STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
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."
Kalimpong, 16 February
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.
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.
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
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.