Mamata announces mini-secretariat in memory of Tenzing at Darjeeling

8 Jun 2017

The state government is going to establish a mini-secretariat, Pahar Bhawan, in memory of Tenzing Norgay the legendary Sherpa, in Darjeeling.

This was today announced by chief minister Mamata Banerjee after a cabinet meeting at Raj Bhawan today. The cabinet meet was held amidst protests by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) against imposition of Bengali in hill schools. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Mamata said: “Today is a historic day as we held our cabinet meeting in the hills after three decades. We have also taken important decision for the hills. Our
government is trying to do everything to develop this area because we love Darjeeling”.

Talking about the mini-secretariat, the chief minister said it was to honour the legendary mountaineer. “When we take Tenzing Norgay’s name we feel honoured. We have taken an important decision today to establish a mini-secretariat in Tenzing Norgay’s name in Darjeeling. It will come up near the Circuit House on PWD land and work will start within six months. We will hold our next cabinet meeting when it is constructed,” Mamata stated. The CM also announced eight new buses that will ply between Darjeeling  and Mirik. She also said Mirik will get a polytechnic college at a cost of Rs.27 crore and a skill development center would also be set-up to
provide training and jobs to unemployed youths of the region.

“Lot of tourists come to the hills and especially in Mirik but it lacks infrastructures. We want to develop it as a proper tourist spot. We also want youths to get skill development training so that they can get jobs,” the the chief minister said. 1800 new posts were created today to be absorbed in various government departments. Another decision taken was to set-up a West Bengal Higher Civil Service Commission. (EOIC)