Union govt to abolish Gorkha Hill Council

Union govt to abolish Gorkha Hill Council

New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday agreed to abolish the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council and work for setting up an alternative administrative framework in the hill district of West Bengal.

At a tripartite meeting between the Centre, West Bengal government and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, it was also decided to appoint an interlocutor to carry forward the discussions and send a central team to Darjeeling to review the development works there.

“It was agreed, in principle, to repeal of the DGHC Act 1988. The repeal of the Act would be in process as soon as an alternative administrative setup/ framework is finalised through mutual consultations and agreement," Union home secretary G.K. Pillai announced after the meeting.

The three sides agreed that the proposal for establishment of a Hill Council under the Sixth Schedule of the constitution would be dropped.

“The government of India announced the appointment of an Interlocutor to carry forward the discussions held during the third round of talks and both the state government and the GJM welcomed the same.

“The GJM assured that a peaceful and conducive atmosphere would be maintained and all the parties agreed to work in a spirit of constructive cooperation to carry the talks forward," Pillai said.