Binay releases election manifesto for Darjeeling by-poll

Binay releases election manifesto for Darjeeling by-poll
Mon, May 6, 2019

DARJEELING,: GJM leader Binay Tamang, who is contesting for Darjeeling Assembly by-poll, today released his election manifesto recording the party’s position and promise on 31 important issues of Darjeeling constituency.
“The issues that have been raised in the election manifesto have been done keeping for the benefit of the hills and the people here. From the 31 points that have been raised, process is on for most of the issues during the period of running the GTA recently. Work for issues like parcha patta are already on for which two committees have already been formed – the expert committee and the review committee.  Similarly, for the demand of Minimum Wages Act to be implemented, a committee has also been formed and the process is on,” said Tamang.
“Process is also on for more blocks to be formed from the present existing blocks along with the demand for two tier-panchayat election in the hills which will be held done after the bifurcation of the blocks is done,” he said adding that they were trying for the panchayat elections to be held within the end of 2019.
Tamang mentioned that process is also on for wages of tea garden workers during the bandh period last year for which relief amount would be given till July end.  He said process is also on for making a municipality in Sonada and Sukhipokhri along with more fire stations to be started in some areas.
Tamang has also promised to promote rural tourism for which financial help will be provided to homestays and process of regularization on for them by grading them according to the facilities they provide.
“We plan three alternate routes to connect Darjeeling with Sikkim via a bridge in Lodhama, Simla and Magitar for which talks had been held between the State government and the Sikkim government along with the GTA. The GTA has already given the NOC but the matter is now pending due to a case in the Supreme Court filed by two people citing environment problems,” said Tamang. He alleged that these persons who were being backed by ‘people who were not here’ probably referring to the Bimal Gurung camp.
According to Tamang, process is going on also for re-opening of closed tea gardens along with a Sports Academy for which survey has also been done by a technical team at Sukna. “Within 2019 these things could be completed and the rest we hope to complete within 2020,” he said.
In his manifesto, Tamang has promised relief in pending electricity bill during the period of 2007 to 2011, up-gradation of the Darjeeling municipality to a corporation, making roads in rural areas and solution of drinking water facility to be provided by 2021, Bijanabri being made into a sub division, filling up vacancies in government offices, formation of Sub-ordinate Selection Board Committee under the GTA, School Service Commission for the hills and GTA being made a tax-free zone among others.
Speaking on the issue of Gorkhaland, Tamang said, “The demand of Gorkhaland is not in the manifesto as as it is not an issue of the Bidhan Sabha but a matter of the MP election where we had written on the issue of Gorkha identity and security as it can happen in Delhi. We have only featured issues that are related to the State government in this manifesto.”


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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