The agreement was signed on Monday for the creation of GTA in Darjeeling. “The centre and the state government will back the GTA with full support” said the home minister after the agreement was signed.
The deal was signed within a few week back negotiations with the top leaders of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and Trinamool Congress government senior members for the creation of GTA.
The new and the broad based agreement of Darjeeling will give the new administration to regulate their powers in 54 subjects. This is the first time that any authority outside the state gets such a vested power.
The Bimal Gurung, leader GJM has managed to get control over all the local powers include taxes, health, land, tea plantation etc expect legislative powers which will still be controlled by the central as well as state government.
The aim for doing this is to bring peace in volatile regions. In the ceremony all the senior leaders of the opposition as well as the ruling party was invited. The subject like police and law and order still remains as the subject of the state.
The central government is supporting all the steps and has fully agreed of the decisions of the West Bengal government for the Gorkhaland agreement.
Report by Kushal Kumar