Rs 400 cr loss in tea industry reported so far, admits Deb

GORKHA MOVEMENT
Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
8 Jul 2017

The violent movements by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts have caused major setback for tea and tourism industries in the state, said Gautam Deb, state tourism minister today. Deb came to Malda today to attend mango and tourism festival held in a private hotel approximately 6 km away from district headquarter. The minister also said that he had no idea about how long the violence would continue in hills.
After a respite for few days, fresh violence hit Darjeeling hills from Friday night when one more person was reportedly shot dead. Deb said, “Any death is saddening for us. But we are not yet sure about the cause of the death. We are looking into the incident through our political network.”
“But undoubtedly the recent vandalism in hills has severely affected the tea and the tourism industries. According to primary information as has been gathered by us tea industry alone faces a loss of over Rs 400 crore owing to the hill unrest. The tourism industry has been a victim of the violent movements too. We are not sure, how long the stalemate would continue. But the matter can be sorted through discussion,” the minister conceded.
He said that he did not have any information about the food-crisis in hills. “So far as we know, no such food crisis has gripped the hills. But if necessary, the state government is ready to send food and other necessary articles for the citizens of hills,” Deb said.