Kolkata: With the request to hold the tripartite talks on Darjeeling issue at the earliest, the West Bengal government has forwarded the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to the Union Government in this regard. The MoA was given the final shape in a meeting between WB state administration and representatives of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Friday last.

Sources maintained that the state government wants to host the tripartite talks in Darjeeling on July 12-13.

In the deliberations on Friday, the state government was represented by Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh and Home Secretary GD Gautama, whereas the GJM delegation was led by its General Secretary Roshan Giri. 

During the meeting, the GJM delegation raised the issues to be included in the MoA, out of which some were accepted by the state team. 

Among the prominent demands of GJM accepted by the state government includes the renaming of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) to Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, setting up a separate Commission for the colleges and schools in the mountainous region, opening of a new PF office and the authority to renew the lease of tea estates in the region.

(JPN/Bureau)