Mamata Appeals For Peace In Darjeeling Hills

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Kalimpong: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has appealed for maintaining peace in Darjeeling Hills, which saw a record 104 day-long strike last year, and stressed on the development of tourism in this area.

“We want peace here. Peace helps in achieving targets and when there is no peace it affects even that work which is about to achieve success,” she said while addressing an administrative meeting here at Dr Graham’s Home Ground this afternoon.

“I want more and more tourists to come here. For that we should be looking into the scopes of development of tourism sector here. Darjeeling is very popular among the people of the country,” she said.

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Banerjee said a detailed discussion on improving tourism and on unemployment would be held in tomorrow’s meeting with the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).

It is her first visit after Kalmipong was upgraded to a district on February 14, 2017. The chief minister will hold a meeting with representatives of the 15 bodies during her four-day stay in Kalimpong from May 28, sources said.

An official source said Miss Banerjee, after her successful visit to Darjeeling for the Hill Business Summit, plans to hold another programme, this time in association with development boards, including the Lepcha Development Board, in Kalimpong.

The entire Hill region under the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) is politically significant for political parties like the Trinamul Congress and the BJP for a Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal.

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