We will not tolerate any trouble in hills: Mamata Banerjee

In a stern warning to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said her government would not tolerate any attempt to foment trouble in the Darjeeling hills.

“Whenever there is an election, they talk of violence and bandhs. We will not tolerate this,” she said at a programme of Tamang development board.

The Chief Minister said that instead of working for development, they are indulging in politics. “We want peace in hills. We will not allow violence. Enough is enough. We must work for development. We have developed Lamahatta, Mirik, Tiger Hill, Lava Lolegaon. But they want to destroy it all by violence,” she said.

“We will not stop the process of development in the hills. We want people to get employment. We are here to address the issues of the hills. If the hills smile, we will smile,” she said.

Referring to her frequent visit to the hills which some Opposition parties had objected to, the Chief Minister expressed surprise why they are “angry” over her visits to the hills. “We never feel angry if they visit Siliguri,” she pointed out.

She said that bandh politics should stop in the hills as it would stall all the development projects. Praising the work done by Lepcha board she said that the board had worked for the development of the Lepchas and asked why the GTA hadn’t done anything.

The CM said she wanted the hills to develop and youth to get employment. She made it clear that if the boards worked for the people then more assistance would be made available.


পাহাড়ের শান্তি নষ্ট হতে দেব না: মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়

আবারও গোর্খা জনমুক্তি মোর্চাকে সতর্ক করে মাননীয়া মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় বলেন, পাহাড়ে কেউ কোনরকম সমস্যা সৃষ্টি করলে রাজ্য সরকার তা বরদাস্ত করবে না।

এদিন তামাং উন্নয়ন পর্ষদের বর্ষপূর্তি  অনুষ্ঠানে মুখ্যমন্ত্রী বলেন, “যখনই নির্বাচন আসে তখনই ওরা বনধ্‌ ও হিংসার রাজনীতি শুরু করে, আমরা এসব সহ্য করব না”।

মুখ্যমন্ত্রী বলেন, উন্নয়নমূলক কাজের বদলে তারা রাজনীতি করছে। তিনি বলেন, “আমরা পাহাড়ে শান্তি চাই। হিংসা আমরা বরদাস্ত করব না। যথেষ্ট হয়েছে। উন্নয়নমূলক কাজ করতে হবে আমাদের। লামাহাটা, মিরিক, টাইগার হিল, লাভা, লোলেগাঁও  এর উন্নয়ন করেছি আমরা। কিন্তু ওরা এসব নষ্ট করে দিচ্ছে”।

তিনি আরও জানান, “পাহাড়ের উন্নয়নের কাজ আমরা বন্ধ হতে দেব না। আমরা চাই পাহাড়ের মানুষের কর্মসংস্থান হোক। পাহাড়ের সব সমস্যা সমাধান করতে প্রস্তুত সরকার”।

“যদি আমি পাহাড়ে আসি তাতে ওদের রাগ কিসের? ওরা শিলিগুড়ি গেলে আমরা তো রাগ করি না”। তিনি বলেন, “পাহাড়ে বনধে্‌র রাজনীতি বন্ধ হওয়া উচিত, এতে পাহাড়ের উন্নয়নের কাজ বাধাপ্রাপ্ত হচ্ছে।

এদিন তিনি লেপচা বোর্ডের কাজের জন্য অনেক প্রশংসা করেন। তিনি আরও বলেন, সরকার পাহাড়ের উন্নয়নের জন্য অনেক কাজ করেছে, কিন্তু জিটিএ কোনও কাজ করেনি কেন।

মুখ্যমন্ত্রী জানান, তিনি চান পাহাড়ে আরও উন্নয়নমূলক কাজ হোক, এবং সেজন্য সরকার সবরকম সহযোগিতা করতে প্রস্তুত।



Two new development boards for Hills communities

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee at her rally in Darjeeling yesterday announced the setting up of development boards for two more Hills communities – the Limbus and the Khambu-Rais.

The developmental agenda of the Trinamool Congress Government continues unabated. Last year, the Chief Minister had announced development boards for five communities – Lepcha, Sherpa, Tamang, Bhutia and Mangar.


আরও ২ পাহাড়ি জনগোষ্ঠীর জন্য উন্নয়ন পর্ষদ

পশ্চিমবঙ্গের মাননীয়া মুখ্যমন্ত্রী শ্রীমতী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় গতকাল দার্জিলিংএর একটি জনসভায় আরও ২টি বোর্ড করার কথা ঘোষণা করেছেন। একটি লিম্বু জনসম্প্রদায় এবং অপরটি খাম্বু-রাই সম্প্রদায়ের জন্য।

তৃণমূল কংগ্রেসের উন্নয়ন কর্মসূচী অব্যাহত। গত বছর মুখ্যমন্ত্রী তামাং, লেপচা, শেরপা, ভুটিয়া এবং মাঙ্গার জনসম্প্রদায়ের জন্য বোর্ড তৈরির কথা ঘোষণা করেহিলেন।


WB CM forms a development board for Mangar community

West Bengal Chief Minister on Wednesday announced formation of a development board for the Mangar community residing in the state and sanctioned funds for the Lepcha Board.

“The Hill communities are very close to my heart. Today I have announced setting up of a development board for the Mangar community,” Ms Banerjee said on a Facebook post during her tour to Darjeeling district.

She said funds have been sanctioned for construction of night schools, hostels for girls, jhora improvement schemes, apart from several other projects for the Lepcha Board, which would now be known as the West Bengal Mayal Lyang Lepcha Development Board.

“Today, I have handed over to them a cheque of Rs 10 crore for construction of ‘Rong Lee’ houses for Lepcha families. 2,000 such houses have already been completed and (work on) 1,000 more are going on, which will be completed very soon,” the chief minister said.

Since its formation, the Lepcha Board has actively worked for development of housing, education, livelihood, sanitation, tourism and preservation and propagation of heritage, arts and crafts and language of the community, she said.

As a part of the ‘Clean Darjeeling, Green Darjeeling’ mission, the government has sanctioned 22,500 toilets for various Hill communities involving a substantial funding.

“We have taken a decision to build two 100-seater Youth Hostels – one for Lepcha Board and another for Tamang Board at Rs. 5 crore each. The hostels will be equipped with solar lighting, solar heating, rainwater harvesting and other modern eco-friendly amenities,” Ms Banerjee added.

Tamang community confers the title ‘Nalsang Dolma’ (Goddess of Light) on WB CM

On the invitation of the Tamang Development and Cultural Board, West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee was present in their First Foundation Day Celebration in Kalimpong on September 15, 2015.

The Board was formed by West Bengal Government in July, 2014.

It was a very colourful show with thousands of participants comprising various indigenous people of the hills turning out in their traditional attire and performing their traditional arts.

The Tamang community conferred on WB CM the title “Nalsang Dolma” (The Goddess of Light).

“I feel humbled with their love and affection,” WB CM tweeted in response.

“Our government is providing support for building houses, livelihood, preservation of language and culture and development of handicrafts and traditional art forms of these people of the hills,” she further wrote on her Facebook page.

On the occasion, WB CM handed over a cheque of Rs 10 crore to Tamang Board as first installment for construction of 1000 houses.

The Chief Minister also released funds to Sherpa Board and to Bhutia Board for construction of houses for Sherpa and Bhutia communities, respectively.

Darjeeling will remain in Bengal: WB CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee while addressing a gathering in Kalimpong said she was ready to lay down her life for the Hills but would not allow the Hills to separate from Bengal.

The message was loud and clear. “Mera jindagi pahar ke liye barbad karney ke liye hum taihar hain, lekin hum pahar chorney ke liye, torney ke liye taihar nehi hain” (I am prepared to lay down my life for the Hills but will not leave the Hills or allow the separation of Hills), said the chief minister.

She was addressing a large gathering in Kalimpong on the occasion of the foundation day of Tamang development and cultural board. “I do not come to the Hills to indulge in politics. The Hills have not witnessed any developmental activity for a long time. I come to the Hills to ensure development,” said Banerjee.

WB CM also said, “The Mangar community has been demanding a development board for long. Let me work out how we can resolve their problem.”

“I have come to the Hills more than 70 times. However, I do not come to the Hills just to enjoy the view and the weather. I come here when the people of the Hills are in trouble. My heart is with the Hills. When the Hills cry I cry, when the Hills smile, I smile,” said the CM.

WB CM expected to visit the Hills in September

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will be in Kurseong on September 16 to oversee the preparations for a local unit of Presidency University , which she has announced last month from both Kolkata and Darjeeling.

Government officials told reporters that the Chief Minister is expected to be in Kurseong on September 16. However, the itinerary is yet to be finalised.

During her convocation speech at Presidency University recently, WB CM had announced formation of the varsity’s Himalayan Center at Dow Hill in Kurseong which she also reiterated during the launch of the Clean and Green Project in Darjeeling.

WB CM would also attend the programmes being organized by members of Lepcha and Tamang communities on September 17 and 18 respectively in Kalimpong.She is expected to move down to Siliguri on September 19 where she will attend a programme by Bar Council.

WB CM announces the formation of a Bhutia Development Board

After the formation of separate development boards for the Lepcha, Sherpa and Tamang communities, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced the formation of a separate development board for the Bhutia community as well.

She further announced during the Clean and Green Darjeeling programme held at Chowrastha that Rs 5 crore will be provided for the Bhutia Development Board.

“Initially I had formed development boards for the Lepcha, Sherpa and Tamang communities, now I have formed a development board for the Bhutia community as well,” Mamata Banerjee said.

“They have been living here since a long time. With regard to the other communities, we have incorporated them in the Tamang board. Everyone will work united. After all everyone lives in the hills,” she added.

WB CM announces development board for Sherpas

After the formation of the development boards for the Lepcha and Tamang communities, West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced the formation of a separate development board for the Sherpa community in the Darjeeling Hills.

She further declared that the Sherpa Cultural Development board will receive a cheque of Rs 5 Crore for the development of the Sherpa community, in the 119th birth anniversary celebration of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Chowrastha, Darjeeling.

The CM also declared that an amount of Rs 1 lakh will be given to 10 people who climb mountains amidst thick and thin situation for the nation but is still poverty stricken. This event also witnessed several cultural songs and dances by renowned artists from Kolkata as well as Darjeeling.

Surge of development in Darjeeling will continue: WB CM

WB CM Mamata Banerjee today addressed a meeting of the Tamang community at Darjeeling. She announced that like last year, this year too the West Bengal Government will allocate Rs 5 crore to the Tamang community for building houses for the poor people.

“I love my brothers and sisters of Darjeeling. They are sweet, innocent, lovable and affectionate towards me. We are extending all help possible for the development of Darjeeling. I love Darjeeling. Kanchenjunga is smiling” she said.

“A new medical college is coming up in Kurseong and a multi specialty hospital will also be set up in the Hills. We will create new tourist spots in the Hills so that more employment is generated. The Hills are also educational hubs. So many reputed schools are here”, she added.

WB CM Mamata Banerjee focused on areas of development in tourism and creating an educational hub. Schools, hospitals, power stations and drinking water projects are being set up in the hills, which will create employment. She said, “I work for all communities and religions living in Darjeeling. Your culture is very high. Preserve your heritage. Whether it is Independence Day or Republic Day, Darjeeling always holds a prominent place in the celebrations.”

The hills have always been close to WB CM Mamata Banerjee. Bringing peace, increasing footfall of tourists and having a holistic development to the hills were a challenge for the new government, which was successfully addressed by WB CM Mamata Banerjee. She as a Chief Minister has visited the hills more than 40 times and addressed the issues of development and gained the confidence of the people.