Darjeeling (WB): The CEO of Gorkha Territorial Administration Bimal Gurung on Saturday distributed the departments among his party colleagues.

Binay Tamang, the assistant secretary of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) and an executive member, said, "All the 14 executive members have been allocated departments."

Roshan Giri, a prominent GJM leader, has got the charge of school education (primary,  secondary and higher secondary), he said.

Ram Bahadur Bhujel, principal of Cluny Womens' College in Kalimpong, will look after college education, adult education and library services, Tamang said.

The agriculture department has gone to GJM vice-president Kalyan Dewan.

The charge of cinchona and other medicinal plants plantation, which provides jobs to about 40,000 people, has been given to Samuel Gurung, officials said.

Asha Gurung, Bimal Gurung's wife, has been allocated the health and department dealing with registration of birth and death records.

Binay Tamang will be in charge of information and cultural affairs, theatre, cinema halls, entertainment and amusement, apart from printing and stationery, publicity and public relations (regulation of media and cable channels) and GTA establishment section, officials said.

Sources said that Morcha leader from Mirik, Phoebe Rai has been given the charge of micro and small-scale industries while Anit Thapa from Kurseong got the portfolio of public health engineering.

GJM women's wing leader Urmila Rumba, a retired associate professor and Prava Chhetri will take charge of social welfare and women and child development respectively.

Ramesh Lama from Peskhok-Takling will be in charge of animal husbandry and veterinary facilities while transport has been given to Jyoti Kumar Rai.

"There has been a slight change in the portfolio of the chief executive. Even though he will be in charge of nine departments, he will be in charge of rural electrification and the department looking after sharing of electricity between the GTA and the state government (also setting up of thermal and hydel projects)," Tamang said.


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