Morcha to spare workers

Darjeeling, May 26: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has sought to reassure the contractual employees of the DGHC that their interests would be safeguarded even if the party decides to stick to its demand for the immediate dissolution of the hill council.
Morcha president Bimal Gurung had yesterday sent shockwaves across the hills when he said the central committee of the party would be adopting a resolution demanding the council’s dissolution. The DGHC employs more than 8,000 workers on six-month contracts.
“We want the immediate dissolution of the DGHC because whenever someone demands Gorkhaland, the Bengal government speaks about upgrading the council and the talks end in a stalemate. We no longer want this council. However, we have the welfare of the contractual workers on the top of our mind,” Binay Tamang, the media and publicity secretary of the Morcha, told The Telegraph today.
At a recent meeting with the Morcha in Calcutta, Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had shot down the party’s statehood demand and instead asked it to focus on greater autonomy for the hill council.
Tamang, however, refused to elaborate on how the Morcha planned to safeguard the interests of the contractual workers.
“We will hold a central committee meeting soon. Things will be clear after that and we don’t want to spell out everything now,” he said.
While the chief minister is unlikely to agree to dissolve the council, giving new jobs to all the contractual workers, along with the permanent ones who are on deputation from the state government, would be difficult, said observers. (The Telegraph)

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