Govt to form two welfare team for gorkhas and adivasis of terai dooars

Arup Biswas
Minister Arup Biswas today said the Bengal government had decided to form two separate task forces for the welfare of adivasis and Gorkhas in the Dooars and Terai.
"The state cabinet on February 17 took a decision to form two separate task forces for the development of adivasis and Gorkhas living in the plains. The forces will be formed very soon and will function like development boards," the minister for youth affairs said after a meeting with the office-bearers of the newly formed Dooars Siliguri Terai Bharatiya Nepali Forum.
Biswas did not elaborate on the composition and the functions of the task forces. Sources said chief minister Mamata Banerjee had suggested that the task forces function under the north Bengal development department
Asked whether the decision to form the task forces was an attempt to appease the tribal and Gorkha communities ahead of the Assembly polls, the minister said: "The chief minister never mixes politics with development."(TT)

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