TMC victory rally in Kalimpong

Mukesh Sharma
Kalimpong,17 February
The Kalimpong District Trinamul Congress today took out a Victory Rally thanking the Chief minister Mamata Banerjee for granting Kalimpong a District status. After 3 days of young Kalimpong district today the TMC wing of Kalimpong took out a victory rally form TMC party office at 10 mile. About 300 plus party supporter playing holi , singing dancing encircled the whole town and gather at Damber Chowk where a small meeting took place. Addressing the meeting Chewang Bhutia said “Without naming Bimal Gurung said one of the leader said Kalimpong cannot be District one have to ask Bhutan to grant District status to Kalimpong, but no one went to Bhutan and today we are in District Kalimpong”. He added that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee commitment to grant Kalimpong a District have come true. He said this District is for all people of Kalimpong who were facing massive administrative problem. We Thanks CM for his kind gesture to upgrade Kalimpong in a District.
Meanwhile Dhendup Bhutia , president of Kalimpong Town committee too said now the time for Development has come. We didn’t go to Bhutan to ask us to grant District but the mere effort and political will of our CM Mamata Banerjee has given us District. He added Banerjee loves Hills who through different board have been spending crores of fund to development. He said we have to return the love to CM by bringing TMC into power into upcoming Municipality, Panchayat and GTA election.
Tshering Sherpa organizational in charge of TMC said CM Banerjee seeing the water problem of Kalimpong has sanction 50 crore by which people will get relieved of water crisis very soon.
Many Muslim supporter of TMC party along with its student wing, youth wing and women wing were seen take party in the victory rally.

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CM leaves for Kolkata

Kalimpong, 16 February:
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today left for Kolkata after a 4-day tour to Kalimpong.
Amidst tight security, the chief minister's convoy left Kalimpong town, a new district headquarters, around 1 p,m today.

People were very happy with the decision of Miss Banerjee for upgrading Kalimpong sub-division into a district while the chief minister announced allotments of Rs 50 crore to solve water crisis problem.

Sumit Chettri, one of the local residents said, "We are thankful to the chief minister who is architect of a new Kalimpong district fulfilling a distant dream.We hope the state government will make it a beautiful district soon."

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Kalimpong, 16 February
At a time when the administration has been planning to build an administrative setup for Kalimpong district headquarters after earmarking a plot of land measuring 12 acre,officials associated with state-run Kalimpong Primary Teachers' Training Institute (PTTI) today demanded construction
of an extra building there for setting up various offices under the education department.

Notably, administration earmarked the land,which is presently within the premises of the PTTI in Kalimpong.
Demanding proper utilisation of the vacate land, the PTTI principal Manindra Bhujel today submitted a memorandum to the new Kalimpong district magistrate Dr Viswanath through Sadar sub divisional officer.

After submitting the memorandum, Mr Bhujel, while addressing media persons in Kalimpong today,said the Kalimpong government. PTTI,which is situated with the Ringkingpong Road (Chandralok),Kalimpong, is one of the oldest Teacher's Training Institute, which was established in 1950 and has 12.00 acres of land without a boundary fencing.

He added,"With the declaration of Kalimpong as a new district,PTTI was also identified for the establishment of administrative and other purposes,but as so far utilisation of Institute's land is concerned,we have some facts and proposals before the administration." Bhujel said PTTI is an educational unit transferred to the GTA and currently is under the Education Department, GTA.

There is a proposal to upgrade PTTI as DIET (District Institute of Education and Training) since 2005,and resolutions have already been adopted for the purpose by SCERT and Department of Education, GTA.

"Therefore, a large land is required for the upgrade to DIET,where there will be more than seven different departments under it.With declaration of Kalimpong district, the process of upgradation of Kalimpong PTTI should be given top priority," he said.

Mr Bhujel added, "We want the PTTI land to be used to set up offices for educational purposes.A separate district needs separate DPSE (District Primary School Council).Therefore,Office of the DPSE, should be established PTTI.Separate district needs Office of separate district inspector of schools both for Primary and Secondary education as well.Therefore, we have sought the PTTI land be utilised for the establishment of office of the district inspector of schools,both for primary and secondary. Office of the sub-inspector of schools (primary) of Kalimpong Intensive Circle can be also established on this land."

Mr Bhujel said NCTE (National Council for Teacher Education) has issued New Regulation (NCTE new regulation,2014) and under these new regulations each and every Teaching Training Institution should have provision of composite course i.e. training for both D.El.Ed. (for Elementary level teacher)and B.Ed. (for the secondary school teachers) under one university.

"Therefore,we have want the land to be utilised for the expansion of B.Ed.College as per NCTE norms, otherwise NCTE may withdraw recognition of the institute any time if the conditions are not fulfilled," Mr Bhujel added.

He informed if land of PTTI would be utilised for the different educational establishments, it will be better for co-ordination among different educational agencies for betterment, speedy and systematic educational development of the new Kalimpong district.

The memorandum has been also sent to SDO and MLA Kalimpong and heads of different political parties.

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Mukesh Sharma
Kalimpong,15th Feb
State Chief Minister Mamata Banjeree today gave a moment to cherish to Buddist Communities of the State. She announced that a state holiday will take on Budhha Purnima Day for the Buddist communites who were demanding a holiday on Buddha Purnima .
Just after a day of Kalimpong District Declaration CM Mamata Banerjee today called an administrative meeting with all 15 Development board at Town Hall Kalimpong. In the meeting she heard about different problems from the people and addresses them. State Chief Secretary Basudev Banerjee, Minister Indranil Sen, GTA principal secretary Ravi Inder Singh, BCWD Secretary SK Thade along with DM SP of Darjeeling and Kalimpong and other officers were present in the meeting held this afternoon at Town hall Kalimpong.After the meeting addressing Media she said “After the formation of Kalimpong district, we carried out an administrative meeting.We are happy with the development work carried by all development boards who have till now constructed 11 thousand houses for poors , 4 thousand toilets for villagers and have  done 85 thousand Plantation. We asked them to work in more areas. We believe this is a new district. Just like people come to visit Darjeeling district, we believe if people come to know about Kalimpong where there are lots of places to visit. Lava Lolaygaon will be developed. Circuit House will be developed, roads will also be developed. Besides, there is an old jail here (in Kalimpong). We are thinking of shifting it someplace else, and construction a mall like the one in Darjeeling for tourists to come and enjoy the view point get it ready It will take time. There are many such places beginning from Sillery Mongpong. marketing centre will created, where jobs will be created for the unemployed . we will develop a tourism strategy for this new district.The people of Darjeeling have a sentiment for  Buddha Purnima…Lot of people have demanded in the past. We are announcing Buddha purnima as a state holiday. People will be happy. There are a lot of Buddhists here she added
She also said give importance and develop tea, trade tourism. She said a new block office will come up at Lava Lolaygaun which is known for tourism.A day after the district was created; roughly to start work what needs to be done that was discussed. The meeting was very good she said. Meanwhile she have asked all board to Identify 10 clubs each .Darjeeling is good in sports, youth here are very active. We will give 2 lakhs each to each clubs she said. 

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Around 5k people join TMC after Kalimpong elevated as district

Kalimpong,15 February
A day after the formation of a new Kalimpong district nearly 5,000 people associated with different organisaitons like MR dealer Association of Kalimpong,Main Line Taxi Drivers Welfare Association,Business community along with members of different political parties joined the Trinamul Congress in presence of PWD Minister Arup Biswas at the Mela Ground in Kalimpong today.

Members of Gurung, Sherpa and Khas tribe today took the party flag from the hands of Minister Biswas. Apart from former chairman of Kalimpong M
unicipality and Lawyer C.K.Kumai, four other lawyers of Kalimpong Court also took TMC membership.

The public meeting of first Kalimpong TMC district committee six class representative of Gorkha Jan Mukti Bidharti Morcha joined the Trinamul Congress. Addressing the meeting Minister Arup Biswas said: “We are very happy to see the crowd gather at the Mela Ground to join the hands of TMC under its dynamic leader Mamata Banerjee.”

Without naming Bimal Gurung,Mr Biswas went an all out attack on Gurung.He said sitting in a responsible post he is talking rubbish. He knows that not many people are with him as he is continuously losing his ground.

Biswas added despite GTA people are coming to chief minister to solve their problem. No development has been done. He appeals the masses to give a chance to Trinamul Congress in the upcoming polls.“You had given them 20 years and no developmental work was carried out. But had got only two years and we changed Kalimpong into a district and ensured developmental
projects which was not done in those 20 years.”

He appealed the masses to join TMC for development of their place.

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