The tea industry in north Bengal is still reeling under the
demonetisation-induced cash crisis and a number of tea estates are yet
to make wage payments as their banks are yet to get approvals from
higher levels within their set-up.
In some other cases, there is a cash crunch in the banks, which is delaying wage payment.
"Almost all the self-help groups of small tea growers in north Bengal
and also a section of growers, who have plantations of around 50 acres
or more, are yet to get cash to pay their workers. Even today, we had
been to banks and spoken to the officials on why there is a delay in
payments. The banks have told us that they are yet to get clearances
from their higher authorities to release money beyond the ceiling
stipulated by the Centre," Bijoygopal Chakraborty, the president of
Confederation of Indian Small Tea Growers' Associations (Cista), said.
"At least a fortnight's wage has been disbursed in most of the tea
estates. On the other hand, workers in small plantations and also in
bought-leaf factories (BLFs) have not received a penny so far. Also,
small growers who supply directly to BLFs and do not have bank accounts
are yet to get their sales proceeds. We can perceive simmering
discontent among these people and at any point of time, there can be an
outburst," the Cista president said.
In tea estates, where wages are yet to be paid, the situation is
similar. "In the Terai, all those tea estates which are our members have
paid a fortnight's wage, except one garden. The management of Girish
Chandra Tea Estate (located in Phansidewa block of Darjeeling district),
is yet to get cash from the bank. The bank authorities have said that
they do not have necessary clearance," Sumit Ghosh, the secretary of the
Terai branch of Indian Tea Association, said.
Since November 9, the Centre has stipulated the withdrawal limits to
Rs 24,000 for saving accounts and Rs 50,000 for current accounts per
week. Last week, the RBI has come with another directive - anybody can
withdraw above these ceilings, provided he has deposited similar amount
in the bank in current denominations.
Jimut Barua, a representative of the company owning the tea estate,
said there are around 250-odd workers. "We need around Rs 3 lakh in cash
to pay them.... Even today I was told that necessary clearance has not
reached the branch from higher levels," Barua said. "Wages have been
disbursed in all other neighbouring tea estates. It is obvious that
workers and their families at their garden are upset."
Two new problems have cropped up, sources said. First, given the
state of progress in opening bank accounts for tea workers, planters
need permission to make payments of at least another fortnight's wages
Second, a number of banks have made it clear that they cannot pay all
the workers in one time. "The bank officials have made it clear... they
will not be in a position to pay the entire wages to all the workers at
one go," the representative said, because of the cash crunch in several
The Jana Andolan Party and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today wanted
areas contiguous to Kalimpong subdivision, even outside Darjeeling
district, in the proposed new district that will also be called
The two parties placed the demand before Bengal chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee at a meeting held in Deolo here this afternoon.
"All land north of NH31C, leading from Coronation Bridge towards
Assam be delimited to Kalimpong district. The NH10 from Sevoke to
Rangpo, leading to Gangtok be delimited to Kalimpong district along with
all highway settlements and villages, including Rambi and Kalijhora,"
the Jana Andolan representation to the chief secretary mentioned.
Kalimpong Morcha MLA Sarita Rai said there were a number of villages
along the highway that were far from the district headquarters of
Darjeeling. "Adding them to Kalimpong district would be of convenience
to the people who have to travel long distances to the district
headquarters. There are villages in adjoining Jalpaiguri district that
would also be benefited if included in the new district. We have given
our suggestions to the chief secretary and he has assured of considering
them," she said.
The Jana Andolan and the Morcha delegations also mentioned villages
in Jalpaiguri district such as Bagracote that should be included in
While the Jana Andolan has been pressing for additional area for the
proposed district since Harka Bahadur Chhetri began his campaign in
September last year after resigning from the Morcha, Bimal Gurung's
party is raising the issue for the first time. Darjeeling district
magistrate Anurag Srivastava said the new district would confine itself
to the present geographical area of Kalimpong subdivision even though
there are legitimate demands for including and excluding areas
contiguous to the subdivision.(TT)
Tourist vehicle operators across Sikkim have threatened they would
not allow any taxis bearing Bengal registration numbers to enter the
hill state unless the permit issue is resolved within a few days even as
the government in Bengal is trying to seal a reciprocal transport
Bengal and Sikkim had struck a reciprocal transport agreement on
April 9, 2007, wherein vehicles from Bengal could enter only three
Sikkim towns - Gangtok in East, Pelling in West and Namchi in the South.
Vehicles from Sikkim though could move all over Bengal.
According to the agreement, sources in the Bengal's transport
department said, all vehicles that have been included in the agreement
could enter Bengal with a permit issued to them.
After entering Bengal, these permits had to be countersigned at
different entry points. The vehicles included under the agreement are
buses, goods vehicles as well as contract carriages.
This agreement was cancelled on August 30 as tourist vehicle
operators in Bengal have been long complaining to chief minister Mamata
Banerjee about how several thousands of operators were taking a beating
because of the truncated movement of vehicles to Sikkim.
"We had repeatedly drawn the attention of the chief minister about
how tourists planning to visit Sikkim from New Jalpaiguri were facing
problems. If someone had to reach Gangtok, he would have to get off a
vehicle bearing Bengal's registration number, hire a vehicle of Sikkim
and then reach the hotel," said Samrat Sanyal of the Eastern Himalaya
Travel and Tour Operators' Association.
"It's time that both the states agreed to sea-mless connectivity."
In September 2015, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had written
to her counterpart in Sikkim, Pawan Chamling, requesting that all
tourist vehicles entering the Himalayan state be given access to all
points in the hill state. Over the next few months with no response
reaching Nabanna, Bengal decided to terminate the agreement in August
after nearly a decade.
"Since then we have sent several letters asking for a mutual
agreement. But there was no response," a transport department official
in Bengal said.
In October, the department sent a senior officer to Siliguri and
Sikkim for a thorough understanding of the situation. A report to the
government submitted later that month identified key problems, including
how jeeps, taxis and other vehicles were entering Bengal without
bothering for any counter-signature of the permits.
Sikkim was running few buses and more small vehicles, including jeeps
and taxis, resulting in congestion on its hilly roads. Most of these
vehicles belonged to the category, which were not included in the mutual
Operators in Sikkim today rose in protest after the regional
transport authorities started slapping fines on each vehicle that didn't
have its permit countersigned.
"They are imposing on us a fine of Rs 4,000 for one vehicle for not
having a countersigned permit. This is too much. The passengers are
getting harassed and those vehicles that don't have permits are being
asked to return," said Dawa Tamang, a driver in Gantok.
Around 3,000 taxis including trucks from Sikkim enter Bengal
everyday. In contrast, only 1,500 tourist vehicles reach Sikkim
The members of different driver and vehicle associations also
highlighted how vehicles of Sikkim have to get two different permits for
Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts. On the contrary, vehicles from
Bengal plying to Sikkim need to have only one permit for travel.
Operators today met transport secretary SBS Bhaduria to voice their grievances.
A meeting has been scheduled on December 7 between the transport
secretaries of the two states to address the issue. "Hopefully we will
arrive at a solution," said a transport official in Calcutta.(TT)
Bimal Gurung today announced there would be no agitation in the
Darjeeling hills in a turnaround two months after he told schools in the
region to hold exams earlier than scheduled.
At the Darjeeling Motor Stand meeting, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha
chief said: "I had thought of holding some component of the agitation in
the hills, but looking at children preparing for examinations like
ICSE, ISC and Madhyamik, I have decided to cancel the agitation in the
School exams are generally held in mid-November and many schools have
completed their annual exams. But Gurung's categorical announcement and
his silence on making good his threat to quit as the head of the GTA
could bring relief in the hills for now.
The Morcha, while not specifically announcing an agitation plan in
the hills, had said an indefinite hunger strike might take place if the
Union home ministry does not hold a meeting to look into the demand of
forming a committee to examine the demand of Gorkhaland by December 5.
Gurung's statement today gave an indication that the Morcha did not
want to antagonise the Centre just after it had shown some movement
regarding the grant of ST status to 11 communities.
Gurung today said he was hopeful of a Union home ministry meeting
soon. "The Union home minister, Rajnath Singh, had gone to Cuba for the
funeral (of Fidel Castro). He returned only yesterday and we are
confident that the meeting will be held soon," he said.
The Morcha chief seemed to be banking on the formation of a committee
to examine the demand of statehood and also for a favourable report on
the demand of granting the Scheduled Tribe status.
"We are expecting the committee (headed by Vishu Maini, deputy
director in the ministry of tribal affairs) to submit its report in the
next 15-20 days. We are confident the bill will be placed in Parliament
during the monsoon session," Gurung said.
Even though Gurung was optimistic on both the tribal and statehood committees, he was a bit cautious in his proclamation.
"As announced earlier, the agitation in Delhi will take place from
December 12 to 16. If there are no positive outcome by then, we will not
hesitate to announce an agitation in Delhi from December 17," he said.
Sources in the Morcha said the party is planning a two-day dharna at
Jantar Mantar on December 12 and 13, followed by two days of relay
hunger strike and a rally on December 16.
Impressed by a good turnout at the Darjeeling meeting today, Gurung
attacked Mamata Banerjee and the Jana Andolan Party president Harka
"The impressive turnout today is a reply to Mamata Banerjee's
oppressive and divisive politics. She has been creating divisions, not
just in the hill communities, but now even among the minorities such as
Muslims and Christians. People, however, understand everything these
days," Gurung said.
He accused Mamata of coming to power in 2011 with "the chit fund
money of Saradha" and also protested her allegation against the army.
"Her statement against the army is uncalled for. The Centre must speak
"She is probably worried now that the chit fund money will be
exposed," Gurung said in reference to Mamata's protest against
demonetisation. The Morcha has held rallies in the hills welcoming the
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तामाङ बौद्ध संघको १३वा बार्षिक
अधिवेशन मङपुमा सम्पन्न भएको
थियो भने फेरि दोस्रो पल्ट
३२औ अधिवेसन आगमी बर्ष २१ देखि
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लिएर आज स्थानीय डीन्छेन सेरप
छोयलिंङ बौद्ध गुम्बामा समितिकै
सभापति केएस तितुङको अध्यक्षतामा
अखिल भारतीय तामाङ बौद्ध संघको
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अनि सिक्किमबाट केन्द्रिय
समितिका प्रतिनिधिहरु उपस्थिति
रहेका थिए | यस पल्टको अधिवेशनलाई
सफलीभूत पार्न र गरिमामय बनाउन
नै आजको सभा डाकिएको कुरा अभाताबौद्द
संघका मङपु अंचलका सचिव जोनी
तामाङले जनाए | सभामा संगठानिक
सचिव चन्द्र लामा,कालेबुङ महकुमा
समितिबाट लोपसाङ लामा,पछिम
डुवर्सबाट गोपाल लामा खर्संङ
महकुमाबाट युएस लामा तक्दाह
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केशाङ लामा,साथै अअन्यले अधिवेसनलाई
सफलीभुत पार्ने बिषयमा
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केएम तितुङले अभाताबौद्द संघ
सिक्किमबाट प्रत्येक बर्ष
१० हजार रुपिया केन्द्रिय समितिलाई
दिईरहेको जानकारी गराउदै यसपल्टको
अधिवेसन मङपुमा बृहत रुपमा
गरिने जनाए साथै कार्यक्रमको
निम्ति स्वागत फ्लेक्स साथै
पोस्टरहरुमा नेपाली भाषा संगै
तामाङको ताम्रा लिपिमा पनि
प्रयोग हुनु पर्ने कुरा माथि
सबैले सहमति जनाए | यसरी मङपुमा
२१ जनवरी देखि २४ जनवरी २०१७
सम्म चार दिने अधिवेसनको प्रारम्भमा
दिन्छेन सेरप छोयलिंङ गुम्बा
नालीडाड़ा पुजा अर्चना पछि जातीय
एवं धार्मिक साजबाजको साथ शोभायात्रा
समारोह स्थान तर्फ प्रस्थान
हुने अनि उक्त चार दिने अधिवेसनमा
शाखाको बार्षिक प्रतिवेदन,धर्मगुरुबाट
धार्मिक प्रवचन साथै सांस्कृतिक
कार्यक्रमहरु सम्पन्न हुनेछ |
प्रत्येक शाखाले आगमी २० डिसेम्बर
भित्रमा अभाताबौद्द संघका
बार्षिक शुल्क केन्द्रीय समिति
मार्फत मङपू आयोजक समितिलाई
बुजाई दिने आजको सभामा पारित
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relief to the voluntary teachers in the hills amid the upheaval brought
about by the Centre's demonitisation decision, the state government has
finally decided to absorb 390 of them in the first phase after
conducting special interviews, to be conducted by the Gorkhaland
Speaking to reporters today in
Darjeeling, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha general secretary and GTA education
department in-charge Roshan Giri said he was informed about the decision
by state education minister Partha Chatterjee over the phone from
Kolkata. Rohit Sharma, the MLA from Kurseong, on Wednesday reportedly
met Chatterjee at the legislative assembly and discussed the issue of
regularising the 515 voluntary teachers of the hills. “Our MLA met
Chatterjee in Kolkata to discuss the regularisation issue, and the
minister asked him to submit the list of vacant posts and voluntary
teachers in the high and higher secondary schools of the hills.
Chatterjee told Sharma to update me about the discussion between the two
of them,” Giri said.
The GTA sabhasad said he called up the
education minister this morning and was told that out of the 515
voluntary teachers presently working, 390 would be regularised in the
first phase. “The minister said the list of vacant posts are to be
submitted to the DI of schools of the hills, and this has already been
done by the schools. Chatterjee also told me that interviews to absorb
these teachers would be conducted by the GTA in January 2017,” said
The 515 voluntary teachers have been
serving in 129 junior, high and higher secondary schools since the past
10-15 years. They were compelled to agitate earlier this year to get the
required attention from the state government and the GTA to their
demand for regularisation. After several rounds of meetings, the state
education minister assured to absorb the voluntary teachers by exempting
them from the School Service Commission system. But their joy was
shortlived as the joint secretary of the state school education
department issued a letter in May asserting that regularisation,
absorption and appointment of voluntary teachers in the GTA could not be
entertained until they secured their candidature through the WBSSC.
“Due to the absence of the SSC in the
hills since 2003, it is difficult to appoint teachers. In fact, the
managing committees of the schools engaged these teachers on voluntary
basis. But now their numbers have swelled to nearly 600. It must also be
remembered that the schools have been upgraded and new subjects
introduced over the years, which compelled the schools to seek the
services of the voluntary teacher," said Giri.
On the recruitment process, he said it
would have to be done by the GTA as education is a transferred subject.
“Since education is a transferred subject, the GTA will conduct the
interviews in the hills. We will start the process in January after we
receive the guidelines from the state school education department,” said
Presently, there are about 774 primary
schools, 54 high schools and 60 higher secondary schools under the
jurisdiction of the GTA. (EOIC)