Darjeeling: GJM chief Bimal Gurung warned the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal not to "interfere" in the functioning of the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA), saying such act would only cause "headaches" to the state.
    
"You have given us the GTA and there should be no interference in its working. If there is one, the state government will get headaches, not us," Gurung told a gathering of Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha activists, the GJM youth wing.
    
The meeting was organised to mark the fifth foundation day of the Yuva Morcha.
    
This was the first public appearance of the GTA chief executive after his father died on September 24.
    
Not spelling out the nature of the state's interference in the functioning of the GTA, Gurung merely said, "When we wanted to evict hawkers from Chowrastha, we received calls from the Writers Building.
    
"I am not the one to accept such interference and at the end, we did go ahead with the eviction drive."
    
It seems that Gurung doesn't want the state government to spell out its stance about the formulation of projects or the recruitment of employees to the GTA.
    
The GTA Act has a provision that allows the autonomous body to form a selection committee for the recruitment of employees of Grades B, C and D after due clearance from the state government.

(Agencies)


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