JALPAIGURI, Jan. 21: The Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha publicity in-charge, Mr Binay Tamang, today said that his organisation started recruiting Gorkhland Personnel in Garubathan today. “We aim to recruit 10,000 GLP from the area,” he said.
According to Mr Tamang, the recruitment process would roll to next week. “Of the targeted figure, around 7,000 would be from the tribal community and 3,000 from among the Gorkhas. We would provide them a salary of Rs 2,000 at least per month,” he added.
The GJMM has already deployed GLP in the Darjeeling hills in maintaining traffic and other allied work. Mr Tamang also said that today’s meeting between the chief minister and GJMM leaders in Kolkata would determine the party’s future course of action in the Dooars. “We want to build a separate outfit in the Dooars and the process started today. The majority of the tribal population is with us,” he claimed.
Commenting on the issue, the Terai-Dooars Committee secretary of the Akhil Bhartiya Adivasi Bikash Parishad, Mr Rajesh Lakra, said the Morcha leaders were trying to exploit the unemployed tribal youths of the Dooars. “A large area of the Dooars remains undeveloped and we have already drawn the state government’s attention on this issue. The GJMM is trying to use the issue misguiding several unemployed tribal boys. We would urge the state government to initiate steps to stop the process and provide our boys proper employment scope,” he said.
Meanwhile, before leaving for Kolkata to meet the CM today, the GJMM general secretary Mr Roshan Giri said at the Bagdogra airport that his party’s delegation would demand prompt compensation for those affected by the recent arson in the Dooars.
He said that the state government must permit his outfit to stage rallies in the Dooars without any hindrance. “Holding rallies is our democratic right which cannot be denied on some flimsy law and order grounds,” he added.