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For Gorkhaland GJMM to stage dharna at Jantar Mantar in Delhi with GTA members' salaries

For Gorkhaland GJMM to stage dharna at Jantar Mantar in Delhi with GTA members' salaries - The Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha today said it will stage a dharna at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to press for its demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.
The party has, however, not yet announced the dates for the Delhi protest programme. GJMM leaders have been time and again saying that the party will raise the demand directly with the Centre, and not in the  Darjeeling Hills in the  state, especially after last year's statehood agitation and the strikes that  had paralysed the Hill economy and the education sector. The announcement of the dharna in Delhi  is being seen as a routine process of the party  to pressurise the central government on the Gorkhaland demand.
In December last year, the GJMM had staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar where the party's top leaders and supporters from various corners of the country had participated.
The party today said the GJMM leader and the chief of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), Bimal Gurung, has  directing the elected GTA members to contribute  two months’ salary to raise funds for the planned dharna.
"We will soon fix the dates. The party chief has directed all the elected members of the GTA to contribute their two months’ salary," said party general secretary Roshan Giri.
He added that supporters from the Hills and those living in various parts of the country will be urged to take part in the dharna.
"It will be a two-day programme at Jantar Mantar and a meeting will be held on the third day," Mr Giri said.
He was speaking after the party convened a central committee meeting today, led by Mr Gurung at the Gorkha Rangamanch Bhavan here.
The GTA has 45 elected members, and one member draws Rs 25,000 a month.  A GTA executive Sabha
member draws Rs 30,000 a month, while the deputy chairman draws Rs 35,000 as salary. 
The chairman's monthly pay cheque comes to Rs 40,000, while the deputy chief and the chief of the GTA draw Rs 45,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively.(sns)

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