Darjeeling: The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently chaired an all-party meeting at Pintail Village in Darjeeling district regarding the development of Hills.
During the meet, she said that the next date for an all-party meeting will be communicated to all very soon.
She thanked people and said, peace has returned to the Hills. She is overwhelmed by the positive reply from the people. She also congratulates every single person for restoration of normalcy in Darjeeling.
In the meeting Banerjee said,”We have decided that a tourism festival will be organised by the GTA in Darjeeling in the last week of December (or early January). Darjeeling Gold Cup will also be revived.”
The Sports and Youth Affairs Department will organise Vivek Festival (to commemorate birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda), Subhas Festival (to commemorate the birth anniversary of Netaji), Chhatra-Jubo Utsab in January. Science fairs will also be organised.
We have also decided to provide compensation to the families of those who lost their lives during the protests in the Hills. Rs 2 lakh will be given to the family of deceased; the injured will receive a compensation of Rs 50,000. GTA will also provide employment to a family member of those who lost their lives.
We request all teachers to take extra classes and complete the syllabus for this session so that students do not face any difficulties. We will pay them salaries for the time period when schools were shut due to protests. Other employees will get half-day leaves for three months and extra 15 days’ leave to compensate for the period of protests. We have decided to waive all penalties imposed during the time of protests.
The Government will develop Pintail Village. We have asked the GTA to draw up a comprehensive development plan for Kurseong and Kalimpong. They will also renovate the tourism centres in Mirik. We are building a 100-bedded hospital in Mirik. We want peace. We want progress. We want the Hills to prosper and develop.