate state, discussed the legislative power to be given to the proposed authority and the tea gardens to be included there, sources said.

They also discussed whether the authority would have all nominated members or elected and how many members would comprise the interim body.

Sources said the proposed Darjeeling Regional Authority is likely to be put in place for the Gorkhas in Darjeeling ahead of next year’s assembly polls in West Bengal.

Tripartite talks end in cordial atmosphere – the peaceful way forward, and diplomatically too, facts still to be verified ?!!

From KalimNews

Kalimpong, Tuesday, Sep 7, 2010: Eighth round of tripartite talks between the Central and State governments and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha ended here in New Delhi with no concrete decisions though the representatives of both the governments listened to the proposals forwarded by GJMM with positive attitude, said Dr Harka Bdr Chhetri Spokesperson of GJMM to News 7 and Kalimpong News.

The name of the interim body was resolved as Gorkha Regional Authority.

During the talks the proposal of inclusion of various departments were also discussed. The inclusion of  Reserve forest, Cinchona and Medicinal plantation, Excise department and Higher and Technical Education in the proposed Interim set up was also welcomed by the government representatives as feasible and possible proposal  with a condition to sorted out technical problems rising thereof.

In the meeting the Central government proposed for holding election for the formation of GRA body to which GJMM opposed. Discussion regarding territory of GRA was also denied by GJMM.

Finally it decided to meet on 30th September for Political level of talks.

No consensus at Gorkha issue meeting – but quite a few more points conceded ?!!

India Blooms News Service

New Delhi, Sept 7 (IBNS): The tripartite meeting between the Union Home Ministry, the State Government and GOrkha Janmukti Morcha(GJM) spearheading the separate statehood movement ended here on Tuesday without a consensus.

The next meeting to discuss the hill issue will take place on Sept 30, media reports said.

The seven-member GJM team at the meeting was headed by its General Secretary Roshan Giri.

“Today’s meeting was satisfactory,” said Giri.

“We feel some positive thing will happen,” he added, referring to the next meeting.

The three sides (GJM, the Government of West Bengal and Union Home Ministry) discussed about the form, structure and powers of the Gorkha Regional Authority (GRA) to be created as an interim arrangement.

Earlier, GJM had settled over the decision to create an interim arrangement specially with the State Assembly polls scheduled in West Bengal in 2011.

The GJM has been spearheading the agitation for a separate statehood (Gorkhaland) in the hill districts of Darjeeling for quite some time now.

A renewed demand for Gorkhaland carved out of Darjeeling and some contiguous areas of Jalpaiguri district was reignited in the past few years by new leaders like Bimal Gurung, plunging the hills in fresh turmoil.

The Gorkhaland movement that began in the 1980s had ended with a truce between hill leader Subhash Ghising and New Delhi after he accepted limited autonomy in 1988 with a new Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC).

Darjeeling is a geo-politically important region for India as it lies on or close to the borders of China, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Tripartite meeting held on Gorkhaland – so the name is to be Gorkhaland Regional Authority ?!!

From Yahoo News

New Delhi, Tue, Sep 7, 2010, 07:21 PM (PTI): In a bid to solve the Gorkhaland issue in Darjeeling hills of West Bengal, a tripartite meeting was held here today discussing subjects, departments and territory which are expected to be handed over to a proposed interim authority in the area.

The meeting between the officials of Central and West Bengal governments and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, leading an agitation for a separate state, discussed the legislative power to be given to the proposed authority and the tea gardens to be included there, sources said.

They also discussed whether the authority would have all nominated members or elected and how many members would comprise the interim body. Sources said the proposed Darjeeling Regional Authority is likely to be put in place for the Gorkhas in Darjeeling ahead of next year’s assembly polls in West Bengal.

Top government sources said the central and West Bengal governments were working on the subjects and departments which are expected to be handed over to the interim authority. Another round of talks will take place next month.

The term of the current West Bengal Assembly ends in May 2011. Sources said both the central and the state governments favoured limiting the proposed Darjeeling Regional Authority to just the hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong.

Since its inception in 2007, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has been demanding a separate Gorkhaland state that includes the Siliguri subdivision of Darjeeling district in the plains and contiguous areas in neighbouring Jalpaiguri district. PTI, ACB.

EARLIER THIS YEAR

Solution in sight, Gorkhas agree to temporary rule – the begining of the solution towards a lasting and final political statehood ?!!

From Daily News & Analyais
By Anil Anand

New Delhi, Friday, Mar 19, 2010, 1:05 IST (DNA): The first political level interaction to resolve the vexed issue of creating a separate state of Gorkhaland began on a positive note with the agitating Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) showing an inclination to discuss an interim arrangement to govern the area till a permanent solution is arrived at.

In its meeting with the West Bengal (WB) government representatives, held here on Thursday, the GJM delegation gave a draft of its proposal about the interim set-up. This was a counter to a similar draft already prepared by the Centre. The representatives of the government agreed to look into the draft after returning to Kolkata.

Sources said the draft proposals of the GJM and the Centre have many common points, but there are certain contentious points too such as the issue of territory and the handling of law and order machinery.

“We have decided to move ahead. The ground had already been prepared during earlier initiatives led by home secretary GK Pillai. The Centre is ready to take all measures for the development of the area and funds will be no constraint once the interim mechanism is in place,” minister of state for home Ajay Maken, who is heading the talks, said.

Contrary to past experience, the state representatives reportedly admitted that the funds meant for the area’s development have remained unused in the absence of a political structure of governance.

The Centre’s assurance on the development front came with an appeal to GJM to desist from resorting to agitation.

GJM has been demanding repealing of the Gorkhaland Hill Council to make it either a Union Territory or a separate state.

GJM agreeing to an interim arrangement without any prejudice is being viewed as a step forward. The two sides have decided to meet in mid May, immediately after the second leg of Parliament’s Budget Session ends.

During its meeting with the home secretary in December 2009, GJM had refused to accept the Centre’s draft.

MEANWHILE

Protest in Siliguri against formation of a separate Gorkhaland the CPM in disguise ?!!

From Sify News

Siliguri, Sep 7, 2010,18:40:00 (ANI): The Bangla-O-Bangla Bhasha Bachao Committee (BOBBBC), a regional non-political outfit, observed a 24-hour strike here on Tuesday to protest against the formation of a separate state of Gorkhaland.

The activists held the strike ahead of the eighth round of tripartite talks, to be held in New Delhi today.

The BOBBBC strongly opposed any type of talks that promote or encourage the formation of a separate state of Gorkhaland.

“Today, Bangla-O-Bangla Bhasha Bachao Committee (BOBBBC) have called a 24-hours Bangla bandh (shutdown), which have been supported spontaneously by the people of Bengal,” said BOBBBC President Mukunda Majumder.

“The purpose of this strike was to protest against the illegal granting of extraordinary power to the interim setup, which is nothing but Gorkhaland. We strongly oppose this move for Gorkhaland, that is why we call this strike,” he added.

The BOBBBC activists chanted anti-Gorkhaland and anti-tripartite meet slogans and burned effigies of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh.

The activists also demanded the immediate resignation of Jaswant Singh and fresh elections in the State’s Darjeeling district.

Marketplaces, business establishments, educational institutions and private offices remained closed as only some private vehicles were seen plying through deserted roads. delegation of seven members led by GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri is in New Delhi to attend the eighth round of tripartite meeting with officials of the Centre and the West Bengal Government.

Earlier on April 9, GJM chief Bimal Gurung met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi, who assured him that he would talk to the Government of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress about the new territory.

The GJM had agreed during the fifth round of tripartite talks in New Delhi to the constitution of Interim Council by next year prior to the creation of a separate state.

Gorkhas, who are ethnic Nepalese, have been demanding a separate state in Darjeeling hills, to help them protect their culture and heritage. (ANI)

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