GJMM calls indefinite strike from 7 June

Statesman News Service DARJEELING, May 27: The Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha will impose an indefinite strike on the NHPC offices and construction sites in the Darjeeling hills starting 7 June. “We have convened the indefinite strike in view of the negligence of the government in these sites,” said Mr Roshan Giri, general-secretary of the GJMM.As part of the agitation for Gorkhaland, the GJMM had imposed indefinite strike on the payment departments of the telephone exchange and the electricity board, which is still on, depriving the state government and the Centre of crores of Rupees. “The governments earn a lot of revenue from this region but do not deliver anything. The condition at Twentynine Mile, Twentyseven Mile and Gale Khola where the NHPC sites are located are deplorable,” alleged Mr Giri.Among the main projects of the NHPC, the Teesta Low Dam Stage III and Stage IV are located along the National Highway 31C. Many inhabitants were evicted from their land to accommodate the projects. “It has been so many years since the project started yet nothing has been done to rehabilitate the people who were evicted,” Mr Giri said.

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